As I write this my poor little dog is undergoing an operation.
We took her to the vets last night as she had a lump that had suddenly got quite big.
It turned out that the lump was a cancerous growth on the mammary gland and it had become infected hence the sudden increase in size.
On further inspection the vet found another small lump behind the large one. So she stayed at the vets last night and will be operated on around about now.
They are going to remove the large lump, put her on a course of antibiotics and then remove the smaller one at a later date. They also said that it may be an idea to get her spade as well to stop any recurring growths. But we'll see what happens as she's 12 years old now, I don't know yet how beneficial it would be to her. I have a friend who's a vet so will have to see what she recomends when I see her next week. In the meantime we just have to wait and hope that she comes out of the operation ok, we'll know at 2PM.
Edited to add she is now home minus 1 yucky growth! Looking well but feeling a bit sorry for herself, which is exactly how my wallet feels as it's £201 lighter! She has painkillers and antibiotics to take then has to go back in 10 days to remove the stitches and to check on the smaller lump. Thankyou for all your thoughts.