Elective surgery was not meant to be one of Dexter’s gifts this year. On “Boxing Day”, I would imagine that visiting, shopping or going to the movies were foremost in the plans for many dog-people. However Dexter and I were at the vet this morning for a diagnosis. The tip of Dexter’s left ear has a pea-sized growth that Doctor Rhoades is removing tomorrow.
In the space of two weeks, it grew from a sore that bled when scratched to a larger mass that the groomers nicked accidentally a couple days ago. The prudent thing was to take him in today. While the vet discussed an optional biopsy of the mass, I think we will opt for not adding a third more to the $900 dollar estimate. In either case, he will likely come home minus a small chunk of his ear. But he will have a pearly smile for 2018; I did agree to a teeth cleaning while he is knocked out tomorrow. I’ll just tell everyone that Dexter’s 2017 Christmas presents included a coiffure, some body sculpting, whiter teeth and freshened breath.