by Amy Kennedy
Lexy is an 8 years old Golden Retriever, we have had her since she was 8
weeks old and treated her
as part of our family. We actually consider her to be our "other" daughter.
About a year ago Lexy broke one of her back teeth and we took her to our vets to have it
Not many treatment options for that, basically it had to be removed. We agreed to that and Lexy went in and had her tooth extracted, coming
out with no problems. Once her tooth was out the vet sent it away to
have it biopsied.
The results came back stating there were some "abnormal cells."
Our vet, whom we had trusted for over 7 years with Lexy and our cats,
stated that was nothing to worry about .
Lexy's mouth was not
Being a nurse, I can point out infections or trouble
healing really well so I took her back. The vet took a quick look at it
and said there was nothing wrong with it. Trusting her we went home and I
kept an eye on it.
A month later I could smell this awful odor coming
from her mouth telling me there was still something wrong.
went to the vets. Once there the vet took another quick look at it and
said, nothing to worry about and handed me a syringe and told me it had to be
cleaned out once a day.
Another month went by and Lexy
was still showing complications with her tooth.
I told my husband I was taking her somewhere else. I wanted a second opinion.
I made an appointment with another vet who I had seen another time with one of my birds . Got Lexy in ASAP.
X-rays revealed that the infection had gone into her eye socket!!!
new vet we were seeing told us the best thing to do was ship her to a specialist. They have more experience with issues like this.
We went the next day.
Lexy was set up to see a vet who specializes in dentistry.
We had to leave her there for the day, and we waited for a call.
Lexy had to have an emergency surgery.
Once the surgery was done the biopsy from it got sent to New York City for testing.
Weeks later on a Monday night the phone rang.......
answered it, the gentleman on the phone said they got Lexy's test results back and she had squamous cell carcinoma in her
There we were shocked again with what our poor girl had ended up with.
I asked how long has she got. He said straight out he was sorry but without treatment about 1 month!!
My husband and I started to cry.
We went home that night full of turmoil. I went to see our normal vet to see what her opinion was and what we should do.
I did not want my baby to die!
We decided to go all out no matter what the cost was and try and save Lexy.
The next week Lexy went in for surgery. We were told we could pick her up that evening. We found things to do in the city all day and once the time came we went to get our baby.
The girls at the desk warned us of what she would look like, but someone telling you is not the same as the real thing.
The door opened and out came Lexy ...
Tears started to roll out my eyes, she looked so horrible. Her face was
all swollen and purple but she was so happy to see us!
We took Lexy home and started our long journey of recovery.
Three weeks in we got a call for the surgeon
telling us the tests were back and that they had gotten all of her
cancer! We were so happy!
Lexy had to go back at 3 months for her check up and passed with flying colors.
This journey was a very long and hard thing to go through but if we had to do it again we would.
then tried to get a hold of our old vet to let her know what had
happened, but since then she retired and I could not get a hold of her. I
sat down one night and wrote her a letter sharing how much we trusted
her with our family member and how Lexy almost died. I got her address and
sent it. Have heard nothing 5 months later
I want to let everybody know that clean looking teeth does not always means they are healthy.
Keep and eye on your dog's breath also.