Sunday, June 05, 2011

The Importance of Taking Inventory

This will be a short post:

It's important to take regular inventory of your dog. 

What does that mean?

It means knowing every bump in their topography.
Is that a new one? 
What is it? 
What does it feel like? What does it look like?
Is it bigger than last month?

If you find something new, write it down. 

Vida has six discernible abnormalities. 

One I'd forgotten about.

One is new, and bad. A plasmacytoma, the same type she had in her mouth.

Thank goodness for her chiropractor. I had felt it a week or so before she got adjusted and thought it was a bit odd. Her chiropractor found it and was immediately concerned and strongly urged me to get it checked out. It was the size of a marble, just behind her right should and next to her spine.

Two weeks later the holistic vet felt it and immediately sent me to get it aspirated. That's how we got it diagnosed only 3 weeks before I'm due to leave for the summer.

Now it's a mad rush to do something about it. Surgery is most likely, perhaps also prednisone (something used last year as part of the treatment for the other tumor).

Do an inventory.
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