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Aston Update -- 10/17: It's Cancer, 2X Over. Couto Or Osu?


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UPDATE -- THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17:
Vet called with biopsy results this morning. The mass that was removed from his right shoulder was a nerve sheath tumor. The vet said that since it came out without attachments, that she was confident that the margins were clean, and we could proceed with a watchful approach from here.
The lump on his metatarsal-phalangeal joint is spindle-cell sarcoma. She said that the risk of metastasis is low, but that this is known to be very aggressive locally, and the location of the lump is awkward. She recommended an oncologist consult at this point.

Leave it to my buddy to get creative with his maladies, yet again :beatheart:lol:cry1
I could have sworn we'd be dealing with a mast-cell tumor.....

I am gathering records from the vet's office now, to send to either OSU or Dr. Couto for consult. I left a message with GHWP@OSU asking if they still do online consultations, before heading to their website and noticing that they still have the online-consultation request form up. The form mentions that it may take three days or so for the OSU team to respond. Has anyone contacted Dr. Couto under his independent consulting header? Would I get a quicker turnaround there?

Meanwhile, Aston was still feelin' good this morning, which is the whole point. Onward and upward.


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Here's an update on Aston, carried over from this thread: http://forum.greytalk.com/index.php/topic/301947-down-the-rabbit-hole/

The oddball, SEVERE hock-down swelling that showed up on Sunday morning (October 6) in Aston's left hind leg (corn-foot leg) lasted in full effect for about three days, despite soaks and antibiotics. We took him in for a recheck the following Tuesday (with followup phone-calls to vet in-between), and since the swelling hadn't gone down at all, the vet took blood from his toe to send out for a culture, gave him a Baytril injection, and gave us 1x/daily-Baytril to start on top of his already-ongoing Clavamox. She recommended a biopsy of the toepad, but we held off in fear that it would only worsen an already-painful healing process -- plus, she wasn't familiar with the nature of the corn that was removed, and thought it was an unknown growth. I left a message with the vet who removed the corn on Sept. 23, requesting that he consult with this vet about what he had removed.

On Wednesday, the swelling started to "soften up" just south of his hock, and the blood pooled and hung with gravity when Aston laid on his side. The vet called me to check in on Aston as soon as she started her shift that day, and recommended that I gently massage his leg to try to get things moving, on top of the soaks and abx. The corn-removal vet then called me later that morning to get up to speed on what was happening. He recommended waiting on a biopsy, saying that if things continued to be "weird" once the infection resolved, then perhaps we should consider removing that toe completely since Aston has never shown any signs of corns on other toes/feet. However, when I brought this up with the vet we were working with at the e-clinic, she reminded me that in the xray taken on Sunday, a bone spur and severe arthritis were present in the (also weight-bearing) toe adjacent to the corn-toe, making a toe removal a fruitless option. :(

On Wednesday night, my husband came home to be greeted at the door by Aston, waggy :beatheart He'd had a rough time getting up/lying down due to his inability to use his painful, bloated leg, but the swelling had reduced to a more forgiving level. He was much more perky, scarfing his un-fancied kibble, even. He then greeted me at the door when I came home and proceeded to bug me for pets and cookies.

Thursday showed steady improvement. Easier time for Aston in his ups/downs, continued good appetite. Poops not great, but not horrible considering the prednisone and two antibiotics.

Friday was still steadily better. Foot started looking almost greyhound-normal (skinny, stick-toes :lol ). He started to touch it down briefly during our very-short walks. I got a call from the vet that evening -- the blood culture came back. Pseudomonas AND staph. Sensitivity pending.
I was finally able to inspect the hole from which the corn was removed, since the foot was no longer painful for Aston. The corn had almost completely returned, the new exterior surface already nearly flush with the rest of the toepad. This at under three-weeks post removal, down to the flexor tendon within the toepad. :censored

Saturday evening, after a day of more promising foot use by Aston on walks and around the house, the vet called to say that the staph would be covered by the Clavamox, but the pseudomonas would require Zeniquin. I stopped the Baytril per her instruction, and drove to the office that night to pick up the Zeniquin (it is SO handy that this practice is open 24/7). Started him on it as soon as I got home (woohoo, extra meal for buddy!).

Sunday, Aston bounced around after us when we announced that it was walk time, and continued to get better on his foot -- still limpy even with use, though, as it likely will be in perpetuity with the corn's return. :riphair

Yesterday (Monday), Aston was a goofball. Super-happy to see us in the evening, even had a slow "zoomie" in the backyard :beatheart
Swelling basically gone, with the exception of the toe itself, which was a bit pink.
I called and left a message with the office of the corn-removal vet, to ask whether he'd had a chance to run any tests on the corn that he removed from Aston's toe on the 23rd, since a biopsy was still hovering for us. (The vet asked to keep the corn when he removed it.)

This morning, Aston followed me around the house in anticipation of our walk, helicopter-tail and rubbing his face all over my jeans. Leaned over to put his martingale on, and noticed a new, warm, ~half-inch-diameter, hairless red lump just above the metatarsal-phalangeal joint in his bad leg. :(
It didn't seem to affect Aston as he limped along on all four legs, alert and sniffy in our short AM walk.
(Not a lick-wound, as I have been sleeping two feet away from Aston at night to make sure he's okay / not bothering his foot.)

