Rebel presented with a fast growing mass on his lower abdomen. Despite his age, he was a very fit and active dog. Pre anaesthetic blood tests were normal. X-rays of his chest were clear of secondary tumours, but he did have some congestion on his lungs which we suspected was due to a low grade bronchitis.
Rebel was placed on an IV drip and anaesthetised with IV Alfaxan followed by Isoflurane gas.
Mark removed a small lipoma on Rebel's stomach before turning his attention to the larger tumour
A wide an excision was made around the large skin tumour. Several large blood vessels had to be tied off (ligated) and cut.
Once the skin had been incised, the tumour was removed form its underlying attachments by careful blunt dissection. It appeared to have good clean margins.
This left behind a large defect which had to be closed. Mark used several layers of dissolving sutures (Monosyn 2-0) to bring the skin edges close together. This took longer than it did to remove the tumour.
The skin was closed using a skin stapler to speed up surgery time and reduce the length of anaesthesia.
Part of the lump was sent for pathology examination to determine its nature.
Rebel was given an antibiotic injection and post op pain relief. His drip was continued overnight to "flush out" his kidneys.
The next day, Rebel was wide awake, making lots of noise and looking very comfortable. He went home on antibiotics and pain relief and will have his stitches out in approx. 10 days.