Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Phantom's Tale of the Tail

Let me tell you about my day!

It was a horrible, terrible, no good, very bad day for me.

Lampshade time again:(

You can see how happy I am about this. So what happened?  

Well, last February I had an ugly mass/mess on my tail that burst and wouldn't stop bleeding. The vet was able to carefully remove it and stitch up the opening.  BUT right below it was another ugly mass/mess.  Neither of these lumpy bumps were good ones - they are both the evil C.  But the second one was deemed to be too big to remove safely because it was so big that the vet wouldn't be able to close the wound after removal.  So he and Mom decided to watch it and see what happened since it was closed and not bothering anything.

Well, look at it now:

It is uglier than that dumb mole in our lawn.  It has at least doubled in size over the past couple of weeks.  It has also gotten a lot knobbier with a few extra growths.

And it started to ooze a bit last night.

Here is how bad it looks today.  I spent some time at the vet's with Mom.  They shaved the furs off my tail again, and cleaned things up a bit.  The vet said he wanted to try giving me a strong shot of antibiotics and then put me on antibiotics for two weeks to see what would happen.  This was not the vet who saw me when all this trouble started.  I have to go back on Thursday to let him see what is going on and figure out if there are any options.

Meanwhile I have to wear this dumb cone because Mom caught me licking that sucker.  I have left it alone all year, but for some reason today I thought maybe I could help get rid of it.

Then I heard Mom tell Dad that I may have to wear the cone FOREVER since the only real option may be surgery to remove my tail.  HORRORS!!!  Mom says that isn't likely to happen given my age and poor health; she isn't sure I could take that big of a surgery.

Woe is me!!!  Can you at least give me some yummy jerky?  I also lost some more weight so I need to boost my intake - jerky would be just perfect.

Woos (or is that woes) - Phantom


Dory and the Mama said...

We definitely think jerky would help Phantom!

We have our paws crossed and are sending PoTP times 4 that the antibiotics do the trick!!

Healing Smileys!
Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

How Sam Sees It said...

Oh yikes! Thinking of you sweet Phantom!

Monty and Harlow

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

Jerky...jerky...and M O R E JERKY!!! You deserve it, especially if you have to wear THAT dreaded CONE!

That thingy IS uglier than a mole..even one mangled in a trap. Hope the meds work to shrink that sucker.

Now, More Jerky.

Amber DaWeenie said...

Yuck....don't lick that thing...yuck yuck. We're all sending you lots of hugs and POTP so that Mom and the dogter can figure out what the best treatment will be.

Linda & Cinnamon said...

Oh Ouch that must hurt poor baby.
We will be praying the Dr's have the right medicine to make it go away forever and not come back.

xo Cinnamon

Susie and Sidebite said...

Ahhhhhh yes jerky will cure all evils, you need like a case of it NOW!. Our paws are crossed for your tail!

The Mad Scots

rottrover said...

Oh Phantom! Us ol' guys shouldn't have to wear the C.O.S. I have a paw thingy that I want to lick, butt I do stop when mom tells me to. Give it a try, buddy!


Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs said...

poor sweet phantom - Jerky will make everything better - and maybe the help of the vet - we have our paws crossed for you buddy

Anonymous said...

oh MICES!!! Phantom! What a rotten deal you drew! The cone of encumbrance OR no tail! I would go with the cone buddy...but only if your heart is in it. I know your humans will have a chat with you about how you wanna handle this next episode...whatever goes buddy, I, Savvy, a true 'Sav-erian" will be right by your side purring up a storm

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Phantom,, right this very minute I am saying some doggy prayers for you and your family.
Can you feel the love coming to you?
I hope so,,,,,
I am right beside you--- I hope your tails stops exploding !

BeadedTail said...

Oh noes Phantom! That lampshade does not look like fun but we're sure the jerky will help you feel better and hopefully put on a little weight. We're sending purrs!

Ruby said...

Oh Noes!!!! Phantom, Ma almost passed out when she saw your poor tail!!! She's got a weak stomach and can't take lookin' at such things..Miss Wuss is what I call her!! BOL
Anyhu, sorry abouts the cone...that is never funs, butts...JERKY!!! YES!! Jerky makes everythings better!!! Especially the homemade kind your Moms has...hmmmm, homemade jerkies.....okays, I'll be right overs..
Ruby ♥
pees: sendin' TONS of POTP your way dude!!! ♥

tpagrl said...

Phantom, so very sorry to your tale (tail?!?) of woe. Hopefully the antibiotics will help bunches. Sending warm, fuzzy thoughts your way. Linda, Pepper, and Dublin

Idaho PugRanch said...

Dear Phantom, your poor tail. We sending lots of our pug POTP for you buddy. Hopefully the antibiotics will help.
Mr Bailey, Hazel & Greta

Chef Sasha said...

Phantom!!! I am so sorry you have to suffer this indignity. I am also sorry that you have that bad booboo. Please take your medicine and it will get better. I know it and I am sending you magic bubbles right now. I love you Phantom and please tell Mommy you deserve some jerky!!!

Loveys Sasha

KB Bear said...

Oh Phantom! I'm so so sorry to hear about your tail and the lampshade. I'll be thinking about you, sending good healing thoughts, in the coming days.

I don't know much about them but I am wondering if an elder statesdog like you might be deterred by something less than a lampshade - like one of those neck brace type things. I have no experience with them so it's just a wild thought.

Your eyes look happy despite the lampshade, which makes me smile.

CheerfulMonk said...

Poor sweet Phantom! Yes, jerky, plenty of it.

Angel Prancer Pie said...

It's so unfair to have to wear the cone of shame on your neck, Phantom! Maybe Mom could put it on your tail instead. MOL!

