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apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Apr 1, 2013 - 01:20pm PT
Just a couple of minutes after my last, the vet came out and said he had been more successful than he'd anticipated. The majority of the tumor was between her lip & jaw, but a flap had extended over the back of her tongue. He removed most all of this, and two teeth as well...cauterized it heavily, and the bleeding seemed to stay under control.

I'm supposed to go back and pick her up in a few hours. No doubt the tumor over her tongue has been affecting her eating- maybe she'll eat a little more easily now (though it'll be soft food from this point forward).

I don't want this to sound the wrong way, but I was fully prepared for her to not make it today, and to make the decision to put her down. At this point, it's all about making sure she's comfortable, no matter what happens. Today's procedure will probably only buy her a short amount of time, and that's wonderful to me, as long as that time is good for her.
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Apr 1, 2013 - 01:21pm PT
There's no place like home!
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Apr 1, 2013 - 01:30pm PT
Today's procedure will probably only buy her a short amount of time, and that's wonderful to me, as long as that time is good for her.

Time IS time.... Good for you and Maddie! Yippee


Susan
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Apr 1, 2013 - 01:38pm PT
However much time you have left with your pup, it's obvious you love her very much and she loves you probably more than you can comprehend.

My heart goes out to you. I'm not sure how I'll react when Link bites the dust. He's like my child.
craig mo

Trad climber
L.A. Ca.
Apr 1, 2013 - 01:45pm PT
Just having a pet you risk having to make the hard call. Im pulling for you
pal had pounds of fatty tumors removed 2 years ago and he is still at it.
Pal at 12
Pal at 12
Credit: craig mo
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Apr 1, 2013 - 01:48pm PT
Nice spotted tongue. My lab mix has a similar one. Not sure where it comes from. Some have said chow, others shepherd.
10b4me

Ice climber
Happy Boulders
Apr 1, 2013 - 02:04pm PT
glad to hear it Apogee
slevin

Trad climber
NYC, NY
Apr 1, 2013 - 10:08pm PT
Apogee, how's the puppy recovering?

My breeder sent me this photo just now:
like father, like son
like father, like son
Credit: slevin
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Apr 1, 2013 - 11:11pm PT
Before & after:

Credit: apogee

She was still pretty gorked out when she got home, but the meds soon wore off and she started wandering around uneasily, whimpering (something she never does). I felt a little helpless at first, and tried to get her to eat her lamb & rice slurpee- no go. As I sat down to drink a beer, I was eating peanuts (per my routine), and I remembered how much she loves to lick the oil & salt off my pants, hands, or anything else it gets on. I rubbed a bunch peanuts in my hands, and voila..she was all over it.

Next, I dipped my fingers in the lamb & rice slurpee, and she was there, too...soon to lap up the rest from the bowl. She's gotta be in pain, but she hasn't eaten since yesterday, so that's gotta help. I can tell you that the simple experience of having her lapping that goop off my fingers was like life re-created.

She's gonna be on a medicine cabinet of meds for the week or so- two antibiotics, pain control (Tramadol), and an NSAID (carprofen)- she'll be getting meds morning, noon & night. Should be able to move away from one of the antibiotics & the Tramadol in about a week.

Tonight will probably be the rough one...she's obviously in pain, and still pretty disoriented. Still, she seems very glad to be home, and stays very close to me.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Apr 2, 2013 - 09:17am PT
^^^^^OMGWhat a difference! Oh, I'm so happy for you guys. Yeah, finger lickin good....I had no idea the tumor was so HUGE.

Oh Maddie and Apogee.... Keep getting stronger!

Susan
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Apr 4, 2013 - 01:16pm PT
How's Maddie doing?

Susan
Bad Climber

climber
Apr 4, 2013 - 01:21pm PT
Sweep pup, Apogee. Send her love from the Taco!

BAd
wilbeer

Mountain climber
honeoye falls,ny.greeneck alleghenys
Apr 4, 2013 - 03:06pm PT
Credit: wilbeer
My dog Seamus,after skiing today.He has had a fatty tumor for 3 years,doc said it would be to hard on him to operate at his age ,11.
So on we go!
Best of Luck,Apogee
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Apr 9, 2013 - 08:17pm PT
apogee- how's that sweet dog doing?

Credit: drljefe
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Apr 9, 2013 - 10:38pm PT

apoogee, Hoping .. you and little Maddie's are feeling better.....
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Apr 10, 2013 - 02:01am PT
Apogee- I was half afraid to open this thread for fear of hearing heart breaking news about your dog. Now I figure no news is good news? Wishing all the best for maddie and you from Okinawa.

Wilbeer- I had a dog with a fatty tumor from the age of 9 0r 10 and he lived to be 19.
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Apr 10, 2013 - 07:34pm PT
Thanks for the inquiries- I've been a little self-conscious about sucking up all the oxygen in this otherwise positive-tone celebration of pups.

Maddie came through that surgery amazingly well, much to the surprise of both the vet and myself. She was a hurtin' puppy for for a day or so due to the trauma of the surgery, but as that faded, her energy & pep took off- lately, she's been acting like she's 5 years younger- eating like a horse, perky, rolling around in joy, dragging herself across the carpet ('nipple-scratching', as it appears to me) with tail a-waggin'....it's unbelievable what a difference this made.

What has really struck me is how badly that tumor (more to the point, the infection secondary to the tumor) had degraded her quality of life- yet it wasn't blatantly obvious. Her deterioration of energy had been so gradual that I simply attributed much of it to 'old dog' syndrome (she's ~13). With the tumor gone, along with the effects of the infection, it is now much clearer to me that indeed, her quality of life had suffered greatly.

Of course, retrospect is crystal-clear, and I don't think anyone would have read her condition (and the surgery decision) any differently than I did at that time- I was quite convinced, based upon what I understood, that there was a very strong likelihood that she would not survive that surgery.

And this surgery is not at all curative- that melanoma is still very much present in her tissues, and will very likely return too soon. But for now...for a short while...her quality of life has improved immeasurably, and I am incredibly thankful for that.

Leggs

Sport climber
Home away from Home
Apr 10, 2013 - 07:37pm PT

Maddie came through that surgery amazingly well, much to the surprise of both the vet and myself.

THAT is fantastic news, Apogee... thanks for the update.

~peace
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Apr 10, 2013 - 08:59pm PT
Of course, retrospect is crystal-clear, and I don't think anyone would have read her condition (and the surgery decision) any differently than I did at that time- I was quite convinced, based upon what I understood, that there was a very strong likelihood that she would not survive that surgery.

I think you nailed it. But ain't surprises grand!

Susan
10b4me

Ice climber
Happy Boulders
Apr 10, 2013 - 09:29pm PT
Apogee, love her while you can
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