It's been a very busy and worrying day. Please forgive me if this blogpost is a little fuzzy, but it is almost midnight here in South Africa and I have finally got the chance to update you all. Please accept this short post about the events here with regard to our beloved Maxdog...
My Vet phoned this evening to give me his recommendations. He has researched and consulted widely and we also discussed all your comments at length. I am not going to go into lots of detail, but will give you the pertinent matters.
Max will be referred back to the specialist surgeon who took charge of his surgery, for his Mast Cell Tumor, in November last year. I will be phoning tomorrow morning to try to get an appointment.
Max will, most likely, undergo a sonar guided biopsy of the liver/liver cyst. Unfortunately the "Cancer" word has reared its ugly head, yet again. Research shows that even though ALL the tests might exclude cancer, it can only be excluded AFTER undergoing a biopsy.
Max's cyst is NOT parasite related, nor is it congenital.
The beauty about a sonar assisted biopsy is that, should it be established that the cyst's origin is cancer, then surgery to remove the cyst can be done whilst Max is under anaesthesia.
I have no idea what his chances are...we will have to wait for the next step and for the recommendation of the specialist surgeon.
In the meantime...here are some pictures for you from today...
Grassy patches make interesting reading...
(not so sure about that...)
Besides our worries about Max, the world still carries on. We had an incredible thunderstorm this evening...the highways were flooded in some areas (to car-bumper height). The garden looks beautiful too...
...and of course, there are others who also find the pace slow...
THANK YOU AGAIN!!!
...for all your well wishes, uplifting messages, advice, prayers, thoughts, good vibes and openly displayed love which is coming our way! Thank you too to those who have gone the extra mile to search out the information on the net and who have consulted "Scientifically literate" friends about liver cysts. To the Vets out there too who have also responded....
All your advice and information has been gratefully accepted
We are so, so, so, so thankful for all our cyber friends!
Lots of muzzle nuzzles to all your furry companions too.