Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Update on Jade Girl

Here's a little update on our Jade girl. We had an ugly looking mass removed from her front right doggie elbow about 2 weeks ago. The biopsy came back that it was, in fact, malignant cancer. Insert sad face here :( The positive side of the biopsy is that the vet got 100% of the tumor! This form of cancer is rated on a scale of 1 to 3...1 being NOT likely to spread, and 3 meaning it WILL spread or IS spreading. Jade's is a 2.

I took Jade back a few days after this diagnosis to have a lump on her ribs needle biopsied. Dr. Parker, our vet, was pretty sure it was just a Lipoma which is basically a pocket of fat that can come and go. Lipomas are very common in labs. Thankfully, that lump was exactly that! She now has 3 other lumps on her other side. Insert another sad face :(

Jade is 10 and has lived a great life with us. We aren't exactly sure what this cancer is going to do to her or NOT do to her. So, we're going to keep an eye on lumps, watch for any strange behavior especially towards the kids, and keep her as comfortable as possible for however long her life may be. She could live 3 or 4 more years for all we know!!!

Since her mass was on her arm right by a joint, it's taking FOREVER to heal up! 2 and 1/2 weeks later, and she still has to keep the cone on her head. I had to take her back to get staples in it since it kept splitting open. Then the NEXT day, I had to take her back yet AGAIN since she ripped one of the staples out and had pulled the other one off the wound itself. I'm not sure how she managed to do that with the cone on her head, but I suspect Rena helped her.

The boys decided to "sticker up" her cone to make her happy...

Here's the end result!

Jade was the most popular pooch at the park on Sunday with her super stylish Halloween and Mickey Mouse themed cone:)

Here's a cute little pic of Jade "smiling" on the couch with me one morning. I took off her cone to give her a little break! You can see the red scabby looking wound on her arm.

Just say a few prayers for our Jade girl that she can live a great life with us...however long that may be!

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