The Results Are In

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.

Hooray for Good News!

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?)

My stitches are healing well

Thanks to this stupid shirt and head cone...

Although I'll still wag at the thought of stealing Toby's bone

And my friends still accept me, funny clothes and all!

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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22 Responses so far.

  1. I am so glad to hear the good news about Meadow. Hopefully this will be the end for her and hopefully Toby will check out OK too.
    I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the new medication helps Leah. I had to fill one of Thunder’s medications at the people pharmacy and got sticker shock. Our vet did mention several months ago that RX drugs are going sky high. He was a bit frustrated about it.

    • Donna says:

      I’m hopeful I can find it cheaper than 150 a month. With three dogs with various health issues and on several meds and supplements, that amount is beyond my budget right now.

  2. Joann says:

    Maybe the vet will let you use his clothes dryer while you are there.

  3. so glad to hear that all is well!!!

    I so commiserate with you about “moving in” at the vet. The past few months it has been both Cody and Dakota going in, why they both get sick at the same time i will never know!

  4. Dogs N Pawz says:

    So glad you got good news about Meadow! I know what you mean about vet bills!

    Hope everything turns out okay with Toby too! Have a great weekend:)

  5. Yay – That’s great news about Meadow!!

    Hope you guys are both better soon :)

    Wags to all,

    Your pal Snoopy :)

  6. Pamela says:

    So glad to hear Meadow won’t need another procedure for the tumor. Yay!

    BTW, are you sure it wouldn’t be cheaper for your or your husband to go to vet school? :)

  7. Jodi says:

    That is such great news about Meadow Donna, and thankfully those stitches will be out soon so no more cone of shame.

    I am cringing just thinking of your vet bills! LOL it was $42 just for Delilah’s little ‘peeper’ incident. :-) It was the cheapest vet bill we have ever had.

    Sending good thoughts your way for all the pups (and your pocketbook!)

    • Donna says:

      I cringe too…I have that MS Money program and it has a search feature to show how much total you’ve spent on certain things over the past year, like vet bills for example. I did that once, and I’ll never ever do it again.

  8. Basil says:

    So sorry to hear you are having so many vet visits at the moment, but hurray on the slightly good news!

    • Donna says:

      Thanks. We are getting used to the routine. Our vet greets us like “Oh hello again.” Then he probably thinks about all of the nice vacations we are paying for. ;-)

  9. Pup Fan says:

    I’m glad to hear that Meadow won’t need any more procedures! Hope she feels much better very soon. :)

  10. Leslie says:

    That is such great news! I can well imagine the relief you are all feeling. But “Leah is now trying a medication that cost us $50.00 for the first ten days worth.” – O.M.G! I hope, if it does work, you CAN find it cheaper online. That’s crazy.

    We can definitely commiserate with the “move in to the vets’ office” feeling. We were at the vet so often with Beau that they recognized my voice over the phone. Thankfully Bella has been pretty much accident-free (knock on wood!) but we’re racking up our bills at with the behaviorist instead. Gilda was right “It’s always something.”

    Glad to hear your dogs are well though, even if your wallet could be healthier. ;)

    • Donna says:

      I was able to find the meds cheaper, thanks to two friends, (one recommended an online retailer and the other recommended a larger size bottle), and it is now costing 60.00 for the month. Still a larger extra expense than I needed right now, but much better than 150.00 a month!

  11. Lauren says:

    I know I’m nearly a month late with this, but I just wanted to say a small congrats on the good news.

  12. [...] The second tumor, which we noticed even faster than the first (once we learned the hard way what to look for), was removed in July of 2012, with wide margins all around, including underneath – meaning no further treatment was recommended. [...]

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