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5 December 2009 - 8:12 am
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Hi Pam

Tazzie had ooozing from his tumor site last night and still this morning (leaving nice red stringy pattern on my boring blue rug). I guess the tumor has split through the skin in a few places, kind of looking like a couple of small creeks (wavy lines). He was still bubbly last night happened (thanks to the Gabapentin he was better yesterday than the previous day.)

But  he definitely looks more listless this morning. He did get up to eat - not his normal wolfish appetite, and went outside to do his stuff. Someone is coming to help me drive Tazzie to CSU (yes, I know I told everyone that option was off the plate, but Tazzie was much more lively yesterday and I am confident this time). But due to the distance, we won't be able to pull into CSU until Monday night. Our appt is Tuesday morning.

I am concerned what might be going on inside or potentially happen between now and then. The emergency vet said tumors can get to a point where they split right open. He also indicated he had never seen anything like this, always reassuring to hear. He said to get to CSU ASAP but did not say what might happen in the interim.

I think my vet is in today, so perhaps I can see if antibiotics are appropriate (to fight infection). I will call her after I get a better idea how energetic or lethargic Tazzie is. I don't know if there is much they can do.

Susan & T2

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5 December 2009 - 12:03 pm
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If you've decided to go to CSU, then I'm 100% behind you!!! Did you already send all Tazzie's history to them? I'll be thinking of you on your journey there... Keep us posted as to what's happening!!!

Give your sweet Tazzie a big fat kiss from me!!!

Angel Jake's Mom

Jake, 10yr old golden retriever (fractured his front right leg on 9/1, bone biopsy revealed osteosarcoma on 9/10, amputation on 9/17) and his family Marguerite, Jacques and Wolfie, 5yr old german shepherd and the newest addition to the family, Nala, a 7mth old Bengal mix kittie. Jake lost his battle on 11/9/2009, almost 8 weeks after his surgery. We will never forget our sweet golden angel… http://jakesjou.....ipawds.com ….. CANCER SUCKS!


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5 December 2009 - 1:34 pm
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It is not that unusual for SQ tumors of any type to outgrow the skin and literally split right through.  Unfortunately this leads to bleeding and oozing.  I do not think that you could wrap Tazzie's tumor due to location but applying Silvadene cream and covering it might help.  Would an old pair of Boxer shorts work?  Put his rear legs through the leg holes and his tail out the fly and with a little creative taping this sometimes does the trick.

Antibiotics like Cephalexin aren't a bad idea since many of these tumors get a necrotic center (somewhat like an abscess).

Good luck with your road trip!

Pam

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tazziedog said:

It is not that unusual for SQ tumors of any type to outgrow the skin and literally split right through.  Unfortunately this leads to bleeding and oozing.  I do not think that you could wrap Tazzie's tumor due to location but applying Silvadene cream and covering it might help.  Would an old pair of Boxer shorts work?  Put his rear legs through the leg holes and his tail out the fly and with a little creative taping this sometimes does the trick.

Antibiotics like Cephalexin aren't a bad idea since many of these tumors get a necrotic center (somewhat like an abscess).

Good luck with your road trip!

Pam


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21 December 2009 - 9:07 pm
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Sosha and Meiko

Your post came out as a quote of the previous post. Did you mean to write something else? As "Admin" always says (again and again 🙂 ), if you register, you don't have to sit patiently as your post waits to be moderated.

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