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Overall, my broodie Princess is doing great. Happy and bossy as usual.... but I'm still not sure if this is the right thing to do, even though "in my head" I think it's right. She turns 13 next month.

 

Princess has developed a fast-growing, bleeding growth on one of her toes. To me, it looks like a ruptured mast cell tumor.

 

Our vet has recommended surgery to remove the it. It's right underneath her toe nail, and now is growing out and over her nail, and so I agree that it needs to be removed. The vet tech said it looked like she was growing a brain on her foot. :blink: It went from nothing to huge in a matter of weeks....and bleeds if touched. We have to keep her foot wrapped to prevent it from bleeding constantly. Not good.

 

Considering that she has to be put under to have this done, we think it makes sense to also do the tie-back surgery at the same time, which would help her laryngeal paralysis. She is doing well with the LP - she's had it now for several years and it's a slow progression. But this summer I noticed on the really hot days that she was having more raspy breathing than she had ever had before....

 

Add to this that the last time she went under a year ago for a quick 15 minute procedure, she was out of it for a solid two days. She acted like she was still under anesthesia for far longer than she should have, and the vet was very concerned about it (even though it was the same procedure he had used two years prior for her spay). Now she's even older and I hate the thought of putting her under again.

 

I guess I'm just looking for other success stories and don't really have a specific question. :rolleyes: Well, I do have the option to have her into the specialists in Boston over the local vet doing the surgery, but the specialists are two hours away and I'm not sure if that just adds to her stress. Where do folks typically prefer to go for the tie-back surgery?

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With Buster Bloof (UCME Razorback 89B-51359) and Gingersnap Ginny (92D-59450). Missing Pepper, Berkeley, Ivy, Princess and Bauer at the bridge.

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The main thing with the tie back surgery is to have a board certified surgeon do the operation, if I recall correctly.

 

I hope Princess is feeling better very soon!

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I emailed Dr. Sisson and he wants her to go into Angell for the surgery. He's going to try to get us in next week so we can get the toe thing squared away ASAP.

With Buster Bloof (UCME Razorback 89B-51359) and Gingersnap Ginny (92D-59450). Missing Pepper, Berkeley, Ivy, Princess and Bauer at the bridge.

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No advice other than to tell the docs about the slow recovery from anaesthesia. Tell them on the phone, tell them in person, attach a note to her collar, the works, so nobody forgets. They should be able to adjust protocol so as to minimize the chances of that happening again.

 

Hugs and best luck to your girl.

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Wow, that's a tough call, for sure. My dog was about 13 when I was told he had a tumor. Because of it's location, a HUGE amount of tissue would have had to be removed, and the chances that it would just grow back were too great for me to put him through it.

 

I'm surprised that I didn't see anything about a biopsy? Seems to me that would be the first course of action--not surgery.

 

 

I can hopefully reassure you that at Angell, they will have performed many surgeries on Greyhounds, what wtih the (former) two tracks up here.

 

My last dog, a mixed breed, had major orthopedic surgery at Angell. I have always found the people there to be caring and very professional.


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:candle best wishes for your old girl,,,, and agree with BatMom,,, O.R.'s are so busy,,,, worked in one for years,,,, commonly heard "Is this the one that an issue with anesthesia?"

"Check the chart" Don't want to worry you,,, just keep telling them,, keep us posted on her

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Update - Dr. Sisson at Angell is not recommending tackling both procedures at once.

 

Here's the pic (growth from nothing over the last ~20 days)

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With Buster Bloof (UCME Razorback 89B-51359) and Gingersnap Ginny (92D-59450). Missing Pepper, Berkeley, Ivy, Princess and Bauer at the bridge.

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oh, that looks OWEEE!!

there is another thread about the LP tie-back, just for more information for you. it's probably better not to do both at the same time!

Good luck,, and fast healing to your baby!

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BoandLazMom had the LP surgery done for their old girl and they were pleased, IIRC. I'm sure Pam would be happy to share their experience with you. Best of luck for your Princess. :grouphug

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Many thoughts and prayers....

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Thanks for all the well-wishes. Princess is out of surgery and is recovering! Will get to pick her up at 6pm.

 

The vet confirmed while she was under that her LP looks to be bilateral.

With Buster Bloof (UCME Razorback 89B-51359) and Gingersnap Ginny (92D-59450). Missing Pepper, Berkeley, Ivy, Princess and Bauer at the bridge.

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