Thursday, July 14, 2016
"Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.”
— Dean Koontz
Recently, Berkeley had started to grow a weird lump on his ear. It started off really small and it slowly progressed into this big ear lump. It never really seemed to bother him, it just looked scabby and it was just odd that it was growing!
I didn't take him to the vet when I first noticed the bump because in the past, my family would never really rush our dogs to the vet as sometimes it would small things and it would seem like such a waste of time and money to bring our dogs! And not only that, Berkeley had an upcoming appointment to get neutered, so I thought "why not kill two birds with one stone". But with my luck, of course something went drastically wrong in a blink of a second and his ear started bleeding non-stop!!
The next day - which was a Sunday - spent all morning trying to find a vet that was open! I was so nervous that I wouldn't be able to find a vet open or one that was an emergency clinic because let's face it, emergency vets will take you for your money because you're in such a bind! Luckily, I found a vet open, Edmonton West Animal Hospital which have amazing hours (they are open weekends until 9PM and weekdays until 10PM!)! They got good reviews on both Yelp and Facebook so I booked him an appointment and they were able to get him in the same day in the evening!
When we got to the vet, Berkeley was going all sorts of crazy. He hasn't been exposed to a lot of new people and surroundings so as soon as he got there, he just snapped wouldn't stop barking! Luckily the vet just pulled us into the room, so Berkeley wouldn't freak everyone else out! When he examined his eye, Berkeley was not having it. He kept trying to shake off his head and wouldn't let him touch him. Israel had to hold him down just so the vet could have a quick glance. Then came the news...
The bad news was that Berkeley needed surgery to remove the lump which meant cutting off a part of his and the vet was unsure if it was cancerous! The good news was that at least Berkeley could get in as soon as the following morning! We booked the appointment and headed home!
After Berkeley was done his surgery, he decided to send his ear lump for a biopsy so we could officially know if it was anything cancerous - if it turned out to be cancerous Berkeley would have to get even more of his ear clipped off! It would take a couple days to find out but the doctor reassured us that dogs his age are very unlikely to get cancer.
Finally the day came, and Dr. Sharma phoned me and gave me the news. He was fine! He did have a histiocytoma, which is a tumor but they were able to remove it fully!
So now, we just have to wait a couple more days to get his stitches removed and he should be back to his good old self. He's been walking around with a cone on and the first day of it was a disaster!
I can't wait until he's neutered so he doesn't have to go to the vet for a while!
- The Cassie Paige