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Warning: wound photos below. But the first photo does not show them.

She is home and exhausted. Actually, exhausted would be an understatement. Poor thing. She is also a bit nauseated from the meds - she was trying to eat grass when I brought her out. Hoping that will pass by tomorrow. But at least she managed to get the painkillers all down. It took her a few minutes to decide to eat the yummy little bundle with Gabapentin in it - she held it in her mouth for a good minute before finally chewing it. At one point, she went to get water, and when she finished, basically turned around, walked two steps... and fell asleep again.
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The hip wound is quite big. She is very careful not to lie on it, so it must be (understandably) tender.
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I have a feeling she will sleep for the next day or two.
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Sutures come out in two weeks. I feel so bad for her. I wish just loving them was enough to keep them healthy.
 

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Sutures come out in two weeks. I feel so bad for her. I wish just loving them was enough to keep them healthy.
Wow! That is quite the war wound for a pea sized lump! Kind of shocking! Glad she is home and resting up. She is probably so relieved to be home too 💕
 

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Oh that is quite a wound! She looks like a sweet angel. I am sure she is exhausted. If I remember, some of the painkillers have sedative effects so this can be part of if too. "Rest equals Recovery" is what the cardiac surgeon told us when Chance had his heart surgery. I never forgot that, So sleep is good. You should try to get some while she is - if you can.
 

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She had a good night's sleep and seems much brighter this morning. Wagging her tail, and coming to me for snuggles, which is really nice to see. She is eating well, taking all her meds, and we had a successful out this morning (no diarrhea from the meds!). She drank a ton of water yesterday - she was constantly going to her bowl - but that seems to be returning to normal today, too, as all the IV meds and sedation leave her body. She is lying beside me, so I have taken the cone off. She has not paid the wounds any attention, which is good. It will be back on any time I can't be with her and overnight, just to be safe.

Wow! That is quite the war wound for a pea sized lump! Kind of shocking!
It's huge, eh? The surgeon took 3cm margins all around it. She warned me it would be a bigger than I might expect. But that's okay. I'd rather have had her take it ALL out as safely as she could.
 

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Bless her, what a brave girl (that goes for both of you)!. I remember the size of Barnaby's wound and was so shocked , but was assured that it was necessary. Sending you both love and hugs, hoping Shala improves with each day x
 

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She had a good night's sleep and seems much brighter this morning. Wagging her tail, and coming to me for snuggles, which is really nice to see. She is eating well, taking all her meds, and we had a successful out this morning (no diarrhea from the meds!). She drank a ton of water yesterday - she was constantly going to her bowl - but that seems to be returning to normal today, too, as all the IV meds and sedation leave her body. She is lying beside me, so I have taken the cone off. She has not paid the wounds any attention, which is good. It will be back on any time I can't be with her and overnight, just to be safe.

It's huge, eh? The surgeon took 3cm margins all around it. She warned me it would be a bigger than I might expect. But that's okay. I'd rather have had her take it ALL out as safely as she could.
Glad she is doing well, and you're being so on top of her recovery (as you know I recently learned the hard way for being to lenient!) 100% agree that it was better for the surgeon to be 100% sure it's gone! Fingers crossed for continued good news!
 

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Well, we got the biopsy back, and it wasn't the best news. I'm feeling a bit down. The tumour was indeed soft tissue sarcoma, which we expected, but it was also grade 2, which we were not expecting. It was fully removed - the margins are absolutely clear, which is very good. But we will see the oncologist, because with the grade 2 comes the concern that it will grow back. There is no spread right now - we know that from the CT - but the oncologist told the surgeon that with this kind of diagnosis, it often comes back within the first 12 months in the same area. So no matter what, she will be monitored now by him, and we will talk about whether some chemo might be worth it. We will discuss all the pros and cons and have to weigh what will be best for her. It may well be that careful monitoring, perhaps some x-rays of the chest in 3 or 6 months, will be fine. But it will all be part of our consultation in August.

Stitches come off next week, and the surgeon told me I can try switching the cone for a tee shirt over her wound, so I am happy about that. Only when I am home and with her, of course. But it will give her a nice break from the cone (in which she is an absolute rock star. I just love her attitude, bless her sweet heart).
 

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Ok, I'm just catching up. I am hoping that good margins will mean all the difference in the world. I wish I had some magic words to say to help you feel better. When is the August consult? I know you all will come up with a good plan. Please know I continue to say prayers for you and for Shala. I'm so glad she can just have the t shirt on some now. It has to be a gift to have the cone off. Sending you a hug.
 

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Not the news you were hoping for but far from the worst. Knowing what you are dealing with puts you and your vets in a proactive position. Your team sounds great. You are phenomenal. Shala is more than doing her part. It will all be good.

The t-shirt will be so much more comfortable and a nice break. I too will continue fervent prayers for sweet Shala.
 

