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Hey all!! It's been crazy around my house since the East Coast Tripawd Party! I just had minor surgery for a kidney stone, and work has been insane. I'm posting on here because I'm trying not to freak out.... 

A little bit ago, maybe a month or more, I noticed a hard bony "growth" on Domino's jaw bone. I tried to dismiss it originally as part of his normal anatomy, but I can tell now that its not. If he's looking nose up to the sky and I feel his bottom jaw line, one side feels skinny and normal, and the other side about halfway up is very hard, bumpy, and wide. Not at all like the other side. I've been freaking out, and am terrified he has some sort of bone cancer in his jaw... Of course last week when I was getting more concerned about it, his vet was out of town. I work at a very nice boarding facility thats owned by a vet clinic, so I luckily have access to an amazing vet (who also happens to be a certified rehab therapist should Dom ever need him). So today is my first day back at work officially since my surgery last week, so I need to look at the schedule and see if he can be seen tomorrow or Wednesday. My biggest worry with something like this is A) can anything even be done? If its cancer in his jaw, he can't live without his jaw like he could a limb.... B) if anything can be done, ie radiation, or chemo to slow progression, I can't afford it. That would all have to be done at a specialty clinic, and that's simply not even remotely in my budget. 

I'm going to feel like the worst dog parent in the world if it is a type of cancer and I could have taken him in a month ago. I keep checking his jaw everyday hoping that it's nothing, I also check the inside of his mouth for any additional growth. 

Domino is my heart dog... I never knew the meaning of that phrase until I met him. I can't imagine something happening to him, I don't know what I'd do. Again, I'm trying not to freak out, but it's not that easy with something potentially so serious. Hopefully he can be seen tomorrow, but I would imagine I'd have to schedule another follow up appointment for sedation and xrays since it's in such a tricky spot. For now, fingers and paws crossed that it's nothing major...

Cassie and Domino

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Of course you're freaking out! That's what we ALL do soooo well around here!! AND....what we also do so well around here is exhales a huge sign of relief when we find out our "freak outs" were over nothing at all!!

I have nooo clue what's going on, but it sounds like "it's" not bothering Domino in the least and is notnpainful at all. To me, thst indicates that many times a feeling of extra bone is nothing at all

I hope Clare won't mind me telling this story a out Meg. She fretted kver a boney growth on Meg's leg. Scared the heck out of her. I think she thought it was changing and was different from the vone kn the other leg too. The Vet confirmed it was just actually her normal bone!!!!

And so orry you had to deal with your kidney issue. Don't want anything happening to our Cassie!! So typical arpund here rhough. We focus totally on any lump or bump on our dogs and cats, and downplay anything "little" like KIDNEY SURGERY!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Lots of love Cassie....And to Alex and all the wonderful pack

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I hope Clare won't mind me telling this story a out Meg. She fretted kver a boney growth on Meg's leg. Scared the heck out of her. I think she thought it was changing and was different from the vone kn the other leg too. The Vet confirmed it was just actually her normal bone!!!!

Of course I don't mind! This topic caught my eye for precisely that reason. Yup, you obviously want to get it checked, but I'll bet it's just that his jaw is not symmetrical. Meg's leg definitely does have a boney 'growth'/lump that is not there on the other leg, but it's nothing to worry about at all. Just a normal part of the joint, that for some reason is much less prominent in the other leg. Is it possible he bashed his jaw as a puppy or something? I think the fact that it is clearly not painful or warm to touch or anything like that is a reassuring sign, though I KNOW nothing is going to reassure you until the vet has checked him over.

Sorry about the kidney stone. I understand they can be terribly painful. I do hope you'll be able to relax a bit and take some time out to recover.

Big hug,

Meg, Clare and Elsie Pie xxx

Meg, Mutt, aged around 8, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
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Hey Cassie! Yikes glad you are recuperated from the surgery. Be good to yourself, panic isn't good for the body 🙂

Please don't search Google and don't freak yourself out. There is no point in speculating at this point. Not even the best vet can tell what a lump or bump is without a diagnostic, which I know you already understand. Of course when it's your own animal it's impossible not to freak out. But you can do it!

I'm not even going to go there on the subject of cancer in the jaw OK? Because you most definitely don't need to freak out over something like this until you know if it's what you're dealing with. Hang tight and get it checked out. We're all cheering for a B9 lumpy bumpy! Keep us posted.

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I ditto what the others have said.  Breathe deep.  Get it checked out.  Keep us informed


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Sending hugs to you and Dom!  And yes please stay of Dr Google!  Get it checked out and we'll be waiting somewhat impatiently here as patience is mostly not our biggest virtue.    ❤️❤️❤️

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