Monday, March 28, 2011
Sally Wehner came to take pictures of Sequoia today. He barked at her and let us know he was " on alert". But he quieted down shortly thereafter. He then trotted outside for his photo shoot and posed nicely. Looking forward to seeing those!
In two days, according to the vet, his swelling and scar tissue will be at it's largest. After Wednesday it should start to go down. If the mass stays the same size or gets larger, we will have a good idea if it's scar tissue or the tumor returning.
Please send your good vibes to Sequoia for a healthy recovery.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Monday, March 7, Planned Pethood was made aware of a dog in the Fulton County dog pound with a huge mass on the side of his neck. He had been found dragging a chain behind him but his people never came looking for him.
After some discussion, we decided to take him into our program if only to provide a warm spot in his final days if he needed to be euthanized. This was a better option than having him wait at the pound for the day to come for him to be put to sleep. This big red dog was named Sequoia. Despite feeling poorly with a mass on his neck Sequoia gave out an occasional kiss and seemed a gentle boy.
Sequoia was taken to Anthony Wayne Animal Hospital to be examined the very next day. He was negative for heartworm and otherwise seemed in good health and spirits. Thursday, March 10 Dr. Reece removed the tumor that weighed 3 pounds and was the size of a cantaloupe. It was something he'd never really seen before. He had two drainage tubes placed and it required 17 staples to close the area. The pathology reports that this mass could return.
Sequoia continues to recover slowly but his prognosis is guarded. We are waiting to see if the mass returns before we make any decisions if he can be made available for adoption. He is a happy, friendly dog who is mostly quiet. It seems as though he likes children and other dogs. But until he is recovered we aren't introducing him to everyone in the family yet.
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Below are the emails between Planned Pethood volunteers regarding Sequoia's progress.
----- Original Message ---------- Original Message -----Sent: Tuesday, March 08, 2011 3:37 PMSubject: SequoiaN, I assume Reese will call or has called you but he believes the growth is cancer. The prognosis is not good. If it's removed it comes back and it's fast growing. I'm not sure if you would go ahead with a biopsy and make sure or not. I guess let me know what you decide. I asked how much time he would have if not treated, he said maybe a few months at best but realistically he is suffering now. He limps and pants and was laying in the pound and barely wanted to get up. If you decide to have him put down let me know and I will go back and be with him.
He is very nice dog. We were nervous about getting him out but once I put a leash around him he was fine and walked out, gave me a kiss in car, and was perfect the whole time Reese was examining him. Thanks for getting him in. I'm very sad for him but at least we know.
Good news and bad news.
At the pound I put leash over his head said " come on" and he walked out with no problems and was fine from then on, gave me kisses in the car when I got him out at AW and when Reese was handling him he had no problems at all. I repeat my offer to bring him here for recovery if need be. I assume he would have to be kept away from other dogs and isolated for the most part for a while anyhow. Once he was better we could do a fair evaluation and move him if he passes.
thanks again for taking him in,
and the food thing was what won me over at pound. I didn't want to mess with him because he was obviously in bad shape. All they had was milk bones but I broke those up. He took every piece as gentle as a baby, then laid them all on the floor. I know Sequoia isn't all that easy to yell but I wanted him to have a strong name and he is red. ;)
----- Original Message -----Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 10:33 AMSubject: sequoiaThey didn't remove the drains. It's still draining so they want them to stay in until it stops. That could be another 5-10 days. He was not happy about them messing with the area. He has a section that is collecting fluid and leaking out bw the staples. It looks like they squished some of the fluid in that pocket out. So I can only imagine why he wasn't pleased about that. Wouldn't get in my car to leave the house, but jumped right in to leave the vet. Smart dog! I had a guest over on Sunday and he followed her around the kitchen and let her pet him. Like most dogs we all see, he's more afraid of men than women.
----- Original Message -----Sent: Saturday, March 26, 2011 9:32 AMSubject: Sequoia updateAs you know, the void started filling up with fluid last Sunday. We took him to Anthony Wayne on Monday. Reece made two incisions,one at the top or the void and one at the bottom, lateral to the staples. I was instructed to express the area to get fluid out of the void through the new slits.So I was doing it once a day like they told me. But it was filling up just as fast as I emptied it. Then I was doing it 3-4 x a day. Then I noticed the fluid was getting thicker and more red. It should have been pink and thin like water. So I started measuring what I was expressing out. Yesterday I called AW to ask what's normal because it seems abnormal to me. I was getting 100 cc of fluid per expression. And 250 first thing in the morning.Talked to Reece yesterday and he wanted to see him. Mike dropped him off this morning. Caudal to the staples, which were removed, the area is firm. When Reece looked at it, it's either scar tissue or the mass growing back. Hard to say at this point. He is also concerned that the fluid is thick and red with damaged red blood cells like he found when removing the tumor. And Sequoia has lost 10 pounds.Reece put in two new drains, removed the old drains. We are going to wait and see. I'll boost his food portions, maybe offer him an open bowl of dry all the time and give him some table food too.So we are still guarded about how this will play out.The good news is that he is a charming, pleasant dog. He doesn't bark unless he needs to. He seems happy to see the children and wags his tail at HG. Sits wonderfully on command, knows shake and down. He is a great dog. When he wants to come back inside he give a low howl that you can barely hear. He & I were playing tag in the kitchen on Friday and he had a huge smile. Then we sat on the floor and talked to each other. When he looks at me I sometime see our chow mix Champ looking at me in giant form. Pat will make a great family dog for someone. He's never had a potty accident in the house. And most remarkable is that he was letting me press on his wound to express the fluid out without a peep or fuss. I can't say enough good things about Pat.
I have hope and I'm redoubling my prayers for him.
Monday, March 7, 2011