Dolly now two weeks post her operation to remove a growth in her throat (Dolly in the wars) is doing really well. You would not know she had even had anything wrong. It has turned out that the cancer bares the hallmarks of a type of cancer called Squamous Cell Carcinoma.
I had a more detailed chat about Dolly with the vet on Friday, when they microchipped Primrose's pups. The vet brought a text book with the most recent statistics for this type of cancer. It suggested a 50/50 chance of a recurrence of the growth and if it regrows it comes back anything from 9 months to 36 months. You could try radiation on the area where the growth was removed. This would mean travelling to Cambridge or Liverpool. (Cambridge is slightly close to us, being around a 10 hour round trip). Dolly being put under a full anesthetic each time, because of where the growth was taken from. Leaving the area sore in her mouth and she would need at least three treatments and no guarantee it would work either. At over 9 years old now, even with insurance I would not put her through that. So we will be keeping an eye on her Lymph nodes, especially the Submandibular lymph nodes, which can be felt in the area beneath a dogs jaw. If these become sore and swollen, it is most likely the cancer is spreading. If the growth recurs in the throat again and her health otherwise is still good, then it would be viable to do surgery again. So basically we are playing it by ear, taking each day as it comes. At the moment, she is her normal happy go lucky self, our little "D".
“The greatest 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.”
― Samuel Butler
Me (Jane) with Puddin' and Teagol, waiting patiently to flush a patch of kale, December 2019
Hello, I am Jane!