Wednesday, 25 September 2013
Update on Sammy
Mehmet believes it is a papilloma virus tumour and has made a start on treating it. He gave anaesthetic as it would have been impossible to deal with otherwise. He had loads of injections, including into the tumour. I am not sure what they all were, but know that something in the one into the tumour would break down the cells and reduce it in size. There were also antibiotics and painkillers, because he will be in a fair bit of pain tomorrow, and I have further injections to give him.
Mehmet has tied suture thread around the tumour where it joins the gum and it is hoped that this will cause it to drop off within the next few days. Failing this, it will have to be surgically removed, or he will continue to have trouble eating.
I had run out of dog food today so he kindly brought out a 15kg sack for me, together with some frontline for Poppy. He also brought 150 multivitamin tablets for Sammy as this will help him to be healthier. These tumours are apparently common in dogs who haven't had the best start in life.
Sammy wouldn't come into the house before he had anesthetic so the procedure was performed on the balcony. After it was finished I made him comfortable on some blankets, and popped out every 5 minutes to check that he was breathing ok. A little tip from Mehmet, which I didn't know, is to make sure the tongue is hanging outside the mouth, and every 20 minutes or so give it a little tug and it encourages breathing.
A little while ago Megan insisted on coming onto the balcony to check Sammy. She nudged him gently and lay down beside him. Within 5 minutes he got to his feet unsteadily and followed Megan down the steps. She is now staying very close to him...looking after him. He is walking about now and has even managed a bark!
I am constantly amazed at how little Mehmet charges me. For all this treatment, including anaesthetic, injections, vitamins, Poppy's frontline, 15kg dog food, not to mention the cost of coming out to the village, he charged me just 120 lira, which by today's exchange rate works out at around £37.50.
And as if he hadn't done enough, he also brought a bag of Pedigree treats as a present for the dogs.
I must have the best vet in Turkey.