|Sammy on his way to the vet|
The positive side to this was that I could feed Sammy a little food as it was so early, and his operation wasn't due until 3.30pm.
You can read more about his problem in THIS POST
Mr A does the vet visits if there is anaesthetic to be administered. He deals with it far better than I do. I was fine when Freddie was neutered on our kitchen table with me assisting Mehmet, but somehow I find it upsetting in the vet clinic.
Mehmet is not convinced that this is a papilloma virus tumour because it doesn't have the usual appearance of one. But he has seen similar growths in other patients. He cut away the tumour from the gum and then cauterized it. He has to have antibiotics for three days, but as he had developed fatty lumps at the injection sites on his body last time, we have tablets to give him instead. These lumps have disappeared by the way, which is good.
We have no idea if it will grow back again. Mehmet says sometimes they do and sometimes they don't. He is convinced it is nothing more sinister and that a biopsy at this stage isn't necessary. In any case if we decided to go down this route it would mean taking Sammy to the vet hospital in Aydin, and the expense of the procedure is something we just cannot manage at the moment. I also can't forget the traumatic events last year when Beki had cancer and was operated on several times. She ended up at the Aydin hospital for more cutting about and she still died...in agony, leaving us with a hefty bill. I am never going to put another dog through this as long as I live.
I am trying to be optimistic and we are just taking one step at a time. Whatever happens, we will do whatever we can for Sammy. He has recovered well from the anaesthetic so if we have to do this every few months, then so be it. As long as it enables him to eat properly and be comfortable, then that's all that matters.
Monty continues to settle in well and is in his element playing in the garden with the 4 "big guys". He is very bossy and absolutely fearless. Blondie is particularly enamoured with him and follows him everywhere. Night times are brilliant. Monty and Poppy settle down in their beds, side by side in our bedroom, and I don't hear a peep out of them all night. If only the other four outside would sleep a little longer, life would be perfect!
We have another trip to the vet tomorrow to introduce Monty to Mehmet. The treatment that was started in Ovacik and continued here for his skin disorder, is almost finished. I don't think it has improved, but Mr A thinks it has. In any case I'd like Mehmet to take a look to see if there is anything further we can do for him.
Mr A is feeding two stray dogs in the village every evening. I know there were more strays about. I'm now concerned that they have been "disposed of" but no-one is saying anything. There will no doubt be more, there always are. One of the dogs being fed is pregnant, so we will have to keep an eye on her.
Finally, I have put Mr A on a strict diet. This is day 2 and it's going well. Only time will tell if he can stick with it.
Edited to add that I have just received an email from Mehmet informing me that what Sammy has is a
"epulis granulomatosa tumour". He says that he has completely removed it and at this stage doesn't feel the need to do a biopsy. This is an article about this condition, which seems to be quite common in dogs http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2089&aid=3057