Update on Tommy

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Jul 142012
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Several weeks ago, I mentioned that we found a lump on Tommy’s lip, and we were taking him to the vet.  On June 4th, Dr. N. examined him, and even though his thoughts were that the lump was likely nothing to worry about, he suggested we be on the safe side and remove the lump, and get it biopsied.

We scheduled the appointment to remove the lump for that Wednesday, June 6th.  Prior to anesthetizing Tommy, a blood panel was ran, and his liver enzymes were very high.  Dr. N. opted to wait and ran other tests.  Again, the tests showed his liver enzymes were very high.  At this point, other tests were being ran and we would wait on having the lump removed until we learned more as to why his liver enzymes were high; Tommy was healthy other than for the lump.

When Carlos and I went to pick Tommy up, Carlos asked if a smear could be put on a slide for analysis.  The lump was oozing and bleeding a little, and Dr. N. managed to get some of that onto a couple of slides.  It was worth a shot.

In a week’s time, our vet called and informed us the lump was a benign histiocytoma.  What a relief!  I had read about how cancers in the mouth can be very aggressive, and after Sasha being diagnosed with osteosarcoma, I was very worried about Tommy.

Not only was the lump noting to worry about, but it has completely vanished!

Stay tuned for an update on Sasha, a video of Shelby and Tommy swimming, and an update on a 2-week training and nutrition plan!

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