I got off the phone with my dad earlier, and he had some not-so-great news about Kirby (who you may remember from this post).
See, over the last few years, Kirby has been developing a tumor on his back left leg. It hasn’t really presented any mobility issues or anything, so we just kind of let it be. It’s been growing pretty aggressively over the last few months, however.
Over this last weekend, (yuck alert) it started to bleed a LOT and Kirby started to have some issues (he was super lethargic, etc.). My parents took him to the vet today, where they x-rayed him. Turns out the tumor is so big — almost the size of a softball — that they are going to have to amputate the leg up to the hip. They can’t really tell how far the tumor goes up into his body, so with luck, they will get all of it with the amputation. In the next 6-9 months, they’ll be monitoring any growths in and around the hip, in case they didn’t get it all.
I’m really glad they don’t have to put him down or anything, but I’m really upset. We raised him from a puppy, and it makes me sad that this is happening to him. He’ll have to wear a cone on his head for 2-3 weeks after tomorrow’s surgery, and I feel even worse that he won’t be able to see that his leg is gone! How will he understand what’s going on, except suddenly there’s nothing there when he goes to walk? He doesn’t handle change well (he was pissed for a year when we moved his crate in the family room), and I’m worried that he will become doggie depressed.
The good news is that the vet said he is in great health other than the tumor (he is an old man at 12!), and that especially with corgis, they carry more weight in their front legs than the back. He said the majority of corgis he’s seen who are missing a back leg do just fine after a short learning curve. This makes me feel a little better.
But I am still sad 😦
Pictures of Kirby that make me happy (he is SO POUTY about his Christmas sweater):