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ace the wonder dog

it's all just a little bit of history repeating

Poor GRD.

Whatever else I planned to do today was derailed by an emergency vet visit, as I came downstairs this morning and found a dog with only three working feet, and one (apparently) incredibly painful extremity that he was not willing to let touch the floor.

The giant ridiculous dog had a traumatic childhood and had injury-related arthritis in one shoulder, so I thought at first that Something Terrible Had Happened to his old injury, but a little observations showed it was the paw--and after looking three times, I managed to find a hot, tender mass deep inside the paw, near his third digit. So off to the awesome and dedicated Bolton Vets we went, where that nice Dr. Badeau saw us and aspirated a core sample out of the damned thing (The GRD is very nervous about vet visits, and was lightly sedated for this procedure, which, as you can imagine given the swelling and tenderness, must have been excruciatingly painful anyway.)

Now we are home, with a tentative diagnosis (until the cytology comes back hopefully negative) of a follicular cyst. So my poor old man is getting NSAIDS and Cipro and is sleeping off his sedation, and will be even more scared of vets next time.

Poor dog. :-( Thank Bride and St. Francis (or the hearth gods of your choice) for good vets.

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Amen to that. Would there were a way to help our furry kin-by-adoption and vets to deal with one another better.
oh, poor GRD. Please give him some extra love from me.
Poor GRD. And thanks be to Whomever for good vets.
Snuggles to Mr. Giant Puppy! :(
Awwwwwwww, poor guy. All my best to him.
Sending many good thoughts and virtual scritches to the GRD.
Good vets are worth their weight in gold. The golden retriever I just adopted (my Maddie girl!) had a giant follicular cyst on her back when she came into the shelter--some sort of mass that had to do with hair follicles, at any rate. The vets were able to remove the mass and confirm that it was benign, thank goodness.

Sending scritches to the GRD, who should only ever be ridiculous but never sad.
Bless his heart. Sending good vibes his way and hoping all will be well.
Poor GRD! Hope he feels better soon.
please do let us know how the test results come back.
Best wishes for the health of the GRD, whose stories and pictures I love so much!
Poor puppy. Hope it is indeed benign. And good vets are indeed a treasure, especially ones that will respect that you know your furry family member better than they do, and listen seriously to your observations.
Poor GRD. Please give him a hug and big scritches from me. Sophie-cat sends her sympathies, too. She knows how upsetting going to the vet can be. I hope all's well in the end.
Last time I was in the vet's office, there was a big ol' lab shaking like a leaf. His monkeys talked about coming in there once a week, sitting there for ten minutes, giving him a cookie, and going home.

I hope the GRD is feeling much better soon.
Get better soon GRD
Poor baby. I hope it is a follicular cyst and not something dire. I can attest that those things hurt way out of proportion to how serious they are. I don't wonder he didn't want to put weight on his paw. Here's hoping that he will be back to his old Giant Ridiculous Doggie self very soon.
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