My GSD has a cyst on her side. What should I do?

by Linda Sisto
(Altoona, PA)

My GSD has a cyst on her left side. Recently I noticed that it felt harder. I had a golden retreiver that had 3 cysts and I had them removed and she died 3 months later.

I am afraid to do have it removed for that reason. It does not cause her pain, nor does it slow her down. What do you think?

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Dec 17, 2009
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by: Lisa Fleming

Do not have them removed until they pull a biospy. How old is your GSD. Golden Retrievers and GSD both have a high risk of a type of cancer called Hemangiosarcoma. It can be a skin only type or it can be within internal organs such as spleen, liver, heart, lungs.

Please call me at 678-988-8440. I live in GA and can tell you all about this. From eight years forward a yearly ultra sound on spleen, liver, heart can be very beneficial.

If found early, chemo can buy some time but this cancer cannot be cured. I just lost Baron at 10 and was shocked at how nasty this caners acts.

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