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You are all so wonderful, thank you. Your support really means so much to me - and helps a lot. Sorry for the delayed reply. It was a long day, and I brought home a very loopy and confused post-sedation pup last night.

The appointment went very well, and was sort of a "best case scenario in a bad situation." The surgeon was amazing, and spent about a half hour on the phone with me after her assessment of Shala, walking through the lab report, why each form of sarcoma was suggested and what each one is. She believes the tumour is most likely soft tissue sarcoma. The very good news was that she is 100% positive she can fully remove it with good wide margins - and she said she could do that without even getting a CT scan. She said from what she felt, how she could pick it up and move it, she does not believe it is invasive. That was a HUGE relief. She said we could do chest x-rays and an abdominal ultrasound to check for any spread, or we could do a CT scan. The CT would confirm (or negate) her belief that the tumour is not deeply invasive, and it would show whether there is any sign of metastasis in the lungs or abdomen AND the brain (which x-ray and u/s would not) AND it would also show if there were any sign that this nodule is an outport of osteosarcoma or any other kind of bone cancer (both of which were suggested, along with soft tissue sarcoma, by the cells found in the tumour). I didn't hesitate - I just said let's do the CT because it will give me 100% assurance that we have not missed anything. So that happened yesterday late afternoon.

And more good news - the surgeon said she did not see anything concerning on the CT. With a caveat that she is not a radiologist, and it IS possible that she could miss something that the radiologist will identify. But by her assessment, there is no spread and indeed, the tumour is not invasive. We will likely get the radiologist's report back Monday latest (possibly today, but more likely Monday) so that is when we will know for sure. But she has scheduled Shala for surgery to remove the tumour Tuesday. She will have a two week recovery period, and by then, we should also get the biopsy back to confirm what kind of cancer it is. As a precaution, she has already booked us with the oncologist, in the event that is it something that requires further treatment like chemo or radiation. Based on the CT, both she and the oncologist (whom she consulted with over the CT scan yesterday already) think that is probably not going to be necessary, but again, we just need the confirmation from the radiology report and then from the biopsy.

So for now, it was probably the best possible outcome I could have hoped for in this awful situation. If we can get it out of her Tuesday and that will be that, I will be so incredibly relieved and grateful. Shala seems to be finally more herself now - it was a tough evening and night. She cried and she seemed very unsure of exactly where she was and even who I was. She didn't pee until 10pm - each time I took her out, she just stood still and wouldn't move (she hadn't peed since 1pm!). I was so relieved when she finally did. She woke up several times through the night, cried, and just seemed unsure of herself. But I think she is finally doing better now. I'm going to take her for a walk shortly, and hopefully she'll be more comfortable outside. Poor little thing.
 

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I'm so relieved to see this. It does sound like there are lots of reasons to hope this will be all a bad memory soon and you and Shala will have many more happy years together. I think most of us can just picture ourselves in your shoes and how awful we would feel and now we will hope with you that the surgery will be the end of it.
 

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I am so glad to hear that the surgeon didn’t see any bone involvement! And the fact that she thinks she can remove it with clean margins - so happy to hear that. Poor girl after the anesthesia, give her a hug for me.
 

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What a good report from an otherwise (could have been) dire situation. This is almost exactly what Chance's CT scan and consult with the specialist revealed pre-surgery. The only big difference is Shala's is "movable", Chance's was fixed. Moveable is better. And Chance needed "nothing" post-operatively and it was a full complete relatively easy recovery for my 10 year old!
Vets don't give these kinds of promising reports lightly either. Knowing that they would rather prepare people for the worst and then give good news after.
So this is extremely positive.
I'm especially glad that the surgery is so soon. It will be behind you both in no time.
Extra hugs for your special girl.
 

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Oh I'm so relieved! Thank you for the update! I'm so glad they were able to get you in for everything so fast! She should bounce back from the surgery pretty quickly. When Rocket had his MCT removed, he felt crappy for a day or two and then he was mostly back to his old self. It was hard to keep him from ripping his sutures.
 

