Thursday, November 24, 2005
Y Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families from all of us at the sanctuary Y
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Thanksgiving came early for all of us this year. We were blessed to have 2 beautiful new kitties travel cross-country just to move into the sanctuary. Marci (pictured on the left) and Phoenix (on the right) made their way here by car with the help of Beth, a wonderful volunteer from the Grayson County Humane Society in Leitchfield Kentucky (Shiloh's hometown). She drove them the 2,000 plus miles to California so they could enjoy life here at the sanctuary.
Saturday, November 19, 2005
A good biopsy report! Melody's tumors were adenocarcinomas, tumors with low-grade malignancy and low potential for recurrence. She should be fine ~ all of the tumors were completely removed. What a great early Christmas present!
The x-rays we took as she was recovering from anesthesia were also reviewed. It's pretty amazing she can walk, let alone wrestle with the other dogs. In both hips, she has arthritis and hip dysplasia. She also has arthritis in most of her spine. Staying on the thin side has helped her stay so mobile. And wrestling (in small amounts) will help her stay agile!
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Melody returned home this morning after an overnight stay following surgery at Veterinary Surgical Specialists in San Diego. Dr. Lenehan spayed her and removed all six of her mammary tumors, not quite a radical mastectomy on each side; four mammary glands which are tumor-free remain. She recovered well, and thankfully with no seizures. She's now snuggled in warm blankets on the couch, sleeping off the whole experience. She was not the most pleasant patient for the hospital technicians to care for ~ with an incision running from the end of her ribcage down to her vulva, who could blame her? Since she wouldn't let anyone touch her, I was off early this morning to do her catheter and bandage removal, clean her up, then bring her home. She curled up in my lap at the hospital as I gingerly removed the belly bandage and then pulled her IV catheter. She was very good for me despite feeling incredibly lousy!
We'll know the results of her biopsies by the end of the week. In the meantime, she'll have 2 weeks of restricted activity, and has to wear a t-shirt so she doesn't chew at the incision. There won't be any wrestling matches allowed, but hopefully with the extra pampering and biscuits, she won't even notice!