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  1. Zambo

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    Lots of pet drama here the last couple weeks. Our first and oldest dog Birdie, a yellow lab, got scanned due to some abnormal blood work from her yearly checkup and they found a big tumor on her spleen. Almost certainly cancer. But there is no way to be sure other than to open her up. If its not cancer, the thing is liable to burst and kill her anyway.

    Surgery on Friday went great. Tumor was the size of a baseball and ready to burst any moment. There didn't seem to be any spreading but if its cancer you can't just look and see, you have to do a biopsy.

    Meanwhile we brought her home, and when we parked the car in the driveway something in her abdomen let loose and blood started pouring out of her incision. Not dripping, pouring. My wife was hysterical but I was able to yank off my jacket and press it against the wound as she climbed in the back seat with her, then I sped off to the urgent vet about a mile away. Got there in about 4 minutes and ran her inside. They were able to stop the bleeding which thankfully was coming from a subcutaneous layer in her abdominal wall rather than an internal organ or artery. She spent 3 nights there until the would stopped suppurating for the most part. Her blood count was very low and she was set to get a transfusion from another dog when her count started climbing back up. We brought her home on Monday.

    She's been resting comfortably, eating, drinking, pooping and peeing. She's gotten remarkably stronger each day and is damn near acting like a normal dog here one week after the operation.

    The vet called this afternoon with the test results. Benign. No cancer detected. He couldn't believe it.

    Looking like Birdie will make it to her 14th birthday in April after all. Today was a pretty good day around here.

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      Total cost spent?
       
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      Probably 4 grand? Not sure. We have insurance, which I expect will pay at least half of it.
       
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        Good to hear you have insurance.

        We go in Monday for leg #1
         
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          @Zambo - Thats great, Birdie's a tough ol bird.

          @NVGator -Glad you decided to help that dog.
           
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            We start one knee at a time. Revisit in 4 weeks at determine doing the other knee.
             
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            first knee done. Doc said it went extremely well. 70% tear with lots of arthritis. 6 weeks to recover till the other knee is done.


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              14 year old Lab is a rare breed. In laws have a 11 year old male yellow Lab and he's all but done, Think he'll be put down in the next couple of weeks.
              He was pretty much a neighborhood dog, each morning he'd make the rounds. One of our neighbors preferred to leave her door open instead of running AC and ol Jakey would saunter in, grab a shoe or whatever and leave..
               
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                After Birdie's surgery, we took her in every other day for K-laser treatment, which basically helps the wound heal faster. I was pretty skeptical but there is no denying that her recovery has been remarkable. I think she's feeling better now than she has is quite a while. In any event, we seem to be closing in on Star Trek kinda stuff where they wave a magic wand over you and bam, you're healed.
                 
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                  What's K-Laser? We go back 2/16 for suture removal. I'll ask about it.
                   
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                  It's like some sort of ultrasound dealio that is supposed to stimulate the cells in a way that promotes faster healing. Like I said, my initial reaction was that it was basically essential oils and aroma therapy voodoo, but it certainly didn't hurt. Plenty of info about it one the world wide webernet.
                   
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                  K-Laser Therapy | Breakthrough Medical Technology
                   
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                  We had a basset hound who like to climb into our jet tub and lick the jets for some odd reason only dogs would understand. Once, while climbing out of the tub, she threw out a disk in her back that basically crippled her and left her in so much pain she threw up and couldn't move. We took her to a specialist who said she needed a spinal fusion and that if not she had to be put down. Basically it was "give us $4,000 cash up front for her surgery or say good by to your pup". Then they wanted us to sign her up for water therapy in a whirlpool for 8 weeks for another couple thousand dollars. I got mad, told them they were a bunch of pirates and that they could go ahead and put down the dog and do whatever they wanted with the body and left with my screaming and crying family in tow.

                  Nope. Not really. The dog had the operation and lived a pretty healthy and happy life and died of old age at 13.
                   
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                    So, It's been 6 weeks since Cowboy had his TPLO surgery on his right leg. Below are the X-Rays we received from that surgery showing the plate. He's done extremely well.

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                    Took the Butthead in yesterday for the left leg and he just arrived home. 2 weeks to go to get sutures out and then 8 weeks to heal all.

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                      The wonders of medical science. Glad Cowboy is healing well. I had some trouble with my knee replacement.
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