Oliver had a hard weekend. His tumor has grown more, and his breathing seems a little impacted, so I bundled him over to the vet on Saturday morning to check on his tumor’s progression. The vet heard his breath changes too, and we put him on a steroid to help relieve the inflammation. The first dose was Saturday evening.
Sunday morning Oliver wasn’t feeling well, and I found him hiding under the bed. His tumor was more swollen, and felt warm to the touch, and he wasn’t very interested in his breakfast. I canceled my plans for the day, and we snuggled in to watch a movie in the morning, while he settled down some. I ended up getting the deck ready to be cleaned and then scrubbing about half of it. That is a lot of work!
He was perkier in the evening and ready for dinner before snuggling in for the night. Overnight he did more roaming too, restless before coming back to bed to snuggle more. I didn’t give him the steroid again, just in case his discomfort was a result of the medication. This morning he was ready for breakfast, but then went to curl up somewhere out of the way afterwards.
I talked to the vet today and he says it is more likely that he is fighting an infection in the tumor tissue than swelling caused by the prednisone. So, back on the med, and watch and wait for a couple days to see if the swelling goes down. We’ll see how he does.