Monday, November 28, 2011

My Big Trip to the Small Hospital

That's right! Today was the day I totally went to the Tufts School of Veterinary Medicines to have my large and not totally healthy self examined. Yuh, for sure.

Now, mind you, momma was a bit stressy over the entire affair. So much so that she accidentally had this abomination for breakfast. How did that even get into our cold box?

Not to mention I totally missed breakfast. You have to be kidding me!

And then we pull up at this place even though I told her I don't know how many times that I am most certainly NOT a small animal. Sheesh! I mean, just look at me, will ya?

Momma told me to wait in the car whilst she busied herself transporting the wheelbarrows full of cash in that are apparently required to get an audience with these folks.

By the time she had finished my appointment had arrived. Just as well since I am not keen on all that waiting room stuff.

Now, you wanna hear something weird? Even though the flashy was in her pocket the whole time she was all like "Oh, Mango, I don't want to be distracted taking pictures because I need to listen really hard to what the doctors say." Like when did she decide that there is anything more important than recording every moment of my large and fascinating life in the digitals format?

So you will not see a photo of the nice fourth year student lady who interviewed me. This being a teaching hospital, one always has to talk to the students first. Some humans get annoyed with that, but I'm not bothered. How else will they learn? And you know what else? This was student doctor's lucky day because how often is she going to see a fine specimen such as myself?

Student vet talked to momma for a loooong time and then she listened to my heart and pulled on my leggies and I have to admit to getting a bit twitchy when she pulled on my owie leg, but I was brave.

And then she left and we hung out and FINALLY out comes the flashy, but look, just me. Duh.

We kind of had to wait a while and I got bored and decided to see what it would feel like to be under the table. It felt cozy.

Finally Dr. Orthopedics comes in. He was a jolly little dude who I could tell loved me totally from the start. And I kind of liked him until he started all poking and prodding and pulling my leggies and flipping me over from one side to the other like a bag of potatoes. He was all like "Oh, Mango, lay down, oh, Mango, stand up, now lay down the other way." Make up your mind!

Next thing I know, Dr. Orthopedics and Student Nurse Lady clip on my leash and whisk me away from momma. Then they stuck a needle in me and I'm thinking, "OK, take blood, whatever." But that is so not what happened because the next thing I know Dr. Orthopedics is saying , "Mango, wake up." And he takes me out to the lobby and there is momma.

Mind you, I was feeling a bit, um, disconnected from my body. All floaty and dizzy. Momma says I was STONED! And Dr. Orthopedics even lifted my large and complex bottom into the mastiff mobile for me.

Do I look stoned to you?

Friends, I would love to write more, but I feel kind of sleepy right now. So in a rare show of generosity, I will turn my blog over to momma and her dumb italicized blue words. Later!

Mango Man! Oh yeah!

Mango is, indeed, still quite dorked out. The anesthesia also seems to have affected his innards and he alternates between passing out in bed and lurching for the back door to do his business, but honestly, right now, I don't think he is very aware of his surroundings.

His x-rays showed "... boney changes (arthritis) and an opaque coloring within the joint... these signs are classic for joint instability related to degenerative changes with the cranial cruciate ligament (ACL)"

At this point surgery is not recommended and he will be treated medically with exercise, physical therapy, medication, and (gasp) a diet. He is down to 210, but the vet would like to see him drop another 10-20 pounds (poor dear).

As for his big foot, the new theory (which sounds reasonable to me) is that the residual lump might have been there for some time and the original swelling was, indeed, an insect sting and the increased scrutiny of his foot coincidental with that caused us to see for the first time his lump. But x-rays look great.

They also took some joint fluid from his knee to check for any immune related disorders given his history of lyme disease (should hear back about that later this week).

Overall, well worth the trip (although 6 1/2 hours makes it a long day) and generally good news.

Mango Momma


Sue said...

Sounds like it was an auspicious day for vet visits.

Morgan is in complete sympathy with you on the ACL and arthritis problems. She's doing really well and can even climb stairs again, though very slowly. The worst part for her is that she has to lose two pounds and keep her weight down to ease stress on the legs.

Good luck Mango and even more luck to Mama.
The Portie Mom

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

KA CHING goes the vettie's cash register....

Now, Mango, mind you I am doing PRIVATE DUTY here, but I'm not charging you half the exorbitant rate my superior nursing skills deserve....

