Some of you may remember Jake, 10 year old Chow/Jindo mix, from the last SpringStream (The Golden Boy on the left):
Anyway, a few weeks ago we found a huge growth on his tongue, and we were agonizing over how aggressively to treat it.
Our local vet is a saint, but one suggestion was to find a School of Veterinary Medicine that might be able to look at it and offer an opinion. Our local vet was fine with giving us the necessary referral.
Anyway, our appointment at the University of TN in Knoxville was yesterday, and some samples were taken then to biopsy.
Surgery was scheduled for today, and we dropped him off this morning. They said the surgery went well, though some of the tongue had to be removed. It was cancerous (melanoma), but had not spread that they could tell - the biopsy of his swollen lymph node was benign. Still, the average survival time is about 8 months, but we'll take every minute.
They originally wanted to keep him overnight, so I came home while Karen stayed with family. They called her about an hour ago and said he was doing so well they thought he'd recover better in familiar surroundings, so she's picking him up about 5P to bring him home (about 2 hrs south).
Anyway, right before dropping Jake off this morning:
Don't want to gross anyone out, but if you look closely you can see what we were dealing with. He should be a lot more comfortable with that gone.