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Fletcher’s Busy Week

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Fletcher has had a big couple of weeks. Last Wednesday he had surgery for a dying tooth and removal of the large benign lipoma on his right side. Thank you to Apex Dog and Cat Dentistry and Veterinary Surgical Services (VSS) at Veterinary Referral Services of Colorado (VRCC). They went the extra mile to make sure he was comfortable throughout the entire procedure.

lipomaThis is a picture of the lipoma before removal. We felt that as he continued to lose weight it would become a problem so since he had to have the tooth worked on, it was best to get both done while he was under anesthesia.





perfectpatientJust waking up from the procedure. He was the perfect patient. It is so hard to watch a loved one go through something like this. It’s also frustrating because they can’t tell you how they feel. Since we don’t know him all that well yet, we don’t know how he handles pain. Not to mention that he has been through a lot of changes in the last few months and we didn’t want to confuse him by putting him through this experience. However, the tooth situation could not be ignored and it would be worse if we did nothing. There is no perfect time so better sooner than later.



watermelonWe were a little concerned that he wasn’t drinking enough water so we thought enjoying some watermelon might help. The t-shirt is not a fashion statement. Just a deterrent for a little interest in licking the incision.





PEMFTaking a break from the shirt for a PEMF treatment. PEMF therapy, although having the word “magnetic” in the name, does not use an actual magnet, but creates a magnetic field by running electricity through a circle made of a conductive metal. The pulse, or drop and surge in frequency, creates an electro-magnetic field, and causes a small amount of electricity to flow through all of the tissues penetrated by the field.  PEMF fields directly affect cellular chemistry, causing a cascade of healing effects.


fatThat was one large lipoma. I am sure removing it helped the total weight loss to date….He weighed in at 111 lbs (from 125) on Friday.

That is a lot of fat!





toothbefore toothafter

Look at that beautiful tooth! Dr. Beebe performed a root canal. It might be a little hard to see in these pictures – the tooth before is pink and the after result is white.

Looking good Fletchie! He is a very good patient and well on the road to recovery. Fletcher handled the procedures with aplomb! He has done so well with every new situation he has encountered. We are proud of him and thank our lucky stars every day that he came into our lives.

Update on Fletch 7.8.14

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

fletch_treatUPDATE ON FLETCH

Our boy is making great progress on his weight loss journey.  He weighed in at 115 pounds on Thursday which is a 10 pound loss since he joined us on May 10th!  He is feeling great and enjoying his 2-3 walks a day and his 4-5 swims a week.  His endurance is building and we are up to 30 minute swims. We adjust the time depending on the other activities that are planned for the day.  In the next week he will be going in for some dental work and the removal of a large lipoma behind his front right leg.  We wouldn’t normally worry about it but the size could cause some issues as he continues to lose weight.

Fletcher is also getting a thorough rehabilitation evaluation done this week.  We have noticed that when he swims and starts to get tired his left rear end is lower in the water.  We want to determine the cause of the weakness and start an exercise plan to help with this weakness.  At 8 years old we want to be proactive.  Letting something like this go can cause other issues from compensation for the weakness.  Stay tuned for the results of the evaluation and the plan.