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Postby SisMorphine » January 18th, 2009, 6:13 pm

Awww poor Shameless!! :( But the site looks good now. Teeny told me today she was dreaming of fluffy rubbins last night. Dirty girl :nono:
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Postby blabsforbullies » January 18th, 2009, 6:14 pm

Mickle wrote:Im not sure about when the biopsy comes back...Seamus was starting to fall over and we needed to get him in the car. Everything is going well here. The area isnt swollen or anything and it doesnt seem to bother him. Keeping him quiet sucks..He wants to run and play and we try to give him snuggle time but hes so wound up we end up putting him back in his crate :( Sad poodle!



Well, thankfully it is temporary and soon, there will be a :heartbeat: HAPPY POODLE :heartbeat: when the biopsy comes back with good news!!!! :groupHug:

Our lab usually has a turn around time of 3-5 business days, so hopefully next week you will get the good word! :dance:
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Postby Mickle » January 18th, 2009, 6:17 pm

I will definatly keep you posted! Thanks for all of the good thoughts and well wishes! And Seamus looks forward to Teeny rubbins big time!
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » January 18th, 2009, 6:18 pm

Ew, that really was gross-looking. Much better now!
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Postby hugapitbull » January 18th, 2009, 6:32 pm

ewe, that was an ugly lump, looks so much better now. Good thoughts for a quick recovery and a benign biopsy :dance:
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Postby TinaMartin » January 19th, 2009, 10:25 am

That was pretty angry looking. I swear it was scowling. :shock: I hope his recovery goes quickly.
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Postby Mickle » January 19th, 2009, 2:54 pm

My vet is awesome! I just got a call from them checking to see how Seamus is doing. That was very nice, I have never had an office do that after a surgery before! They also said we should have the biopsy results by the end of the week!!
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Postby cheekymunkee » January 19th, 2009, 5:28 pm

Hoping for GREAT news on the biopsy!!!!
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Postby madremissy » January 19th, 2009, 6:02 pm

Sending good thoughts for positive results.
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Postby blabsforbullies » January 19th, 2009, 9:44 pm

Mickle wrote:My vet is awesome! I just got a call from them checking to see how Seamus is doing. That was very nice, I have never had an office do that after a surgery before! They also said we should have the biopsy results by the end of the week!!


That is a nice touch. 8) Sounds like you have a good one! :wink:
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Postby Mickle » January 21st, 2009, 10:17 pm

Biopsy came back and its a Malignant pilomatricoma. Apparently its very rare for this to be malignant, they are usually almost always benign and its a very common problem with poodles. Its a hair follical tumor. They told me not to worry that they think they got it all and it usually doesnt come back. Heres hoping. Does anybody know anything about this? I looked it up and the only page that I could understand clearly was on a poodle forum. Thanks
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Postby Pit♥bull » January 21st, 2009, 10:29 pm

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Postby pitbullmamaliz » January 21st, 2009, 10:31 pm

A hair follicle tumor? Well at least they're confident they got it all. He's going to be fine!
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Postby hugapitbull » January 21st, 2009, 10:36 pm

I had no idea a hair follicle could be a cancer source. If they think they got it all, will they do any kind of followup? Just curious. :|

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Postby madremissy » January 21st, 2009, 10:39 pm

Sending plenty of good thought the little baby's way.
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Postby Jenn » January 21st, 2009, 10:53 pm

Hugs for you both :hug3:
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Postby blabsforbullies » January 22nd, 2009, 8:14 am

I will see if I can find any information about it. :wink:
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Postby TheRedQueen » January 22nd, 2009, 9:20 am

Mickle wrote:Biopsy came back and its a Malignant pilomatricoma. Apparently its very rare for this to be malignant, they are usually almost always benign and its a very common problem with poodles. Its a hair follical tumor. They told me not to worry that they think they got it all and it usually doesnt come back. Heres hoping. Does anybody know anything about this? I looked it up and the only page that I could understand clearly was on a poodle forum. Thanks


My basset hound had one of these...I'm pretty sure it was the same medical term. I don't remember the big fancy name, but it was a hair follicle tumor also. She used to get big fatty cysts all over her body, and went in for surgery to remove like a dozen of them. One was a big one on her front leg that didn't act quite the same way. It turned out to be a hair follicle tumor. They removed it along with the cysts. Once it was removed, it never grew back, and she never got another one (in that site or any other). :| That's why I don't remember the proper name, because it never bothered her again! :D So based on my experiences, yeah, don't worry about it! :wave2:
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Postby blabsforbullies » January 22nd, 2009, 8:12 pm

Ok... here is what I have found.... :|

Even within the veterinary community, the jury is still out with respect to the severity of this type of tumor. Not much is known about it, unfortunately. :neutral: It appears that in some cases, it can behave very aggressively, with the potential to spread. In other cases, it is only locally invasive and excision can be curative. Unfortunately, it is impossbile to know how each case will progress.

Some veterinarians are firm believers in the "watch and see" approach. In other words, monitor the site, the surrounding lymph nodes, etc and if anything pops up or changes, then back to the doctor immediately. :sad2:

Other vets suggest doing a further workup (including full body xrays and aspiration of the regional lymph nodes) to be sure everything is clear. :prescription:

The worst part is that even if it is the aggressive type, not much is known for treatment either. UUGGHH!!!! I HATE THIS TYPE OF SCENARIO!!!!! :cuss: :mad2: It leaves too much up in the air for my liking. >(

From what I have researched, it did seem that more often than not, the aggressive type was not as common. That is at least a little good news. 8)

Boy, I am sorry to be so wishy washy here. :? I wish I could provide you with more information, but it just isn't available. :bs: I would think that a consultation with an oncologist might be helpful, as I am sure that they see it more often that us regular vets! :wink3: I know that our laboratory provides free consultations with oncologists that I will often do for cases such as this. Maybe ask if this is an option for you? It never hurts to hear another opinion, right? :twocents:
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Postby Mickle » January 22nd, 2009, 8:43 pm

Thank you for the info you did gather. I will have to see what options I have I guess just to be on the safe side..Im glad I asked because I couldnt really find anything that was that helpful out there! I will look into my options and go from there. I will keep you guys posted! Thanks!
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