don’t worry, be lazy

Lilly had surgery Tuesday morning. A couple of years ago she started getting these raw-looking places on her elbows. Her old vet prescribed three different rounds of antibiotics, some very expensive, but to no avail. So I took her to a specialist, a doggie dermatologist. He biopsied one of the elbows right away, and said “it’s the damnedest thing I’ve ever seen.” He showed the tissue to a colleague who diagnosed it as dilated hair follicles complete with a host of gram-negative bacteria.

To make a long story short, we decided to do nothing. In other words, watch and wait to see what happened. Then, after two plus years, one of the growth on her left elbow began to deteriorate. There was never any pain associated with any of this. But once the oozing phase started, I decided it was past time to do something about it.

I was concerned because she’s old, almost 10, and obviously overweight. We put her on a diet and she lost about seven pounds, but she’s bottomed out. Her vet wasn’t too concerned and finally I decided to let him cut them off. (He thought the wait and see plan was good. He’s not into “cosmetic surgery” on animals. I’m sure not.) She came through it like a champ. By the very next morning she was almost back to her old lazy self. She’s totally recovered, except for the actual wounds.

So it looks like I’ll get to enjoy Lilly for a while yet. That’s a good thing.


4 Responses to “don’t worry, be lazy”

  1. 1 misterbooks February 23, 2008 at 9:22 am

    2 sweet! I am a dog person, converted to cats, but I still have my dog, which I do have to post pics of….
    Peace to you both!

  2. 2 Labradoodle breeder February 23, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.

  3. 3 Ned February 24, 2008 at 12:23 am

    I had a basset when I was a kid– Juno. She was the sweetest dog. I treated her better than most human beings I knew. We would walk for hours out in the country where we lived. Her back hips gave out on her right after I finished high school. It was very sad. She was a real trooper right up to the end.

    I’m glad to hear Sally’s doing good. Thanks for the pics.

  4. 4 Rob N. February 24, 2008 at 7:34 am

    Ned – I knew I liked you. Now I know why. ;^/

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