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Thomas – Good News…and Not! (Chapter 5)

Thomas returned to his foster home today. No more hospital kennel! He was pretty happy to see his foster people and enjoyed being out in the grass again. From this view, he looks like a typical corgi.

But from the back…

and the underside – not so much!

His doctors had some good news and bad for us as far as his test results go. The incontinence problem is showing very good signs of improvement and there is good reason to think he may no longer have this issue when he’s completely healed.

The thyroid mass was benign. However, they saw another very small node on the other side of his neck so they will do a followup ultrasound in about three months.

Unfortunately, the mass on his abdomen was a malignant Grade 1 Mast Cell Tumor and it was not completely removed during this surgery. Due to its location it was too close to the abdominal incision for the prostate and they couldn’t take as much as they wanted. Therefore Thomas is looking at yet another surgery so they can remove the rest of it in two to three weeks. At Grade 1 it is easy to deal with, but not so if it is allowed to progress, so it needs to come out now!

Sigh…this is such a sweet dog. Hard to believe all that he’s going through. But had the incontinence issue not presented itself the cancer probably wouldn’t have been found until it was too late. There are reasons for these things after all!

For now, he is delighted to be “home,” and able to sniff the flowers again. He gets his stitches out tomorrow and will have a chance to relax and recover for a bit now.

Again – thanks for all the good wishes. Please keep them coming!

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5 Responses

  1. What an amazing story – thank you for keeping us updated and many thanks to CorgiAid for stepping up!

  2. Oh dear Thomas, we are thinking of you and glad you get a break before surgery #2, sorry to hear that news…hugs to you!

  3. Yes, this is an amazing story, and you are an amazing foster person! I hope and pray that all goes well with his future surgery and that he can find the perfect forever home.
    Faye

  4. what a lovely story. He looks like such a sweetie. So glad his cancer was caught. I lost one to lymphosarcoma in spite of 3 chemo sessions. I had such hopes for her, but it wasn’t meant to be. I miss her every day.

  5. Get well Thomas! {{hugs}} from Lily! 🙂

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