June 19th 2012 6:44 am
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Well the peeps did lots of thinking last night. Mom also did lots of crying as only the momma can. Now mom used to work in Veterinary Pathology and she knows that a Mast Cell Carcinoma (MCC) tumor can be very aggressive. Initially they thought about just watching the initial surgery site rather than having the surgeon go back in and do a surgery where wider margins would be taken.
Since the initial biopsy showed cancer cells so close to edge of the initial surgery, it may all be out, or there may still be some nasty cells in there. My MCC is categorized as a Stage 2 and the prognosis for MCC tumors caught at Stage 1 or 2 that have had a complete surgical excision are very good. Chemo and radiation would be other options.
Mom is going to make an appointment with my vet and hopefully we can get in this week and discuss a second surgery with him.
Zaidie, if you could tell me how to hook up a gin and tonic drip for the momma that would be appreciated. Hopefully it is similar to the vodka drip you have for your momma.
June 18th 2012 2:53 pm
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Mom just got a call from the vet and the biopsy reveals that I have/had a Mast Cell Tumor. My surgeon did do a very wide excision when he removed the initial tumor. The treatment options are to just watch the site of the surgery for any recurrence or to have him go back in now and do a much wider excision of the area.
Due to my age, right now mom and the vet are leaning towards just keeping an eye on the site of the initial tumor and hopefully it doesn't recur.
Thank you again for all the good wishes and the rosettes that I have been sent. I am healing well and my incision looks good and apparently that is a good sign in regards to my diagnosis.
June 13th 2012 4:07 pm
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The momma just phoned the vet's office to see if the biopsy results are back yet. Apparently the vet had phoned the Veterinary College about the results today, and was told they still aren't available. We are hoping that no news means good news. We will keep you pups updated once we know.
June 7th 2012 10:37 am
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Thank you Dogster for naming me one of the Diary Picks of the Day today! Thank you also to the pals that have sent pawmails and rosettes to help me celebrate today.
I am doing good, but just wish I could run and chase things. There have been deer and rabbits in my yard and all I can do is bark at them! The nerve of those critters to taunt me like that!
Thanks again everypup!
June 4th 2012 11:20 am
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Good morning pups, I am just waking up from surgery so I will let my mom talk to you. Hugs, Abby.
I just got a call from the vet and Abby is just waking up from the anesthetic. On removing the growth/tumor it wasn't immediately apparent what it might be, so he asked me if he could send it to the Veterinary College for histological testing. Hopefully we will have the results of this by the end of the week or by next week at the latest. I will be able to pick her up around 3:00 p.m. this afternoon.
Hopefully the histological results show that the lump/tumor is nothing to worry about. We will keep you posted once we get the results. Thank you for the pawmails, rosettes and continued good wishes.
June 1st 2012 11:48 am
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Well pups, I am back from the vet and I am scheduled for surgery on Monday morning.
The vet examined the lump and got a worried look on his face. Mom has never seen him have a worried look on his face, even when I ruptured my CCL he didn't get that expression. He looked at my chart on the computer, asked mom a few more questions then examined the lump again and then looked at my gums to see what color they were.
He told mom she had reason to be worried, of course that made her worry more. He said he really doesn't know what it is but it doesn't feel or look like a fatty lump and if he could have removed it today, he would have. The lump is not quite the size of a golf ball and it is a dark purple in color.
Please do not send rosettes, but if you could send me lots of positive thoughts for Monday when I have my surgery that would be appreciated.
May 31st 2012 7:26 pm
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If you pups could spare a positive thought for me for tomorrow it would be appreciated. Mom was rubbing my belly this afternoon and noticed a growth on it. She got all upset and made me a vet appointment for tomorrow morning.
We are hoping it might just be an infection of some kind, but we will keep you posted. Please do not send any rosettes, just a positive thought that it isn't anything serious is all I need. Hugs!
May 24th 2012 9:29 am
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It has finally stopped raining here, and the momma and I decided to go for a nice morning walk. The momma suggested we go to the river, and I got all excited and away we started on down the path to the river.
As soon as we got to the bottom of the riverbank I started acting strangely according to the momma. I circled around her, stopped in front of her and then started back up the riverbank, I only stopped once to make sure she was following me up. When the momma was halfway up the riverbank she stopped and looked back down. She saw a big black head and two yellow eyes staring back at her.
We are both pretty sure that was a wolf.
May 8th 2012 6:48 am
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Well pups, apparently silence is golden! I do not agree with this.
You see, I like to bark. There are many critters that wander onto my property and I must bark at all of them. If they happen to wander onto the property at 1:30 a.m. or 4:30 a.m. I must bark at them. I must! I must warn the peeps about the trespassers!
The last few days the peeps have had colds and have been trying to get some extra sleep. Is it my fault that at 4:30 a.m. those two deer were in the yard and I had to bark at them and thus wake everybody up? Is it my fault the peeps couldn't get back to sleep after that?
In an effort to get more sleep, last night the peeps actually pulled down all the blinds in the house, thus rendering me no view to the outside world all night. I think this is cruel and unusual treatment. Luckily for me, when mom pulled up the blinds this morning, I got to bark first at a rabbit and then a fox!
May 4th 2012 7:37 am
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Yesterday I really surprised daddy.
It was in the evening and I was lying in my favorite spot on the dining room floor right in front of the patio doors that go out onto the deck. Suddenly I start barking and barking and the peeps come to see what I was barking about. At first mom thought she saw our neighbors dog in the yard and was gonna let me out, and then she realized that it was coyote and a rather big one at that. Mom decided not to let me out and I kept barking at that coyote that was trespassing on my land!
Dad decided that both me and him should go outside and see where the coyote went. We get outside and dad goes in the direction the coyote was last seen in and I went racing down the drive. Dad calls me back and I go racing by him and down the path to the river as fast as I could. Dad couldn't believe how fast I ran!
He said to mom when we came back in that for an old girl with a bum leg I can race with the best of them!