Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Not so pretty in pink

We had tentative plans to visit Yarmouth this week. We were going to pack a small bag, leave lots of food and water for the cat, take the dogs in the car, and putter our way down the coast to Yarmouth. Next day, we would wind our way up around the Fundy side and back home.

But those plans were put on hold when John felt a lump on Cassie's neck on Sunday. On Monday we were slotted in for an unexpected vet appointment. Our vet told us the lump was one of 2 abscess created by a grass seed migrating into her soft tissues (the likely scenario) or a tumour (unlikely, but frightening). John asked what happens to dogs in the wild when they get these grass seed infections. The vet's answer: "they die". Scary. Anyway, all is well. Cassie had her operation yesterday. Her lump was in fact an abscess so she was anaesthetizied, the abscess was lanced, drained and flushed.
Can you see the tubing sticking out of her neck? It's a Penrose drain and is draining the abscess. We have to clean it with salt water and peroxide twice a day until Saturday, when the drain will be removed.
So we are spending the week at home. John is feeling sorry for himself because it's so hot (not me...I'm glad we finally have summer!) Cassie is feeling sorry for herself because she has a silly pink cone on her head and a tube sticking out of her neck. Mulligan isn't sure what's going on. And the cat couldn't care less...he's sleeping in the coolest spot in the house.


aliceinparis said...

Aww poor Cassie.
You can always take off when she's feeling better! Nice to be retired:)

Jennifer said...

Poor, sweet baby! I'm so glad John felt the lump and you were able to get it taken care of. Here's to her speedy recovery.

Christine said...

I guess we always think the worst when we find something like that. I hope she feels better soon. The pink is pretty flattering though!

Angelique said...

awwwww poor cassie. I'm so glad she's going to be okay. I hope she has a speedy recovery.