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Unread 12-25-2010, 05:52 PM   #1
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Exclamation Tying off a tumor?

Posting for my sister in law, 15 year old Maltese with benign orange size tumor hanging from belly. Vet said dog would not survive anesthesia. My old Italian relatives used to talk about tying off to remove moles. But this practiced stopped. I'm sure some culture is tying off something somewhere. I'd love to know what would happen if this dog's tumor was tied off. ( I'm not doing it, just want to know what the implications are)

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The implications depend on the nature of the tumor. The tissue in a tumor needs a blood supply, and tumors tend to be very vascular. Tying off a vascular tumor could put the dog at risk for septicemia, gangrene, or a host of other infections. Tying off a mole or wart vs tying off an orange-sized tumor are very different things. The practice your old Italian relatives talked about stopped for a reason. Bloodletting as a general treatment for everything from mental illness to throat infections was practiced until the late 19th century by doctors, psychiatrists and veterinarians. I'm sure someone somewhere is still practicing venipuncture as a general medical treatment, but that doesn't make it a good idea.

If the tumor is benign, and the dog is old enough that it would not tolerate surgery to remove the tumor, then I'd leave it alone.
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