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I think your experience gives all of hope when we are faced with that awful waiting for results to come in. I think your veterinary team sounds awesome so far. Everything sounds so thorough. Chance's surgery was in 2015. Even with no Covid restrictions, we were advised against visiting for the exact same reasons. They told us to feel free to call anytime, just not when they were doing rounds which was a set time every 2 hours through the night.
It will be over before you know it. (y)
 

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I'm so happy you got a good report from the CT scan. That's a relief....Sending positive thoughts for her surgery.....
 
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I think your experience gives all of hope when we are faced with that awful waiting for results to come in. I think your veterinary team sounds awesome so far. Everything sounds so thorough. Chance's surgery was in 2015. Even with no Covid restrictions, we were advised against visiting for the exact same reasons. They told us to feel free to call anytime, just not when they were doing rounds which was a set time every 2 hours through the night.
It will be over before you know it. (y)
I hope it can serve as a little bit of hope. I feel so lucky to have the vet I do - she told me she saw the lab result and before she even called me, she called the specialists' clinic and said "please please please get this dog in - she needs a CT, she will need specialized surgery." She knew it would be what I would want and she wanted to be able to tell me the awful news but be able to tell me what the plan could be to move ahead at the same time. I so appreciated that, and it meant my wait from awful news to clearer and better info was only 48 hours. And the surgeon is incredible. I want every bit of info you can give me and she has been the perfect person for that.

I feel really confident that Shala will get great care while she is there. She said I can also call anytime for updates or just reassurance if I'm worried. They truly do understand what owners are going through and try to make it as easy as possible, given sometimes really hard circumstances.
 

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I hope it can serve as a little bit of hope. I feel so lucky to have the vet I do....
I appreciate you being so open about sharing what you're going through. This kind of roadmap is so valuable to have when the next person goes through this. Continue to say prayers for this to go as well as possible...
 

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I appreciate you being so open about sharing what you're going through. This kind of roadmap is so valuable to have when the next person goes through this. Continue to say prayers for this to go as well as possible...
I also appreciate you sharing your experience. I am impressed that you caught the lump so small. It’s such a good reminder to examine our dogs regularly. I know I’m paying more attention now when I pet my dogs in the evenings.
 

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Having a veterinarian who partners with you throughout Shala's lifetime is worth its weight in gold. And she knows who to go to for surgery referrals immediately like she did. Beyond awesome. I wish everyone could know this type of relationship with their vet. I have this too with our vet and I'm thankful for her every single day.
 

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I appreciate you being so open about sharing what you're going through. This kind of roadmap is so valuable to have when the next person goes through this. Continue to say prayers for this to go as well as possible...
I've gained so much knowledge and support from the people on this forum through the years. If this experience can help even one person at some point, that would make me happy. It's hard not to worry right from the start when you get a dire lab report... but getting the further tests and information is so helpful.

I also appreciate you sharing your experience. I am impressed that you caught the lump so small. It’s such a good reminder to examine our dogs regularly. I know I’m paying more attention now when I pet my dogs in the evenings.
It was pure luck. I was not examining her - just patting her and felt it. It is definitely lucky that it was so early, and it will make me pay much more attention and do a little once over regularly going forward.

Having a veterinarian who partners with you throughout Shala's lifetime is worth its weight in gold. And she knows who to go to for surgery referrals immediately like she did. Beyond awesome. I wish everyone could know this type of relationship with their vet. I have this too with our vet and I'm thankful for her every single day.
I am so thankful to have the vet I do. She just knew what I would want to do before she even spoke to me and the fact that she called the surgeon and got her in as quickly as she did, I just can't thank her enough. I always say to people, if you don't trust your vet 100% or feel that they are working WITH you, then find another vet. Because most of them really are wonderful and should be an important person in your pet's life. Like a great dogwalker, having a great vet is gold. I'm so glad you have this, too.
 

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just checking in to see how Shala’s surgery went today. Keeping my fingers and toes crossed that everything went well!!
 

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A little Shala update: her surgery went really well. So happy and relieved. It was excruciating waiting for the call yesterday. The surgeon believes she got the whole tumour (of course, she said the biopsy will confirm that 100%) and Shala was doing well. She also removed a little wart-sort-of-thing that sudeenly grew on her head in the past two weeks. The surgeon said she does not believe it is related to the sarcoma, but just to be safe, she took it off and sent it along for biopsy as well, which I am happy about. So Shala will have a bald hip and a little bald spot on her head, too. Poor lovie. But still very hopeful this is one and done.

They weaned her off her IV pain meds overnight and they said she was bright and happy this morning. So she gets to come home this afternoon! That is the best news. I missed her in the house so much and you always worry about how they are doing when you can't see them. I called for an update in the evening and the technician was very sweet - she said Shala was so sweet and one of their star patients (which they might say to every owner! lol). I can't wait to bring her home. It will be a quiet few days, I'm sure. She is on total rest for two weeks - which will probably be harder on me! I will miss taking her for walks a lot. I missed it just yesterday. But I want her to heal well, so we will do whatever they tell us!

Thanks for all the positive thoughts you all sent our way the past few weeks. I really believe every little bit counts.
 

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I'm very happy Shala gets to come home with you today!
 
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I'm happy things are going so well, and that she can come home today!
 

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I'm so thrilled to hear the surgery went well, lots of cuddles will be great recovery medicine for you both!.
 

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What a relief! Good to hear she was bright and happy. What a good girl :love:. Now R & R. I hope you can sneak some in too!
 

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Wonderful news!!!
 
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I’m so glad for such a wonderful update!!! Hopefully these 2 weeks fly by, keep us updated on the biopsy results!
 
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