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I'm very relieved and happy things are moving in a positive direction for Shala. It's really good she is having the surgery so soon. I hope the surgeon gets really good margins and Shala can recover quickly and things can get back to normal. Hugs being sent to both of you.....
 
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So glad to read your update, I know you'll be tremendously relieved when the surgery is over. All my love and hugs flying over to you both, you're a fantastic mum to Shala and I hope with all my heart that she's back to normal soon, take care x
 

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Incredible news given what the initial concerns were.... I'm so sorry for the rollercoaster you've been on and the upset of having Shala feel so crummy yesterday evening. I will continue to check in for updates on how she's feeling and how you're feeling, now that you have been given some positive news, I will say that I do believe that our outlook affects our dogs. I hope we can help you hold onto positive feelings and maybe you can relax a little this weekend and get to just snuggle with her extra. Hugs to you.
 

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Oh I’m so so glad to hear that news!! Definitely the best case scenario in what was otherwise a terrible situation. Like Kristy, I’m sorry about the rollercoaster of emotions you’ve been on this past week. I’ll be thinking of you and Shala this weekend and until Tuesday, I’m so hopeful the radiologist will agree with the surgeon and oncologist.
 
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Wonderful news, great update, hope things go well next Tues.

Poor girl, anesthesia does strange things at times, hope she's doing better now.
 

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We got the CT scan report from the radiologist yesterday evening and it was all good news! It confirmed the tumour is not invasive and showed no spread to the brain, chest or abdomen. No tumour activity in her bones. I am so beyond relieved. So now, we need to get through Tuesday. I will be so relieved when this is out of her and she can start to recover. She will definitely stay at the clinic Tuesday night, on IV pain meds but if she is doing well, she will come home Wednesday.

And she is totally back to her old self now. I told the surgeon when she called me about the CT about how long it took her to get over the sedation and she said she is definitely more sensitive to it, and that if she ever has to be sedated again, to tell the vet administering it to stay on the low end of dosage. She said she expects Shala will also have a hard time coming out of the anesthesia, but she will be in the clinic so they can monitor her. And they will call me with updates and even pictures of her, since I can't go and visit. And she said, even outside of Covid time, she would not have recommended visiting Tuesday night, as the dogs can sometimes get either too excited when they see their person, or too anxious when they leave again, and for the first night, it is just better to let them rest and recover from the day. Hard for us, but definitely best for them.

This is almost exactly what Chance's CT scan and consult with the specialist revealed pre-surgery. The only big difference is Shala's is "movable", Chance's was fixed. Moveable is better. And Chance needed "nothing" post-operatively and it was a full complete relatively easy recovery for my 10 year old!
Vets don't give these kinds of promising reports lightly either. Knowing that they would rather prepare people for the worst and then give good news after.
So this is extremely positive.
This is exactly what I am hoping for. The father of one of Shala's breeder's other litters also had an experience like Chance's - once it was out, that was it. So I am really, really hopeful that this, too, will be a one and done.

When Rocket had his MCT removed, he felt crappy for a day or two and then he was mostly back to his old self. It was hard to keep him from ripping his sutures.
Yes - once they feel good, keeping them from ripping the sutures is your next challenge!
Shala will definitely be a conehead for a good while after she comes home. I need to use a cone for her with most things - even the smallest little cut on her paw pad or ripped nail. She is definitely a licker. So I'll need to make sure she cannot reach the stitches 100% of the time.

I do believe that our outlook affects our dogs. I hope we can help you hold onto positive feelings and maybe you can relax a little this weekend and get to just snuggle with her extra.
Yes, I am definitely in a better place now. Before the surgeon saw her and we got the CT, the prospects were so scary. When you see sarcoma - and possibly as bad as osteosarcoma - on a lab report, it's so hard not to go to the darkest of places. Thank goodness, it was only 48 hours before the surgeon started me feeling more positive. We are definitely going to just enjoy the next few days. I'm not taking her to hunt training (the plan was for big long swims this weekened, and I just don't want to overtax her), but we will go to tracking on Monday morning. Otherwise, I just plan to hang with her, go for walks and take her to the splash pad to cool off and get some love from the kids.

On to Tuesday!
 
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