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Tuesday, September 18, 2007


Lucifer Sam's lump was a low-grade fibrosarcoma. It is locally-aggressive but will not spread to other areas like organs or lymph. It had limited infiltrated growth and was fully excised. (These are the keywords I quickly jotted down while on the phone). My vet conferred with someone at the UW (oncology lab?) regarding the tumor and she said he said there was no further treatment (like chemo for instance) needed. We will need to have the site (upper right forearm) examined every three months for a year and a half and every six months after that.

This is good news. Cancer is scary, and this literally popped up over night.

As I watched mosquitos bite my Pug while taking him out to go to the bathroom today, I felt so glad that he is protected by his monthly heartworm pills. It is too bad there is no pill to cure cancer, but it makes me wonder why anyone wouldn't give heartworm medication to their dog in a mosquito-ridden climate like Wisconsin in the summer?

Most children bury their parents, but for those of us who are "animal parents" instead, we will always inevitably bury our children.

Now that the Lucifer Sam situation is under control (he gets his stitches out next Monday), I think it's time to start looking for a kitten.



Blogger Stan said...

I'm so glad you notice the lump, and we will have to check him all the time now. Very happy to not have more treatments - for now anyway.... Love to have a new cat or kitten.

6:32 PM  
Blogger Erik said...

Good about Lucifer Sam :) And yay for the new cat or kitten, kind of excited about how that will go, always interesting to see how it goes when a new pet is introduced. Sometimes been thinking about getting more cats, perhaps a small dog, to extend the family.

11:55 AM  
Blogger Erik said...

Wonder if you've got a kitten/cat yet?

1:36 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

No. Rather broke right now. Euthanasia, Pet Surgery and car repairs have wiped us out. Getting a new kitten costs money with vaccinations and spaying and all. I don't know when we'll get one.

1:41 PM  
Blogger Erik said...

If it's the same there as here, it costs less to get a cat from an animalshelter, they're already spayed and vaccinated (here you pay about half of what it costs for spaying and vaccination when you take a homeless cat from a shelter). You are good with animals, and I think you could easily handle such a cat and get it socialised with the other animals.

3:58 AM  
Blogger Ann said...

It still costs $$$ and we're broke from a slew of expenses all at once.

7:41 AM  

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