Soooo.. I packed up my things for work and yelled WHO WANTS TO GO FOR A RIDE?!?! and nearly got mauled by the giant blob of fur that streaked past me to get to the car in the garage :lol . Met our vet upon her day-shift start at 8am. She examined him and noted that the lymph node directly above the affected foot was enlarged. I left Aston there for a biopsy of the lump, and drove to work. The corn-removal vet called me right after I arrived at work, and I brought him up to speed on what was going on. He hadn't done any tests on the corn yet, but did still have it stored in a test-tube. He requested that the other office send him all results of the various tests flying around, and I told him I'd also keep him posted.

The first vet called me as soon as she had finished working on Aston. She had taken a punch out of the new lump, then felt around and also found a marble-sized mass in Aston's right shoulder. She removed that mass since he was already under -- she said it actually fell out of him once exposed -- and sent that for testing along with the punch. We'll get the results back in about three days, which will coincide with his bandage/suture checks and a recheck of his blood values (his liver values were elevated when bloodwork was done last Sunday, likely due to pred -- he's on Denamarin now).

Right now, Aston's snoozing away. He was standing within a half-hour of being taken off anesthesia, and was completely alert when I picked him up this afternoon. He took the world's most satisfying pee in the back-office of the vet while we were discussing after-care after the fluids he received during surgery, and the receptionist saw him and said, Just let it go, buddy. That looks like it feels great! :lol

I feel weird calling on the powers of GT, but any good thoughts would definitely be appreciated :) Aston has been such an outstanding patient... If nothing else, I was heartened to see him come back to feeling 110% these past few days, so at least I know it CAN happen.
We'll see what Friday brings, but only positive thoughts. Why worry about crossing bridges when they may not even exist?

The patient:

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(his chest is apparently waaay bigger than mine... had to fancy-up a t-shirt to fit :beatheart )

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Oh my goodness, what a lot you've had to deal with! Sending best thoughts for "nothing much" biopsy results, and for quick healing.

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Holy cow, I can't believe all this has happened in such a short time, poor Aston! It's amazing how well he has bounced back. I also can't believe that corn grew back so fast, is that typical? Sending healing thoughts to your handsome boy from me, Carl & Doodles.

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Thanks, everybody!! :blush

Holy cow, I can't believe all this has happened in such a short time, poor Aston! It's amazing how well he has bounced back. I also can't believe that corn grew back so fast, is that typical? Sending healing thoughts to your handsome boy from me, Carl & Doodles.


Dr. Speas definitely didn't sound surprised when I mentioned the regrowth to him on the phone today :(

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poor poor boy.... that is so strange the corn coming back so soon, if they went as deep as you say... I hulled Remy corn every 3 - 4 weeks, and when he had corn removal surgery, it was several months before it returned... that is crazy.... what also puzzles me is that you say he's NEVER had relief when corns were removed... I almost feel like it's something else, b/c if you remove the corn (by hulling, or surgery) they should have relief within a day or two... walk without a limp until it grows back... I can't believe that he would still be limping after that.... I feel so bad for him..... he's such a trooper....

 

 

please keep us updated on what you learn... the lymph nodes swelling, and the lump falling out of him is troubling too... keeping you in our thoughts constantly... :hope:candle:grouphug

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poor poor boy.... that is so strange the corn coming back so soon, if they went as deep as you say... I hulled Remy corn every 3 - 4 weeks, and when he had corn removal surgery, it was several months before it returned... that is crazy.... what also puzzles me is that you say he's NEVER had relief when corns were removed... I almost feel like it's something else, b/c if you remove the corn (by hulling, or surgery) they should have relief within a day or two... walk without a limp until it grows back... I can't believe that he would still be limping after that.... I feel so bad for him..... he's such a trooper....

He sure is a trooper :beatheart Luckily, going to the vet is not traumatic for him, even as often as he's been lately, and thankfully, he is very quiet today (i.e., no panting or signs of discomfort). He's moseying along in the backyard when I let him out, no trouble peeing/pooping.

 

The xray that was taken on Sunday showed that the other "middle" toe on that foot has a bone spur and severe arthritis, presumably from supporting the corn toe for all these years. Given that, I'm not surprised that he's still limping :( although -- now that he is able to reasonably use that foot again, he is MUCH less stiff than he was pre-prednisone. He hops up from lying down without a second thought -- a little awkwardly because of the heavy bandaging for the biopsy wound on the side of his foot, but he no longer hesitates mid-ascent.

 

I hope that there aren't nefarious forces in play that are causing the corn to come back so quickly. No bridge to cross yet... :goodluck

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Sending healing, gentle thought to Aston and hugs for you. Ya'll have been on such a roller coaster recently that I hope it's time to pull into the station.

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continued good thoughts for a complete and quick recovery

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Another update --

Aston is more alert, inquisitive and silly than I have seen since... well, at least April (the time of his LS diagnosis). Made repeated attempts to roll on his back for pets from Dad when my husband came home, all the while making happy snappies (his back is too narrow to maintain a roaching position without support). Got up and proceeded to spin (cautiously) on his hind legs when I was getting his dinner ready -- scarfed his plain kibble. Rubbed his face all over the furniture this evening. :beatheart Tugged me all over the place tonight during our first full lap of our neighborhood park since the day before his swelling struck up.

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:clap Wonderful update. :wub: that face!

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That is a great update! I hope Aston continues to do well.

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