July 30, 2009
Here are some pictures of Barney. Some are taken before his surgery, some are immediately after his surgery and some are from the weeks following his surgery. I have also included a couple of pictures before and after the re-suturing took place.
I hope that these pictures can manage to show you that this was a very serious surgery, however, that the effect on Barney was minimal and the cosmetics after the surgery were nowhere near as bad as we had imagined.
I hope that anyone out there reading this blog and trying to make a decision as to whether or not they should go for this surgery for their dog; if they are lucky enough to have that option; will see that it will all be worth it in the end.
This is Barney with our son at our local nature reserve, a few days before his biopsy.
As you can see, he was full of energy as always.
You can see that when he was panting that his tongue hung out rather long anyway.
Full frontal of his mouth prior to the mandibulectomy.
This picture shows the tumour. It is the black area between his teeth. Easily missed.
And another picture of the tumour. Hard to get a very clear snap of it. The majority is hidden underneath his tongue.
A tired Barney after his biopsy on 14th May 2009.
His mast cell tumour wound.
The last picture of Barney taken before his mandibulectomy. This is the last picture ever taken with his “full” mouth in view. Taken 26th May 2009.
First picture taken post-op. He’d been shaved so it kind of looked worse than it was. Taken 29th May 2009.
On the way home in the car after surgery. Happy as can be!
Barney, at home, 3 days after surgery. Looking fabulous! Taken 30th May 2009.
Dinner time, post op. Quite messy, as you can see.
Front view of mouth post op. He’s wet because of needing to be washed down after eating. Hence the “trimmed” ears.
**Slightly Graphic** Picture of burst sutures. Here, you can see the jawbone on display. This was re-sutured under a General Anaesthetic.
Looking sorry for himself on the way back to Dick White’s to be re-sutured.
Re-sutured. We think it looked better this time.
Back home and on very restricted walks with a special lead and a recovery collar.
Post op and healing well…
How he looks when he is laying down. Pretty much always has his tongue in his mouth.
Post op and after a bath, finally! I cut his ears short to stop them getting covered in food but can’t wait for them to grow long again!
8 weeks post op. Looking so good. We don’t even notice the change anymore. It’s just the same old Barney when we look at him 🙂 Taken 29th July 2009.
You can see just how nicely his mouth has healed, here. Taken 29th July 2009.
July 15, 2009
It’s now 7 weeks since Barney’s mandibulectomy and 6 weeks since he was re-sutured. His mouth is looking entirely normal, well, as normal as it can with part of the jaw missing, but, to be honest, we barely even notice that anymore when we look at him.
There were a few red spots in there for a little while, but they’re now gone, healed and the surgical area is looking fantastic. You’d literally never know he’d had such an invasive surgery. If it wasn’t for his tongue hanging out all the time, you could easily forget what he’s been through.
We think it adds character though.
This week has seen the “old Barney” return. The cheekiness, naughtiness and all the barking when he wants to play. It’s been brilliant. He is such fun. You’d never guess he is going to be 11 years old in 3 months time.
This just all re-confirms that the decision we made to have this surgery done, was for sure, the right decision for Barney. It’d have been a real mistake for us to have ended his life (never an option for us anyway) because the surgery sounded horrific. The truth of the matter is that your mind builds things up to be much worse than they are and when you see the reality of the situation, after the initial shock, it’s really, really, not that bad at all.
I love my fun-loving boy to bits. I’m so glad he is here and so glad he is well. Go, Barney! You’re amazing! 🙂
July 14, 2009
It’s been 7 weeks since Barney’s surgery now and we’ve still not head anything more since the Open Day at Dick White’s about the vaccine.
Rob said he had a nag in the back of his mind about cells having broken off and travelling elsewhere, so wanted him on the vaccine as soon as possible, and that nag for me is just turning into something so big now that I can’t sleep at night. It’s stressing me out.
We’ve not heard from Rob. Not his fault, he is a very busy man, but I do wish we could just have a phone call to let us know what is happening and when he’s likely to start the vaccine program.
Will try and call him again tomorrow.