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April 13, 2016

Post op update on Lulu belle our English bulldog


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Hello tripawd family! It’s been a minute since we have been able to post anything re: the progress of our little princess, but we’re happy to inform everyone that she’s coping well on 3 legs! We will be celebrating her 2 month post amputation in 5 days, & our little princess just had her 8th birthday last Sunday.


She’s a proud & protective sissy to our 6week old baby boy. Lulu protects him & watches his every move. She also licks him to death which tickles his little feet! It just melts our heart seeing them together. 🙂

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Sadly we have had some set back which we’re still trying to figure out. She’s had several bumps show up on her body which resembles mast cell tumors when you look for information on the Internet. 3 popped up after her surgery & our vet said that it’s viral. He suggested freezing the one on her lip which didn’t take so he lasered it off along with one of the tumors on her front R leg. Last Wednesday we had an appointment to take the souchers out & expressed to our vet that we found more of these bumps all over her belly & mouth which resembles mast cell tumors. We have placed her on benedryl to see if it would help any, but the tumors continue to spread. They also have been leaking/bursting which scares us.  Our vet was confident that they’re still viral, but we opted to get a sample to send out for a histopath. We are not giving up on her battle with cancer, but it seems as if amputating her L leg didn’t stop it from spreading. We just want to find out what it is we are battling since its been a struggle to find out any answers with any of the vets here in Dallas. In addition to that, we hate seeing her go to the vet every week, then leaving her for multiple surgeries which seems unnecessary when more of these tumors keep popping up.

We’re hoping to have answers soon enough, & if anyone has seen these bumps on their pets please let us know if there’s any remedy for them.  It’s been a roller coaster ride for the past 2 years, but her spirits remain high. I can’t imagine a day without hearing her snore or gazing into our faces with her sweet smile. Thank you again for the tripawd family for your support & love throughout our journey.


  1.    benny55 — April 14, 2016 @ 12:22 am

    The poctures of Lul and her “brother”…OMD! A heartwarming and sacred treasured picture!

    A d the birthday picture of Lulu Belle stylin her hat and eyeing all the goodies..ADORABLENESS!!

    I just love this dog!!

    I’m sure your frustrated beyond words with this latest “challenge”.

    Suggestion: Post under a thread in the forums called “Ask A Vet” with pictures. You .ay be able to get some valuable help from ner.

    Also, Laren, Pug Maggies’s mom, will see it and she is very knowledgeable along these lines too.

    I’ll be watching for their input.
    It does seem as though it could be something “viral” The sample will be cultured to help determine cause, right?



    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

  2.    jerry — April 20, 2016 @ 3:56 pm

    OH guys, sorry we are just seeing this now.

    First, congrats on the new baby AND Lu’s fabulous ampuversary! She looks wonderful overall!

    I’m just so sorry you’re dealing with this cancer. It’s damn unfair! You are in an area with great vet care. Which oncologists are you consulting with? If you’re not happy with their recommendations, I highly recommend a long distance consult with either Texas A&M or Colorado State, both are happy to give consults based on Lu’s history. Ask your vet for a referral or how they can work together with the schools, any good vet will be happy to do so.

    Keep us posted OK? Sending lots of love your way.

  3.    krun15 — April 21, 2016 @ 3:25 pm

    Has the vet done any needle aspirations of the lumps? In my experience mast cell is often quite clear under the microscope- my vet does it right in the office. Of course it’s not foolproof but it was correct for us 100% of the time (around 20 mcts on two pugs over several years, and one non-mct on one pug).
    My second pug Tani had recurring MCTs. The first 3 were removed with the big resection. Several years later tumors started again. I had 3 removed with a punch and a couple stitches each but before that path report came back a couple more popped up. After consult with my vets we decided to stop removing them.
    Obviously the first step is a firm diagnosis. From my experience you can’t tell a MCT by looking at it, the tumors my pugs had didn’t look like the ones in your pictures.
    BTW- your young man is very handsome- look at all that hair! Congratulations.
    I’m glad that Lulu seems to be doing well otherwise and happy birthday.

    Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

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