No one expects to find an unexplained mass growing on their pet. You've given him the right food, he's drinking the right water, and his health in all other aspects are 100%. Why is he growing a mass?! For me this experience was very nerve wrecking and I'd like to share what I learned in hopes it will help you.
I discovered a while back that commercial dog food causes cancer so I started cooking for my Pom years ago. The wonders it had on his health were incredible. Not only iss he off every medication the vet prescribed him but he's so full of energy that no one ever guesses he's a senior dog. One morning, mid January 2017, I found a hard lump growing on his lower right jaw. I tried to remain calm because other than that his energy, appetite, and overall health seemed fine. I began rubbing cannabis oil and cannabis alcohol on the mass everyday. I started giving him Melatonin (3mg twice a day) again in case it was allergy related. I began adding Vitamin C (75mg twice a day) and Spirulina to boost his immune system. (CAUTION: Vitamin C should only be given sparingly. Unlike humans dogs create their own vitamin C. The production of this may slow down as they age so a boost may be necessary. Continued use of vitamin C may prevent them from being able to produce their own in the future.)
The mass had a hard outter rim with a soft squishy center. When the mass did not go away after a week I brought him to the doctor. Salivary cyst? Tumor? Lipoma? 2 doctors, one specialist, one Cytology report, and $700 later I found out that the mass was not cancerous and that no one knew what it was. Being a 16 year old Pomeranian his teeth are in very bad shape. I figured the mass was an infection caused by tooth decay and bad gums. The doctor put him on the antibiotic, Clyndamycin. After a week of antibiotics the appearance of his gums improved but the mass did not which according to the doctor was, "Very strange." We decided to try another week of antibiotics just to see. The mass grew to a very scary size.
Other than seemingly like the mass itched like crazy my Pom did not seemed bothered by it. Eventually the mass popped. Luckily we were already on the way to the doctor's office. Puss and blood oozed out of it for a few hours and I thought that was that. But after everything came out there was still a lump. The doctor wanted to avoid the topic of surgery but considering the mass did not go away and that it was very hard he said that it was time to consider cutting it out. I was still not convinced and told him I wanted to get the opinion of a holistic vet first. I felt very calm because again other than the mass my Pom seemed fine.
I made sure to keep the wound clean and I did a heat compress daily to help sooth and heal it. I had the vet shave the area to keep it extra sanitary and easy to clean.
The holistic vet took a look, asked what supplements I was giving and what kind of diet he was on. "What we need to do now is boost his immune system so his body can fight off whatever this is." She then gave me supplements to boost was I was already giving him. She added Rx Vitamins for Pets Liquid Immuno (A mushroom supplement. Caution: there is fructose in it.) and LubriSyn|HA Hyaluronic Acid Joint Supplement (This boosts the Dasaquin Glucosamine I'm already giving him). I told her I was also using cannabis oil on the wound. She said, "Keep doing that." I love that holistic vets don't treat plants like they're the devil. Within a week the mass was gone!
Also in his trip to the holistic vet he got acupuncture for his arthritis. It's been a while since I've seen him so relaxed. I saw the stiffness lift when he walked and ran. Maybe I'm an extremist but I never think surgery is the best option. I hope this blog helps you and your furry loved one. When conventional doctors are stumped try a holistic approach.