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Monday, April 23, 2012

Wolf is Home from Surgery!

Wolf is home! He is still groggy and is sleeping soundly next to me right now with his leg all bandaged up nicely. The growth was a very strange one. After he was shaved, it turned out there was another good size lump under the skin that was developing that we didn't even know about as it couldn't be seen or felt under all the fur. Good news is, our vet was able to remove the cluster and the secondary lump and some surrounding skin in its entirety as opposed to cauterizing them and risking possible regrowth. The original fear was since it was on the elbow, there wasn't much give room, but my vet was able to stitch up the wound nicely and he will stay bandaged until this Saturday when I bring him back for a follow-up. Since he's been home, he's been dozing on and off, a little whimpering, and a little tipsy. He is drinking lots of water (with a few little upchucks), but doesn't have an appetite yet, but all in good time.


Warning: Unpleasant Photos

This is what his growths looked liked before being shaved for surgery. All that was visible and evident to the touch was this cluster group of papillomas that had grown in size and had multiplied in number.
 
This is a picture of his growths given to me by my vet, which shows a good view of what we were dealing with. You are looking at his elbow joint, the same as above, only shaved pre-surgery and really shows the lump under the growths very clearly. I chose to share this photo as an educational and informational tool, so if anyone ever sees anything remotely similar to the first photo, they can check with their vet right away. 

I can honestly say I am so glad I decided to have them removed. Otherwise, I would not have known about the hidden lump. I'm glad I chose to bring him in for a follow-up visit when I detected some change from last summer when I first discovered a much smaller cluster of papillomas. I am very relieved that my vet was able to remove it all.

I am very fortunate to have a wonderful veterinarian, veterinarian hospital, and veterinarian team who truly care about our Sibes and give them all the very best care possible.

Wolf's homecoming was indeed a happy one (although a little spacey for Wolf who is still under the influence!) 
Gibson was happy to see his little bro!
 
Getting kisses from Harley!



Chloe cried when her sibling came home!

Bandit was so happy, she was a blur!
Now, it's on to the road to recovery. I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for all your support, wonderful thoughts, and prayers for Wolf...they really made a difference!  

And, if he was awake, I know he'd be wooing his thanks to you all, too!

 Sweet dreams and heal quickly, my sweet boy. ❤

19 comments:

  1. Glad to know everyting went well!
    I am sure you will be like new in no time!
    Take care
    Kisses and hugs
    Lorenza

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  2. I am so glad to hear that Wolf is doing well. I hope they gave you a bit of pain medication for him as I imagine it will be sore for a while.

    Bert

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  3. I'm glad Wolf is home and doing well. Thank goodness you took him in for a re-check and they found the other lump as well. I hope he gets lots of rest and heals quickly! Our fingers and paws are crossed for a speedy recovery! Rest well sweet Wolf!

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  4. I am so glad you took him in

    Stop on by for a visit
    Kari
    http://dogisgodinreverse.com

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  5. Just catching up and so sorry to hear about Wolf's lumps. Glad to hear he is home now and doing better. Sounds like you have a great vet. Hope he heals up real soon. Give Wolf an extra hug from us. :)

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  6. Glad to hear all was removed with margins. Nuka has lots of those papillomas and the vet keeps a running chart so we will see changes quickly, but the lump was a heart thumper! Sending Wolf White Dog healing energies for a fast recovery and positive thoughts for your entire Pack!

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  7. oh,poor baby!
    i am so sorry,that the poor boy is so ill.
    and im happy,that the lump wasnt a bad one.
    we send him many healingthoughrs and gettingwellkisses.
    we think of you and keep our fingers and paws crossed,that he will be in good condition ,soon.
    sending you love
    anni

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  8. Welcome home buddy!! I am hoping that you get better real soon! Make sure they give you extra treats the next couple of days, ok?

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  9. Nasty. I am so glad that Wolf was stitched up OK. Those areas with tight skin can be so difficult. Good thoughts for a speedy recovery.

    Mango Momma

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  10. Wow, that is one ugly-looking lump. So good to know the vet was able to get it all out of there. Will they be testing the lump too? Please give Wolf some hugs and smoochies from all of us.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

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  11. This is all very good news. I know that Wolf will be much more comfortable once everythingy gets all healed up.
    Thanks for sharing this with us.

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  12. We are sending you are best healing purrs Wolf and we hope the healing goes quickly for you.

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  13. Glad the surgery is behind you and now the healing can begin.

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  14. Bailey says get well very soon!

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  15. hugs hugs hugs! Sending Sibe Vibes of healing to Wolf! So glad you have a wonderful vet!

    jack, mom & pat

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  16. Oh my that's a nasty looking thing, glad wolf is on the mend!

    RA, Isis & Nanük

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  17. Glad to hear that the surgery went well.

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  18. Awww, Wolf!! We didn't know you were going in for surgery! We're glad to hear everything turned out OK, and that you're back home recovering. Lotsa huggies for you, my friend! :)

    Woofs! <3

    ~Bailey (Yep, I"m a girl!)

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  19. Wow.. Just clicked on this post from your Blog Paws link up today. I've never seen lumps like this before.. Wow!

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