Q. Will surgery for breast tumor removal put my dog back into her Idiopathic Immune-Mediated Polyarthritis? She has been doing fine for past 15 months.

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A. It is possible that stress may exacerbate any underlying symptoms of previous illnesses, however your vet has likely determined that removing the mass outweighs side effects associated with it. If you are concerned about symptoms returning, it is best to voice your concerns with the veterinarian treating your dog so that they can monitor your dog's progress and treat any flare ups as needed.

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