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Some of you may recall our story about a trip to the vet and the shannanigancs caused by my boys that resulted in a needle in my foot and dog barf all over the vet's shoe. As funny as that was, I was concerned about the vet. He just didn't seem like he was banging on all cylinders. I wondered if he was showing signs of early dementia, but dismissed it because I'm hypersensitive to that sort of stuff because of my job.
So today we went to the vet for Spencer's vaccines, and we took Elliott with us because I wanted the vet to check the cyst that has been on Elliott's neck for about a year now. It has been growing, not quickly but steadily, and is now a bit smaller than the detergent tablets you use in the dishwasher. The vet had told me that they sometimes can grow "fairly large" but if it wasn't uncomfortable it could just be watched. He confirmed what I was thinking that it was painless, and free from any under attachments to muscles etc., just within the skin layers. I asked again about it a while ago and was told all was OK.
So today, we were put in the little room and in the door walks a vet I haven't seen before. He didn't really explain why he was there instead of our long-time vet. My hubby said, "I don't think we've met" and he introduced himself but still didn't say where our vet was. Finally I asked him directly and he said he was a classmate of our vet. But our vet wanted to retire and had, so this vet bought his practice.
He checked the lump and told me he would "definitely get that out of there" as "these" can suddenly grow quite big. The smaller it is, the easier the surgery. So I asked him if he makes sure he gets the little sack out that the cyst grows in. He told me he thinks it is a skin timor, not a cyst. He pointed out that there were some tiny bumps on the surface, not completely smooth like a cyst. Then he went on to explain the surgery and testing etc.
I should never ignore that little voice inside when it is bugging me. Now I don't know what to do. I've never met this guy. Seemed nice enough but I didn't like that I had to ask why he was there. I do believe my old vet may have been slipping cognitively (I say "old" but he was younger than me LOL). It was very subtle but I'm sure now I was probably right.
Do I go ahead? Do I try another vet? I had that vet for my last 4 dogs. Anyone else will also be a stranger.
What would you guys do?