Monday, July 24, 2017

Da Results are In - Da Good, da Bad, & da Ugly

We got da results of my biopsy.     Da Good news is dat da margins are clean.

Grrrrrr...... I don't like what I'm hearing!
I'm only 5 years old.

Da Bad news

Da results showed dat da little mass, dat the Dogster removed from my poor paw pad, was Melanoma (da malignant kind).

YIKES !!!!!!!    

Da Dogster also examined my lymph node (in my leg/hip) and she said that dar does not appear to be any inflammation (which is good).

Da Ugly

Mom got on her Yaptop and started researching Melanoma in dogs.    Here is what she learned:

  • Melanoma is the most common tumor found in the mouth of dogs, and the second most common tumor found on the digits (toes). 
  • There is a predisposition for male dogs and certain breeds seem to be overrepresented, including Scottish terriers, Cocker Spaniels, Gordon Setters, Chow Chows, and Golden retrievers.  
  • They are locally invasive tumors, often infiltrate deep into the bone (of the jaw or toe), and have a high rate of metastasis (spreading).   Dogs with digit melanomas have an average survival time of about 1 year with surgery alone. The melanoma vaccine, however, can dramatically improve survival times.   
Now SHE knows dat you can't believe everything you read on da Yaptop, so She is looking forward to talking to da "C" Dogster.

What's next?
  • More healing of my poor paw pad.
  • I get my stitches out on 7/31.
  • My Dogster is going to consult wiff a "C" Dogster to discuss options.
  • Mom plans to ask about a new treatment called the melanoma vaccine (Oncept). From what she read on her Yaptop, it is a new DNA vaccine treatment that stimulates your dog’s immune system to fight the melanoma. This is not traditional chemotherapy and is tolerated extremely well by most dogs.
Keep dos healing vibes & prayers flowing my way.


Pees.   If you have any experience wiff Melanoma in Dogs, please feel free to email me ScottieRanger@gmail


  1. Oh Ranger, are hearts are heavy as we read this. We have no personal experience to share. We hope your C Doctor has a lot of helpful answers. Tell your mom to be careful what she reads on the net. You can get down a rabbit hole of bad information or incomplete information.
    We send extra love your way. Hugs and POTP.

    1. I'll chase da rabbit down da hole for Mom. I'm really good at dat!!!

  2. Oh Ranger I am so very sorry to hear this news. Will keep paws crossed and Mom will keep fingers crossed for you and your family. POTP with hugs.
    Bentley & Mom

  3. Clean margins are the most impawtant thing! We hope your paw heals up lickety split!

    1. Thanks. I do too. I am sick and tired of wearing des dar socks.

  4. Dearest Ranger and Mom, we are sending you tons of hugs today. Yes be careful with searching the internet. When mom was diagnosed with breast cancer the doctors gave her 2 websites to visit for valid information and told her don't go searching on her own. Clear margins are a real good thing and we hope the dogtors will have lots of good options for you.
    Love and prayers
    Hazel & Mabel

  5. Yipes! That sounds pretty grim! We hope things go well. Maybe that vaccine might do the trick. Sending lots of POTP!

    (We cockers do get lots of lumps and bumps as we age. Thankfully, most of them are benign.)

  6. This isn't good. I hate to break it to you, but Kyla had melanoma in her paw. She had a toe amputated but it was too late and the melanoma already spread. She was given 3 to 12 months, most likely 6. It was 6. We feel for you and your peeps and will relive it with you guys while pulling for you all the way.

    1. For you, the peeps are wearing their StuShirts today.

    2. Arrrrroooooo.... StuShirts!

  7. Sendin lotsa POTP to you Ranger. Hope da C doctor can help ya.

  8. oh I hoped so much for good news... lots of POTP and crossed paws and a lot of weim-power to you....we send BIG hugs...

  9. We know your mom will do everything she can. POTP coming your way. Hopefully, it was found EARLY.

  10. We are sending lots of healing prayers and thoughts. We're glad you are getting it tended to promptly.

    Abby Lab

  11. We are sending you our best wishes and prayers. We have not had an experience with melanomas. We are going to ask our vet about the vaccine.

  12. Crikey Ranger ..... this is not news we wanted to hear. Lets not worry too much until Mom talks to the Dogster, aye?? AND like everyone else in Blogville we are sending lots of POTP to you. Ours is coming all the way from downunder so it may take a bit longer to get there. I'm sending whippy kisses as well and Mum just wants to hug you and your Mom.

  13. Oh crap. Yeah, that is not the best news fursure, butts since they got it all and all looks clear, I'm gonna keep my paws crossed that the prognosis is gonna be good. Sendin' lots of POTP and healin' vibes your way dude. With lots and lots of AireZens!
    Ruby ♥
    pees: remembers, we terrierist are tough SOB's, and can kick any ass around! remember that

  14. Dearest Ranger and your Sweet Mum,
    We are so sorry about da bad and da ugly parts of your news,but the good part is very important and pawsitive because clean margines mean dat they got da bad part out of your paw early enuff before it spread. So hold on to dat pawsitive thought, and we are holding you in our thoughts and prayers! You are a tough Scottie, so think Pawsitive! We love you and hope dat da "C" dogster will tell you dat you will be fine!
    Love and kisses,
    Riley-Puppy, Tessie-Girl and Jackie Scottie-Baby

  15. Lots of luffs and healing licky kisses coming your way frum over the Pond Ranger. I'm sure your Momma and the 'C' Doctor will figure sumthingy out
    Take care sweet fella
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  16. We hate to hear this Ranger. Mom has loved you since you were a pup. We hope all will be well. Paws crossed.

  17. We sure hope that new vaccine will work out good for you! We hate that C word!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley



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