3 August, 2011 Max is doing great
As many of you are aware, Max had a large mast cell tumor on the left side of his chest for some time. Dr. Scotti, our superb doctor at Springfield Veterinary Center recommended we have him evaluated by the veterinary oncologist at Richmond’s Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center, Dr. Amanda Fulmer. The tumor was already large and getting larger. Dr. Fulmer recommended we have it removed. My animals are comfortable and I am comfortable at Springfield, so I asked if they would do the surgery. I dropped him off around 9:00 this morning.
Dr. Escobar called me at mid-afternoon and said the surgery had gone well. He said I could take Max home tonight if I liked, but it was a big tumor and there was still some bleeding. I elected to leave Max there overnight. I also knew I’d be taking Mackey and Roux and Lucy to the river at 6:30 tomorrow morning and there is no way to sneak out without Max knowing. And becoming agitated. So I went up and hung out with him for half an hour tonight. I brought him some chicken strips. Dr. Escobar said it was okay for him to have them. Max wolfed them down. They brought him more food; he was starving. I always think a hungry animal is a healthy animal.
That was a big tumor. Max is 11 y.o. I’m sure it will heal well; it’s great having Alex here to assist with follow up. And Dr. Scotti and Dr. Escobar and Dr. Kolster do great work. So I know Max’s recovery will be a good one. But the prognosis for advanced cancer in elderly dogs is not great. But he’s still got a lot of great hikes at the river ahead. I know I can hardly wait to get him down there; I know he’s looking forward to it even more!
Have a great day,
Jay, Max, et al.