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Luca's had a marble-sized cyst on one of his hind feet for about a year, and the vet thinks it's time to take it off, so tomorrow he's having surgery to remove it. I'm sure it will be a routine thing...a few stitches to close the incision, a biopsy, and a couple of weeks of healing...but general anesthesia is always a serious undertaking--more for the owner than the dog!

Please send your positive vibes toward St. Louis.
 

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Best wishes and warm thoughts to Luca for an easy surgical procedure and a speedy recovery.
 

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Hope everything goes well for Luca... we'll be thinking about him! Patton had a cyst taken off of his front leg and he recovered quickly... hope Luca does just as well!
 

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Dear Luca,

Wishing you the best for your surgery. We hope that your Dad will feed you extra delicious meat like bison, elk and Kobe beef since you will be hurting a lot (and he will have starved you before your operation). Have great dreams during anesthesia!

Your friends,
Campeche & Zamboni
 

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Good luck Luca, hopefully it will all go well.
 

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Good thoughts coming you way from here as well.
 

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Thinking of you tomorrow, Luca. May the day be uneventful and have you off and running soon.

Tracy - perhaps you should talk to JeansPackistan (AKA JeanKBBMMMAAN) about how to stay calm tomorrow.
 

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Good vibes to you & Luca! My boy developed something very similar on his L front paw. We watched it for about a year before deciding to remove it. He was 5 years old at the time and it could not have gone more smoothly.
Had hip/abdominal/chest x-rays, neuter & a dental (not really needed, but what the heck) done at the same time.

I'm totally with you on it being more traumatic for us! He was back at 100 within 48 hours, but was sure loving the extra babying.

Can we have some post-op pics? We don't see enough of Luca.
 

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Best wishes for an uneventful surgery and speedy recovery for Luca!
 

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Originally Posted By: Skye'sMomTracy - perhaps you should talk to JeansPackistan (AKA JeanKBBMMMAAN) about how to stay calm tomorrow.
Jean calm on surgery day?


Tracy, I personally recommend a nice drink. Not too much that you can't drive to pick up Luca. Just one or two.
 

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Originally Posted By: natalie559Any news on Luca?
Ditto, any updates or progress report? Hope everything went well.
 

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Luca is home

Luca sends thanks to all his many internet friends for their well-wishes and concern.

He is home---groggy, with silly shaved bracelets on both arms from the IV, a big bandage on his back leg...but home.

All the techs at the hospital were cooing over him and in awe of what a good boy he had been through it all.

The vet surgeon said the procedure went well--the growth didn't go deeper than the skin, so it was fairly easy to remove. They sent it off for testing, but were confident that whatever it was, they removed it all. They did have to make a couple of larger parallel incisions along both sides of lesion to pull the skin closed after removing it--so he's got about 20 stitches total. Narcotic pain meds for tonight and tomorrow. I'm to remove the dressing tomorrow. He has to wear a boot on the foot to keep it dry when he goes out, and no strenuous activity for 14 days...so no agility classes for a while.

He wasn't much interested in anything to eat just yet, so he's just resting now, but I can tell he's very glad to be home. Fanny and baby Ellie are also glad to have him home.

Thanks again for the nice posts. They mean a lot to me.
 
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