Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Kinger's Day at the Vet

You guys know I am a Crazy Dog Owner!  Kingers is my bestest friend - I can not imagine what I would do without him.

I wanted to share my experience concerning Kingers and his health. My actions might help someone out there call the vet a little faster than I did.

Kingers has a bad left back leg. When he was about 5 he pulled a muscle in his hind leg and it has given him trouble since then. At the time the vet stated we could do surgery but no guarantee it will help and the recovery was at least 6 months. So we decided to use supplements and controlled exercise (I call this leg the bad leg).

So now fast forward to this month - Kingers is 11 years old. Over the years the bad leg has gotten gradually worse.  I can relate because as I age my arthritis has gotten gradually worse.

King also has a wart - he has gotten warts on numerous parts of his body. We had one removed from his ear and now he has gotten two on his face and one on his right hind leg (I call the right hind leg his good leg). The area around the wart on his good leg was getting  bigger. Nasty looking wart  - not like any other warts I have seen.

At the same time the wart was growing Kingers starting having a really hard time laying down. We thought it was related to his bad leg getting worse.  

We also noticed that his nails were growing fast and were long. So I decided to trim his nails.  I have cut his nails for 11 years no issue.  I went to cut the nail that was sticking out funny and he cried like a baby! I was shocked and stopped immediately!! That has never happened before.  My hubby said let's take him to the vet and have them cut his nails.

So I made a vet appointment to have his nails cut - discuss the wart growing and his terrible time sitting down.

On Monday we head to the vet. Kingers likes the vet office - so the vet trip is fun for him.
They weighed him he lost 1 pound - so my diet is working.  Then the vet came into the room.  I told her my concerns and the first issue was the wart.  She touched the wart and hair fell off around the wart. Not Good!  She told me she should remove the wart today.  I said sure! She also said she would trim his nails after she removed the wart.  So off Kingers goes to surgery!

About 45 minutes later here comes Kingers. He is very happy to see his MOM - ME!  The vet begins to tell me what she has found.  When she started to remove the wart - Kingers had a terrible infection under the wart. She thinks he must have licked the wart causing a hair to get infected and then the infection grew. She was able to remove the infection and the wart. He has inner and outer stitches. She also wanted to send  the wart to be checked for cancer. I totally agreed!

She then told me about the nail that caused him to cry.  Somehow he pulled that nail away from the nail bed. It too was infected! I told her I am pretty sure I know how that happened. He loves to curl up on my bed blanket that is open weave. I bet his nail got caught and he pulled on it to get it out.

Finally that lump I thought was another wart on his face was a cyst. She was able to drain the cyst - hopefully it will stay gone.

So poor Kingers has been trying to sit down with only one good front leg.  No wonder he was having so much trouble! I felt terrible - the vet was supportive and assured me that there is no way I would have known.  Bringing him in to the vet was the only way - thank goodness I took him to the vet.

He is on antibiotics and pain meds - with another appointment scheduled to have his stitches removed. He is moving much better and can sit better each day!  Poor thing!


Great news...I just got the call ....Kingers wart WAS NOT CANCER!   Yeah!!!

Why I shared my story is that I wanted others to know that as a pet owner we do not always know what is happening to our pet. The key is if you do notice something that you think is not right - contact your vet. As in King's case only the vet was able to discover the infection early on.   I personally think I should have taken King to the vet when the area around the wart started to grow - that growth was the area getting infected. Thank goodness it was only days and not weeks that I waited! I am sure when I would of been able to discover the infection - it would of been so bad that who knows - it could of cost Kingers his life. 

30 comments:

  1. So glad it wasn't cancer - what an experience for the poor guy! Our pup hates going anywhere in the car especially if the vet or groomer is involved. He would have been in a tizzy!

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  2. That poor dog. So glad that was not cancer.

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  3. Poor doggie. I'm so glad it wasn't cancer. What a relief!

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  4. Oh my gosh, poor Kingers!!! Thank god you did bring in to the vet and I am so happy that the wart is not cancerous!!!

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  5. So good to know this! Since they can't tell us what's wrong, it's so often hard to know when to take them to the vet and when not to. Very helpful.

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  6. So glad your pup is okay. We're looking into my son a lab for his birthday.

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  7. They become a part of our family so fast. Your dog is beautiful! I am so very glad to hear that it wasn't cancer!

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  8. Great news! So happy. I can understand the love for a dog. They are family and like kids in so many ways.

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  9. That's great! So happy for your sweet Kingers.

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  10. Poor pup, I hate vet visits! So glad it wasn't cancer or anything very serious!

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  11. So glad it's not cancer! But still- poor Kingers!

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  12. So glad it was not cancer. You are a good doggie mom.

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  13. Yah! So glad its not cancer. My girl Casey had a broken toe nail as she ran in the back door and didn't stop soon enough. Jammed her food right into the stairs. The nail cracked and we had hoped it would just fall off. I ended up growing out crooked so we had to take her to the vet last week to get it operated on. Now she has a nail missing on one toe and its still a little swollen. We had antiboitics and such since it was infected. Poor baby. She is 9 and I felt like such a bad mom.

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  14. I'm really glad it wasn't cancer. It's great that he's showing signs of improvement already.

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  15. Glad to hear that it wasn't cancer. I feel sad when pets get really sick. Glad he's doing better

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  16. Yay! I am so happy it wasn't cancer! Good luck to you and your furry friend in the future!

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  17. That is awesome news to hear! I bet tails were wagging! ;)

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  18. A dog who likes the vet! Unreal. :) My grandma's dogs would start fighting the walk in as soon as we got to the parking lot! Glad he's gotten his issues cleared up, I know that was good news for you too. :)

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  19. I'm so glad it wasn't cancer!! My old dog Hannah had cancer and went through chemo - it was really tough!

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  20. I am sorry to hear about all your dog's health problems. I am happy for you both that the dog does not have cancer.

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  21. Your poor dog I am so sorry that you had that scare. Our animals are like our extended family. I am glad that it worked out for both of you

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  22. What a sweet pup! So glad to hear it wasn't cancer.

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  23. Poop pup has been through quite a bit lately! Glad he seems to be on the mend, and am especially glad to hear he doesn't have cancer!

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  24. So glad it wasn't cancer. Poor Kingers! Glad you got him fixed up.

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  25. What an ordeal Kingers has been through. I'm glad things are on the mend and there's no cancer!

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  26. I'm glad to hear it wasn't a cancerous wart. What a beautiful dog by the way!

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  27. I bet you were so relieved it wasn't cancer! What a vet visit!

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  28. Aww, SO GLAD to hear it wasn't cancer. We had a few dogs with cancerous tumors. It's not fun.

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  29. I was on pins and needles reading this. So happy it wasn't cancer! That's a relief. Hope he's all better and back to normal soon. :)

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  30. So happy to hear that it was not cancer. My dogs are 14 and 10 and started to get tumors. All have been benign though thank heavens. Our lab had one where it was hard to sit like that too. :/ Poor pups!

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