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Old 12-23-2012, 02:19 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Awww poor baby! :'( Yeah I'm sure the biopsy person is taking his or her time and probably doesn't even care. They're grinches. I'm sending good juju your way. Get well soon. (Hehe he looks like he works at Burger King and has to wear a hair net lol.)


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Old 12-23-2012, 02:58 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Awww poor baby! :'( Yeah I'm sure the biopsy person is taking his or her time and probably doesn't even care. They're grinches. I'm sending good juju your way. Get well soon. (Hehe he looks like he works at Burger King and has to wear a hair net lol.)


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Ya I'm very shocked I have not got any results. I kinda wish my vet would already had given them a call. It normally takes 48 hours and it's been since the 19th. Ugh. If it was me I would have had it done before the holidays. I hope the results don't get screwed with now from it just sitting there.
As for the netting. If u ever have to get surgery on the neck area get the foam wrap used for a persons arm (at CVS by the gauze) and the stretchable netting that is used for over casts, it works perfect. He kept scratching all the other wrapping off until we got this netting. I swear ive spent over 100 dollars already on all the wrapping and gauze. His incision keeps oozing all this liquid which the vet said Is completely normal. All the swelling is almost completely gone and the liquid inside from the swelling is almost gone. I think I've changed his bandage atleast 50+ times now. Whatever helps: ) many restless night but it's worth it. I want him to heel perfectly. Poor guy.....he is hating on the wrap!
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Old 12-23-2012, 07:37 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Ah. Poor baby. Keeping u in my prayers.
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Old 12-23-2012, 01:15 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Your Boxer is so lucky to have such a caring parent! It's great you can be home with him during this ordeal. They are our kids. I hope the results come back soon so you can sleep!



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Old 12-24-2012, 11:21 AM   #25 (permalink)
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So. I have been trying to be as patient as possible. Today is day # 6 since they sent the lump off for biopsy. I have another dog "Diesel" that had a tooth extracted and it looked pretty funky so i brought both of them in this morning (just got back) and the vet is pretty irritated with the biopsy people as well. She checked the extraction site on Diesel and the incision area on Bolt's neck and she said it is healing pretty good but wanted to put him on a higher dosage of antibiotic. She squeezed it and it bled some. She said the drainage is completely normal for the area it is in, his swelling is all gone except right where the incision is, its still a little puffy but has also gone down alot. It did look like a golf ball since the swelling went down but now this morning it looks like a small thick pancake right around the incision area. if that makes sense. I would take a picture but i just rewrapped him, and if you have ever wrapped a bandage around your dogs head or neck, let me tell you it's a mission. Thank goodness I completely am head over heels in love with these dogs because it takes ALOT of time and patience.
Anyways, He was on the antibiotic "Amoxicillin 500mg" but she has now put him on "Clavamox 375mg" for 2 weeks and finish the rest of the 5 days left of the Amoxicillin after that. The reason the vet is irritated is because she did receive a fax in from the biopsy clinic and all they sent was a status of PENDING. WTF PENDING. really! "Just don't send anything at all" is what she said. She said they should have got it back by now, which i'm thinking they are probably not caring because of the holidays. So that made me think maybe it isn't cancer if they haven't finished it yet. I mean they have had it since the 20th, they should have it finished 2-3 days. Which i get Sunday they were closed, and who knows maybe Saturday they were closed. Maybe i'm just looking too much into this. But you would think if they have the time to send a fax that says "Pending", than they would send a fax with the results. Has anyone else had this happen with them? Why send a status pending fax? Is that good or bad? Ugh
Anyways, the vet said he looked good and once they get the results she will call me. So since the 18th I have been waiting to find out what this dang lump thing was. The fact that they said it came out very easily could be a good sign right? I have been reading if its attached securely onto something that is bad. I dunno. I'm 99.9% sure I have read every thread and website out there about every single lump, bump, cyst, boxer problem know in the world. It honestly wouldn't surprise me that it was some new finding since that has happened to us with our previous boxer "Zeus" that only lived for 5 months. He was born with a heart murmur than got bit by something on his leg which made all his skin and muscle rot, but than healed within a month, we went to the same vet, every 3 days back to change the bandage and wash the wound out (expensivvvve) than when it was finally healed and had a scar and got the bandage off about 2 days later he went into remission and was walking than within seconds fell to the ground and couldn't walk. we took him to the vet and they said the bite must have triggered a disease he was born with "auto immune disease". within 2 days he died. Really sucked. So than 4 weeks later we got this boxer, so you can see why i am such a worrier. And about 6 years ago I got a pug puppy, about 3 months later he started peeing kidney stones, took him to the vet, found out he was born with a liver shunt that never switched over, so ya he didn't have a vein going to his liver, he was put on medicine every 8 hours, pads for constant peeing, about 3 surgeries for kidney stone blockage in his urethra. He only lived to be a year. He was the spunkiest dog ever! "Oscar Man".
I keep telling myself after a death of a dog so young, not to get another one but honestly it's the only way i can grieve is to get another dog. it really does help the healing process.

