A visit to the specialty veterinarian today did not provide definite answers for Hope’s problem.
We are working with a surgical oncologist, who took his time and explained everything well.
X-rays of her lungs were good. An ultrasound of her abdomen found an enlarged lymph node outside her colon. A needle aspiration, which this vet urged to be done quickly because I was so distressed, did not give us a concrete answer about cancer.
Hope is still snoring like a chainsaw and in some discomfort; we will have her tonsils removed tomorrow morning, March 18. The tissue will get a biopsy. In addition, we will have a CT scan of her head and her nasal passages scoped. Given all that, we should know something definite.
Hope will spend the night in the hospital, which has round-the-clock care. We hope to bring her home Saturday.