A few weeks ago Lacey was diagnosed with her 4th Mast Cell Tumour. This one was on the side of her ribs. It was a Grade 2 merely because it wasn't on the skin but was deeper down. They had to take some muscle in order to get clean margins, but we did get clean margins on all sides. Poor girl - it was quite the incision. Her biggest yet.
She's healing well and we didn't have any complications from the surgery. We have now put her on steroids for 6 months to see if we can eliminate future tumours. The operations aren't cheap nor are they easy on her. She is not a confident dog and she is so scared whenever we go to the vet. Not that we can blame her - she doesn't tend to have a lot of good experiences there.
Coulee has been quite sore lately. We took her to a new "Body Work" person who looked her over, gave her a massage and made some suggestions. We have physio activities to do with her to try and strengthen one of her back legs (which is at about half the mass of her other one) as well as some other activities to help try and reduce her back pain. We also got a hair analysis test done but I'm not sold on the results. I haven't been able to discuss it with her yet so I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it. There were some pretty dramatic suggestions that seem like they could do more harm then good.
Summit hasn't been without his difficulties either. One night he started obsessing over one of his feet. We took him to the vet and they determined he had an infection. So we got some cream and stuck a boot on it to keep him from licking. Well that caused other sores on his feet and the extreme itchiness wasn't going away. So then we started steroids and antibiotics. 3 weeks later and we still have 1 sore left and he can't be trusted not to lick so he is still wearing a boot or sock at all times. It's been frustrating to say the least. We just can't quite seem to get the sore to go away.
But wow that's a lot of negative stuff. It hasn't been all bad these last few months.
Marlin and I vacationed in BC. We found a little cabin in the woods that was peaceful and quiet and quite close to where my sister and her family lives. We had a good visit and some nice walks. The weather wasn't great but it wasn't horrible either.
Summit and I have gone out scootering with some friends. He's really starting to get the hang of it and enjoy it. We even signed up for a "race" in a few weeks. It will be a lot of driving to get to Washington but there don't seem to be many events around here so I think it will be worth it - at least to try it out. We are just entered in the Novice class so it's essentially FEO. But that's just fine with us. I'm worried about what will happen if we have to go by another team but I guess we'll cross that bridge when we get there. When we go with friends he generally likes to swing over and say hello.