Perhaps you can borrow some of Miss Sunshade's perfect stem cells for your ACLs and such....

Now, time for you bed bath....


Beastie RN

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Sounds like a pretty thorough exam and a manageable plan. We hope you can avoid surgery. Mango, we are sorry about the needed weight loss, so hard to take it off.
lots of luck, pal. Have a restful zoned-out sleep tonight:)

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! Oh Mango rest well. YES I agree the Student Vet is very lucky to meet you. Sending you Lots of Golden Healing Thoughts. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Sam said...

Poor Mango, we hope you feel better soon!


SissySees said...

We know all about those road trips, starvation and waking up feeling weird. Bah. Hopefully the other tests will come back just fine, although dieting doesn't sound cool at all.

Jen said...

Oh goodness Mango! We (me and Sophie, well and Guinness too) all know about ACL's around here. Sophie has partial tears in both with signs of arthritis too. And Guinness had ACL surgery when he lived with his last family. Not the end of the world, but not that much fun- especially when it comes to the diet! Once again, Soph feels for you there- her weight is very strictly monitored too.

Hang in there buddy!
Jen and the mostly Black Dog Crew

KB said...

Yes, Mango, you look VERY stoned. I won't giggle at your photo - I promise.

I'm glad that it was generally good news. Nothing life-threatening (except maybe the diet) - that makes for GOOD news. PT should be fun. Do you like underwater treadmills? Hmm, I don't know if they make a relentlessly huge one...

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I'd say RUN from THAT 'nurse khratchet' BUT given your loooooopy self,


She's liable to trikhk woo into marrying her large buttsie -

I'm glad to see woo weathered the trek to the big city okay and charmed all woo got to slobber on!

PeeEssWoo: It takes like 87 of ME to make one of WOO!

Mimi and CC Cabana said...

All I can say is, Mango, your momma sure loves you. Not every momma would go to such lengths for their babies, canine or human, sadly enough. And wow, you have an ACTUAL mattress for a bed--now that's what I'm talking about.

A Wonderful Dogs Life said...

Looks like a comfy Mastiff mobile you got there. That is a long Dr. trip. I've heard veterinary teaching hospitals are supposed to be good. I think they should be the most up to date on treatments.

That's great your Mom loves you so much to take you to the specialists. Wouldn't it be a great world if all pawrents were that caring and kind to their fur babies.

Hope your feeling better soon.


Berts Blog said...

Mango Dude....Are you awake yet?

Are you there? Whew what a day for you. But you got more answers and that is good.

Boy that weight loss thing though. My Vickie says that will be a really tough thing for you.

She is always trying to loose some weight, gotta say, I had no idea you weighed that much.

You are way bigger than I thought all this time.

Anyway, Glad you have some answers and hopefully the medications will help you feel better. And like KB says, those tredmill water pools are pretty cool or so Jamie says.

We seen one at our vets a few weeks ago that would fit you for sure.

Take Care

Two French Bulldogs said...

Feel better Mango Man. Even though we wanted to hear the update from you, the blue nutty words explained everything purrty good
Benny & Lily

Pee S. Jolly dude wants you to lose more weight!!!!! Probably because its a small animal hospital

Laura, Lance, and Vito said...

I'm so glad you don't need surgery Mango! But the recommendations sure do sounds like a lot of work for your momma. Go easy on her.

Nola said...

Momma knows all about the evil joint monster! So glad you don't need surgery! You're right though, you look quite stoned!
Kisses and Tail Wags,
Dachshund Nola

Keisha said...

I sorry u had to go to the v-e-t! I hope u feels all better very soons. :)

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

Hmm... do you lose your Official Mastiff Dude status if you drop below 200 lbs? Might want to check the official club bylaws.

We're glad to learn your general health is GFYA [Good For Your Age], although we suspect the D-word is going to cause some mental distress. We hope the Pea will share his Christmas loot with you; sounds like Mango Momma may have blown the Mango Christmas Pressie trust fund on this Very Important Pup medical check-up. But the peace of mind is priceless.

Here's our idea for your Christmas pressie: Mango Master can build you a Mango-sized therapy pool in the basement, right after he installs the elevator so you can get down there. He is almost finished with Foster House #2, right? Or he could add a therapy pool addition to the workshop so you could do your therapies while he is doing his woodworking.

Hope the dope has worn off and you have a good week.

