24 Dec 2014

Dog's journey and recovery from a tumor on his face

This year my dog Buddy got a nasty invasive tumor on his face, sadly he had to go under the knife and have a big surgery but thankfully with the amazing work of the medical team at the OSU Veterinary School of Oncology he came out on top and has fully recovered.
We got hit with a big snow storm this year, I put this here to show what he looked like before the tumor got big.  It's barely noticeable here, but it's right above his left eye.  At this point it's a tiny little bump and we didn't think anything of it.  He gets groomed at our vet clinic every month and they didn't notice anything.
May 2014
Here's Buddy at a charity walk for Cystic Fibrosis at the end of May 2014.  At this point it's getting slightly bigger, but we're not too worried about it, we've seen this kind of thing before in our other dogs, our vet wasn't too worried about it either at this point.
June 2014
In just a couple of weeks the thing grew in size dramatically (at least double)  This is us on our way to OSU for the first diagnosis, our local vet had done test and determined it was indeed some type cancer and needed to call in the big guns to get the final confirmation of WTF it was.  This is the last picture I have of him before he went under (probably about a 3 weeks before).

Eventually, the tumor got to be bigger than a golf ball and it ended up being an invasive little fucker burrowing into his bone, they determined our only option was to do a major surgery, removing a portion of his skull and scooping it out but sadly Buddy would lose his eye in the process.
July 2014
This is Buddy two days after his surgery when we went to pick him up.  The doctors kinda warned us about how shocking he would appear to us and at first the wife and I were a little jolted, it scared the shit out of my 8 year old daughter too but we got used to it pretty quick.  Honestly, it was pretty impressive, the surgeons scooped out a large chunk of his skull, the tumor and everything, then they used flesh from around his neck and looped it over, stitching it shut.  When friends asked me what he looked like, I described him as a bad ass post apocalyptic zombie warrior dog.
July 2014
Chillin' in the back yard, recovering.
November 2014
After a clean bill of health, Buddy is 100% recovered, this is him in November.  He's very much the same happy dog and losing the eye has not fazed him at all, he has a pretty mean scar but I think it makes him look like a bad ass although he's just a big ol' softy.
Dec 2014
Chillin' in bed on 12/11/14
Dec 2014
You can't ask for more than a good dog that never lets anything get in the way of that big smile and wagging tail, even when he was recovering, in pain and on a massive amount of meds, he'd still follow me around the house and flip over for a belly rub.


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