It’s no secret that Polar loves to roll in a variety of disgusting organic debris; it’s usually kind of funny and at worst, it’s gross, but can always be bathed away. It makes her happy as hell, so, I usually don’t mind (I become slightly annoyed when I’m taking her out before work or social obligation and she decides to roll in the most disgusting thing she can...😁). In late February, while Poopyhead-Rue was at @AMCNY for her spay (and cancelled leg amputation surgical procedure), I was thankful for Polar’s ground-rolling shenanigans. It was an unseasonably warm day, we were outside enjoying it and the rolling ensued. While she was rolling, I noticed a suspicious and new growth on her left front leg.
At the time, it was small, but rapidly grew in size over the next 5-7 days. I brought her into work with me, had the growth aspirated by our awesome vet and the samples were sent to the @idexxlab for a pathologist to read. The results only took two days to come in, but the wait time was agonizing; although I tried not to die a thousand deaths about what it could be, I did, and quite a bit of crying occurred over that period of time.
The results reported the growth as a histiocytoma, a benign skin tumor that regresses over a three month period (see the 4th photo - it’s mostly resolved)! Histiocytomas are somewhat unusual in dogs over the age of three, but, everything about Polar is fairly unusual - haha!
The moral of this story is, take your dogs/pets in for regular veterinary care, don’t blindly follow the advice of Dr. Google or people on social media who aren’t veterinarians. If you have questions, or something is suggested to you, ask your vet, they are happy to answer and advise you, that is part of their job. ❤️ #PolarPigAndRalph #AdoptTheCropped #PittieLove #ElderBull #pitbulllove #pitbullgram_ #pittieparty #pittiesofinsta #pittie #AdoptDontShop #dbmp #pitbulls #pitbullsarelove #pitbullsofig #thedodo #flapsofdestiny #seniordog #blackdog #blackdogsrule #blackdogsofinstagram #proudpitbull_feature #croppedears #ruffpost #bullylife #weeklyfluff #VeterinaryMedicine