Jed & Abby

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Howdy Uncle Stony Mango, what a day you and your Momma had. Your Momma must have been a little coo coo to be drinking Naked Mango juice. Ewwww. Missing out on breakfast must have lost about 10 pounds already so not much more to go.

No flashy photos? Wasn't any thermometer involved was there?

Your Dr and Nurse sound pretty nice. We think you were very brave. We wonder how they lifted you for the X Ray thingy. Now that would have made a good photo.

Have a nice rest Uncle Mango. We love you big fella. Hugs to you and one for Dexter.

Well done Momma. You must have been exhausted yourself. Lucky
Uncle Mango has such a great Momma. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

kissa-bull said...

all those meddies should bring out some most interesting toots for sures tee hee hee

healing sugars
the pittie pack

Bouncing Bertie said...

Mango, yes you do look stoned. And I am a bit worried that the diet idea might be just to get you to conform to some dumb idea emanating from a 'small animal hospital' about what is an appropriate size for one of their patients....
Toodle pip!

Marvin -The Hollow Hound said...

ah, stoned indeed. But imho much better to be stoned at these "appointments" rather than face up to what and where they are gonna poke you. Or is "face up" possibly not the right expression in these circumstances.

Last time I was at the V.E.T.s Mango, I was minding my own business when the V.E.T. did something most bizarre with a thermometer.

I am seriously thinking of sueing......

I am pleased it was good news, and I hope by now the stoned feeling has worn off.

mucho licks, Marvin xxxxx

Keith Andrea said...

.,Poor Mango, hope you feel better soon.

Dog Fence
It's all about Bichon Frise

Maggie and Mitch said...

A diet? You look perfect to us just the size you are, Mango! They are sure thorough there, aren't they!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

gYpSy jU said...

Mango ~ were you hiding underneath that bench? ;-)

I hope you are feeling better real soon. I've had two operations this year and I am soooooo much happier now. So hope you are feeling happier and healthier again real soon.

Gypsy ;-) x

Declan said...

Mango Man, you look like you scored some great gear. Hehe! Glad it was good news from the monumentally huge animal hospital! Deccy x

Priscilla said...

The vet visit sounds thorough and comprehensive and it seems you enjoyed your moment with the lady nurse there.

Sorry to hear that DIET is another concern but I hope your momma won't take it too serious or cast the spell on her so she won't remember what she has said before.

Anyway, keep your happy self happy and keep healthy!

HoundDogMom said...

Mango, we are sorry you had such a rough day, but we can see that the meds they gave you helped you out, to the other side of the world, Stoner....We are glad it was nothing serious and with time you will be feeling great. When we had Tabby she tore her ACL and had it fixed. They used 200lb fishing line and doubled it over like 4 times and this was her new ligament. She did great and never knew she had anything done. But she to had to loose some weight. Mom will find it doesn't come off as easy as it went on. Sniffs, The HoundDogs

Anonymous said...

Mango, are you awake?!!! Hope this new treatment regime does the trick.

Lassiter Chase and Benjamin said...

Oh Mango, sorry to hear about all your ouchies. Good thing your Momma was able to fit all those wheelbarrows full of cash in the car with you. Poor Momma probably had to drive standing up, with her head sticking out the sun roof to make sure everything fit in the car! Glad to hear the doctors were able to figure some of your ouchies out.

Anonymous said...

RH, you can't help the DOH wanting to consume a mango smoothie. Everyone wants to be Mango. even if they have to injest small amounts of him.

DOH: see? now it was totally worth the 6.5 hours and buckeroos... you'll sleep better at night too. so the foot thing, i don't quite get it. he had a lump there, but then a bug sting which inflamed it more and it isn't going away? i didn't really quite understand it...

but it sounds like good news on leg and foot... good for RH... Juno and he can commiserate on the diet... they can run away together to Paris where they can eat all the cheese and jambon or croque monsiers they want...

Sewmouse said...

Arthur Itis has come to our house too, Mr. Mango. He left me limping every time I go up and down the stairs after a nap. The 2-legs slave says that she has it too, and she is just a spring chicken compared to my venerable 20-yr old self. Just take it slow until the old joints warm up and everything is peachy, say I.

Kili. The cat.

Amber DaWeenie said...

Lose Weight......OH NOSE!

Butt at least everything else doesn't sound too bad...except da empty sound of your Momma's purse!


Heather and Pumpkin said...

