To say the last few weeks have been a tad stressful is an understatement, and that's just how we've felt, I can only imagine how our Labrador Cooper has felt. Yesterday he had surgery to remove a large fatty tissue mass near his achilles tendon on his left hind leg (this was after a biopsy and CT scan least week to determine if it was cancerous or whether there were any nerves or tendons running through the lump).
Twice at the vets over the past few years we had it aspirated to check the fluid and make sure it was benign, and the doctors were always happy to keep monitoring when the results came back clear.
But finally we were worried so much that we wanted to get it checked out by a specialist surgeon (at the VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital), as the mass was still growing and we worried about what would happen if it grew to the size of a grapefruit or beyond.
Cooper is under 'house arrest' for two weeks (with allowable trips outside for toilet breaks), has to wear his comfy 'cone of shame' to stop him licking at the wound or his front shaved legs where his IVs went and generally has to take things easy (we'll see how that goes).
I'm sure our rambunctious angel will be back on his feet in no time (he is the love of our lives), and I personally can't wait until he's well enough to venture back to the beach, as that's his favourite place to play.
Get well soon pup...
UPDATED: Here's Cooper getting in his best L.A. Pride spirit (sporting his very Lady Gaga 'cone of shame'), although there were no parade festivities for him this year. He's doing remarkably well, so let's hope the doctor says he's healing when he has his bandage removed on Wednesday.