Sorry for the post being so long
Will give another update Wednesday or possibly today if they are working.
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Old 12-24-2012, 12:18 PM   #26 (permalink)
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My heart goes out to you! This is horrible! I don't know what to tell you other then hang in there. I know that it sucks. Some people just don't seem to remember that there are others greatly relying on them doing their job in a timely manner. I hope that you get to enjoy your holidays, the best you can. Be positive .. that's all you can do right now. I do know if it were me.. I too would be thinking things are probably good. No news is good news, lets hope! My prayers are with you .. I hope they call you today with good news~
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Old 12-26-2012, 06:18 AM   #27 (permalink)
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hopefully no news is good news it hang in there
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Old 12-26-2012, 09:35 PM   #28 (permalink)
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So I got through Christmas pretty good. The incision is healing good. the sides of the incision are closed, just the center now is still open a little bit and some "serum" is coming out still but not at all like it haws been. The vet got us on a new antibiotic "Clavamox". Either it's making him sleepy or all the holiday moving around has made him tired. He went with me to my parents the past 2 days so that might have been it making him tired. We let him out in our backyard tonight and he was running all over the place. didn't seem to really hurt him. I was nervous though he would open up his incision because we have alot of trees and sticks on the ground and bushes. He was happy though.
I couldn't take anymore waiting so I called the vet first thing this morning. The receptionist did say that Bolts file was in the vets box and there was a biopsy paper inside with results. so i was like ok well what is it. She said she will have the vet call me as soon as she is done with one of her patients. About 3 hours go by and no call. Our vet is the main surgeon there so when i called at hour 4, she was now in surgery which made me irritated. I have waited a week today since they have mailed out the nodule/lump/cyst/whatever it is.
Now i'm more frustrated because I can't stop thinking about it.
The vet finally called me around 8 tonight and told me that the results still aren't in and sometimes they take a week to biopsy it. Hopefully tomorrow we will hear something. I guess no news is good news. Maybe they found out it wasn't cancer and now they are trying the different stains, which i heard take a couple days to process, to see exactly what it is. My google session for tonight is to find out how biopsies are done and how long they take and what they test first for. I'm just assuming in my head that they first test for cancer cells, and if they don't see that they they do the stains to see what it is. Gosh I hope it's benign. I have been reading so many different stories. The knot was too high for it to be on his thyroid but too low to be on his lymph node. I have been looking at pictures online and it looks like it was right where the mandibular gland is. It could have just been a hair follicle blockage. ugh. i dunno.
Now Bolts incision has a little thicker serum coming out. When we change the bandage it doesnt drip anymore, it just kinda slowly comes out of that area, we could probably leave the bandage off after a few more days. i'm hoping by monday. i think the new antibiotic is doing pretty good. but i think its hurting his stomach because it takes him a while to eat. i read online for stomach aches, you can boil rice, and do chicken broth with pieces of chicken in it. he LOVED that. Thats the only way I can get him to take his antibiotic. I can no longer do egg which i was doing for days, but now have been doing chicken.
Oh also, for all of you that have had your dogs undergo surgery. In the incision area, is it usually really hard under it, its still swollen under the incision part and hard?! not at all like in the pictures anymore, but about 85% less than in the pic. I'm sure it's still swelling. Maybe even scar tissue.
Maybe tomorrow we can get some results in! Pray for B9B9B9B9B9!
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:54 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Wow Im so sorry you have to wait so long. Im glad you are there for him, hes lucky to have you. Keep us posted
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Wow, I am sorry that you are having to wait so long. I have been thinking about Bolt. I hope you hear something soon.
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