View Full Version : Results back on Jaspar's foot

14th February 2008, 07:16 PM
Turns out he had a benign skin tumour which is good news. The vet said it was a good thing it was taken off. It got very big very fast! :eek: Jaspar gets his stitches out Monday -- they are dissolving stitches but they want me to come in anyway. He's been pretty good with his foot -- the bandage came off Monday to reveal that cavalier feet are not very attractive when shaved! :rolleyes: He's licked at it a bit, but not nearly as much as before he had the thing removed.

I'll be glad when he can get back to longer walks as he has a lot of energy going nowhere!

14th February 2008, 07:20 PM
thats good news - must be a relief for you:)

14th February 2008, 07:40 PM
:) wonderful news!!! So happy for you and for Jaspar :)

Elaine 2
14th February 2008, 07:43 PM
Great news Karlin, I'm pleased it's nothing too serious hope he's back on his long walks soon

14th February 2008, 07:44 PM
That is great news. Good boy Jasper. You'll have loads of good :dogwlk: to look forward to.

Barbara Nixon
14th February 2008, 08:39 PM
That's good news. Nasty things aren't usually fast growing.

14th February 2008, 08:51 PM
That's excellent news Karlin, very glad to hear it's benign.How's he recovering now?

14th February 2008, 08:53 PM
I'm really pleased for you. That's great news :).

As for the excess energy, well .... lol ;)

Cleo's Person
14th February 2008, 09:36 PM
Wonderful News!!!!!!!!! :rah: :rah: :rah: HOpefully you will all soon be :dogwlk: :dogwlk: :dogwlk:

Claire L
14th February 2008, 09:46 PM
Thank God it was benign.

Cathy Moon
14th February 2008, 10:55 PM
Wow, great news! He's been on my mind, and it is such a relief to know he'll soon be having fun again. :)

14th February 2008, 11:31 PM
You'd never know he had surgery -- I had trouble containing him at the cavalier event on Sunday. :rolleyes: I have tried to keep him occupied with a kong to guard as that keeps him from licking his foot. His foot finally has some hair on it again, too so he doesn't look quite so much like chicken.

The vet actually rang yesterday and I had missed the message on my main phone!

Cathy T
15th February 2008, 12:21 AM
Whew...I did hold my breath for a second before opening this. That's great news!

15th February 2008, 12:23 AM
Glad to hear your good news Karlin :D

15th February 2008, 12:29 AM
Good news to hear.

15th February 2008, 12:32 AM
Great news!! Hooray, Jaspar!:dogwlk: (ps did they tell you what it was...can't help asking!)

17th February 2008, 05:39 PM
Good to hear he's healthy, happy and home. :)

17th February 2008, 05:57 PM
that great karlin i am so glad jasper is getting better!!

17th February 2008, 06:15 PM
That's great news, I'm sure you're so relieved!

17th February 2008, 09:38 PM
oh that's fabulous news Karlin, you have both been in our thoughts. Hope he is back to bouncing about now and will soon have a hairy foot again!!

18th February 2008, 12:52 AM
He goes in tomorrow or Tuesday to have the stitches out and I'll get some detail then on the lump. It will be time for a long walk in the park with him then -- he's only had short local walks even in all this nice weather we've been having.

21st February 2008, 06:27 AM
Sorry I am so late in my reply... but that is excellent news. :rah:

21st February 2008, 12:03 PM
I forgot to update after going to the vet -- he got his stitches out and is a lot happier! Basically it was a benign basal skin cell tumour. They can grow very fast and sometimes they then disappear of their own accord -- the vet says around 4-5 is the age when some dogs startto get them. Because of the location on Jaspar's toe, he says it was good to have seen it early and removed it as these tumours account for a lot of toe amputations. :eek: If they don;t vanish on their own, and get too big, the toe has to come off as there's no skin there to cover the area where the tumour would be removed.

