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Its always good when the stitches come out. Looks good!
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Glad hes doing so great! Hes sooooooo handsome!!!

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Post Surgery 4-Month Followup

As promised, I'm posting a few 4-month post ear surgery Spock pics showing hair regrowth.
Only if one knew Spock had surgery can you even notice a slightly thinner hair area on the ear.
I was extremely pleased with Spock's surgery work by our Vet Tessa!



Spock Ear Surgery Area Hair Regrowth 4 mo. Post Surgery






Surgery Thin Hair Area Only Noticeable Under Close Flash Examination





"Okay Dad, Enough Pics! Gotta Get My Beauty Sleep..."

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Tsk, tisk--disturbing the Spocks beauty sleep--how rude!

Looks good! It'll be like Toad's ear that got shortened by maybe 3/8 of an inch--and is now slightly rounded at the tip (to remove enough cartilage at the tip to allow the skin layers to heal completely--from a split tip--which exposed the cartilage). People who don't know that there was a surgical repair don't even realize his ears don't quite match any more.

Congratulations to everyone concerned with that fix...
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Such an awesome outcome for MR. INCREDIBLY HANDSOME!!! This thread will be a great resource too!

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So happy it is all healed and Mr. Spock is back to normal!
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Big boy is looking good ! I may have to give you a call tomorrow so I can hear them light up - lol

Glad it worked out so well SD !

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Hystiocytoma Round 2- 10.2018

UPDATE 10.2018-

Spock had 2nd surgery on 30 Oct which we had anticipated since his last one in April for Histiocytoma on his left ear. (covered in above thread)

Since April, Spock had developed a soft pliable cyst under skin on left hip that got to half marshmallow size, then stopped. Also he had several other small cysts and lipomas on his aging Dobe body which were all aspirated and tested.

Over last month he developed a semi-hard nodule under scalp on top right side of head. It was under skin but growing steadily. Vet aspirated and determined it was same type histiocytoma as was removed previously on left ear. In hindsight, I should have had previous ear growth removed sooner after unsuccessful treatment with steroids. So, at the size of a kidney bean, wife, vet and I all agreed to have it removed ASAP.

Spock had all three growths removed and teeth cleaned on Tues PM and was home by 4PM. As before, he was spaced out from anesthetic when he was released to me. He's wearing two donut collars (unhappily) when not attended by us and is recovering well. I am hoping to have stitches removed a week from Saturday so he can resume his Read With Me visits during following week. Pet Partners prohibits therapy dogs with open wounds, stitches or on antibiotics to make visits or conduct evals.

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Top of Head Histiocytoma Surgery Site Day After Surgery




Left Hip "Half Marshmallow" Cyst Removal Site



Right Hip Small Hard Cyst Removal Site



Spock Maintaining His Doberman Dignity, Even While Wearing Double Donut Collars...



So, no squirrel chasing or Dober MMA wrestling with Eva for next 13 days....


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Dang it - poor sock ! Looks like he's been threw a war !

Get well soon Spock ! Them kids need yeah !

Your in good hand's with your dad taking care of you !

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HUH...seems fitting he could go trick or treating as frankendog with all those sutures.

Toad at nearly 13 has many lipomas--some big and several small ones, a skin tag on his chest and another on his left upper thigh. His vet checks them as they appear and (knock on wood) none have been anything that really HAD to be removed. They are unsightly but even removal under just sedation isn't something that either his vet or I want to do.

It has always amazed me how fast clean surgical wound with good sutures or staples heal and how little scarring there is.

Good boy Spock--you'll be out of those rotten collars soon...
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We--the dogs, that is--have had a couple of surgeries for lipoma or lump removal.

Katana for a lipoma that was developing right behind and somewhat under her shoulder/upper arm muscle and threatened to interfere with her (constant) motion; another on Kip to remove several bumps, one on his chest right where there was the most pressure when he lay down and a couple others which seemed like they were in easy reach territory and likely to get picked at.

Katana's was slightly problematic simply because of its location, on her ribcage so it was tough for her to lie flat, and also where it pulled (I think) a bit when she lay in a more upright position. And she was active and a bit nervy, so there was no such thing as resting, no matter what.

Seems like I remember Kip's as being part of a general remove all lumps and bumps surgery. Not really--we left some behind, but the surgery's main reason was to remove a couple of histiocytomas that were becoming quite irritated and raw (Kip was a picker) and a couple of lipomas bit the dust at the same time. He had another surgery to remove a lump/skin tag/something or other, on his lower eyelid which threatened/had started already to rub on his eyeball.

It's funny how you forget a lot of those things once they're done and in the past. Healing was uneventful for the most part, so I could put away the memory as soon as I finished paying the bills.

Tell Spocky that he'll be free of all those restraints soon, and in the meantime, spoil him rotten. As if you need me to tell you that.
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2-1/2 Month Post Op Update

Just updating this thread 2.5 months after Spock's last surgery on 30 Oct and 2 month post suture removal on 12 Nov. Both the head histiocytoma and left hip lipoma surgery areas have healed well and completely.

The hard cyst removed from right hip had healed up completely after stitch removal, but Spock started licking a small area (raw) one month after suture removal for some reason. (itching?) I've had him in donut collars off and on over last 3 weeks trying all sorts of topical remedies- Hydro-Cortisone, 4% Lido-cane/Aloe gel, Triple Antibiotic, and my old standby Sulphatiazol. Nothing stopped him from incessantly trying to lick small area.

Made a followup Vet visit yesterday to try to fix problem. Vet Tessa couldn't figure it out either. Vet even looked for suture remnants, but said sutures she used would dissolve if left in after a while. We decided on trying Tresaderm topical broad spectrum antibiotic, antifungal solution, applied 2x day.


Funny Thing During Vet Visit-

While waiting in exam room with Spock, Vet Tech came in to get Spock's vitals. He was "scrooched" between my legs as usual while waiting. Tech apologized to Spock as she inserted a rectal thermometer for a minute and commented how well behaved and calm he was. I stated the most Dobermans, especially Spock, think ANY attention is better than NO attention, even if it's a probe up their butt or being poked with needles! She laughed out loud.


Below are posted pictures taken yesterday showing post op healing:
(Compare to previous 11/1 post above)

Head Histiocytoma Surgery Area- Completely Healed





Left Hip- Lipoma Surgery Area- Completely Healed





Right Hip- Hard Cyst Surgery Area- Was Healed, But Small Area Licked Raw...
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SD ???????????????????????????????????? Could there still be a stich in there ???? That happened to Ali .



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Funny Thing During Vet Visit-

While waiting in exam room with Spock, Vet Tech came in to get Spock's vitals. He was "scrooched" between my legs as usual while waiting. Tech apologized to Spock as she inserted a rectal thermometer for a minute and commented how well behaved and calm he was. I stated the most Dobermans, especially Spock, think ANY attention is better than NO attention, even if it's a probe up their butt or being poked with needles! She laughed out loud.


Omg, LMAO nearly sprayed my tea everywhere! Very informative thread Spocksdad, he's such a handsome boy! Glad he's healed up from all of that, hope his itching stops soon, You're such a good dad
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