Wednesday I found a lump on Fig's jaw that was quite big and hard. It had appeared fairly quickly, although his appetite had been off since we came back from vacation. I made a vet appointment hoping that they could drain it if it was an abcess. We got in on THursday and the vet said it could be an abcess or a tumor, and they could perform a surgery to remove it and see which it was. So Fig had surgery this morning.
I'm happy to report that it was an abcess and not cancer, which the vet thought it might be. However, she couldn't get all of the abcess because it broke when she tried to remove it and it had eaten in a bit on his jaw muscle so she had to remove a tiny bit of that.
Fig came through the surgery with flying colours and is now sitting around like he is in a lot of pain. His head tilts to the side, but I think that is from the pain and from the surgical glue they used to close the abcess site. She couldn't leave it open like is preferred with abcesses because of the work on the muscle, so I have to watch Fig really close to see if it comes back.
If the abcess does come back, she said she will lance it and leave it open this time. However we are hoping that a round of antibiotics will do the trick and clear it up. I'm hoping Fig doesn't have to go under anesthetic again. That is so hard on the little ones. I also have pain meds for him for the next couple of days. So he will be taking antibiotics and pain meds.
The little guy is sleeping and trying to get comfortable. He had gone both 1 and 2 since the surgery so his insides are working good. The vet wouldn't let him come home until he had. However, he did turn his nose up at the chunk of banana nut muffin she gave him. He prefers chocolate.
~Poi Mom Jane