Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Amazing News

Yesterday morning I had an appointment with Oncology at the University of Illinois Veterinary Medicine Hospital.  It was a consultation with a specialist because of the pretty bad news we got last week from my regular vet about the tumor they removed from my hiney.

But guess what???  We got AMAZING news from the specialist!

Turns out that there was  little miscommunication about my tumor and diagnosis.  Last week they said that this type of tumor will metastasize within a year in 50 to 90% of cases.  Yesterday we found out that this type of tumor only spreads 4% of the time.  And, considering how long the lump was on my hiney, the vet said that if it was going to spread, it probably would have already.

And you know all of those tests we did this spring on my liver?  If the cancer had spread, those tests would have picked it up!  All of those tests came back fine, though.

The pathology lab said that they found mast cells in the margins after they re-evaluated the tumor.  BUT the vet yesterday said that those types of cells are produced by my body normally because of my skin allergies.  I've probably got 'em all over.  So the cells the lab found are probably nothing at all to worry about. The tumor was probably encapsulated after all.

You know how the vet yesterday said to treat my cancer?  He said to make sure I get a good all-over check-up every six months.  And he told Mom that's normal for any dog my age.

So that's it!  No more vet visits in our near future.  YEAH!

My Aunt Katie visited us yesterday and went to the vet with Mom and me.  She brought her fancy camera with her and wanted to take some pictures of us, too. All of the pics in this blog post are from Aunt Katie.

Mom made me wear my bow for one picture.

And we took pictures in the park by our house, too.

Mom thinks the fire hydrant poop bag holder she's got dangling from her hand here is a nice touch:

Aunt Katie rocks.  And getting GOOD news from a vet for once rocks.  Mom & I are definitely doing our happy dance today!  And thanks to all of you for your prayers and good thoughts through all of this. You rock, too!


  1. We are so so happy! That is wonderful, sweet Buttons!
    We will keep up thinking good thoughts so that each checkup is better than the next!
    *boing* *boing* *boing*
    (happy dance)

  2. Buttons, that's such fabulous news!! I bet you and Mom are so relieved. Great pics of both of u too! Paws crossed things keep goin great for u!

  3. I'm doing the happy dance here Buttons. We are sooooooooo happy about your good news. Now mom and Aunt Katie can relax a bit an enjoy you. Mario smooches!

  4. What awesome news!!!!

    Stop on by for a visit

  5. Woo hoo! We're doing a happy dance here too. So glad you're gonna be ok and the tumor didn't spread. *hugs* Tell Aunt Katie the pics are pawsome.

  6. SO glad the news was good yesterday!! Love you and Buttons SO much!! ♥♥♥♥ And thanks to all for the compliments on the pictures, it was really the subjects that made them great! :)

    Love , Aunt Katie

  7. The power of the pawcircle works! I'm doing a happy dance for you.

  8. We are so thrilled for you!!
    Benny & Lily

  9. Hi Buttons - My name is Lexi and I'm a Shih Tzu. I'm 11 years old and I look just like you except I have a black nose! My Mom and I have been following your blog for a while now but we haven't commented. We did want to comment now though to tell you and your Mom we are so glad you got a good report from the Special Doctor! I did a little dance (the best I could - I got some kneecap problems) when I heard your news.
    Guess what? I have a squeaky toy addiction too although I'm not as talented as you are; I just squeak them with my mouth - not by rolling on them like you :-)
    Wugs, Lexi da Shih Tzu

    1. That's cool, Lexi! I had a sis named Lexi when Mom first adopted me. And guess what...I have bad kneecaps, too, in my back legs! They don't stay in the right spots.


  10. Me and dadz and momma was so happy and cried a widdle bit ob joy tears when we gots da news!! You B so blessed and we Lub U! ps. Da poo bag holder truly is a nice touch! :)

  11. Yay! I comes back from my oliday to dis eggselent news my pal....woofhoo


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