Got the Little Bugger

Late Tuesday night, after I put up THIS POST, Meadow’s lump came back again, and as luck would have it, this time it stuck around – through last night when we optimistically fasted Meadow, and into this morning, when it was so tiny, it was barely visible.

But it was still there…and we hurried her to our vet first thing.

Along with the mystery lump, we asked the vet to remove a confirmed cyst which we noticed had been growing, and we also asked him to look at a malformed nipple that had an odd growth crop up on the side of it recently. He took a peek and suggested that he could remove that too. Not the growth, but the entire nipple…

While we agreed, all I could think was, “Ouch! Poor Meadow.”

Not only did it sound extremely painful, Meadow has always had enlarged nipples because she had pups while on the run, and now she will be lopsided. Maybe I should look into implants? And why not? They sell them for neutered males you know. Think I’m kidding? Nope. They’re called “Neuticles” and their slogan is: “It’s like nothing ever changed.”

Take from that what you will.

Although I’m attempting to poke fun in order to stay sane, I worried about Meadow’s surgery today, and I’m happy to say she’s home now and I’m thankful we finally got the little bugger OUT. Upon examination, our vet felt that only the suspected mast cell tumor needed to go out for an official biopsy. The cyst looked like a cyst when he cut it open, and the thing on the nipple looked like a pustule, (think pimple), but he kept the tissue just in case it is ever needed. Hopefully, it won’t be.

I'm so DONE with surgeries!

As for the suspect growth, (which was smaller than a dime), our vet did his best to get very wide margins, (as you can see by this photo), so I’m hopeful of a good outcome even if it turns out to be a second tumor. We should have the results of the biopsy in 5 to 7 days, at which point I’ll update with the results – but until then, please keep Little Miss Meadow in your thoughts and prayers.

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23 Responses so far.

  1. jan says:

    We’ve had our share of these kinds of surgeries all with good outcomes. I’d say don’t worry, but that’s what we do.

  2. Jodi says:

    Goodness Donna, I’m so glad you finally got that little sucker! But poor Miss Meadow, she does not look happy at all in that picture! Did the Dr. give her any pain medication or is there anything you can do to help make her comfortable?

    I am sending good thoughts your way for the best possible news!

    • Donna says:

      Yeah, I’m relieved it’s out too. What a fiasco trying to get it! The photo was right after she got home, and she was still kind of a in a daze from the meds. She’s been sleeping most of the night away and hasn’t bothered with any of the incisions, (YET – wait till they dry out), so I think she’ll be okay. :-)

  3. Poor little Meadow I’m feeling very sorry for her right now. I just so happy you caught it so early I’m thinking only positive thoughts for her on the results. Be extra nice to her and give her extra love from her fans out in the blog world like I needed to tell you to do that :-)

    • Donna says:

      She’ll be okay…Meadow’s a little scrapper! Thanks for sending her some positive thoughts for her results – those are always appreciated.

  4. Sure hope for good news and fast healing!

  5. Leslie says:

    Oh poor sweet Meadow. Look at the size of that incision!! And those eyes are killing me. I’m guessing she got loved on pretty solidly last night? ;)

    So glad you were finally able to get it. And as much as I’d like to say ‘try not to worry’, I know it’s impossible so I’ll just say ‘hang in there’ instead. You’ll have answers soon and we’re all holding you and Meadow in our thoughts until you do.

    • Donna says:

      She slept yesterday away for the most part, but this morning she is much more awake. We are going to need to keep a close eye on her because she can reach the big incision with her hind foot, so the head collar is only really helpful for the two smaller ones.

  6. Kelly says:

    Ouch! That’s a big incision line. Looks like the vet was taking no chances with those wide margins! I’m sure Meadow is getting lots of TLC right now. Sending good vibes your way for no more bad bumps or lumps. Give Meadow some extra loving from me.

    Kelly

  7. poor baby!!!! Poor YOU!!! We are sending our positive thoughts that the test results come out fine!

    • Donna says:

      Thanks…I feel so bad that we can’t explain to her why we keep bringing her to the vet and letting them butcher her. :-( As for me, someone’s always sick around here it seems, so I’m pretty used to it.

  8. Barb says:

    Glad your vet was finally were able to get the lump out, Donna, poor Little Miss Meadow looks very sorry for herself – and with good reason. I will keep her (and you), in my thoughts and prayers; I know you will still worry till you get the results back.

  9. Pamela says:

    Wow, that has been one tricky bump. You must be very relieved to finally have it gone. I hope you get good news from the pathologist and have no worries for a while.

    • Donna says:

      Yeah, I’m so very glad it is finally out too. My vet only does surgeries on Thursdays, so we really lucked out that it stuck around.

  10. Oh Little Miss Meadow, your face tells the story of your surgery ordeal. It is so hard having to wait now for the results. You will be in my prayers and thoughts. You guys are doing such amazing work.

  11. will says:

    Poor Ms. Meadow. I am convinced she is aspiring to be a Dalmatian. All paws are crossed over here regarding Monday’s lab results. Give her a carrot and a hug from all of us.

    • Donna says:

      Thanks for all of the crossed paws Will. Meadow says thanx for the carrot, but she said she would much rather prefer that you give the carrot to her chow hound brother and let her eat something that once breathed. ;-)

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