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Went to the vet today as Gixer had a wierd growth in his mouth - I only noticed it when giving him his tablets. Diagnosis - Epulis and there are currently 2. The vet said they can be removed by surgery or by outting a suture around them to cut off the blood supply but the latter it will be. BUT......
Due to his heart problems she doesn't want to anaesthatise him unnecessarily. So as more will probably grow she has suggested we wait and have several removed at once - makes sense to me.

then I said as we were talking about lumps and bumps I showed her a lump on his back which I think is a fatty lump - she said itis more than likely a cyst but it could also be something more sinister but as ut hasn't changed in size much it probably isin't. Again removal is the answer but we are waiting and doing it all at once.

she then listned to his heart and said "I definitely only want to aneasthatise if essential after listening to that" I asked if it will have to be under advice of his cardiologist and she said yes.

My poor little boy hasn't he got enought o be getting on with - why everything else - our other boxers only had bone probs none of these- it just seems like one thing after another at the minute....



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Poor Gixer

Everything always seems to go wrong at once:ohwell:

I think you are right to wait, My Henry has the same problem with the Epulis but my vet told me it wasn't too serious on his last visit back in October. He has occasional bleeding from his gums but not too often, expecting him to need them done when he returns for his vaccinations this year though.

Hope you get it all sorted without too many problems.
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Awww poor Gixer. I have heard of boxers having their epulis done by laser as that doesn't take so long under the aneasthetic?

Sasha has had hers done a couple of times now, it's not a huge operation, so hopefully the vet will be able to do something in smaller doses?

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Ah poor boy - how is he now?

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I think it's a bit sore this week I usually knock it when giving him his tablets. Yesterday he really jumped when I touched it. Apart from that he's ok. Got his boosters in a few weeks so we'll check with the vet then



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Hope it will be okay.My mixed breed Quint is 14 years old now.No way do I want them to knock him out,to do a dental,but we'll see.I hope I don't have too.
Keeping you and Gix, in my thoughts and prayers.

  
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Update on my laddo's epulis. One of them has got really huge now. I saw his vet today when I picked up his meds and mentioned it and after looking to the sky to say "what else" she said if it's that big it will have to come off. It's actually pushing his cheek ou tit is so big. I said about the risk of anaesthetic with his heart and she understood biut said we have to make the call coz it could bleed soon and get infected. SHe said he's been on "borrowed time" although he won't definitely die . I asked if he could be sedated and after she got up off the floor from laughing she said she didn't have enough staff to form a rugby team to pin him down while it happened and the stress of that would kill him. They do sedate calm dogs but she said Gix is bouncy - I said "really??!!!"
Anyway I'm going to talk to Brett about it but just wondered whaqt anyone here thought. I think it will have to be done but....



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Hi Georgie,
As I said in my message, I have heard of epulis being done with laser treatment. There aren't many places that do it, but if you have a local vet hospital, they may be able to do it? I think they are under for less time, but dont know that much. We had a few oldies at BWS that couldnt be sedated for too long, and so they had laser treatment. It also seems to heal quicker?

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Keeping Gixer in my thoughts and prayers.Hope it goes smoothly.

  
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well he saw thevet Friday and having his op on Wednesday. The vet told me she uses a wand that gives an electric pulse and it cuts and cortorises at the same time - used on humans for surgery too. He should only be under 30-40 mins. Am really worried but I know it needs to be done and he is in good hands. She said there isfood and hair stuck in some already and these will make his breath smell as well as get infected.

The vet told me how she will use drugs - no pre-med as it contains sedative and she is trying to reduce the amount he has so just intravenous and gas. She is also going to put a line in just in case he crashes and she has to give him adrenaline - this really upset me as it brought it home how risky this is again I was in tears lol. I asked if his reaction to his last anaesthetic could have been his heart as we didn't know then - he was really drowsy and out of it and she said it could be so she's looking at which pain killer he was given and will reduce the dose if necessary also she'll keep him in if he seems dopey. Anyway please keep everything crossed for Wednesday and I will let you know how it goes.



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Good luck for Wednesday - It sounds as if your vet is very thorough and has covered all the possibilities.

Henry had the same problem with things getting stuck in his gums before he had his done, hair, grass, food - his breath was so much better afterwards!!

Try not to worry too much, (easier said than done i know) it sounds as if he will be in good hands.
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Will be thinking of you on Wednesday, hope everything goes to plan, sounds like the vets have planned well :love: :luck:



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Keeping you and your baby,in my thoughts and prayers.

  
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Good luck for tomorrow :luck:



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Glad to hear it all went well .............. what a relief for you xx



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sounds like from Karen's post that all went well :cheering:



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Glad it all went well - How is he doing today?



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Hi all. I was so happy yesterday I forgot to post. The op went well he had "a steady anaesthetic" and gave them no scares. Those on fb will know I was a mess yesterday morning blubbing all over the vet - literally! He was allowed home yesterday afternoon with antibiotics and metacam. I had a very tired sleepy boy yesterday who could hardly keep his head up.

Today I ahve had a bright bouncy Boxer babe. I am so pleased. I can actually see his teeth which I haven't been able to for ages and also his breath his smelling better already. I had to go to work and left Gix with Brett and when I got home was greeted with bounces and cartwheels and of course a toy (soft one). Gix has been hungry since the op I think he can now eat without discomfort. Anyway won't go on - I think you can guess all went well and I am stress free for now. Thanks for all the posts and support



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That's fantastic news that he has quite literally bounced back so quickly, long may it last :love:



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Aaawww so glad he is recovering well. Sounds as if the op has been a huge success.
When Henry had his done back in November, we were expecting a lot worse, but he seemed fine straight after and we could notice the difference in his mood immediately - He did get some pain previously from one tooth which he had removed.

Glad you are no longer stressed too - our babies don't half make us worry!!!!




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