So Rumpy’s condition quickly got worse, and today we went to see the vet.
First, she felt him all over and was very concerned about what felt like enlarged lymph nodes. The good doctor aspirated 3 of them and was heartened to find they were lypomas. She discovered his right hind leg was much larger than the left, but couldn’t tell why.
Then she and I discussed whether to proceed with x-rays first or blood work. We did the x-rays.
Rumpy has an enlarged lymph node at the base of his heart. He also has a large tumor behind the muscle of his right hind leg.
Next the blood work. Rumpy’s white blood cell count was very high. The vet says he most likely has pneumonia. And the pneumonia is probably because of the laryngeal paralysis.
If the lymph node doesn’t shrink, it’s possible the tumor is cancerous. If Rumpy recovers from pneumonia and the lymph node shrinks, then the next thing is surgery on his leg to remove the tumor and biopsy to determine if it’s malignant. It’s a large tumor and has grown pretty fast- like DeDe’s did.
And then if all that happens, there’s still the issue of laryngeal paralysis. I could subject him to yet more surgery to tie back one of his laryngeal flaps. I’ve written about that before, and I don’t know if I want to do that to him.
So for now I’m going to focus on the pneumonia. The vet recommended a vet diet canned food that he ate fine in their office but turned his nose up at once we got home. But he did eat a can of his regular food and he took his meds in peanut butter so I feel better about that.
And I’m accepting that I don’t think we’ll be together much longer.
Please keep the Rumpster in your thoughts.