Thursday, February 04, 2010

Oscar's Day Out

About two weeks ago I noticed a small lump on Oscar's "arm". I decided to keep an eye on it - it could have been an ingrown hair, or a bug bite, it was that size. But it got slightly bigger this week, and lumps don't have a good track record in my family, so I immediately made an appointment at our vet and went into an emotional tail spin of nearly crying each time I hugged him.

Today was the day, and I tucked Liberty neatly into her room and dressed Oscar, who was thrilled that we were finally going out without that pesky little girl following him around all the time, and we drove to his vet. He was frantically hyper in the office, being slutty and tolerating the odd receptionist (who was new to us) who took his weight while displaying poor canine-body language. We went back into the room, and because he's been muzzled in the past, he was muzzled for his temperature (which was normal) and then again for the exam. He's had a rough time at vets in the past - he's very frightened there, and tends to go into "Must. Protect. Momma." mode where he doesn't let anyone near me. This vet has been lovely in dealing with that, though, and he's improved a lot in recent years.

On inspection, the vet decided that the lump was too small to do a needle biopsy on, but she understood my desire to get it the fizzle off my dog. She said "well, I don't know if he'll let me do a local on him... you know, he's being really good, do you want to try it?" which made me proud. And yes, I did want to try it.

So they got two techs to hold him, I stood where he could see me (he growled less that way) and shaved a small patch around the area, and did a punch biopsy (where they basically take what looks like a hole punch, poke that in to cut out the lump) and removed things. We decided they would hold onto the little tumor rather than biopsying it right now (for financial reasons) and just keep a close eye on him for other spots of changes in behavior. I really hope this was the right thing to do.

He was being held by strangers and having very scary things done to him, while muzzled, for about twenty minutes, and I think he handled it like a champ. My favorite part, though, was when they took the muzzle off, and he was instantly happy and lovey to them again - so much that the vet burst out laughing. As we were leaving, several of them told us he was a very good boy and had a great temperament.

In the end, this thing about the size of a large pea came out of my dog

leaving him with three staples and a messy leg

and some new head gear

which is succeeding in depressing him

but failing to keep Liberty from licking at him.

Agile and clever dog that he is, he's figured out that the e-collar is impeding on his mobility when he runs into things, and so is walking around the house backwards. Seriously.


Blogger Amy in StL said...

Ever since seeing "Up" I call that "The Cone Of Shame". Which explains his demeanor, no??

4:03 PM  
Blogger Walden said...

I hope it all turns out to be nothing. I'm not surprised Oscar has such good manners, you are very good to him.

6:11 PM  
Anonymous k said...

The Cone Of Shame! I have "I am a great tracker - did I mention that?" embedded in my psyche. Dug comes out at the worst moments.
I'd guess fatty tumor, myself.
Hi Amie! How are you? (formerly sallyjo)

11:13 PM  
Blogger Amie said...

Silly K - I know who you are! Will you send me an e-mail, please?

I have no yet seen Up (dons the cone of shame for herself) but the terminology has embedded itself into the canine world! lol Maybe if I can get mail service this week I'll get it from Netflix.

We're following the recovery, and it's going... okay. Not as well as any of us would like, but not horribly either. I blame it on the snow.

I'm blaming everything on the snow these days. It seems fair.

8:24 AM  

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