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Ok, I'm just catching up. I am hoping that good margins will mean all the difference in the world. I wish I had some magic words to say to help you feel better. When is the August consult? I know you all will come up with a good plan. Please know I continue to say prayers for you and for Shala. I'm so glad she can just have the t shirt on some now. It has to be a gift to have the cone off. Sending you a hug.
The consult is Aug. 11. I love that he has already been involved in her case, thanks to the surgeon who has looped him in from the beginning. And I know him from when Tesia had cancer - he was her oncologist, too. I feel very lucky to have this team of specialists. They have been so proactive and I feel entirely informed an confident. I'm hoping the margins will also have an influence on whether it is more or less likely to grow back. I'm still just feeling so stunned and sad by what has happened with all this.

And believe it or not, Shala does not seem to love the shirt!! :rolleyes: Maybe she doesn't like having something over the wound. I might just put the cone back on her afterall.
 
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I'm glad she has you to take care of her. If you're interested, I bought one of these for my last Golden when he had surgery and he tolerated it well. It has snaps so you can pull it forward and snap it when she needs to go out to potty.

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I'm glad she has you to take care of her. If you're interested, I bought one of these for my last Golden when he had surgery and he tolerated it well. It has snaps so you can pull it forward and snap it when she needs to go out to potty.

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That is ridiculously cute! I think we'll be okay. I'm just going to keep the cone on for now. It's a pain, but she does so well with it, all things considered. It will be good when these stitches come out next week!
 
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The consult is Aug. 11. I love that he has already been involved in her case, thanks to the surgeon who has looped him in from the beginning. And I know him from when Tesia had cancer - he was her oncologist, too. I feel very lucky to have this team of specialists. ... I'm still just feeling so stunned and sad by what has happened with all this.
I think of you often, when we were talking about our girls turning 8 this year, this worry was the unspoken part. My heart just goes out to you... I'm so glad that you have a team you trust, I imagine that must stir up a lot of memories though. I know Shala is special and hope so much she will be one who has an incredibly good outcome. Continued prayers for her and for you.
 

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I'm glad she's comfortable in the plastic cone, and I'd stick with it when she's not under direct supervision, but FWIW there are a variety of options less likely to bang into walls or injure you. I've linked some options that we own below. Again... maybe a bit risky to use when she's not under supervision, but way more comfortable when you're home...

 
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hopefully the clear margin and the lack of mets thus far means very good things for you and Shala beyond the grade 2. I’m crossing my fingers and toes that you get many more wonderful years with her ❤
 
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I think of you often, when we were talking about our girls turning 8 this year, this worry was the unspoken part. My heart just goes out to you... I'm so glad that you have a team you trust, I imagine that must stir up a lot of memories though. I know Shala is special and hope so much she will be one who has an incredibly good outcome. Continued prayers for her and for you.
Thank you so much. It definitely does stir up sad memories. Tesia was so strong and healthy - until she was not. And she just went down so fast. Now, she was 12 when she got cancer - Shala is only 8. So I am definitely more hopeful that she will have several more years. And I guess I am also just thinking, if it comes back, we will remove it again. The one positive thing is that we will be watching closely for it, and hopefully if it does grow back, we will catch it early the next time, too.

I'm glad she's comfortable in the plastic cone, and I'd stick with it when she's not under direct supervision, but FWIW there are a variety of options less likely to bang into walls or injure you.
I laughed when you said "injure you." The first few nights, she was feeling very clingy and I got woken up a few times being bopped in the back of my head or even in my face by the cone as she tried to curl in closer to me. She had no idea, of course, and I did actually laugh.

I bought one of those donuts for my last dog, who was terrified of the cone. But I haven't even pulled it out of the closet. Shala really is doing okay all coned up and we only have 4.5 more days! (But who's counting?!) I think I feel worse for her than she does.
 

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I'm way behind on this! Only 4.5 more days in the cone! Amazing! I am really sorry to hear that the grade was more severe than expected. Sounds like you have an amazing care team that is doing everything they can to see her through this. We are all pulling for Shala and hoping for the best outcome with many more healthy and happy years together. Sending love from Alberta!
 

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Thank you!! Yes, stitches come out on Wednesday! The wound is healing really well, at least to my amateur eyes. One thing I have noticed is her ears smell musty, I assume from not really getting any air in them because of the cone. She has never had an ear infection and I don't want to start now! I cleaned them with a cotton pad and EpiOtic, but I don't want to pour any in just now because that will make her want to rub her ears on the carpet and I don't want her to disturb the little wound on her head. I'm giving her a cone break now since she is lying here beside me. Last night, I took it off for her because she was lying on the couch while I was watching TV. She got up and went into my room and settled on the bed where I couldn't see her... but I didn't want to recone her. She was so comfortable. So I got a chair and positioned it so I could see her in my room and watch TV at the same time. The things we do!! 😄 I realize this makes me seem a bit crazy, but whatever!
 

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She got up and went into my room and settled on the bed where I couldn't see her... but I didn't want to recone her. She was so comfortable. So I got a chair and positioned it so I could see her in my room and watch TV at the same time. The things we do!! 😄 I realize this makes me seem a bit crazy, but whatever!
That doesn't sound crazy at all to me.
 
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