My 11-year old husky has had an acanthamatous (sp?) epulis removed a month ago and the tumor has now regrown to greater than its original size. The vet says that the only way to completely remove it is a partial jaw resection but that this is a major operation with significant recovery time. Is this surgery an appropriate answer for a dog of this age who already suffers from arthritis after three leg surgeries? Is it possible to feed him soft foods (which he enjoys) and hope the epulis doesn't grow so large as to interfere with swallowing etc. I am very reluctant to subject Beau to a prolonged and painful recovery at his age. Thank you for your opinion.
An epulis usually involves the soft tissue ( gums ), not the bone. I do not see why the bone needs to be resected. I recommend that you go for a second opinion. If there is a dental specialist ( specialty hospital ) in your area then go there. Sometimes the epulis can get large and cause problems with chewing etc..In this case I would have it removed. vetcare