A few weeks ago, I took my 11- year- old Border Collie, Mocca, into the veterinarian for a wellness exam. Since she’s a senior dog, and has several Lyme Disease infections, I feel it is important to have her checked over every six months.
Several years ago, I discovered a mass on the underside of Mocca’s left leg. We immediately had it examined and tested to see if it was cancerous. It was not, so we just kept our eye on it. The mass is UNDER the muscle, and as such in a bit of an odd place. It has not bothered her so far, but it has been growing. Our veterinarian is now concerned that if it continues to grow it will start to impede her, and that the larger it gets, the more difficult it will be to remove. And, I can’t help but think this huge lump on her leg MUST cause her some discomfort, even though she doesn’t seem to show it.
Since it is winter here, and our dog agility trials are on hiatus until the weather clears, I decided now would be the best time to do the surgery. She’d have plenty of time to heal before we start up with agility in the spring. It did however; take me 4 weeks to come to this decision! It is so scary to think about having her go into surgery! I put it off for as long as possible, but finally gave in and made the call to schedule. (Thanks to the encouragement of my friends & coworkers!)
So now in a couple weeks, my dog will be having her mass removed. I hope everything goes smoothly. I trust our vet 100%, but it sure is scary.
Does anybody have GOOD pet surgery stories they would like to share to help qualm my fears? Please no heartaches… I don’t think I could take it!
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