NDR...but need a few good thoughts...

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NDR...but need a few good thoughts...
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Sat, 05-03-2003 - 11:17am
My sister called me the other day to ask my opinion on something. It seems that a few days ago she found spots of blood on her windowsill and traced it back to her 14YO cat, Oliver. By examining him she found a raw spot on the inside of his hind leg where he apparently had bitten himself. She took him to the vet who told her that Oliver had a tumor...apparently Oliver noticed it and began to bite at it, which caused the sore.

The vet could not tell her whether it was malignant or benign. He did not, however, recommend removing it as Oliver is 14YO and extremely overweight. He said to keep watching it and if it continues to grow then they can rediscuss options.

My DS called me to ask what I thought. I told her that given Oliver's age and weight, I would wait and see. I myself would be afraid to put one of my dogs "under" at that age. It seems that Oliver is actually showing no signs of discomfort and is eating, sleeping and playing as usual.

My DS said that both she and her DH had decided the same thing but just wanted to know what I thought. I feel so bad because Oliver was her first cat (she has three) and her DH is "so" attached to him. Some good vibes would really be appreciated.....

Hugs,

Laura

 
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Sat, 05-03-2003 - 11:29am
Oh dear, that's terrible...I have a 15 yr old cat, I'm sending many prayers and positive thoughts for (((Oliver))). I agree, I'd wait and see ~ he is too old in my eyes to go "under" too. Did the vet make any recommendations for her to help keep him from biting/licking the spot?

Let us know how he's doing.

Marge

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Sat, 05-03-2003 - 11:41am
Thanks so much for your good thoughts Marge. To be honest, when she told me about the tumor I kind of shut down a bit. Since my mom lost her chihuahua a couple of weeks ago and now this I was a bit upset - but of course wouldn't show my sister that. I'm going to give her a call tomorrow to see how things are going and I'll ask her.

Hugs,

Laura

 
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Sat, 05-03-2003 - 12:43pm
Lots of good vibes coming from Winnipeg for Oliver and your family. It all becomes such a guessing game at some point doesn't it? If we only had a crystal ball...

Love,

Sandra with Piper and Holly

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Sat, 05-03-2003 - 5:16pm
Sending big hugs and get well wishes for your sister's kitty. Has she gotten a second opinion just to see if there might be something they can do? I saw a 20-yr old sheltie at the vet's office last week who was operated on (not sure for what though) and he did ok.

BIG HUGS! I hope Oliver will be feeling better and back to his old self soon:)

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Sat, 05-03-2003 - 5:23pm
I know how scary that can be when your "first one" starts to show the signs of being ill or aging. I think the advice given to your ds is good. Oliver is 14 and unless the tumor (or whatever) begins to bother him than I wouldn't do anything about it either.

One idea, though I don't have any idea if this has been suggested or not: Perhaps the vet can aspirate the growth to determine if it is cancer or not. Information gained might be key here, knowledge about what it is can lead to pain management if becomes necessary.

I only suggest it because you know I am the type of person who has to know.

Saying prayers for our kitty Oliver and his family.

Love and laughter,

Jenny

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Sun, 05-04-2003 - 10:58am
Hi Jenny....yes, the vet did mention something about aspirating the tumor...but I think he said to wait. As I mentioned, I kind of tuned out a bit...but I'm hoping to speak to her today and will find out more.

Hugs,

Laura

 
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Sun, 05-04-2003 - 2:14pm
Your friend is doing the right thing by listening to the vet's advice to take a "wait and see" approach. An elderly animal has more problems during surgery due to his aging organs. (The liver and kidneys have to process and eliminate drugs) and sometimes its best not to put the animal thru that kind of stress. Also, there is another risk factor in that the animal is overweight. I think she made a wise decision.

Randi