I got some bad news yesterday regarding my newly adopted German
Shepherd....am pretty upset. She’s had a terrible odor coming out her mouth for about a month as well as that side of her mouth was tender to touch. I didn’t think anything was terribly wrong other than maybe an abscessed tooth but couldn’t get her in til this week. She would not let me open her mouth for anything so I couldn’t take a look myself.
When the vet opened her mouth and looked in....he saw a tumor inside her upper right jaw, about the size of a golf ball....ran through her teeth, gums and over into the roof of her mouth. At first I didn’t understand what that meant, but as he went on to explain what it was...that it is more than likely cancer and not something that is very treatable unless you want to spend a lot of money and even then, results are not usually very favorable. My eyes teared up right there...and I could hardly say a word...I was devastated. He told me that he has had SOME good results from Cryosurgery, which is a freezing technique using liquid nitrogen. He asked if I’d like to try that treatment for now, and once we get the lab report back telling us what form of cancer this is, we’ll decide what do to next, if anything. If this is an aggressive, malignant form of cancer, it often spreads quickly to their organs and they die within months.
I am trying to remain optimistic in that this isn’t that form of it...and that we can stop the growth of the tumor with a few Cryosurgery treatments. The main thing is that she is comfortable and not in pain, we just won’t let her go through that. After the procedure (they kept her for 2.5 hours as they had to sedate her), he sent her home with some pain meds and said to just keep an eye on her jaw for any additional swelling or excessive blood oozing out. We’ll have the lab results back mid week....for now, we have her scheduled to go back in two weeks for another freezing treatment. She’s doing pretty well at he moment, sleeping a lot because of the pain meds. This just rips my heart out. I have gotten so attached to her in just a few short months...and its not fair that she has to go through this, after coming here to live a happy life on the farm. On a positive note, she has gained about 10 lbs since she’s been here so that was a good thing as she was way too thin. And the fact she is gaining weight & not losing...is also good.
Soooo....please hold good thoughts for my girl.
(1st pic is of her sleeping a little while ago...pain meds make her pretty drowsy. 2nd pic is taken when she & I went for a ride to town one day)