Mom noticed my front paw pads were cracking and peeling. She had been rubbing my paws with Musher's Secret, a waxy paw conditioner,  but I keep licking it off my front paws. So she got me these fine boots to wear to the bus stop. I got used to them very quickly and they keep the road salt off of my paws. I'm stylin now!
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Ultra Paws dog boots.
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What a good boy
 
 
The vet took the stitches out this morning, however, he said I still need to take it easy and not jump around for a couple of days. Mom WAS going to take me to the dog park but doesn't want to risk an injury to my healing skin. Yesterday, mom put me out on my 30 foot tie-out for the first time since the surgery! I was so happy to prance around and watch the leaves fall of the trees. The air smells interesting with hints of squirrel and fall. It had been two weeks since I got to play outside. Mom and dad commented on how the girls were able to be in my tie-out circle on their swings while I ran around and I didn't jump on them!  Big girl even played fetch with me for a long time.  

Mom took me to a trail for a walk since I couldn't go play with the other dogs today. I guess I was pulling on the leash 'cause mom kept stopping and made a picture in her mind of being a tree.  It was so distracting with all the leaves, birds, squirrels, bikers, joggers and other dog walkers and I have all this pent up energy!  I wanted to chase them all.  Well, maybe in my dreams. Woof.
 
 
The vet office called and told mom the tumor was a  Histocytoma, a benign tumor common in puppies. Everyone is relieved and I'm healing nicely. The stitches itch a bit but Mom is doing a good job of keeping me entertained with treats, belly rubs and lots of attention. I sooo want to go to the doggie park or play outside, but mom says one more week to go until the stitches are out.  She is taking me on a little longer walks now and I get to go to the bus stop again. I like it best when little girl comes home!
 
 
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Sigh. I'm bored.
I'm so bored, feeling ignored, nothing fun to look towards, 
I've got the post-surgery, recupery blues.

These darn old stitches, they cause me itches. 
I'm wearing a shirt to keep out the dirt.

Mom won't let me play, have to stay calm all day,
I've got the post-surgery, recupery blues.

I want to chase the squirrels, jump around and twirl.
Instead they give me kong-ball eats and a new toy that squeaks.

Please wish me well, I'm sure you can tell, 
I've got the post-surgery, recupery blues.

P.S.  I know recupery is not a word, but it rhymes better than recuperatory and I'm taking poetic licence. Woof.
 
 
Mom took me to the vet this morning at 7:30. I wasn't happy about not having breakfast, but wagged my tail with excitement when she loaded me into the car. The vet people are very nice so I wasn't upset to go there either. At 10:30 they called mom and told her to come and get me. The surgery went well with a clean removal of the tumor. I have seven stitches but no bandage and NO CONE! I just have to wear a tee shirt for a while. The vet said I shouldn't eat until later today and I am not supposed to run around for two weeks. The only walks are to take me out to do my biz. Mom isn't sure what to do with my puppy energy, but they are very happy I am well. The biopsy results will be back in a few days.
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A tee shirt to prevent me from biting the stitches.
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Tumor removed and stitches in place.
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I can't go to the park for two weeks!
 
 
Mom took me  back to the vet today because what they thought might be a cyst tripled in size over the last few days. The vet says it is either histiocytoma, a benign skin tumor, or Mast Cell  Tumor, a more serious condition. Either way, my vet wants it removed and biopsied.  I go in for surgery tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. Mom is hoping it is the first, as it is common in young dogs and labs.  The estimate  of $438.00 made mom show her teeth (grimace) but she and dad promise to always take good care of me. They keep making a joke from a movie about me wearing a "cone of shame", but I don't know what they mean. Anyway, wish me luck!

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sore two weeks ago
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histiocytoma or mast cell tumor?
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histiocytoma or mast cell tumor
 
 
Trainer lady gave mom a recommendation a while back for a probotic and vitamin Supplement, so she has been trying it for about three weeks. Today, I got an awesome complement on my shiny, healthy fur coat. Mom explained I've been given Glanzen sprinkled on my food.  The product has very clear directions for dog weight and sprinkles on dry or wet food. Mom and dad appreciate how it doesn't smell, has helped me get regular and reduced my digestive problems. It is available for the same price with free shipping from either Cleanrun.com (an agility dog magazine and supply store) or PupSup.com (a vitamin shop).  Mom bought the 2# can for $29.00 and with four scoops a day has barely made a dent in it. Way to go, trainer lady! Mom loves you!
 
 
Mom noticed I had a growth on my leg and made an appointment with the vet.  They said it was a sebaceous cyst and as long as it didn't burst it was not a problem.  I guess most dogs get them. Mom learned it is caused by a plugged sebum oil gland. The vet noticed I had a scratch there and that may have started the problem.  Mom and dad will keep an eye on it for me. The vet only charged us half of an office visit because she didn't have to do anything. Oh, and I grew again! I now weigh 58 pounds.
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sebaceous cyst
 
 
These pesky tapeworms are so hard to get rid of! Mom thinks they might come from the squirrel fleas in the yard. I get heartguard and Frontline every month but here they are again. This is the third time in three months. So off to the vet on Monday!
 
 
My family noticed I had tapeworm again. Mom took me to Banfield Pet Hospital since our regular vet was closed. The people were very nice there and mom liked the vet, but we had to wait a long time. Mom stood firm and didn't let them talk her into a $35.00 stool analysis since she brought in the evidence and knew what it was from the last time. Because this is three weeks after the last event they think it is related. Tapeworms take about three weeks to grow to shedding size. So mom washed and cleaned everything again. My people noticed the signs much quicker and there are way less this time.  They sure love me a lot to spend $70.00 for a Saturday vet visit and meds!