Once upon a time . . . isn't that how a good fairy tale starts?
Well, once upon a time there was a handsome blue-eyed sibe who had the most beautiful plume of a tail . . .
. . . that he would always hold high and proudly.
And when it wasn't fully furled up high, you could see how thick and fluffy and gorgeously shaded it was.
"I can barely bring myself to show you. Beware, ugliness to follow."
"Here is what my tail looks like after my trip to see the Miracle Worker Dr. B."
A side view as well.
"I am home now and I will let Mom tell you what happened."
The Momster here hoping this newest effort will work. First the vet tech shaved all the fur around the three lumps on the tail and cleaned up the area where the lowest one had burst. That one was actually as big as the one in the middle but it burst sometime overnight Saturday into Sunday. As of this morning it was still seeping blood and didn't appear to be ready to close on its own. I was pretty worried because I know there are no options to remove any of the lumps from his tail without anesthesia and without leaving the remaining holes open to heal and close (maybe) on their own.
My sweet boy Phantom is just so brave. Dr. B. wanted to try to use cryotherapy and freeze the tumor that burst to see if he could kill off enough of the tissue to stop the bleeding. That is the area that you see in the photos above that is bright red. This doesn't remove the tumor nor does it prevent it from regrowing, but the hope is that we stop the bleeding. The large mass above that is going to burst soon as well. He could have helped that one along, but we decided to leave it alone and see if the cryotherapy would work on the smaller one first. The very top mass is a regrowth of the one that burst about a year ago that is now rapidly regrowing. Sigh, it never ends.
BUT as long as Phantom remains comfortable, we will keep trying. He came home and took a long nap.
"And now I am up and ready to take on the day:)"
And here is where we are supposed to something about "living happily ever after".
Woos - Phantom and Mom