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.