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Nikita, my dog, my baby, my best friend, the love of my life got a mast cell tumor in her hind leg. Tests showed that it had not spread at all and she was given Prednisone to help shrink the tumor and help it not to grow so fast. I was told by thre doctors that it would not be possible to get the tumor and enough surrounding tissue to keep it from coming back - they all said that amputation was the best way to be rid of it. It was a God awful decision but I made it. Surgery went well, the doctor said she was doing very well and moving around and I could pick her up the following morning. As I was on my way to get her - the doctor called and said that he had her on oxygen but he did not think she was going to make it. When I arrived - she was dead. The doctor said he does not know why she died - maybe it was a blood clot - maybe something developed in her between testing and surgery - but she should have been fine. I did not consider for a single second that she might die. She had been under anesthesia twice during tests and so I knew that would not kill her. I have greived beyond words to describe the pain of losing Nikita. I don't regret the amputation because I have come to the conclusion that I would have rather her die that way than to not have tried it to save her life. She was 8 and in the very best of shape and health just two months earlier - the shock and grief are still almost unbearable - I miss her so much and I worry that she was waiting for me to come and pick her up. Has anyone else had mast cell and had an amputation and it turned out okay? I would love to hear from you. Here is a poem I wrote for Nikita. Goodnight Nikita, Forever (In Memory of Nikita 12/19/1996 - 11/2/2005) The vet laid you down to sleep, forever. I prayed the Lord your soul to take, for eternity. Little Nikita, I will love and miss you, forever. One day we'll be together again, for eternity. From the very first day when we heard Mast Cell Our lives became a living hell. You gave up your leg so your life would be spared I prayed for you - that you would not be scared. My little dog, my baby, best friend I never once thought that your life might end! I miss you so much and oh how I cry But I try to be strong when I am with Shai I wake up to see you and you are not there But I feel your spirit is here, everywhere. I pray for peace for your little soul I know that in Heaven you are healthy and whole. Goodnight Nikita, my baby, best friend I will see you in Heaven and will miss you 'til then. Copyright ©2006 Penny Norman
Nikita, my dog, my baby, my best friend, the love of my life got a mast cell tumor in her hind leg. Tests showed that it had not spread at all and she was given Prednisone to help shrink the tumor and help it not to grow so fast. I was told by thre doctors that it would not be possible to get the tumor and enough surrounding tissue to keep it from coming back - they all said that amputation was the best way to be rid of it. It was a God awful decision but I made it. Surgery went well, the doctor said she was doing very well and moving around and I could pick her up the following morning. As I was on my way to get her - the doctor called and said that he had her on oxygen but he did not think she was going to make it. When I arrived - she was dead. The doctor said he does not know why she died - maybe it was a blood clot - maybe something developed in her between testing and surgery - but she should have been fine. I did not consider for a single second that she might die. She had been under anesthesia twice during tests and so I knew that would not kill her. I have greived beyond words to describe the pain of losing Nikita. I don't regret the amputation because I have come to the conclusion that I would have rather her die that way than to not have tried it to save her life. She was 8 and in the very best of shape and health just two months earlier - the shock and grief are still almost unbearable - I miss her so much and I worry that she was waiting for me to come and pick her up. Has anyone else had mast cell and had an amputation and it turned out okay? I would love to hear from you. Here is a poem I wrote for Nikita. Goodnight Nikita, Forever (In Memory of Nikita 12/19/1996 - 11/2/2005) The vet laid you down to sleep, forever. I prayed the Lord your soul to take, for eternity. Little Nikita, I will love and miss you, forever. One day we'll be together again, for eternity. From the very first day when we heard Mast Cell Our lives became a living hell. You gave up your leg so your life would be spared I prayed for you - that you would not be scared. My little dog, my baby, best friend I never once thought that your life might end! I miss you so much and oh how I cry But I try to be strong when I am with Shai I wake up to see you and you are not there But I feel your spirit is here, everywhere. I pray for peace for your little soul I know that in Heaven you are healthy and whole. Goodnight Nikita, my baby, best friend I will see you in Heaven and will miss you 'til then. Copyright ©2006 Penny Norman
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2006 on Amputee Dog Report at Stay of Execution