Thursday, July 17, 2008

Crossing fingers, saying prayers

Last week, six weeks to the day from Butch's biopsy, we went back to the vet for a recheck. Despite the fact that he's been taking antiobiotics morning and evening for the entire six weeks, his anal glands are still infected. That news didn't really surprise me since he's been on antibiotics of one kind or another for the better part of the last nine months.

Tomorrow he goes back to the vet for another attempt at surgically removing the offensive glands. This time they'll also remove some of the damaged tissue nearby, hopefully leaving enough healthy muscle to keep Butch from becoming incontinent. That's one big concern.

The other one is the anesthesia. It helps to know they'll be using the same combination of drugs that were used successfully for his recent biopsy and not the ones that caused him to stop breathing last January, the first time this surgery was attempted. I'm focusing on positive thoughts (and trying to ignore that nagging little undercurrent of nervousness).

Tonight, we'll have a pre-fast celebration of gourmet dog food and belly rubs, and we'll give you a progress report late tomorrow.

9 comments:

  1. Hugs and prayers coming your way. Please update when you can.

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  2. Hoping for a quick and speedy recovery and a positive outcome for Butch!

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  3. we so hope all goes well for butch, we know how important he is to you. hugs to you and him

    keeeprs

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  4. Keep your spirits up, prayers are attached to this email, for both of you. When something is wrong with our family members, everyone's prayers are welcome. I'll be looking for a positive update.

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  5. I'm thinking about you and Butch, waiting for an update. Fingers crossed!

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  6. sending prayers to mr. butch that everything will turn out fine. i have 2 dogs and 3 cats...i know well your worries and concerns. they become such a part of our family that to be without them does not seem possible. he is a beautiful, beautiful dog.

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  7. Sending positive vibes, prayers and good thoughts your way! He will be just fine...I can feel it :)

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  8. Many, many prayers and hugs for Butch! Carmon

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  9. Thanks so much, everybody. Your good wishes helped me stay positive today while I waited for the vet to call.

    And a special nod to Rebecca and Sassystoppers who delurked on Butch's behalf. I look forward to reading your blogs and getting to know you better.

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