Meadow got very good news yesterday. Although her lump turned out to be another mast cell tumor as we suspected, and it was another Grade 2 (with Grade 1 being the best) like the last one – the good news is that it came back as very low on the mitotic scale (very unlikely to spread) and with wide margins all around.
Meaning it was fully removed and no further treatment is recommended at this point.
As you can imagine, we are feeling a great deal of relief over here. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that we don’t have to subject our little girl to more procedures, especially when we can’t explain to her why we are torturing her so. It’s also a bit of a financial relief, because right after Meadow’s surgery, our clothes dryer just took its last breath, (probably seen one too many dog mats, bed covers, and towels – but it lasted over eight years, so I can’t really complain – MUCH). On top of that, after a follow up exam for her hind-end instability, Leah is now trying a medication that cost us $50.00 for the first ten days worth. (If it ends up helping, I’m definitely going to shop around for a better deal online!).
The other good news is that Meadow is healing much faster than last time, and she is a lot more comfortable in her comfy cone (although she’s still not thrilled with the idea – and who can blame her?)
Sorry for the poor quality pictures, but I didn’t want to humiliate Meadow by making her wear her clothes much longer than necessary. Luckily, (for the dogs anyway), Nick and I work pretty opposite schedules, and one of us has been here with Meadow at all times to watch and make sure she doesn’t tear her stitches. This means, she is really only wearing the clothing at bed time, and times like today, when I was in desperate need of a shower and I didn’t want to wait until Nick got home later tonight. (She needs to wear the shirt along with the head cone because she can reach one of the incision sites with her hind leg.)
Meadow’s stitches come out on Monday, and during that same visit we are bringing Toby to have a lump of his own re-examined, (although from my description our vet feels it is most likely scar tissue), along with two new weird pink hairless spots on his muzzle, (hopefully something stupid) – and we will also be discussing Leah’s first week on the new meds…so be prepared for another, probably lengthier, vet update next week.
Maybe it’s time we just bring a cot and a portable stove to that place?
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