Today we share our final “frameable” photo, this one of Sheba. I saved hers for today for a special reason.
Sheba is having surgery today to have a large lump removed from her side. Just three weeks ago she had a growth above her eye removed. The vet hoped this growth was nothing worrisome but felt that we needed to know for sure. At the same time she had two other lumps that he did a needle aspirate of. The hope was that they were both just lipomas (fatty tumors) and nothing to worry about. One had been there for a while, we had been keeping an eye on it, but recently it had seemed to get a bit larger. The other had seemingly come out of nowhere and was quite large (about the size of the palm of my hand).
The growth above her eye came back as benign, the smaller lump came back as a lipoma, but the larger one came back with questionable results, and the possibility that it could be a spindle cell sarcoma or a benign tumor. The best way to find out for sure is to remove it. If it is cancer, it is most likely contained, so they need to remove the whole thing with “clean margins”.
Our vet tech assured me that we did not need to panic over this. I tried to resist doing too much internet research until we know more. What I did find seemed mildly reassuring….most of the time these tumors are contained and don’t need further treatment. Right now I want to focus on getting her through the surgery and recovery, which will be tough enough. She and Luke will have to be separated most likely, and they won’t be happy about that!
We’ll hope and pray it is not cancer, knowing that even if it is, removal will hopefully be the end of it. I am trying not to worry too much, though losing her brother to cancer is hard to get off my mind. So I needed to share and ask for warm and positive thoughts and prayers for our sweet girl.
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Bev Green says
Oh my poor Sheba ..poor you Jna..I am sorry I missed this post and am heading to find an update..all the time praying all is well…Forrest is covered in Lipomas and I watch them all the time…I hope all goes well and send my hugest hugs and loves…Bev xxx
Some of these old dogs are just so prone to the lipomas, aren’t they? Our beagle Kobi had many lumps and bumps too. He had more than one removed and they were always benign, so we hope it’s the same with Sheba. Thank you so much, Bev. xxoo
Sending hugs and hoping that this turns out to be nothing to worry about. When Rudy had a “fatty tumor” that suddenly grew enormously large, we were terrified. Turned out to be benign. Paws crossed you’ll get the same good news and Sheba will be feeling a-okay soon.
Thank you for telling me that, Sue, that does make me feel some better. I have a friend who went through the same thing and it was also benign, so I hope this means the odds are good.
I hope for the best for you all 🙂 Such a happy looking dog!
She is a happy girl (though not at this time…but hopefully she’ll be back to that soon!). Thank you.
Oh that is so scary. I read your response they think it was a cyst which is good. I’m waiting for your update to hear how she’s doing, meanwhile I’m sending good thoughts!
Thank you, Jodi! I already had my review post ready to go today, so I’ll give a full update on Sheba tomorrow. But she is doing OK, though she is not very happy about staying at the vet’s! She’s in good hands there though. We visited her last night and she was still pretty out of it….even though, she wanted out of that cage!
Tenacious Little Terrier says
I hope she continues to do well! I’ll keep her in my thoughts.
.Thank you! That is much appreciated!
Callie, Shadow, and Ducky's Mom says
Just now able to read your post — and update — you are all in my thoughts and prayers tonight and for as long as you need them. As a fellow Golden Mama, I understand your anxiety. I’ve gone through it a few times myself with both of my girls, and thankfully, each time it turned out to be benign. I’m sure Sheba will be fine, and back to playing with Luke and Cricket again very soon. I resist the temptation to “Google it” when it comes to things like that until after our vet does the surgery and gets the results back. That way I don’t get myself “freaked out” over something that is most likely nothing. And I can say prayers of thanks for it being harmless.
I think you are smart not to google it. I stick to reputable websites but still….you are right, it doesn’t serve any purpose other than to create more unnecessary worry. I hate the waiting for the results, but there’s nothing to be done about that. I will be praying our vet is right that it was a benign cyst, and that she can come home soon.
Paws crossed for beautiful Sheba to have an easy surgery and for you to get good news that everything will be ok.
It is looking good so far….she came through the surgery fine but will be recovering at the vet’s for a few days. He thinks it was a cyst, but tests will tell in time.
Sending so much love, kisses, and wags. Sheba you are brave and will be ok! I just know it!
Thank you so much!!! We believe she will too.
You had tons of warm and positive thoughts from me today, Jan, so glad so far so good. What a gorgeous pic of Sheba, love it!
She’s not looking so pretty now! But hopefully she’ll recover quickly, and this will be the end of it.
2 Brown Dawgs says
It is a beautiful picture. I will keep fingers crossed.
Thank you! So far, so good. Getting through the surgery was the first step and that went well.
Jackie Bouchard says
Sorry she has to stay at the vets with the drain. Hope she heals up quickly and is good as new soon!! Sending Pawsitive thoughts her way!
Thank you, Jackie! All the good thoughts are helping so far!