So it was a relief all around. I rewarded him with a long walk in the park. :)

21st February 2008, 02:29 PM
:rah:HOORAY for Jasper! What a good boy going through all of that. I'll bet you were worried sick! Hope that is the end of that and he is happy running and playing from this time forward!!! :p

21st February 2008, 11:42 PM
I am so glad to hear that the matter was resolved easily. What a relief.

22nd February 2008, 07:52 PM
Sorry to hear he had to have surgery Karlin, but am very glad to hear the results are OK!! Bet he really enjoyed that nice long walk in the park after having to take it easy for a while!!

23rd February 2008, 09:44 AM
Thats great news Karlin, that its was benign - must be a huge relief for you.

Have a good razz around Jasper!

10th October 2012, 05:37 PM
My 5 year old cavalier, Ruby, has been having a bad time lately. She had stones in her bladder in july and then last week she was yelping and
xrays have shown that she has arthritis in her back. She is on medication and seems to be returning to her usual self but
then last night i noticed a blister like growth between her nails. The vet said today it is a tumour but she is going to wait until next week to remove it!
So upset now - just wonder if anyone has had a cavalier with these problems and what I'm looking at over the next while.

Kate H
10th October 2012, 06:43 PM
Hi Eimear

Can't say anything about stones and tumours, but my Oliver has spondylosis (osteo-arthritis of the spine), which may be what your Ruby has. When it first flared up (aged 8, he was put on Metacam for pain and had about 4 weeks crate rest. For the next 3 years he was fine and had no medication for it - I was just careful not to let him climb steep stairs, and he didn't want to jump. I also got some steps to help him up onto the settee. Earlier this year he started getting stiff when he had been sleeping, and a bit wobbly when he got up, but it was difficult to know whether this was his spondylosis or his SM. Since the stiffness has responded well to a painkiller, we're assuming it's his spondylosis. But on the whole the arthritis doesn't affect him very much - he can still walk several miles and trot around off lead. Putting him on the painkiller (Carprieve, a milder version of Rimadyl) has really helped, as he trots much more freely now (I'd got used to him pacing, as that seemed more comfortable, and suddenly he started trotting properly again, which was great).

Kate, Oliver and Aled

10th October 2012, 07:13 PM
Bladder stones can be related to diet so worth reading up on options for feeding. One of mine had a little growth between his toes -- a minor surgery to remove; my vets noted it could possibly go on its own; but if it didn't, because of the location it was better to remove it right away as there's so little skin to work with -- any larger and the toe would need removal.

Disk disease/spinal problems are unfortunately, one of the more common health issues in the breed. Hopefully painkiller will manage it but always wise to give fish oils generally and they may help a bit. As Kate notes -- there are many types of arthritis, some more serious than others -- did they give you any more detail than this?

The other key health issues that will affect most cavaliers to some degree are mitral valve disease (heart murmur/failure -- nearly 100% of cavaliers will eventually have it) and the neurological condition syringomyelia (also sadly too common, with studies indicating about 70% will have it eventually). Many dogs will never have serious problems because of these conditions, but every cavalier owner needs to be aware of them. If Ruby continues to have pain, be sure your vet is aware of syringomyelia (SM) in the breed as this will not show up in xrays but symptoms include spinal pain unexpected yelping, frequent scratching, sensitivity to touch, etc (not all dogs will have all or even more than one symptom but they are common in other conditions too, making it hard to diagnose without an MRI). She could have spinal arthritis but also have SM and pain will likely be harder to manage if it is SM, so just something to file away for reference. There's info in the Library section of the Health forum on these conditions.

11th October 2012, 03:30 PM
Thanks Kate and Karlin,
I feel a bit better about what I'm looking at for Ruby's future. My vet is very good and she has cavaliers of her own too.
It's just very worrying that these have all come at once. She is on the food recommended for the stones so fingers crossed we wont have a recurrence.
I will ask the next day in the vets about what type of arthritis too.