Bernard Update: August 20

I just got home from visiting Bernard at the hospital. He was in a lot of pain last night and this morning so they escalated him from tramadol to a morphine drip. He was a little dazed while I sat and talked to him, but he was definitely relaxed.

Unfortunately, when they were doing the ultrasound of his heart and spleen today, they discovered a mass in his abdomen, sitting right on his aorta. They were able to aspirate it and send a sample off to the lab, so now we’re just waiting to find out if it’s cancerous or not. We’ll know more tomorrow.

The good news is – if he ends up being strong enough for surgery, our vet doesn’t think he will need to remove the entire leg. He thinks he can repair it in such a way that Bernard will be left with a stump to help with balance and mobility.

Most of my pictures from today looked just like the picture I posted yesterday since he is still just hanging out in his e-collar. So instead, you get a picture of his leg. They did a nice wrapping job. We’ll post another update tomorrow on what we find out about the mass. Thank you for caring about this sweet old dog.

Bernard 8.20

Click here to read yesterday’s update if you missed it.