As many of you know I have two Italian Greyhounds: Voodoo & Tinkerbell. We’ve been through a lot with these two (Italian Greyhounds do tend to have quite a few problems and I think we have dealt with more than our fair share). I became their mommy before I met my husband… heck before I moved from Orange County to the mountains. They are my babies and I want the best for them.
Just a little history:
- Voodoo (DOB: 06/23/99)
- seizures (never had to put her on medication because they were not consistent)
- Thyroid issue (she was on medication for a few years until finally she lost weight and her thyroid was back on track)
- Lost a few teeth (Small mouth = BAD teeth)
- Tinkerbell(DOB: 05/14/01)
- Lost her nails (Gross! 5 years ago she lost her toe nails, all of them. They just fell off leaving the quick there unprotected. They keep growing back, but are very flimsy and crooked… and fall off.)
- Broken leg (4 years ago Tink jumped of our couch like she always does and SNAP she broke her front leg. She needed extensive surgery, but since we just had Logan we couldn’t afford to do the surgery. Luckily we have an amazing vet who was able to set her leg and cast it. Her leg will never be “normal” and she does have a limp… however, that doesn’t stop her from running around our back yard and having fun.)
So here is where I need some suggestions, Voodoo will be 13 this year (life span of an IG is 12-15 years). Here is a photo of her lump…
It started as just a little bump (notice the spot without hair ~ that is were it all began). It almost looked like a bug bite. It was raised, and then would disappear. Well, over the last 6 months it has turned into a lump about the size of a tennis ball cut in half. She also has two fatty lumps on her belly (we were told by the vet that they were nothing to worry about since you could grab them and move them… they are not attached to the muscle). I know some of you are shocked that I haven’t taken her into the vet, but to be honest money is tight so we are waiting for our tax refund to make our next move PLUS this lump/bump seems to be a fatty lump. I can grab it and move it around (GROSS).
Any suggestions or common stories would be appreciated. Feel free to leave a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.