Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Let me tell you about my cone of shame.

Well, it all started about a month ago.  I had this weird growth on my dewclaw.  It started out as a weird round node type thing about the size of a pencil eraser.  Mom freaked out and googled  some stuff and decided that it was best just to wait it out and see if it went away.  Well, two weeks later it was bigger.  So she scheduled me an appointment for the vet.  He said it was a cyst, that it wasn't...well...the c-word or anything and that I'd be fine, but mom was still really worried.  Ok, we get home and two weeks later it's getting a lot bigger and I am constantly chewing on it, and it's bleeding everwhere, and mom is still freaked out about the c-word, so we decided that it would be best if it was removed.  This picture was taken the day before it was removed.  Pretty big and nasty, huh?

This is what my dewclaw is supposed to look like.

THe vet said he could remove it, but he would have to take my dewclaw too, and that mom might as well go ahead and have them both removed at the same time.  That's why I have 2 peglegs.

Mom took those bandages off the next night, but I can't keep from licking.  You know how us dogs are.  The vet said that if I licked it, Mom could re-wrap it and mom tried that, but I really really hate those sock things, so mom decided to try something else.  We had this old cone thing from when I had...uhhh...ummm, that certain male dog surgery, you know... and i like it soo much better than those sock things.
I hardly notice it really. I'm happy, mom's happy, I am getting lots of extra lovings, and the only c-word we have to worry about fighting is my Aunt Janie's. (She's doing really really good by the way. Staying strong and positive. Thank you all for your kind words, prayers and support! We really really appreciate it!)


Wilma said...

I'm glad that nasty old cyst is gone. You look so cute with your little paws wrapped up. But I know that is a big pain,so up with the cone of shame!
I am glad your Auntie is keeping up te good fight too!

Hank said...

Arlo, buddy! I think Salinger had somethin' like that goin' on a month er two ago. I think his mom called it a "interdigital cyst".

Anyhoo, hope that cone don't git in the way o' eatin'!!!

Sequoia & Petunia said...

This is good news all around. We are happy you had that ugly thingy removed and it wasn't c-word type either. Healing hugs to your lil paws!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Dear Arlo
I have missed you so much. I keep checking back to see how Aunt Janie was doing,,, cause we have been sending our bestest wishes and paws crossed for her.
You made my heart happy today, to see you. I know that icky thing on your paw was kinda scary,,,,, and I know how moms worry, cause in May, I had a boo boo too.
But I am happy your monster is gone now,,, and I hope your sweet little paws get better soon. I will send some magic bubbles to make you get well quicker.
Nitey nite my sweet friend

Lola said...

Hi Arlo. I know it's been a while since you did this post and your Mom is super busy. Thing is I just saw your name on a blogroll and had to go investigate anypug named Arlo. Are you named that because your Gotcha Day is the same day as Arlo Guthrie's birthday or is that just a coincidence? It's also my little brother Franklin's Gotcha Day, but he just got gotten by us this year. Hope you do blog again from time to time, but anyway I just wanted to say hi.

Do you believe this? My captcha phrase that I have to type in to post this comment is "pugling". Must be a sign of some sort.

lotsa licks, Lola