We've had such a shock. Archie had a small swelling on his nose last week and when I lifted his gum (very gently as he wasn't very keen) I could see that his upper gum was very swollen and exuding matter. At the vets they suggested it was probably an absess but he was admitted for further examination and xrays plus a biopsy and after a day spent mostly asleep as they cleaned and probed him, Archie came home a week ago and made a good recovery. I was told that I had to wait 5 days for results of the histology of the biopsy but to be honest I'd forgotton all about it as he seemed as right as rain, the swelling had gone down and I presumed it was an absess.
Then last night we had the bombshell. Squamous cell tumour of the upper jaw, with the jaw already eaten away to a degree and the prognosis not good. Apparently its invasive but slow growing and they give him 6-8 months which they admit is fairly optimistic.
We've only had him 1 1/2 years and he is the most perfect dog you could ever want. 100% with people, dogs, cats, poultry and the most loving companion ever. He is 10 in November but never stops running as he's a german shorthaired pointer. He's black and quite unlike any other gsh pointer I've ever seen.
He is so happy with us and life seems so unfair to have this happen to him.
Has anyone else had experience of this disease.