|Posted on October 20, 2010 at 11:59 AM|
Well it was supposed to be a trip to the vet to file down a tusk. After all, the tumor took up half his face. The tusk was cutting into the bottom of the tumor and making it difficult for him to eat and undoubtedly uncomfortable. How could anyone even think about removal of such a thing? Besides, it's just a pig. Put him out of his misery would be the advised course. That is not an option in this rescue. And especially not because it would be the most cost effective or the most convenient course.
How it got that big is a long story but the short version is that it was diagnosed benign in January, 2008 when it was the size of a large shooter marble. Then there was the fire. Then there was the chaos of having nowhere to live for months and months and the care of almost 200 animals that were no longer in the same place we were. Before we knew it, two years had passed and the chaos continued.
But this particular vet, who just happens to walk on water, decided he would not send Kato home with that thing still hanging on his face. There is a photo album for those with strong constitutions. The pictures are graphic. Kato is fine, recovering quite nicely but a culture of the pus in the tumor showed a strain of Klebsiella which is being treated. I cannot get the Cipro in him because it tastes so nasty but a bottle of Gentocin for injection is on the way...Of course if anyone might want to make a donation, it would be much appreciated.