More News about Jamie the Cocker Spaniel
The journey so far.
Almost three weeks ago, Jamie went in for surgery to have mammary tumors removed as well as to be spayed. Because Jamie is 11 years old, I was worried that she would not heal correctly, or just that something worse would come up.
Right after having her stitches taken out on Monday, I felt a relief like no other and just hoped that this was over. On Tuesday, I noticed that Jamie had yet another lump on her upper abdomen. Understandably worried, I called the vet and scheduled another appointment for this morning to have her look at Jamie's stomach.
To read the full story of what this poor Cocker Spaniel has been through, click on the two links below for the previous hubs.
- Spay and Neuter Your Pet: A story about Jamie the Cocker Spaniel
This is the story of Jamie the Cocker Spaniel, her mammary tumors, and why it is so important to spay and neuter your pets.
- Jamie the Cocker Spaniel and her Mammary Tumors
Here is an update on my Cocker Spaniel Jamie after her spaying and removal surgery for her mammary tumors.
Do you want to go for a ride?
Per usual, Jamie was her wiggly self when she saw that she was indeed able to go for a ride somewhere with me. I had to hold her off so that I could lay down a blanket on the front seat before letting her jump into the SUV.
But then we got to the vet parking lot. Jamie whined. She actually whined. The only whining/whimpering sounds she ever makes is if she has to go outside that bad and none of us have noticed. She doesn't scratch at the door or make sounds when she has to go. She sits politely in front of the door or jumps up onto the couch/bed and puts her face close to mine. If I'm not paying attention or have for some other reason not noticed that she needs to go, she will pace and whimper.
When I heard that whimper in the vet's parking lot, I immediately felt guilty. Jamie must be really sick of the vet's office if she's nervous about going again. (But then again, how much of that was me projecting?!)
I took her inside, keeping the leash as short as possible, and had to wait in a line. By the time it was our turn, Jamie had crawled into my lap and refused to move. As I only just wanted the vet to take a peak at the dog's stomach, I had Jamie lie down right there on the bench, and then I gently rolled her over so that the vet's assistant could see the lump.
Jamie was skittish and didn't let us look long before she was straightening, so the vet's assistant nodded that she'd seen it and then picked Jamie up to go show the vet.
I started to sweat.
We don't have the money right now for yet another surgery. Having been through one already at her age, would Jamie be able to recuperate after another one? Would there be more complications? Were there alternatives? (I highly doubted it, but hey, I was grasping at straws.)
The vet's assistant returned with Jamie not even a full minute later. The vet had noticed the lump during surgery even, but as the assistant explained to me, the lump is actually a fatty lymph node. It isn't malignant in any way, and since Jamie already had so many incisions done during the surgery, the vet hadn't wanted to worry about more than what was needed to be removed. Kind of would have been nice to know that right after the surgery, you know?
Suffice it to say, my nerves were shot, and I was utterly relieved to hear that Jamie the Cocker Spaniel will be okay. Three of her four stitched incisions are already healed to the point where you barely see where they were. The top one, where the lymph node is, is scabbed where the fatty tissue had pushed outwards, but I am confident it will heal well.
What can YOU take away from this?
- Take your pets to regular check ups at the vet's. Make sure it's a vet that you trust (or are willing to learn to trust) because your pets have longer life spans than you think.
- Spay/Neuter your pets! I cannot emphasize this enough. There are so many benefits, and it hurts to see your pet suffer later in life because of your (its owners') carelessness.
- Make sure you are willing to dish out the money before you buy/acquire a pet of your own. Pets cost a lot of money. Between flea stuff, food, medications, toys, check ups, shots, vaccinations, etc., you will be paying a lot more than you planned for.
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© 2011 Jennifer Kessner
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