Flo went in for surgery this morning. I hadn’t said or thought much about it because quite frankly, I was a little spooked.
A month or so ago we took her in to donate blood only to discover that she had a heart murmur. That was immediate retirement from the donor program.
Still, the heart murmur didn’t worry us too much. Roxy has had a low grade heart murmur since we adopted her and she’ll be 15 in September and since hydrotherapy, that dog is just like a puppy again.
Two weeks ago, we discovered a lump in her rectal area. So we loaded her up and hauled her off to the vet. We thought is was just the anal glands that needed expressed. Not so lucky, after the not-so-pleasant exam, they discovered a lump.
We’ve already been through this surgery twice, once with Oneco and once with Gracie and they came through like troopers.
Neither of them had a heart murmur and that was bothersome.
Fast forward to this morning When it was time to go to the vets. Flo was thrilled. A ride in the car is always a good thing, especially if it meant the ocean. Her tail went into overdrive.
Happy tail. I’ve heard the horror stories, but we have never experienced it.
Holy crap, the kitchen looked like a crime scene. There was blood everywhere. Flo’s white coat had a lovely stripey spattered pattern of red, as did all of the other white dogs anywhere near her. Karen was dressed for work in nursing best. She looked like she had just walked out of a tragic scene on ER.
It happened so fast. As we walked by the white house on the way to the car, she continued waving her happy contemporary paint brush.
The plan when I left the vet clinic was to include removing the last vertebra on her tail as well as the lump. I was quite thankful that she did it today and not tomorrow.
All is well in Flo land tonight. She remained stable and did very well under anesthesia. The lump came out quite cleanly, the vet referred to it as a peri-anal adenoma.
As for her happy tail, he laughed. He said the opening was less than 1 cm. He didn’t want to remove any tail if we could hold it with a stitch. It’s been 13 hours, so far, so good. I love my vet.
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