Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Update on Max

We have had some issues with his surgery. Excessive movement, as well as the Collie’s inherently obsessive behavior, has led to the incision site opening up. We had to add some strength holding sutures, which are placed further out from the incision to help hold it together. We augmented these stitches with small pieces of tubing to help keep them in place.

We also had to add a drain, which is a length of flexible flaccid plastic tubing which allows built up fluids to escape.

Lastly, he’s been condemned to the dreaded “cone of shame,” which I always hate using. Dogs do hate them, for multiple reasons. Besides making it difficult to get around, it also makes everything incredibly loud. Try putting one on yourself- it’s an excellent amplifier.

Most importantly, and unfortunately, Max’s histopathology results showed that some cancer remains, even after such a dramatic surgery. He will be consulting with a veterinary oncologist in the next few weeks to discuss other treatments.


  1. My prayers are with you,your family and Max. Could the sarcoma under a lipoma happen to humans too? Got two lipomas my people Dr says not to worry about.

  2. Thank you so much for your prayers.

    I don’t treat fur-less two-leggers such as yourself, but I think having two different tumors directly next to one another is relatively rare. Also, Max’s lipoma wasn’t acting like a regular lipoma, which is why we first took him to surgery. Nonetheless, when in doubt, talk to your own physician. He or she knows more about your species.