We hope Sheba will be ok. Our thoughts are with all of you.
Thank you so much!!
We hope Sheba is doing well. Our thoughts are with all of you.
I’m so sorry if my commenting section was giving you grief….please let me know if it continues to do so.
Barbara Rivers says
Sheba is a gorgeous girl! We are sending her tons and tons of positive thoughts & healing energy!!
Thank you on both counts!
The Island Cats says
We’re purring that everything goes well for Sheba.
We think purrs are the best medicine. 🙂 So far, so good.
Talent Hounds says
Sending good thoughts your way, hope Sheba has a fast recovery!
Thank you! She’s a strong girl, so she’ll fight to be home and recovered soon!
Thanks for the update! I’m glad the surgery went well, but that’s too bad she has to stay over. I don’t like having my pups away from me.
Thinking good thoughts for you!
I know, and I can’t remember the last time we had anyone have to stay there….I definitely don’t like it. But at least we know she’s in good hands there.
Update: The surgery went fine. Our vet thinks what he removed was an infected cyst. It will still be tested to be sure. Unfortunately, he had to put a drain in, so that means she has to stay there for a couple of days. I’ll give another full update in tomorrow’s post.
Thanks everyone for your kind thoughts and words for Sheba (and for me, the worried Mom, too).
Sand Spring Chesapeakes says
What a great picture. Praying for good results and a speedy recovery.
Thank you! She’s on her way to recovery….just hoping the rest works out.
Groovy Goldendoodles says
Prays for Sheba (and you) today. Please keep us posted and know there are many people sending good thoughts your way today. Much love my friend
All prayers are greatly appreciated, and seem to be working so far. She came through the surgery and now for the recovery, and hopefully good test results. Thank you, Cathy. xo
M. K. Clinton says
We are sending our loving thoughts and prayers to Sheba. Keep us informed. ♥
Thank you so much, Melissa. There is an update in the comments above, and I’ll post another tomorrow. All went well though!
I will be thinking of you and Sheba today, sending all the good vibes I have.
Thank you, Mary, I think it helped! 🙂
Jenna,Mark “HuskyCrazed” Drady says
Oh that is such a scary situation. My fingers are crossed for you guys today and i’ll be thinking of you. Hope all goes well and it’s nothing serious!
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Thank you, Jenna. All is well so far so the thoughts are helping!
Sending love your way!
Thank you….we can feel it and it’s helping. <3
Susan and the gang from Life with Dogs and Cats says
Oh I know how it feels. No matter how much they say don’t worry, you do anyway. Still, if the vet thinks it’s contained, that’s really good news. And it’s better out than on. Good luck and I hope everything turns out well! Healing thoughts and prayers headed your way.
–Wags (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats.
Thank you so much, Susan. Our vet knows what he’s doing and now that it’s removed he thinks it’s just a cyst. We will hope like crazy that he is right.
Karen Cantlin says
Thinking of you all today. Lots of love and prayers to you and your sweet girl. She looks beautiful!
Thanks so much, Sis.
Miley's Daily Scoop says
What a beautiful portrait. We are keeping our paws crossed for positive results!
Thank you for both thoughts!
Caren Gittleman says
we are keeping Sheba in our thoughts and prayers today! It is a good sign that the Vet tech said she didn’t think you have to worry (but we all do anyway!), praying that all will be fine!! One bit of advice that my vet and doctor always tells me, don’t research ANYTHING online!! If you do, you always get the worst case scenario. I don’t listen to my own advice, and whenever I search online it makes me more nervous (with no need to be), than I already was!
I know, you are so right, Caren. I only did a little research and then stopped. I told myself I could do more if the results come back not what we are hoping for. But it’s looking more promising now that this won’t be cancer….though I’m still going to worry of course!
Thank you for your thoughts & prayers, they are helping.
She is in my thoughts & prayers. Love this girl. 🙂 she looked great on Sunday, so I think she’s going to come through this with flying colors. <3
I think you are right, Auntie Sheryl! Aunties know. 🙂
Dolly the Doxie says
We will be keeping Sheba and her family in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you so much for the information, as you know we’ll be going through the same thing with Rhette next week. Like you, we just want to get him through the surgery and recovery and then will see what’s next. Love Dolly
Everyone’s thoughts and prayers are helping, and I know it will be same for Rhette. I hope we’ll have good news to report and that might give you a little more hope as well. Thank you, Dolly.
What a gorgeous photo! Sending all our love and positive thoughts for Sheba xxx We are keeping our paws crossed here in London for her!
Thank you! Thoughts and prayers from across the pond have to be a good thing! So far it is helping!
Sending love and positive thoughts. It never matters to mom if it is a one in a million chance, she still worries. Keep us posted and we sure hope she will be alright.
You’re so right, Emma, we are going to worry no matter what the odds. Things are looking up now, but yes, I am still worried! I won’t relax until she is home and we hear “no cancer”.