Good thing you lost those 10 lbs or you would have had to go to the zoo to be xrayed.


brooke said...

Naked Mango!!!!
Sounds like pretty good news (no surgery!), hope you recover from being drugged up!

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock said...

This might come as a shock, Mango Buddy, but you're SMALL compared to me (1,000+lbs and growing!).

Hope the treatment works wonders!

The Army of Four said...

Woo. Sounds like pretty good news to us, Mango! We go to a teaching hospital, too, so we're used to all the "first the student then the vet" stuff -- and that it takes a lot of time. They do great work at those places, though - we hope they're on to getting you good and healthy!!!
PS: My only complaint is that they ALWAYS seem to forget to feed me when I have to go! Woo.

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

Good luck on the weight loss thing. Carrleigh has been trying to loose a pound or two for several months now. Guess it's easier to loose when you weigh 210 instead of 23 pounds, isn't it? We hope you've got over being stoned!!

The Rocky Creek Scotties and Ivy

Anonymous said...

Ah Mango I sure is happy that you gots the Fancy Vets OK! This is good news. I is very happy that you is gonna be well. But I am not sure about this loose weight thing, I mean YOU ARE the MANGO and how can anyone say that you is too BIG and needs to loose weight? This is not a good thing. Yous gots to keep up your Large Selfs strength up.

I thinks you needs to negotiate this diet thing.

woos, Tessa

Jake of Florida said...

Mango Man,

We're happy for the good news, but we understand oh too well what that four-letter word --- diet -- means 'cause we've been in short rations for at least six months.

Humans get funny ideas sometimes, don't they!

Wirey love,

Jake and Just Harry

Of Pit Bulls and Patience said...

Oh wow Mango Man- you sure do lead an interesting life! I wouldn't have the money to call Tufts Vet, let alone hang out there for a day! You be a good boy and stick to that diet so we can see years and years worth of pictures of those beautiful lips!

The Boston Lady said...

Oh yeah Mango, you were stoned alright. Glad you got some answers and hopefully you will start feeling better. Now pass on some of that stuff to your Momma, she needs to rest and contemplate. Ann TBL

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Mango, You do appear a bit stoned!

Glad your report was good so far!

Au and Target said...

Poor old Mango! We're purring for you, darling. And for the mummy who must be totally broke after consulting all those vets. Wishing you healthy bods and lots of the green stuff.

Anonymous said...

No surgery is good news! Although the diet thing is a bit of a downer :( I feel for ya Mango pal! Keepin paws crossed.

Hugs and wags,
The Roo Family

Just Ramblin' said...

Sounds like you had a good trip to the vet and got good news...other than the diet. But there are some good foods out there that will taste good I am sure and still help you lose weight too. : )

Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

We've (where 'we' means Mom) been slacking on the bloggie thing, but we're finally getting around to you... So they gave you good drugs, huh? Cool! As for the diet... so they're cutting you down from 50lbs of kibble a week to 49lbs? Heehee. We are still pondering the 'small animals' thing, but maybe you are small when compared to, ah, erm, an aircraft carrier? But, hey, it sounds like your photocopies are pretty good, considering you are a gentleman of, erm, dignified years. ;-)

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

Chester said...

I don't know what's funnier, the mastiff mobile pullin' up to the small animal hospital (along with the wheelbarrows full of cash), OR your Relentlessly Stoned Self. Your mom shoulda put an empty bag of Doritos beside ya to capture for all of the world to see.
All that to say, I'm glad you now know what's goin' inside that cavernous body of yours and that no surgeries will need to be performed on your Mango-ness.

Woofs and medicated slobbers,
Chester ;0=)

Marjie said...

Small animal hospital indeed. I guess you have never seen a horse or cow. Those guys are really tall. Glad Dr. Orthopedics gave you a generally good report, and of course he loved you from the start! How could he not?

And tell Momma to cook you veggies and whatnot. You will never have to say the dreaded "d-word" and those extra 10 to 20 pounds will vanish. Trust me; it worked for Thor.

Kitty+Coco said...

Oh dear Gawd, a 10-20 lb weight loss???? I guess you saw Dr. Permanent Killjoy. We are so sorry Mango! Maybe if you would have shown them your nards they would have been dazzled. Just saying.


houndstooth said...

I'm sure glad it was sort of old age related stuff and not serious disease kind of stuff! Now we can all poke a little good-natured fun at Mango during his diet. Perhaps he'd like to train to race me like Pip did?


