Maggie is my 10 year old (as of January 10) Golden Retriever. She’s had a rough December and January. I take that back. I’ve had a rough December and January worrying about her, she’s just been a little stressed because of her recent visit to the vet.
Back in December we took Maggie to the vet because it appeared to me she was losing just a little bit of fur and was looking a little thin. Since she is considered an elderly dog in dog years, I wanted to just be safe and have her checked out. Maggie hates the vet (unlike Sascha the German Shepherd who loves the vet) and turns into a nervous wreck during each visit. Whereas Maggie was completely healthy in terms of blood work and body, she did have a small bump on her lower jaw that I never noticed. The vet was concerned enough that he wanted to remove it immediately.
Two days later Maggie is off to the vet to have this bump removed (no wonder she hates the vet). When I heard from the vet later in the afternoon, he didn’t “think” the whatever it was he removed was cancerous, but wanted to send it off to pathology just to be sure.
In the meantime, Maggie didn’t seem to care that she had stitches in her jaw and wanted to continue to chew on her toys and bones even if they rubbed against her jaw and stitches. Sure enough, I wake up early Saturday morning and noticed all this blood and fluid in her bedding and saw this hold in her jaw. Either the stitches got stuck in her bedding and she yanked them out, or she just scratched them out. Off to the vet we go again.
Fast forward a week and Maggie is fine. The stitches didn’t need to be replaced. Her wound has completely healed. Now she’s back to being the same silly Golden Retriever whose favorite activity besides chewing marrow bones is rolling in the grass (or dirt) first thing in the morning:-).