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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Troubling News from the Vet

Took Jezebel back in and the vet said he could definitely see the problem. Last week it looked like scar tissue but this week it is quite large. They did an aspiration biopsy (quick swipe of a swab) and looked at it under the microscope. Lots of white blood cells, as expected since there is clearly an infection of some sort. There
were a couple of clumps of fast dividing cells which could indicate cancer or just healing tissue. Of concern was that there were a lot of "dark" cells in the mix - dark suggesting that they were pigmented which goes back to melanin - which suggests melanoma. There was a wide area of the dark cells ringing right where the original tumor was which suggests a lot and the suggestion isn't good.

He put her on a round of antibiotics for the infection but thinks she needs to go back to the oncologist. He is calling the oncologist on Monday to discuss and we'll take it from there.

What can I say? We'll take it a day at a time.


Diana said...

Poor Jezabel. I'm praying it's just an infection.

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Jezabel is such a lucky dog that you are keeping such a close eye on her. Let's hope that a round of Rx will help her out.

Owens Family Adventures said...

I am with you in the belief it is just an infection....easily cured. Crossing finger and toes for you today,

Paula said...

We'll just start praying even harder, won't we?


Infinity Quilter said...

Well that's not what I was hoping to hear. Poor girl. I'm praying that things clear up soon.

Penny said...

The good news, as always, is that she doesn't know she has a problem. Her poor nose sure has been sore. Maybe this will make her feel better on that front.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry, Penny. I'll keep you all in my thoughts.


jacquie said...

i'm hoping for a simple infection...crossing my fingers!

everythingquilts said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Jezebel, I pray it's only an infection.

Anonymous said...

Jezabel is loved and so well cared for...that's what she knows. Isn't that what we want for all our fur-babies...for them to know they are loved and pampered?!

Of course we will pray for the best possible outcome...but whatever happens..she knows she's loved and has a GREAT life!! She's probably thinking she's extra special since she's getting all this extra attention!! Bless her furry little heart!!