As I mentioned in an earlier post, we got Kota shaved earlier this week. She is now a lot more comfortable (and funny looking) in this hot, humid weather. Under all of that hair we found a relatively sizable lump. I took her to the vet later that afternoon and we learned that she has a malignant tumor called a Mast Cell tumor. She is having surgery to get it removed on Monday. They'll then send the tumor to the pathologist who will be able to tell us how serious it is, if they got it all, and if there needs to be any follow up treatment. The good news is that the tumor is in an area with a lot of skin so they will be able to cut around and get good margins since the skin can stretch. It also is likely encapsulated in fat so isn't connected to tissue around it. I'm feeling optimistic.
Kota's Mat Cell Tumor
Please send good vibes our way!
Notice how big her collar is on her now that her mane has been shaved.