Poor Bernice, the eldest of our three dogs (at 9 years old), is getting lumps and bumps. A few months back, she got a bump on her head. The vet used a needle to check it and couldn't tell anything from what he drew out. So we let him surgically remove it. He thought it looked bad, but the lab said it wasn't cancerous. We were very thankful for that, although Bernice wasn't thrilled with having gone through that. Not that I can blame her--she didn't know why she had to endure that pain!
So now she has another bump on her head (actually two--one tiny and the other larger). It wasn't cancerous last time, so I only called the vet's office. I'm not rushing her in there this time. After all, he had no idea what it was last time. Also, she HATES going to the vet.
I just feel like there must be something to do for her. She's getting arthritic, too. For that, we give her Synovicre every night. That seems to have helped, but I worry about the future.
If any of my Bernice's issues (bumps of unknown origin, arthritis or anything else) cause her discomfort, I want to be able to give her something to help. So far, the vet has acted like there's no such thing as pain meds for dogs, but there must be something. I'll find it! If my puppy gets really sick and is suffering, that's another issue, but if she has the aches and pains of age, then we'll need something to make sure she has good quality of life in the months and years ahead.
If anyone has any advice, it's always welcome!
And if anyone knows what these bumps might be, I'm all ears. If it helps, Bernice is (as far as we have ever been able to tell) part Doberman Pinscher (or is that Doberperson Pinscher these days?) and part German Shepherd.