Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Gracie's Surgery

Yes, Gracie had surgery.  About a month or so ago we found a little hard lump on Gracie's lower neck.  We were first hoping that it was just a bug bite or something and that it would go away.  A couple of weeks ago, it was still there and we noticed it had changed from skin colored to red.  We made an appointment with the Vet and took her in.  The Vet aspirated it and came back with the news that it was a mast cell tumor. Sigh...  Not the news we were hoping for.

They prescribed some steroids, benadryl, and pepcid. The steroids to help shrink the tumor, the benadryl and pepcid to reduce any effects from the histamine that is in the tumor.  After a few days of taking it, the steroids really started hurting her stomach so I was actually happy to get her into surgery so we can get back to normal sooner rather than later.

It was a little tough coming home before work to see Web and Cissy without Gracie here.  To make a longer story short, this is Gracie now:

The incision was much much larger than we thought it would be.  They said they were going to take a 3cm margin around the tumor, but this is like a huge 9 inch incision!  I guess it's good because they will have hopefully gotten it all.

It'll be 3-5 days to get the results as to what stage of tumor it is, which we're hoping is just a stage 1.  Then we can hopefully put all of this behind us.

More to come as we know more.

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