Seriously sweet boy, we are sending lots of purrs and purrayers for your tail to get better.

Molly The Wally said...

Oh no Phantom my sweet boy. We so feel for you. We send you healing vibes and POTP. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Best wishes Molly

Zoolatry said...

Sweet boy, tell the Momster you should have any-and-all treats or goodies you want (at our age, we deserve them) ... as for that bad-boy tail, well, if it's gotta go, it's gotta go, and we'll just put a big bow tie there instead!
Seriously: maybe some pampers instead of being a conehead?
Love you ...

Frank The Tank said...

Ohhh Nooo!
My poor Phantom, I cant believe you have more nasty lumpy bumpies on your tail, I cant believe that they are thinking of cutting it off, that would be too crazy, it cant be nice for you with those bumps and in that cone of shame too, not a great day for you at the moment, my love and prayers go to you and hopefully you will be cone-free and feel much better soon, you Woos are always in our thoughts here! Love and licks from your fellow Woo Frank xxxxx

Anonymous said...

Phantom I cross my paws for you and I hope, hope, hope the meds will help and you haven't to wear the loudspeaker thingy for a long time.

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Phantom we say DOUBLE the Jerky until you gain some weight... is a good thingy.
We are so sorry to hear that you must wear the cone and that the Evil Thingy has grown and is giving you troubles..
We have our paws crossed that the new medicine will help.
We are sending you POTP and Dachshund VIBES >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Casey said...

Yikes, that's no good at all! I hope that the antibiotics help. Do you take daily Benadryl to keep all your lumpies in check? Wrapped up in jerky, of course!!

Madi and Mom said...

Phantom my sweet Woo...I'm so sorry that ugly thing showed up again.....on a positive note that shade makes me focus on your gorgeous blue Woo eyes...they are beautiful
Lots of hugs madi your bfff

Anonymous said...

Oh Phantom my dear and gorgeous friend, I'm so sorry about your tail! That's just not fair...The Evil C is so very mean and has done so much damage to your beautiful tail. I hope your vet can help clear that up so you don't have to wear the lampshade FOREVER. I know that's not fun at all - I say if you want jerky (or anything else!) you should get it.....you deserve it....and more! Sending healing and powerful hugs.......

Love, Sammy

holly and the huskies said...

We are so sorry Phantom. We love you! You have such a sweet face with those blue eyes. We are thinking of you. Timber says hi and he can understand what you are going through. It wasn't a good night for him. It's tough getting old, but we love you and send you husky hugs!

Brian said...

Oh Phantom, we are so sorry you are going through this and we send you our best healing purrs and prayers. We love you pal.

Quinn and Angel brandi said...

So I'm a cat. I can still send you lots of healing purrs, Phantom. Hope this nasty problem gets fixed. Oh, and you deserve lots of jerky!

Team Beaglebratz said...

Oh yes - we Beaglebratz due b-leeve that whatever u want tue eat dear Phantom then u shood haf it - an'whenever tue! Oh dear Phantom, we r sendin'u lotza Beagle aroooooz (Beagle speak fur POTP) an'healin'vibez tue an'hope that medisine werkz real fast so your tail won't haf thoze icky thingz.
Shiloh-Lord of the Manor an'Diva Shasta

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Poor Phantom!! Give that baby some jerky!!! And a scritch and a kiss from his west coast friends!

Millie and Walter said...

Wow Phantom that is a big mess you have on your tail. We will cross our paws and send healing vibes that the antibiotics help. And we say yes to more jerky!

Murphy said...

We are so sorry to read this update! Your peeps must really be struggling to try and figure out what to do! We have a POTP page on our bloggy and if you would like us to list you on it all you have to do is let us know (and maybe send a photo of you).

Crossing our paws for you!!

Your Pals,

Murphy & Stanley
Mayorz For All Paws

stellaroselong said...

I fink Herky Jerky is exactly what you need buddy! We finks your momma must be besides herself trying to find something that would help you...we are sending some strong POTP to your house, you are in our thoughts.
stella rose and momma

The Army of Four said...

Oh, no! Well, if it's any consolation, you still look REALLY handsome, cone or no cone. We will continue to pray for you, Phantom!
Oh! And there is another option that might work -- it's a blow-up thingie that goes around your neck. Some doggies can still reach certain areas, but you might not be able to reach your tail. It looks like you're at the beach, wearing a life preserver -- do you know the kind? Have your mom email ours if she'd like to try ours or for more info.

Mitch and Molly said...

Ouch - that looks sore, Phantom! We're sending you tons of AireZen and healing vibes, buddy!

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

Oh Phantom you have our deepest sympathy. Scylla knows how awful it is to have an ouchie on your tail and have to wear a cone so she is sending you an extra helping of healing purrs. We <3 you hang in their sweetie.

Rebekah Ward said...

Thinking of you, Phantom!

Jenna,Mark Drady said...

Oh Phantom :(
I am so so sorry. You still have such a great smiley face in that last picture, with the cone on you and everything. Your such a brave strong husky! I hope the antibiotics help. My thoughts are with you pal.
ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

Sue said...

Oh poor Phantom, tail ouchies are the worst. Lucy wore pants with a tail sewn into them. Samba had a bandage on her tail and Morgan wore a neck brace to keep her from turning her head. Hope it stops bothering you soon.

Misaki @ misadventuresofMisaki said...

Oh your poor tail. I hope do get lots of jerky to make up for the cone of shame:-(

FiveSibesMom said...

I am playing a little catch up (again) and I am so sorry to hear Phantom's tale of his tail tumor...I read your top post first and am happy to hear that they can leave it. Keeping him in our thoughts always.