My buddy is sick. Sunny is an Irish water Spaniel, he'll be 13 in May. A few months ago I noticed him limping and checked out his paw, he had a nail missing and the toe was infected and swollen as big as a fig. He's accidentally broken off nails before, pawing at fences etc. so I attributed it to that. The vet wasn't sure it was accidental, and was worried there may have been a tumor or something that caused the nail to fall out, but decided to treat the infection and keep an eye on him. The antibiotics helped a lot and he seemed ok for a couple of months. The other day I saw him licking his paw and checked it out, the toe was swollen and the wound re-opened. I dropped him off at the vet this morning. She didn't want to biopsy while the toe is inflamed because that can taint the result so she x rayed the toe. The bone of the toe is obliterated; she feels very strongly that it's something cancerous because a regular infection wouldn't do that to the bone. We’re going to treat with antibiotics to get the infection and inflammation down, then she is going to remove the toe and sent the whole thing in for biopsy, that way he'll only have to be sedated once versus biopsy, wait for results then operate.
Sunny has been a great dog and I love him a lot. He's already lived about a year past expectancy for his breed, and honestly he doesn't show signs of being in any other discomfort. I hope it's isolated and that removing the toe will get it all, but I also know that at his age this is probably the beginning of a cascade. Timing sucks, My 6 year old daughter is still trying to wrap her head around her mom and I splitting up, moving and changing schools and our cat dying just before the separation and move. Friday night she woke up sobbing and when I asked what was wrong she said she had a dream that "her cat and her dog had died and she didn't have a pet". She had heard me telling her mom that I had to take Sunny to the vet. Now I have to start talking to her about Sunny's mortality to try and prepare her for when the inevitable happens. If you pray, meditate or send out good vibes, send some our way if you can. Thanks
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