After a wonderful meet up with Jackie, Terri and Di, I came home and found out Dali has a black growth growing on her tummy.  I took her to the vet right away on Monday, and of course it has to be removed.  They did some presurgery bloodwork that day.  I posted a photo here in case anyone knows what this is.  I am concerned it is cancer but it is only on the skin so removal should produce good results.  It looks like a little black sponge

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Comment by Karen Pug Mommy on December 29, 2012 at 8:08pm

Hi Elena, thanks for your message.  I will remember the idea of using laser if it happens again.

Comment by Elena on December 28, 2012 at 9:36am

I wish I had seen this sooner. I could have told you not to worry. Petunia got one of those on her leg when she was about 16 and had it removed with laser (no anesthesia because she is an older gal). She has one on her lower lip that we can't remove and it hasn't stopped her from living life (she is now 17 and still incredibly active). 

Comment by Jackie Hiras on October 26, 2012 at 11:35am

GREAT NEWS KAREN!!!  You must be so relieved that she got the clear and is all set and ready for surgery!  I'll be thinking and praying for you guys.  Please keep us posted :)

Comment by Karen Pug Mommy on October 26, 2012 at 10:33am

GOOD NEWS!! Dali is cleared for surgery.  I spoke with her vet and they will bring her into the hospital the night before for IV fluids and just charge a one night boarding fee.  She siad her kidney issue is not too serious yet and this surgery will be a quick one.  She suspects it is melanoma but in dogs not all melanoma is a cancer so it will be sent out to the lab.  She will go into the hospital next Tuesday night and I'll bring her home on Wednesday.

Comment by Helena Brown on October 25, 2012 at 11:33am

Sorry Karen I had not read this before I asked how Dali was. Poor soul but at least you know about it and can give her the care she needs. As they say she can live months or she can live years and as long as she is happy that is the best any of us can expect. She at least will be living in the bosom of her family and I know you will all fuss over her and love her. As Terri says you will do what is best for her.

Comment by Pug Chick on October 25, 2012 at 9:42am

Karen I feel so bad for not having seen this days ago.  I have no idea how these things slip by me.  Anyhow I have been catching up reading all that's been going on with Dali.  I agree with you on not doing anything her body is not possibly going to be able to handle.  Have you heard anything about the spot/growth yet?  I will be praying it is nothing.  You have given Dali a new lease on life since you have had her and I know she is most appreciative.  Keep doing what you do.  I know you will do what is best for her.  Many hugs for the two of you.

Comment by Jackie Hiras on October 25, 2012 at 6:11am

Karen I wish I could be more positive like you.  You have such a way of looking at things.  You are a wonderful Mommy to Dali and I know you will do what's best for her.  Please keep us updated and we will keep her in our prayers.  Christine - Guido has a couple of spots like that on his tummy too which I brought to the vets attention and they are nothing to be concerned of. 

Comment by Karen Pug Mommy on October 24, 2012 at 5:49pm

Thanks everyone for the support :).  The growth is separate from the kidney disease and it isn't an age spot.   Heck it might be nothing so why risk removing it.  I did some reading on kidney disease in dogs and it can't be reversed and by the time a vet discovers it where there are symptoms the kidneys are at least 2/3 damaged.  I think in the future I am going to get my other pugs tested for it when they are around 8 or so cause it can be curbed and not allowed to get so bad.  It' s like a hidden disease that has no symptoms til damage sets in.  Dali does pee and drink alot.  The one vet said it was the early stages.  She could live for quite a while with good care - months to a couple of years.  Heck she'll be 12 next March anyway.  I like our vet alot so I do need to see what she says.  Dali is my adopted foster and has the luxury of being a pet in a home and not a breeding show dog in a kennel. (albeit a nice kennel).  When Souffle had surgery at age 13 the rescue vet said she could withstand the surgery and she died 3 days later with liver/kidney failure which was not a pretty sight.  And she had 3 days of pain.  I just can't see risking this with Dali - especially if perhaps the growth is nothing.

Comment by Christine London-Camper on October 24, 2012 at 4:21pm

Hi Karen,

Oh gosh so hard to hear that my heart dropped for you. What exactly is the renal disease and is that black spot from it? I am worried now because I see a little black spot on sophies tummy:( Not raised or anything almost looks like an age spot. I guess you will find out more when you see your own vet. Please let us know and hopefully because it is early they can reveres it! How old is Dali?

Pug hugs!

Comment by Di's spoiled kids on October 24, 2012 at 3:47pm

Oh Karen I am so sorry to hear about the poor dear.  Hopefully the Hills K/D diet will help her out.  The renal disease is that what they discovered with the pee sample, nothing to do with the growth?  You are right ot speak to the vet, why put her through something if it is not hurting her, she and you do not need any extra worries.  Keep us informed, and we will be thinking about her

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