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The biopsy was benign. I'm not sure if it's cancer or not. The paperwork from the biopsy was from a Dog Cancer place. He has something called keratinizing ameleoblastoma. It's a tumor that grows off the jawbone, either upper or lower. Doesn't seem to metastasize so that's good. It will come back in the same spot though, some dogs as early as 6 mos others 15 mos later. They can do radiation on it but the best thing seems to be to remove that part of the jawbone. They can take it out like they did this time and it will more than likely come back. If it reoccurs too often then they do surgery to remove that part of the jawbone. It doesn't come back in a different spot so that's good, it won't show up somewhere else like a leg or other bone. It is specific to the jawbone. It's not breed specific or male/female specific. There's really no indicator as to who will get it or not. My breeder has been breeding goldens for 25 years and this is the first time she's even heard of this. The study I read didn't even include a golden. Other breeds but not a golden. I'm glad he's ok and this procedure was pretty easy for him. He ate dinner the same night.
I guess if it comes back I will just have it taken out like I did this time. The vet told me to watch that spot in his mouth and if I see anything change to bring him in right away. She said I caught this very early which is kind of scary since it seemed like a pretty big mess there to me. I can't imagine what it would have looked like if it had gone on for a long time. It's slow growing so that's good.