Randi had been lame for a few weeks before we finally were able to determine the cause: A tumor pushing out her toenail on a rear foot. An x-ray showed that the tumor had already eaten away some of the bone. Toe amputation was recommended. The photo is what Randi’s foot looked like a couple days after surgery. It’s really more like a partial foot amputation. Lab results came back with squamous cell carcinoma and the odds that surgery was curative are good. This was not a surprise to me as Randi’s littermate Dixie, coincidentally, had been through this exact same experience just a month before Randi came up lame.
Maybe just to be different from Dixie, Randi busted out half her sutures the night before Thanksgiving. The foot looked pretty rough (sorry, no photos) but the vet said it would heal as an open wound, eventually. We kept changing her bandage and restricting her exercise. Both of these things are pains.
Today was our two week re-check appointment at the vet’s office. The remaining sutures were removed, a silver based ointment applied (we brought a tube home too) and we have to continue with the bandage changes for another two weeks – at which time we go in for another re-check. The good news is the vet said she can go for walks now – just no running/diving/leaping for the ball which is Randi’s favorite thing in life. But at least we got the ok for walks!