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Posted by Greylyn58 in Elizabeth Edwards Supporters Group
Sun Apr 27th 2008, 01:32 PM
Sheridan and I saw his new Vet on Thursday April 24 and for the most part it was a good visit. Everyone at this new Vet office just gushed over my boy, telling me what a sweety he is. (Something I already knew-Sheridan loves everybody). I was also told that he looked really good for a 12 year old dog. I give the credit for that to his wonderful breeder. Also his father and grandfather were champion show dogs. His grandfather even won Best in Breed at the Westminster Dog Show in 1996.

I had to leave him for 2 hours while Dr. McFadden(his new Vet and a very nice lady) ran some tests just to make sure the cancer had not spread beyond his mouth. She noticed a lymph-node on his neck near the tumor site was a bit swollen, so she did a needle aspiration to check the fluid inside(I received the results on Friday and everything was fine). She also checked his lungs, abdomen, and drew some blood-all results came back normal and healthy. ***Big Sigh of Relief*** However...

She did tell me due to the type of oral cancer he had, it would be necessary to remove the front part of his mouth-which means he will lose his lower canines and his little front teeth. Also his lower jaw would be shorter. He will look different, but once this is done the cancer would be all gone and after he is healed he can go back to doing all the things he loves to do...playing fetch, catching balls, and just being my boy. She said his tongue will hang out a little due to the shorter mouth--it already does only it's out of the side of his mouth , but he will be fine. His surgery is scheduled for May 7 and he will have to stay over night after his operation, but I can pick him up the next day. He will be on soft foods for a while until he heals, but after that he can go back to his regular food.

I have been so overwhelmed by all of this and find myself getting weepy at the drop of a hat. I also wonder if it's my fault that he is having to have this surgery. Could I have take better care of him? I guess I will never know the answer to that. What I do know is that I'm just glad that he will be with me for a while longer. I know I will lose him one day due to old age, but I refuse to let this nasty disease be the reason.

I wanted to thank everyone for their good wishes for Sheridan. I and my boy both really appreciate it.



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