Sapphire said...

feel better Mango!

Cinnamon said...

I am sorry to hear that you've been going through a hard time. I really hope that you will feel better soon.

Peppy Sheppys said...

This is a most interesting tale! We hope that your physio and whatnot are helpful. But what's up with tht diet crap? You need many minerables and vitaminables to keep up your strength!

Sheps w/Pep, Otis & Ed.

ps. Our ma ape drinks that Mango juice. She is truly a monster.

Chris said...

Feel better, Mango. Hope all your tests come back good!

achieve1dream said...

Poor Mango!! You get stoned and learned to have to go on a diet, not a great day for the Mango Man! I'm glad it's a manageable diagnoses. What medicine are they putting him on? Good luck with the diet. If he's anything like whiney butt Jackal that's going to be the worse part lol.

Regarding your comment on Chrome's gelding post, how do you edit faces out of a video? What video editor do you use? I would definitely do that if I could figure out how. :)

rottrover said...

How did we miss this good news update?? Do you take glucocimine, Mango?? We take K-9 Liquid Health which Mom gets from the Amazon place. She just starts giving it to us when we turn 5 cuz us big doggies are hard on our joints. Pee-wee should probly try some too just cuz he's so bouncy & stuff. Glad to hear you're OK, but sorry about the d*#t.

-Bart and Ruby

achieve1dream said...

Interesting wasn't it? :) Yep, it is extremely important for horses to exercise after getting gelded to keep the incision open on the outside until the inside heals. I hate making him do it, but really he does not act like he's in as much pain as I would think he should be. :) I'm glad you found the video interesting. I'm going to check it out because Chrome's was the first I had ever see lol. Thanks for sharing it.

Maggie Mae said...


Is you awake yet? OoH you has to go on a D-I-E-T, dat is not gonna be fun but if it will help you to feel better den you should do it cuz we sure want you to feel better. :)

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae and Max

FiveSibesMom said...

Oh, sounds like a very good vet visit! Go Mango! When I saw the "stoned" picture, it just made me laugh!

Have you thought about laser therapy? He sounds like a good candidate. I'm doing a post on it later today and it may be of interest. Gibson has since lost 14 pounds as he is now able to move better and walk more. I have to fill me up with coffee first, so it will be a little later on!

Husky hugs to sweet Mango. And very happy for the good news!

tula said...

hey mango, we've seen woo on druggies and it's not pretty... geesh. how in the world did your momma evah load woo back in the mastiff mobile? and back to the estate!!!

glad there's nothing seriously wrong-- except that Diet thing:)


Daisy Dog said...

Hey Mango, Sounds like you had quite the vet adventure! Are you awake yet?

Moose said...

Bummer about the diet and the knee thingy sounds worrisome but glad your lump was nothin'! Sounds like an adventure indeed glad they could help you even though it was a 'small animal' hospital. At least their tables were big enou for you to fit under. Momma should have got video of how you got out from under there without knocking the whole thing over!

Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello mango its dennis the vizsla dog hay yes yoo totaly luk like owr frend spicoli the former dea drug sniffing dog in that pikcher!!! but i am glad abowt the gud helth nooz tho not so mutch abowt the diet!!! ennyway stay helthy ok??? ok!!! ok bye

Bocci said...

Glad to hear that Mango is generally, O.K. Did I see 210 pounds??? Wow! what with those wheelbarrows full of cash, your Mom must be stressed out! We hope you both have a relaxing weekend!

The Island Cats said...

Hi ya, Mango! We hope you aren't feeling woozy anymore, and are back to normal. We hope what Dr. Orthopedics recommends helps you feel better...'cept we're not sure about that D word...that doesn't sound like much fun at all!!

FiveSibesMom said...

I know you mentioned you were interested in hearing about the laser therapy, so I wanted to let you know I posted part of my article and a video about it on today's blog in case you want to check it out. Hope Mango is doing well!

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ArtemisiaFSS said...

I hate diets, I is on one and Mommy says I am not doing very good on it. I feels for you Mango. ~Scylla the Kitty Cow

The Thuglets said...

Sorry we are so late posting. You just can't get the staff!
Sounds like mango had a very through medical check. So pleased to read the good news.
A diet at there's is challenge Mango!

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

Tucker said...

It is nice to have answers! Hope Mango is feeling better,

woof - Tucker