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Allie's surgery and update
I haven't been on for awhile due to travel to WSU and their testing.
First and foremost, WSU is a great veterinary college and I would not hesitate to take any pet/animal to be treated there.
They are wonderful, knowledgable, and caring.
Allie was seen on the 5JAN, where two senior residents met me and Allie and examined her. We discussed course of action and then another resident came in and we discussed that rather than a surgical biopsy for Allie, they preferred a CT scan. Which we did.
The CT scan came back with a thoracic mass of 5.7 cm at it's widest and 4.3cm at the longest. The majority of the mass was inside the chest wall and was not able to be felt on the outside. So we were lucky in some ways that the lump was even able to be felt on the outside.
They said they would be able to do surgery the next day. I agreed to all the terms, but I had to leave for my own appointment in Seattle, so I told Allie to be "cougar fierce brave" and cried a bit, and left her in very capable hands.
Allie went into surgery yesterday about 1230PM and I hadn't heard anything by 5PM I started getting very nervous, and I called to get a status report on Allie. About 15 minutes later, they called and said that Allie was just getting closed up and that it went very well, and they wasn't even a blip on the machine for her. That the mass was not attached to any organs, and that they had to take out three ribs. The offending rib and the one in front and the one in back.
Allie slept through the night, the chest tubes are draining great, no bad colorations, and she got up and peed on a pee pad. She nibbled at some food, and they plan to take her outside at noon so she can pee outdoors.
Dogs are TOUGH!! Oh my, can you imagine a person going through this same surgery???
This is still not a cure. Dog cancers are not curable, she will get an average of 3 years out of this, maybe more, maybe less.
Pathology - histology still has to be done, they don't know if there is osteosarcoma involved, and that hurdle still has to be jumped, but even so, we will probably keep her around for at least 1 more year.
I found out that I have to have another brain surgery possibly in another six months, and I would so love to have her around.. I know it sounds selfish, but when you are in bed and can't move around, well I love this dog.
She has already wormed her way into the vet's hearts in Pullman.