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Hello Rob and all Golden Retriever Family
I happened upon this Forum a few days ago with a google search and already have found answers, encouragement and topics to deeply consider. Last week we discovered a hard firm mass, size of my palm, on our youngest Golden's shoulder area. I swear, it was not on her back the day before. Bailey is 7yrs old, will be 8 in Sept., and as healthy as a puppy. She's in excellent shape and people always guess her to be much younger, daily swims 20 laps at a time, literally, in our pool. She and her mama, Abbie play wrestle pretty roughly, so wondering if it could be a torn or pulled muscle, tendon or ligament.
I found a forum here that sounded just like what we are going through with a beloved pet, 'Selka.' And Selka's outcome was not good, and is breaking my heart. Cancer took 'Debles' equally feisty pet in such a short time.
Saturday 2/25/12. our vet attempted a needle aspiration several times, without success, but understandably, much pain to Bailey. It seems to be very deep in the tissue, and appears not to be in the bone, scapula. Waiting for vet to send Xrays and will post.
I am including current pictures of her back right shoulder and 'before.'
Hope to hear some options, ideas, hope...
And prayers for my baby girl appreciated,
Cynthia
 

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Bailey is a beautiful girl and I am so sorry you are facing this unknown health problem.
Selka's story touched many, many hearts on GRF and there are tears in my eyes just typing his name.

What did your vet say about the mass? When does he/she expect the x-rays to be read? Those can give you some guidance on where to go from here.

I'll say a prayer for you and your girl.
 

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I’m so sorry you and Bailey are facing a potentially difficult time. I have no advice to offer but hope that the mass does turn out to be a pulled ligament or other relatively benign issue. She is a gorgeous girl, and I’ve got fingers crossed that she and Abbie will be happily wrestling again very soon.
 

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Thank you GR family for quick welcomes and responses. Because Vet tried unsuccessfully to go deep enough into Bailey's muscle for aspirations, (we were told procedure needed a longer needle than the 2 1/2 or 3 inch she was using) they also took XRays. XRays did not show any broken or superficially bruised areas, but did show 'something deep in the tissue' that needs to be checked. Vet was concerned it could be cancer, a mast cell potentially because it came on so quickly. Yikes, a day?! Did say she was passing on XRays to an oncologist and would get back with me yesterday, Monday. She called with nothing yet from oncologist, but did suggest a longer needle aspiration needing to put Bailey to sleep for the procedure.
I'm still waiting to hear what oncologist reports. Also wondering why they did not do any blood work or suggest at this point.
Thank you again for concern,
Cynthia
 

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Welcome. I'm sorry you are facing such a worrisome issue. Is there a way that your vet could refer you directly to the oncologist to do the tests? For me it would be worthwhile to hear it first hand. Just an idea. I'll pray that it turns out to be a pulled muscle or ligament that can heal with time or repair and nothing more serous.
 
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Selka's story is one that greatly saddened this community, but not all stories on this forum end up as sadly. We do have a lot of miracles and a lot of false alarms.

Praying that this is a false alarm and that it is something of the benign nature.

My MacKenzie did have a abscess on her head, it showed up overnight, and her head was swelled significantly. Luckily I saw her bang her head on the refrigerator, so the vet wasn't as concerned about it being cancer - yet.
 

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Sending positive thoughts, and prayers for good news.
 

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Cynthia

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Praying for Bailey and you.
 
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Welcome, So sorry you have found the forum under these circumstances.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your beautiful girl.
Thank you Carolina Mom of Roxy. I don't know if you saw my message to you about Roxy's smile, but that same closed eyed toothy grin is what my Bailey does. So intentional and how wonderful for our animals to take on such a wonderful human trait. I hope I can capture 'Baileykins' smile like you were able to! Makes me smile looking at your Roxy!
Please keep prayers going for my little girl's shoulder.
Cynthia
 

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Who is the vet sending the x-rays to? Did they give you an idea of when they might know something?

My regular vet never did the aspirations. He always sent us to a specialist for that.

I'm icing my back down daily right now for an upper back strain. I don't love it but it isn't too bad. You could try a cold pack on Bailey and see if it reduces the size of the swelling. I just hate waiting and the cold pack wouldn't hurt and might help.
 
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