I have a 13 year old male Yellow Labrador Retriever who has suddenly (I think) developed a tumor on him abdomen above his hip. When he walks it bulges out when he puts his left hind leg forward. Anyway, I took him to his regular veterinarian today who did a needle biopsy on the tumor. From this he determined that it is a solid tumor (not a fatty deposit or a fluid filled cyst) and he want to surgically remove it. He said he couldn’t determine from the cells that he extracted whether or not it was benign or malignant. My question is whether or not it is common practice to surgically remove tumors on dogs without knowing exactly what you are dealing with? My dog is already beating the odds (he’ll be 14 in a few months) and if he has a benign tumor that he can live with I’m not sure it would make sense to put him through a surgery. Oh, I guess that it’s worth mentioning that he seems to not be bothered by the tumor (no apparent pain), and he seems like his usual self… great appetite and overall healthy.
Thanks in advance for any insight/advice.