Tucker's in surgery--UPDATE!!

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Postby babyreba » June 6th, 2006, 10:49 am

I'm not sure if I ever posted this here or not, but a few weeks ago Tucker had a grape-sized lump under his jaw and it turned out to be a swollen lymp node. We tried treating him with antibiotics and waiting it out, but it didn't improve and instead has gone up and down in size and occasionally we end up feeling sort of a swollen mass of tissue there . . .

So today he's in surgery having the lymph node and some of the surrounding tissue removed. I dropped him off at 7 AM, and I'm picking him up at 6:30 tonight.

We'll hopefully have biopsy results back in a week or so. Please think positive for Tucker puppy . . . I'm praying this lymph tissue is benign (or hyper "reactive" as the vet described it). Chances are, it will be but this is a bit scary and weird. :(

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Postby mnp13 » June 6th, 2006, 10:49 am

Here's some good thoughts for both of you. Please keep us updated!

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Postby Maryellen » June 6th, 2006, 10:50 am

good thoughts and prayers for Tucker !!!
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Postby cheekymunkee » June 6th, 2006, 11:12 am

Awwwww poor little Tucker. I hope everything turns out ok for him!!
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Postby luvmyangels » June 6th, 2006, 11:14 am

I hope everything with Tucker will be ok. We are sending good thought for him.
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Postby Asta » June 6th, 2006, 11:17 am

Oh poor little Tucker :( I am sure that he will come out of surgery his normally spunky self :)

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Postby msvette2u » June 6th, 2006, 11:20 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Tucker.
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Postby Jenn » June 6th, 2006, 11:59 am

Awww, another Tucker I never realized it.. :)

Good thoughts, and I hope he's better ASAP! :goodthoughts:
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Postby muse » June 6th, 2006, 12:05 pm

I'll keep him in my thoughts today. :)
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Postby Marinepits » June 6th, 2006, 12:37 pm

Ooo, sending good vibes to you and Tucker!!! ~~~~~~~~~~>
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Postby Vanessa » June 6th, 2006, 1:47 pm

Hope everything goes okay for Tucker. I'm sure it will
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Postby babyreba » June 6th, 2006, 2:27 pm

so far so good! vet just called and he's already out of recovery and went for his first post-op walk with a tech.

unfortunately, she said she found another swollen node in there, so it wasn't just one . . . 4 to 7 days till we get the biopsy back. this is going to be a looooong week. :evil:
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Postby dogcrazyjen » June 6th, 2006, 2:28 pm

My prayers are with you, reba.
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Postby Patch O' Pits » June 6th, 2006, 4:54 pm

Hope he is back to normal ASAP
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » June 6th, 2006, 6:18 pm

I'm sending good thoughts your way - I'm sure he'll be fine!!! Probably will be very happy to see his mommy after a day at the vet! Give him a big hug for me.
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Postby mnp13 » June 6th, 2006, 6:26 pm

did you pick him up yet? How's he doing?
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Postby Purple » June 6th, 2006, 8:11 pm

Sending good thoughts your way.

Any updates yet?
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Postby babyreba » June 6th, 2006, 9:07 pm

he is home! i just posted pictures of him at home in the gallery. he has frankenstein stitches and a very lumpy neck!

he's groggy but in good spirits for the most part.

so far, the slide tests done at the vet office show nothing at all except normal lymph cells. of course, they don't have a pathology lab, and they don't perform the biopsy . . . so i have to wait till the lab does that, and that'll take up to a week.

thanks for all the good thoughts, you guys. tucker and i both appreciate it!

now i just have to get through the week without going insane.
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Postby turtle » June 7th, 2006, 9:30 am

I just saw this.... Poor Tucker!

I'm glad he came thru OK and hope you get good news with the results and that it is nothing serious. What would casue swollen lymph nodes? Infection?

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Postby babyreba » June 12th, 2006, 5:41 pm

I just got the call, YIPPPEEEEE!

The results are in, and Tucker does not appear to have cancer, thank god! But he does have "histocytosis" in the lymph nodes, which is "common when dogs have allergic reactions." To what, we have no idea.

They also tested positive for conjucntivitis and a staph infection that is resistant to the antibiotics. Which explains why the original dose of antibiotics didn't do anything for him when we first found the swollen nodes. Dunno where, exactly, that infection is originating, but he's had gunky eyes on and off since his surgery, so I'm thinking it's somewhere up in his sinuses or something.

And I'm thinking that his puppy acne might actually turn out to be related to this staph infection as well and the Baytril will probably help him kick that as well.

Poor boy. But thank GOD it's treatable!

He's starting on Baytril tonight and will go for a visit to the vet on 6/19 so she can look him over after 7 days on the drug to see whether it's having any effect or not.

I'm soooooo relieved! A staph infection sucks, but at least we can treat it!
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