Charlie Update: Backstory and Where are we now

Brief backstory: Charlie, our oldest dachshund of 10 years, had an issue with the third eyelid on his left eye. It was discovered that he had a small mass behind his eye that was causing the third eyelid to protrude. After several weeks of steroid drops to the eye it was determined that the mass had not gotten smaller and had in fact gotten larger. The canine optometrist stated that we would need to remove the third eyelid so that she could remove the ever-growing mass behind the eye.

Where we are now: We received a call on Thursday with the bad news – Charlie’s mass had been cancerous and they were not able to get clean margins. Shock! Our primary vet told us that in order to remove all the cancer, assuming it had not spread, was to remove Charlie’s left eye and clear out the eye orbit. Shock! We made the earliest appointment available to talk with our vet further about options and next steps (we meet with him on Tuesday). We then heard back from the optometrist who performed the surgery and stated she wanted to talk to the on staff oncologist and discuss Charlie’s case with him and see if radiation/chemo was an option and also discuss next steps. Shock! She did say however that eye removal was the probable next step. She wants us to call her back on Monday after she has talked with the oncologist and she will provide us with more detail at that time.

How is Charlie: Charlie is behaving like a dog without a care in the world and loving all the extra hugs and kisses he is getting from mom and dad. He’s romping around with his brothers, his appetite is great, and his tail won’t stop wagging. Currently, this is our silver lining. He has a cancer growing in his body but he’s not in pain and his quality of life is very good, with his only impediment being the eye drops we are still giving him.

How are we: After several boxes of tissues, shock, and an equal dose of sadness and anger, we are now cautiously optimistic. We are anxiously awaiting our vet conversations on Monday and Tuesday and hope that by late Tuesday we are fully pursuing next steps, whatever they may be. I will try to write more as we learn more. I do want to thank everyone for all the well wishes that have been sent our way. It’s been great to see that Charlie has so many people keeping him in their thoughts.

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