Chesty update

Chesty saw the vet today for swelling at his incision, pain, and to discuss the new lump I found on Saturday. The pathology report was also back.

The best I can say is that things could be worse.

The swelling is from a seroma and we will watch it and hope it reabsorbs on its own.

A seroma can form at an incision site after surgery. A seroma is a swelling resulting from the accumulation of fluid under the skin. This can become very serious, needing immediate attention by a veterinarian, who may have to drain the fluid. However, most often the body absorbs the fluid and the swelling diminishes.

She gave me more pain meds for him although at the same dose.

The pathology showed a malignant tumor. The good news is that it’s a low grade and usually doesn’t metastasize although I am concerned about the new lump. The bad news is that this is an aggressive local tumor that is likely to reoccur AND looking at the pathology report and doing some online research, the margins may not be adequate and could require another surgery or radiation should we decide to go that route. This vet is unfamiliar with the tumor and implications so I’ve asked for a referral to an oncology vet at the university and we have an appointment for next week.

In the meantime, I’m hoping the incision will heal without further complications and that Chesty’s discomfort level will decrease.

Thank you for all your comments, emails, and concern.

23 thoughts on “Chesty update

  1. Debra

    I will keep all of my fingers and toes crossed for your little guy and prayers coming your way too, for both of you. You have all been through so much. Please keep us in the loop. Gentle hugs for Chesty. I hope he is not in too much pain.

  2. Angie

    Wise choice to request a referral. I hope the swelling near the incision goes down soon. That sounds like more of the source of pain than the actual incision. Our Sassy had this swelling for weeks after we had her spayed, and she would not move on her own for a week. We had to finger feed her, and carry her to potty. It was quite awful, so I understand some of what you are going through with poor Chesty. I hope the pain meds help, and that Chesty’s prognosis is better when you see the new Oncology vet. Keep us posted.

  3. Julierose

    oh this is difficult; having been there with our little doggie, Winnie–a Springer Spaniel, I totally empathize with you. Here’s hoping all will go well for Chesty…hugs, Julierose

  4. Laurie Gathje

    Sorry for the sad news. I sure hope Chesty gets good care and you find what you need in a vet.

  5. Nancy

    Glad that you got a referral to speciality vet AND different pain medication for Chesty. Continued prayers for him, you, and Keith.

  6. Patricia

    Smart to get a referral, I know you are a nurse, as am I and KNOW you are a wonderful advocate for Chesty! I am going to look at this cup as 50% FULL! Thanks for keeping us all posted! Don’t forget to take care of yourself (and Keith)! Hugs to all!

  7. Sherrill

    Aww, poor Chesty. Sure hope he gets some relief soon and that seroma takes care of itself. Also hoping there’s something that can be done for the malignancy and he’s back to his old self real soon.

  8. Deb

    Oh my goodness. No wonder the little fella hurts so bad. I hope the oncology vet will be able to fix Chesty up. We know you love your little dog and will make all the right decisions for him. My heart goes out to you both. I’ll be praying for a good outcome and hope you won’t be too lonely over the holiday. As an Army wife I spent many holidays alone. Now that I have my poodles and quilting being alone is not so bad anymore.

  9. jean

    Was hoping this wouldn’t be the news you would hear. Hope you get a more positive prognosis from the oncology specialist.

  10. Tanya

    When there is good and bad, always focus on the good! Chesty is feeling all that love from you right now and that is giving him more healing than you can ever know! God cares about the sparrows, He cares about Chesty too.

  11. Linda H

    Sad news but keeping a positive outlook … prayers and thoughts coming your way. I agree with Tanya … focus on the good 😉 Linda

  12. Sara

    Ok,well, not the best news but hang in there. This little dog is a joy to you and now it is your turn to be a joy to him! Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers

  13. Susan D.

    Sorry to hear of Chesty’s ongoing problems. Just when you deal with one thing you get hit with more. And so hard to know he’s in pain. Hope things get turned around with the specialist vet. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  14. Dianne King

    Holding every good thought for Chesty and for you all. Such a difficult time, especially over the holidays. I hope the oncologist can offer some good strategies to help the sweet little fellow.

  15. Denise in PA

    Mary, I just saw all of the Chesty posts. I feel so bad for the little guy. Please know I have him and you in my thoughts and am sending healing prayers. Hugs

  16. Jo's Country Junction

    I haven’t been by for a bit but saw that things are topsy turvey with your pooch. Pet problems are always so hard. With our beagle, who is a year old, she’s had 3 surgeries. The second one sound like it was more invasive as your dog’s sounds. The first week was awful…the second week better. I suggest that you ask you vet about different pain meds. Ruby had one that makes their brain fuzzy but she snapped at me when she was on it. It changed her personality. She’s never dreamed of snapping. We switched her to one that works on the pain on the site and that was much better. I don’t know what their using but it might be something to look in to. The second meds were MUCH better for both of us.

  17. Randa

    Prayers for you and Chesty. Our pets are such an important part of our families. Good luck as Chesty tries to gain his health.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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