When I spoke to the vet on Saturday he said it’s okay, we could bath Gabi. We bathed her yesterday and afterwards the wounds looked bad (I suppose some scabs washed off, though I was being as gentle as possible). I guess i just got a fright, it had me in tears. The cone stays on and we’ll keep applying the ointment.
Gabi is very playful, but doesn’t want to leave the yard (just to walk around the complex on her leash). I guess she’s scared we’ll go to the vet. I also don’t want to put her harness on because I think it might scratch against her wounds. I’m also hesitant to take her to the park where there might be other dogs while she’s vulnerable like this. So for now we just play with her tug toys.
Got Gabi’s histology results back from the vet. It was indeed sarcoma, but he got it all, so we just need to keep a closer eye on her skin.
I’m still worried and stressing about her. There’s a spot on her leg where a stitch seemed to have popped, a small spot, so I’m applying the ointment to it. I’m still applying ointment to her chest and tummy. she is so dirty from the ointment and should have a bath but I’m giving the spot on her leg another day or two. wish I could take the cone off, but scared she’ll bite her stitches.
I have keyboard issues, pls excuse the typing.
posted these updates on fb today:
“Gabi has something like a mole or a bloody blister on her chest. Was going to have it checked out in the week, but today blood came out of it. Taking her to the vet a little later.
Still down with this cold/flu. Going to need a lot more strength.”
“gabi saw the vet. will go into surgery monday morn to have the blood blisters removed and sent for histology. (there’s another on her leg, maybe more. she was wearing her coat all winter).
vet says it looks nasty. hope it’s not cancer. :(
she has bandages wrapped around her chest and the blister but it can’ seem to stay put. put her coat over it, maybe it will help. she’s wearing a cone. struggling to eat with her cone, not that she likes her kibble much these days. should’ve bought a can of special food. vet closed now til monday. very worried, about gabi as well as the bills etc. just a year a go she had lumps removed from under her skin.”
“bandage still wont stay put,so just took it off. will have to use a plaster (band-aid)”
doesn’t really want to eat the kibble. so i cooked/poached a piece of hake, but overcooked it.
gave her a quarter. rest for tomorrow etc
Gabi was licking all the wounds she could reach with her long neck and long iggy tongue. She must’ve gnawed at them, because the stitches on the cut on her chest completely came undone. I had to take her back to the animal clinic. Our usual vet wasn’t in today, but a very nice substitute vet help us. I had to leave Gabi there for an hour while she sedated Gabi and stitched her up. She went home with a cone around her head. By the way, the plastic cone cost about twice what I expect. I wish they gave her one in the first place. Yes, it is awkward and annoying for her, but it would saved us pain and money.
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Yesterday (Tuesday) morning I took Gabi into the animal clinic for her surgery.
I had to star prep on Saturday morning, by giving her some antibiotics (for the dental work) twice daily. This is quite tricky, since their is a shortage on animal dosage version of these pills and I have to split powder the human version in two. The powder then has to be dissolved in water in a small syringe. Gabi hates in when I shoot this medicine into her mouth.
On Monday night I had to take her food away at 7 pm. She was very disappointed not to beg a bite from her grandpa’s dinner plate. I also had to take a marker and mark all the growths I could find which the vet didn’t biopsy during our visit .
Traffic wasn’t too bad yesterday morning and I got to the vet’s 10 minutes early, when the gate was still closed. I put her on her leash and we had a short walk so she could stretch her legs and do her business. I then checked her in. Understandably, she did not want to go into the cage.
It was a loooooooooooong morning. I had many hot beverages and distracted myself with youtube videos. Around noon I was at a food store to get a few things. The vet called my on my cellphone while I was there. I didn’t recognize the number and I could not hear him properly so at first I thought it was probably a telemarketer. Luckily I was fairly polite (though I may have sound’t like an idiot). I heard him say the operation went well and I could pick Gabi up between 5- 6 pm.
I was extremely relieved but the rest of the day seemed like an eternity. I was there a few minutes before 5 pm. I didn’t have to wait. The assistant told me my timing was good because Gabi’s IV drip finished a few minutes before. I followed her to the recovery room where my baby was waiting in a somewhat larger cages.
She wasn’t wearing a cone and the assistant told me she wouldn’t need one. They had removed quite a few fatty tissue growths and also pulled a few teeth (a little more than expected, which also means a somewhat larger bill). They assistant told me Gabi could still eat kibble/ pellets since she still had enough teeth left.
Gabi climbed into me arms and I carried her to the car. She seemed like she might want to jump seats, so I gently put her in her car harness and took her home. When I took her out of the harness once we stopped in the garage, she jumped out of the car and walked towards the house.
Her teeth still seemed sensitive and she wasn’t having any on the kibble, so we gave her some blended rice, pumpkin and chicken. We will probably feed her soft food for a day or two.
Later she seemed to move more gingerly, probably as the pain killer wore off. She cried when I tried to pick her up to put her on my bed. At times she just stood around or paced about the house. She did manage to jump onto my bed later to sleep under the duvet with me.
This morning she seems much better, although still sore. She has quite a lot of stitches. She has been licking at the wounds where she can reach, but I don’t think she’s gnawing at them. I’ll keep an eye out and if there is an issue with the stitches, I’ll call the vet.
Bar for the gaps in her mouth, her teeth look really clean. Cleaner than I’ve ever seen them. (They might have been this clean when she was a pup, but that was long before I adopted her) Her nails are nor short and neatly trimmed. This is actually very awesome as she does not keep still for nail clippers. Ever. Even with someone helping me. Even with treats. I could never do all her paws at the same time. I hope the will file themselves naturally when we go for walk, now that they’re so nice and short. She can’t have anesthesia every time I need to trim her claws.
Despite the larger veterinary bill, I am glad we could get all these health issues sorted.
I am so glad to have my little girl home with my. I missed her like crazy the few hours we were separated yesterday. I don’t know what I’d do without her.
PS. Yesterday I saw a newspaper headline about ‘military vets’. My first thought was of some kind of veterinarian taking care of army dogs and other military service animals… then I realized they were human military veterans.
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I took Gabi to see the vet today to check out some growths. She eagerly got into the car… but she knew where she was as soon as we stopped at the animal clinic.
The took needle biopsies to inspect under a microscope. It turned out to be lipomas (fatty tissues), but they seemed quite aggressive. It is also uncommon for skinny dogs like Italian Greyhounds, though common in stockier dogs like bulldogs. For these reasons he recommended that the growths be removed. She also go her shots.
Gabi will be operated on Tuesday. While she is under anesthesia they will clean her teeth (which I’ve wanted to get done for ages, but were worried about her costs) and clip her claws.
Obviously any operation and bout of anesthesia is a little worrying, but I’m glad we are sorting out these health issues. I will have a lot less to worry about.