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My father had commented that our 23-pound poodle, Louie, seemed to be slowing down at nine years old, but I was shocked when the veterinarian said the lump on his underside contained a very aggressive type of cancer cells. Just before our August vacation, our daughters had taken him to the animal clinic and he was given medicine for an ear infection, as well as a shot containing multiple vaccines. That September I took Louie back to the veterinarian to be sure his ear had healed. My veterinarian told me that Louie’s ear was fine but he had found a lump on Louie’s abdomen and recommended that I watch it for any significant changes. Since I was there, I suggested that we aspirate the lump just to be safe. The results showed the lump to be a rather aggressive type of cancer. Louie was scheduled to have surgery to remove the lump the following week.