Addie has acquired many lumps over the years, with most being under her skin. However, she has had 2 external. The first has remained small for many years and all the vets have agreed that it is nothing to worry about. The 2nd one though has grown recently and become a problem. It hasn’t been excessively rapid growth, but it is to the point where it has started to bleed and we cannot seem to get it to heal.
With that, we decided to take her to the vet to have him look at it closer. Our main concern for not taking her previously was that we did not want her to be put under to have it removed as anesthesia at her age is just not a great idea unless it is absolutely crucial.
But this is how things go in Costa Rica: the vet just asked us to drop by sometime that day between 1 and 5pm. We arrived at 3:30 and waited for 2 other patients before us and were in to see the vet by 4. He agreed that it should be removed and he could do it with just a local anesthesia so that it would numb the area, but she would still be awake. Awesome. When can we schedule an appointment? Oh, now is fine. So we get her up on the table, we assist in the surgery by just helping to hold her while he numbs the area. We are also watching the entire removal process. He stitches her up, and she is good to go in about 1 hour from when we walked in. Wow. The cost? $20. Crazy nice hu?!
So, there is a chance it will grow back (as with most external growths), but she can now lay on that leg without fear of it breaking open again. He also visually analyzed the part he removed and there did not seem to be an infection and it did not appear to be cancerous.
She is still favoring that leg today, but she is up and moving and a little lighter.
On a not so bright note: she is having greater issues walking in general. We are going to try the shot of Legend again although it has only been a month or so and we hope this time it takes better than last. If not, we are running out of options…