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Problem with Our beloved Idjit
Created on April 13th, 2011

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Lovetra
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Apr 13th 2011 at 10:38 AM
About ten days ago we discovered a big lump on our dogs leg just above the knee. The vet seems to be reluctant to operate and has told us what complications we face. One of the main being the recuperation time, a collar and licking. Her name is Idjit. She has been loyal and faithful for 13 years. Doesn't seem to be in pain and her apetitie is good

The vet is saying that the leg will be an open wound for several months. That there isn't a whole lot of skin that can be stretched and stitched, unlike a body cyst/tumor removal. We have to not only keep it clean, but her out of the dirt and the whole back yard is just that. We aren't sure what we are going to do about that situation. She will be having surgery on Friday. She is 75% wolf-25% sheppard. The cyst/tumor, (won't know cancer until biopsy) is just above the knee about 4 inches long now and almost fills the palm of my hand. I put off the surgery until I got back home this week so I will be here to be care-giver.

We are going to build a greenhouse 10 x 12. I was planning a brick floor. We hate to pin her up but maybe it would be good to use as a hospital and give her more room than just a pen. Maybe I could lay sod in there temporarily for more comfort for her. Anybody have any suggestions. I should mention we have four other dogs.



Scott Miller
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Apr 13th 2011 at 18:41 PM
So sorry to hear about the troubles your friend has. I don't think sod would be a good idea in the greenhouse, as it's dirt with grass growing in it, would be harder to keep the wound clean than just the brick floor.

For her comfort, there are large pillow-like or cushion-type dog beds. My medium-large (70-80 lbs.)dogs took right to them.

Another option could be a large carpet section, maybe leftover piece from someone's new home carpet installation if cost is an issue.

Hope all goes well with Idjit's surgery!


GT Bulmer
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Apr 13th 2011 at 19:29 PM

Yes, I hope it goes well. Just like children, it is so distressing when pets experience suffering and limitations. I like Scott's suggestion for carpet. It would be cleaner than sod and so much more comfortable than brick.

GT :-)


Lovetra
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Apr 13th 2011 at 19:58 PM
Gee's, You guys are the greatest. I even have a 6 x 8 piece of carpet left over rolled up in the garage from carpeting a bedroom! I didn't even think of that. I only thought of using the 10 x 12 greenhouse to prevent disturbance from the other animals, and the bricks to deal with the dirt and a shade covering so she won't be so teribbly hot this up coming summer, but NEVER once though of carpeting.

Being the Wolf she is may son has been boarding up under the house access because she and her daughter like to burrow or den up and that too would be nothing but dirt.

My son just suggested an old recliner in the garage she used to use in the house. So we may move that in there.

This dog has done more traveling than most humans. My son got her at age 3 weeks and raised her on a bottle. Then he spent 8 1/2 years hitch-hiking all of the western states, Canada to Alaska and back with her! I think half of Fresno loves her, except, the mail-man who believes she is stupid enough to leap 15 feet off a front porch roof to bite him. Of course he think a short legged doxie Rudy would too!


Louise Venison
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Apr 14th 2011 at 4:28 AM
I can't add to the suggestions you've already had for flooring because the ones you've already had are so great. (I wouldn't have thought of carpet either!) But I will be thinking of you and Idjit tomorrow.


Dee Westcott
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Apr 16th 2011 at 21:39 PM
Sounds like you have things figured out!
Great suggestions!
Your beloved Idjit is in our prayers
Keep us posted..

If she is used to sleeping inside with you
she might not like it outside being alone
Maybe you can give her one of your old shirts to lay with .. to comfort her .. she will smell you on it and find comfort.

I know around 30 years ago.. I lived out west and went home for a week for Christmas .. My Dog Princess laid by my clothes all the time I was gone.

How did the surgery go?
Keep us posted on how she is doing and the biopsy
Best Wishes
Dee


Lovetra
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Apr 16th 2011 at 22:54 PM
I mentioned my son has traveled with Idjit for 8 and 1/2 years. As long as it takes he will sleep in a sleeping bag in the Greenhouse with the dog. (My old bones wouldn't take it!) We have used the same vet for 20 years and his father before him. Surgery is put off until this next Tuesday. The Vets father was hospitalized. Amazingly though this thing on her leg looks smaller to us. We are hoping it isn't just our imagination. It would be wonderful if that is true. I am trying to figure out how to upload a couple of pictures of Idjit with 'her Cat Snickers'. I'm just learning to do some of this stuff.


Marisa Horn
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Apr 16th 2011 at 23:24 PM
I do hope you are not imagining the lump getting smaller. I do hope all goes as well as possible for your beloved family member.

^..^


Dee Westcott
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Apr 17th 2011 at 20:08 PM
That would be Great.. crossing fingers and saying our prayers ;)


Lovetra
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Jul 4th 2011 at 12:19 PM
Our 13 year old friend, and my son's, almost reason for living, finally had her surgery. The tumor didn't seem any larger to me but I think it's texture changed. There have been a lot of things at our house and the Vet office that have prevented the Surgery.

The surgery itself was not as severe as orginally anticipated, BUT. . . When the vet thought it was attached to the skin and would be an open sore was unfounded. She had 13 stitches. It was firmly attached in the leg muscle with lots of blood vessels. A biopsy wasnot done. The vet stated that it appears to be a rather aggressive type and believes it will return. Not a good sign.

Idjit had a cat she was fond of and protected. We lost Snickers two weeks ago and I do believe the dog is mooping for her as much as she is having trouble recooping from her own surgery.

I guess we wait and see. Spirits here are sort of low and the bicycle mugging incident of me in a shopping mall in Stockton of me hasn't helped. With all of the rest of this going on I am bruised, concussed and bent out of shape.

I promised to post results but oh, my, not like this! My chin did come up somewhat yesterday and it will be OKAY! I don't quit, I've always been a survivor.


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