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My poor guy. His eye surgery is finally almost here tomorrow. He has a benign growth on his lower eyelid. It’s been there for two years, but it partially ulcerated almost three weeks ago. He has blood work today to make sure he can have surgery in the morning. We had to wait for the vet to have a laser surgery appointment open. I didn’t want the more invasive flap surgery. He has only been mildly bothered, but it’s an infection risk, and will only get worse eventually. I hate having him go through another surgery. Any big day out really knocks him down. He ran about 100 feet yesterday. His first real day “back” since chemo last Wednesday. Now he’ll feel crappy and not eat for a few days yet again. Plus he’ll be in a cone for another 10 days.
His scans for osteosarcoma are in two weeks. I’m trying so hard not to stress about that. He’s not showing any of the severe signs of spread that his oncologist told us to look for. Or any minor ones either. I know I can’t keep him forever, but he’s still happy, and I have to hold on to that. I’ll post a picture once I get home.
Keep in mind this is not rhe major surgery like the amputation. I know that doesn’t make you feel any better, but just something to remember.
Riot is resilient. It may not take him as long to bounce back as you think.
Also, mention to the Onco how wiped out Riot was with the chemo and how long it lasted. Sometimes the dose has to be lowered. And even a little more space inbetween rhe treatments is an option sometimes too.
Cheering for Riot!!!
Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!
Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!
I agree that Riot may surprise you with how he rebounds from this. It may be another case of “it’s harder for the human than the dog.” We will keep our fingers and paws crossed that it is.
You have every reason to feel worried, life has been a little overwhelming for you both lately. But Riot is a strong pup and he will bounce back from this. Don’t think too far ahead into the future, hang onto the pawsitivity and everything will work out.
We will be sending lots of love and healing energy to Riot, let us know how it goes.
18 October 2009
You got this Riot!!!
And remember- every trip to the vet earns you special treats- be sure you get lots and lots!
Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls
1 October 2017
YAY Riot! I am so glad all went well This should be a much easier recovery, way to go on the collar! They can do a large amount of damage in no time flat when they have procedures on the eyes, good job on staying on top of it! You got this, it will be a cake walk in comparison to the last surgery. I am glad this is behind you now
Jackie, David, Bo, Andy, Oscar, Angel Mitchell, and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry
Sweet baby Riot! Your little tongue hanging out is adorable. I wish we could give you big big smooches today! Feel better soon, you will be over this recovery in no time at all.
The incision looks great, not too bad considering where it is. He’s got to be the first dog I’ve known who hates a soft cone! Silly boy.