Buster

For those of you that don’t know, we adopted our neighborhood stray in December of this year.  At that time, the vets determined that he was about 5 or 6 months old.  Buster is a very special member of our family – he even plays with the dogs!

After weeks of two different antibiotics and pain medications, Buster’s x-ray showed that his leg is worse.  We will be dropping Buster off at Willow Creek Animal Hospital on Monday.  Dr Schaller will put him under anesthesia and perform a chest x-ray.  I hope and pray that the x-ray is clear and that she does not see anything suspicious to indicate that the cancer has spread beyond his leg.  If she does, there will be no need to go forward with surgery.

If the x-ray is clear, Dr. Schaller will be amputating Buster’s front left leg (you can see him holding it up in the picture above).  His beautiful fur will have to be shaved and he will have a super long incision.  We will not be able to see him for days, but I am confidant that the staff at Wilow Creek will love him like their own.  They have all been so wonderful through this whole ordeal.  Buster has been there several times lately for x-rays and tests and they have all commented on how gorgeous and sweet he is. 

They will be able to make sure he is doing well and not jumping up and down off of furniture and counters. They can adjust his pain meds and watch for infection.  We won’t have to worry about Daisy licking his incision and he won’t have to be home alone.  (Can you tell I am having to convince myself that it is a good thing that he will be with them and not us??)

Buster hasn’t been using his paw very much at all for weeks so I know he will adapt very easily to being a “tripod” kitty.  Dr. Schaller said someone once told her that God gives cats and dogs 3 legs and a spare.  My only concern really (besides the cost!) is the result of the chest x-ray.  Please, please, please let it be clear so that we can have our Buster with us for many more years!

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About emilypage

I have been married to my husband, Ed since 1998. We have two daughters, Hailey (9) and Leah (6). I have been the Director of Easter Seals UCP Stepping Stones Children's Center in Sanford since 2004. I am an Independent Senior Director for Thirty-One and I absolutely LOVE it! I was raised as a Wolfpacker but saw the light and now I bleed Carolina blue (sorry, dad).
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7 Responses to Buster

  1. Heidi says:

    I will keep my fingers crossed that the x-ray looks good and they can go through with the surgery!

  2. jennrstclair says:

    Emily–I am fully confident in Dr. Schaller and her team at Willow Creek. Buster will be in the best care possible.

    And, as much as we want to be by our babies in times like these, Buster being under the vet’s constant supervision is truly best for him.

    Billy and I have you guys in our thoughts!!

  3. Kim Pritt says:

    Emily – I will keep Buster in my thoughts and hope for a clear x-ray and successful surgery!

    As for having to convince yourself that leaving him with the vet sor so long is good, I know the feeling and also know that it is definitely the best thing for him AND you! A couple years before Puddles passed away, she was very ill and almost died on us! She had to stay with Dr. Cindy at All Animals for what seemed like an eternity and it was very painful for me! But, Dr. Cindy and the staff at All Animals treated her like their own and actually allowed me to visit and spend quite a bit of time with Puddles – even when they were closed on the weekends. They finally found out what was wrong and performed the necessary surgery to fix her up! From what I hear, Dr, Schaller is equally as wonderful with those she cares for, so I am sure all will work out – if you can just get past that clear x-ray!!!

    Good luck!!!

  4. billyliggett says:

    I hope all’s well with Buster’s chest. As for the tripod issue, cats have incredible balance … plus they like to lay around anyway. He’ll be just fine.

  5. Kelly says:

    We’ll keep your family and Buster in our thoughts. Dr. Schaller and her staff are wonderful. They’ll take good care of him!

  6. Kim Pritt says:

    Any news on Buster, yet? I thought about him today!

  7. emilypage says:

    Thanks to all of you for your comments and support! Buster had to have his blood tests repeated today because his first test showed that he was slow to clot. We received a call tonight that his blood tests were all normal this time (the clotting test can have false positives). This was one hurdle we had to get past and it was a huge relief. Dr. Schaller typically does surgery in the morning so we will be on pins and needle until we hear from her office. Hopefully Ed’s birthday gift tomorrow will be a clear x-ray!

    Speaking of birthdays, today is Copper’s 10th birthday!!

    Thanks again to all of you! We are very lucky to have so many friends who are as crazy about their pets as we are!

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