Monday, March 30, 2009

Scary Days - Skin Splitting - Post Surgery

Things certainly get worse before they get better. We were bandaging her wounds at this point but every time we took the bandage off it looked worse. Feeling very worried.

The doggy meds were working re: pain management . . . so at least that wasn't an issue.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

That doesn't look right . . .

A few days after the surgery things started to go down hill . . . and fast. Seepage from a wound is not a good thing. Skin splitting beside the stitches is really not good. You can't add more stitches now. The skin is simply stretched to the limit and then some.

We were warned that this could happen. The goal is to remove as much tumor and cancer as possible . . . which doesn't leave much healthy skin for sewing things up. We chose this option, with its challenges, over amputation.

No climbing, jumping or even much walking at this point. Only out for a bathroom break (on the leash) and right back inside. The less she moves the better at this point. Feeling guilty now about letting her lie on the couch. That up and down motion should have been avoided : (

Friday, March 20, 2009

First Day Home

Friday March 20th was Cider's first day home. We were told to let the air at her wound and not to bandage it up. We purchased an e-collar (elizabethan collar) to stop her from licking her leg. This was not needed on the first evening home as she was too exhausted to move. We thought the worst was over at this point . . . . little did we know!

Note to others: Listen carefully to the Vet's instructions about what to do and what NOT to do. We had just put our 20 year old cat down at our local vet . . . . before picking up Cider to bring her home from Alta Vista. I don't think I listened carefully enough to the post-op instructions. I should have kept Cider off the couch and totally minimized the amount of motion and movement in her leg. Her skin was far more fragile that I was aware.

Our Sweet Casey 1989 ~ 2009

Friday, March 6, 2009

Biopsy Results - Soft Tissue Sarcoma

March 2009 - March 6th surgery at our local Vet was cancelled and we were formally referred to the Alta Vista Animal Hospital. Our Vet explained that this was Cider's best chance for success and she should be seen by a Surgical Oncologist. Dr. Liptak's site can be viewed here:

Here are some earlier photos . . . after Cider's Biopsy.

Our journey begins . . . .