We’ve been worried about Maggie so if I’ve appeared a little out of sorts or distracted, this is why.
Last week we took her to the vet because there was a lump under her left eye.
The diagnosis was a possible tooth infection and a course of antibiotics and anti inflammatory application.
After four days, there was no change, and the antibiotics gave her the trots, though there was no mess indoors bless her.
We rang at the weekend, and as we had a dental check up ourselves yesterday, made an appointment with the vet to see her today. We believed that the tooth would be pulled, and she’d be OK.
This apparently is not the case, and the lump was possibly the sister of the one removed last year.
The vet said he could operate today, so we took her for a nice long walk as she was expecting one and to clear her bowels and bladder, then went back to the surgery for 11am.
We’ve just collected her, and her face looks like she’s done ten rounds with Mike Tyson.
It’s swollen to four times the size of when we took her in, and the problem is not a lump, but a cyst sac filled with liquid that may be something to do with her saliva gland.
We’ve come away with a happy-to-see-us-but-groggy-doggy and some penicillin based meds to go with the anti-inflammatory. The other trot inducing meds are in the bin.
Samples have been sent away and we’ll get the results in a fortnight.
There are no stitches, and the swelling is due to where they put the needles in to drain the cyst.
Photo taken February
We’ve bought some pre cooked chicken and some rice so that we can get her to eat something before giving her any meds as both must be taken with food. The swelling should begin to go down in a couple of days, but if we have any concerns, we are to ring the surgery.
We are both naturally anxious.
Bearing in mind her age, it is not good for her to be going under full anesthesia on a frequent basis. The other lump was benign, but suddenly started to get bigger to such an extent that she couldn’t close her mouth properly. Our previous vet said they couldn’t do anything, which was one of several reasons why we changed.
We are not ready to lose her for a good while yet but we can’t help but worry.
Another February photo