Maggie update 12th October 2017

I don’t know who was shaking most, Maggie, Hubby or me when we went into the consulting room today for Maggie’s biopsy results.
Apparently the guy who operated (not the chap we saw originally or the vet today) decided not to take the whole lump as it was quite large and invasive, when perhaps it would not be necessary.
The lady vet we saw today was very pleasant, and checked Maggie’s stitches were dissolving OK. There’s no infection, and everything is healing nicely, so no need for any more medication though I will continue to give her an egg in the morning as she likes it.

The lump is a benign fibroma, which is slow growing. There is a lot of other medical jargon (we asked for a print out), and an Xray* of the head has been suggested to rule out the presence of ‘bony involvement’. Prognosis is good following complete removal*.

She recovered exceptionally well from her mammary strip two years ago, but she does not deserve this extra trauma, and the lump could leave quite a large hole in her mouth which will have to heal from the inside.
It is not life threatening or terminal, though we are not burying our heads in the sand as it will not just ‘go away’. If it becomes bothersome, we will cross that bridge when we come to it, she is almost 90 in doggie years after all.
Her appetite is good (in fact she has actually put on a bit of weight this past week), she is drinking normally, her bodily functions are OK and she is her normal bouncy, loving self.
So we have decided to let Nature take its course, and not put her through any more anesthesia, especially as it is suggested twice* above.

At the moment, she is flaked out on her cushion in front of the radiator, contentedly giving it ZZZZs. The relief is tremendous.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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16 Responses to Maggie update 12th October 2017

  1. fransiweinstein says:

    Excellent news! I know exactly how relieved you are being a fur baby monmy myself. I would be making the exact same decision. In fact my cat, who is 15, has a cyst near his thyroid — two actually, one on either side — biopsied and also benign. I’ve also opted to leave it alone. Now you can all get back to enjoying your new home and making new friends. Yay!

  2. I am happy for you that the news is fairly good. Prayers that she continued to improve

  3. Glad to hear the good news. Whew….

  4. Good news for sweet Maggie and you too!

  5. Great news. Tide had a fibroma removed a year ago, it was small, but now he is getting what feels like another on just beside the spot. We worry about our sweet companions. big hugs to Maggie.

  6. Capt Jill says:

    I hope Maggie gets well soon, I’m sure you must be relieved.

    • Thanks Jill. We are both very relieved. Goes with the territory of pet ownership I guess. She’s sleeping now, her toes tucked under her nose on her cushion.

      • Capt Jill says:

        Yes, we live longer than our pets (we hope), so there’s always some sadness to go with all the happiness they bring us. Glad she’s recovering.

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