Part I As I wrote in last week’s logs, “Since then, she has been treated with an anti-inflammatory, and seems to be improving. As you will see in the video, it still appears as if she is splaying her back feet out. This may be in response to pain, or it may be an indication of something more significant. The improvement we saw was from the pain killer, by the time we came back from picking up the pups (2 days later), we observed something more significant, a growth on the bottom of Lakota’s paw. After a vet check, it was determined that surgery was the only option. On Friday, May 16th, we drugged Lakota and took her to the Ely Vet Clinic and had a 2 inch benign tumor removed from the bottom of her paw. The tumor grew quickly and had caused significant irritation to the bottom of her pad. Concerned about the issues of stitches on the bottom of her pad in a dirt environment and the possibility of her ripping her stitches, the Vet asked us to keep her inside the lab for a few days with the bandage on, and under 24 hour surveillance.

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