Some of you may know that Sudo has been limping on and off for the past couple months. We already knew she had some arthritis in one of her toes, but this wasn’t that; a different toe on the same foot had swollen to almost twice its normal size. Our vet thought it might be an infection and prescribed some antibiotics, which helped a little, but the swelling never completely went away, and she started limping again.
Our next stop was the animal hospital, where they took an x-ray of the foot and found that a tumor had eaten away at one of her toe bones, fracturing it. No wonder she was hopping around on three legs – she had a broken toe! The vet “disarticulated” (removed) the toe in question, and sent the tumor off for a biopsy. (Fingers crossed for good news there, although “good news” and “biopsy” don’t exactly go together like peas and carrots.)
Meanwhile, Sudo is in a splint for the rest of this week. (The vet warned us not to be alarmed at the size of the splint; most of it is padding, since greyhounds don’t have much padding of their own.) Her appetite is good and she’s been more willing to put weight on her leg, which is a good sign, I think. She’s spending most of her time snoozing…just like usual.
10/1/2014 Update! The tumor in the toe was Stage Two of a type of cancer that doesn’t spread, so Sudo is cancer-free, as far as the vet can tell. She’s still a little limpy, but we hope that will get better soon. Meanwhile, she has to wear a ridiculous collar to prevent her from licking at her remaining toes…stay tuned for photos.