Sunday, March 5, 2017
Let's Do This Thing
Another pup update - I am spending the cash on these melanoma vaccines after all. I sent the vet an email with tons of questions about how bad/big it looked, what stage she thought he was in, etc. as well as how bad the side effects from the vaccines are, what his chances are, blah blah blah, and her response was really positive. She said it didn't look bad at all, very small, in fact she thought it would come back as benign because it looked like he just bit his lip a little. His lymph nodes are normal size although they didn't aspirate them (but could Thursday when he's in surgery) and the mitotic index was low which means it's actually a slow growing tumor. She was actually really confident he would be good after the surgery alone to ensure they remove all the cancer cells. However, looking at the risk factors for this cancer, I'm thinking he will probably get it again, so doing the vaccine would be beneficial to ensuring he stays healthy for as long as possible. It's a stretch financially, but how could I not? He's happy, energetic, and still feisty as all get out, and seems like a healthy dog, so I'm in. Let's do this thing.