So many of you have sent prayers and been so kind about my Lucy, I wanted to share an update. We went back to U C Davis yesterday for a sit down with the surgeon and learn about the test results. Lucy was much braver than I was. Since the culture had shown no infection, we were worried it was cancer. Her surgeon is the kindest, most competent and articulate vet we’ve ever met. And that’s saying something because we’ve met a lot of them!
The biopsy didn’t show cancer which is great news!! It turns out Lucy has a Papilloma Virus wart between the pads of her paw. Because of its size and location, it’s excruciating to walk on. They also suspect she had a severe reaction to the silk stitches used by the old vet which caused tremendous inflammation.
The surgeon explained her wart is too large to remove and that many dogs need to have their paws amputated. We won’t do that to the sweet old gal. There could also be underlying cancer weakening her immune system but we’re not going there right now.
Our goal is to get the inflammation down without using anti-inflammatories which weaken her immune system which needs to be strong to fight the virus. They’ve ordered interferon for her which should boost her immune system. We’ll also be starting a topical cream once the wounds heal.
They rebandaged her foot and replaced her fentanyl patch. Her days are spent on the couch next to us, in our arms, in her car seat if we go out or rarely, contained to a small spot in the living room on her featherbed with fresh water close by.
We see the surgeon again on Friday to see if the stitches are ready to come out. Right now she’s fairly content. Pain is controlled and she’s being hand fed warm chicken. Once her bandage comes off she will have to wear a cone to prevent her from licking the foot and she’s going to hate that.
I can’t thank you all enough for your thoughts and prayers! I firmly believe they have helped and I feel blessed to have your kindness and support.
Thanks for reading and have a great day!