Saturday, August 21, 2010

Banjo's Boo-boo

Today I'm going to tell you why I have not been blogging much lately. Some of you might remember me posting about Banjo being sick last month. If not, you can read about it here.

Well we thought he was all better after taking the medicine and getting rid of the infection but a few weeks ago mom noticed a small hard mass in the same spot where the swelling had been weeks before. She kept checking it over the next few days and soon feared the mass was getting bigger. After talking to the nice lady vet on the phone, they decided it needed to be checked out. So Banjo went to the clinic and let them see his lump, that couldn't be seen only felt. The doctor sent him home with some more antibiotics and asked mom to bring him back in two weeks when the medicine was all gone.

Mom gave Banjo his medicine every day for a week but the lump did not get smaller, it grew bigger. So she took Banjo back out to the clinic and had the doctor exam him again before the medicine was all gone. The doctor was surprised the medicine was not helping and after doing some thinking, told mom that she believed he had "granular tissue" growing in his chest and worried that it was getting too close to his jugular vein so she wanted to do surgery to remove the mass.

Mom could not decide what to do cause Banjo seemed to be feeling fine and the lump was not causing him any pain at all. She hated to put the little runt through surgery if it was not absolutely necessary. But after talking to the doctor again, she decided it was best to have the lump removed now and not take the chance it would continue to grow and become more difficult to remove.

So, Banjo had surgery last Thursday morning and came home that evening. We have been staying inside and taking lots of naps since then. Banjo has pain medicine to take and goes back in two weeks to get the stitches out. I have to warn you the incision is not purdy. Mom says he is going to have an awful scar cause the skin in the center of the mass was stretched so thin the doctor had a hard time closing the wound.

Here are some more pictures.

This last picture is closeup.
You might not want to look if these things make you sick.


Minna Krebs said...

My poor Banjo!!! I didn't knows you were needing da surgeries!?!?

I am sooooooooo releeved to know that you be doing okay! Rest and takes your medicines. We be thinking of you

And I don't thinks that scar will change your cuteness one bit!!!

Healing Hugs

Yoda & Brutus said...

Poor Banjo!! We are glad he came through the surgery ok!!

Pugs & Kisses,

Yoda & Brutus

Painter Pack said...

Poor baby!! We crossing paws for a complete recovery!!

Mya Boo Boo

Dip-Dip and The Bridge said...

Poor little Banjo, that looks so sore.
We hope you are feeling better very soon beautiful boy.
Wags, Dip Bridge and Elliot xx

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for the little guy. Was the VET right about what it was?

BRUTUS said...

You poor thing! What a big chunk of you the vet must have had to remove - it looks like they could barely pull enough skin back around there to sew up! Are your front legs closer together than they used to be?? At least you don't have to wear the cone of shame! Healing vibes coming your way, little buddy!

Brutus & Carmen

Twix said...

Oh gosh! I thought that lump was long gone. Last I heard from you it was anyway. Poor Banjo. I know you and your mom are taking good care of him. Did your vet say it was what she thought it was? Banjo and I are just not having a good summer this year.
Snuggles and hugs,

Benny and Lily said...

Oh Banjo you poor baby...hope you feel better soon
Benny & Lily

Matilda said...

Oh poor Banjo!
I think that having surgery was a good decision. I really hope you feel better soon.
Please take care of yourself.

Lorenza said...

I did not know!
Sure it was best not to take chances!
I hope your boo-boo heals soon!
Paws crossed!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

OH, that looks awful for poor Banjo. It reminds Mom of Phantom's surgery last summer, but his ouchie was a little lower down on the chest. It must be so uncomfortable. Does he have to wear a shirt or anything? Please give Banjo some gentle hugs and snooter smoochies from us.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Oh my!

Paws khrossed fur a khwikhk rekhovery -

I think lots of cheese is in order!

AND maybe even some bakhon!

Khyra and Khousin Merdie

Avery Jack said...

Oh Banjo! I am so sorry to hear about this, but at least you got that nasty thing out. I am hoping for a speedy recovery and tell Bijou to take good care of you..

May Chi Kisses,

Draco and his Mom said...

Man Banjo, you will have some battle scar to show off. I am so happy that the VET got all of the bad stuff out of you. We hope you feel 100% real soon, you can give your mom the sad puppy eye for along time, more cheese for you!


Oh poor Banjo!

What an ordeal both he and you and your poor mommy have been through. Butt, we are glad that he is so much better now.

Take care of each other!

Riley and Star.

Minna Krebs said...

Hello theres Bijou and Banjo!! I gots your message. You can finds me at

I hope you are both having a great Sunday


the 4 Bs said...

hi Bijou, oh, poor little Banjo. that is a big wound that he has on his chest now. it will probably look better when the stitches are out. he is very brave.

take good care of your little bruzzer and we'll send him some super B healing vibes.


Nadine, Chewy and Lilibell said...

Poor Banjo, I'm going to give your boo boo a kiss to make it all better. Chewy and I are very sorry to hear what you've gone through, butt we are glad that you are better now and got that nasty lump removed. You take care of yourself, okay?!

Waggles & Chi kisses, Chewy & Lilibell

Little Miss Jada Kiss said...

Aww, poor Banjo. Hope he has a speedy recovery! Sending him Jada"kisses" ***MWAH*** xoxo

Kari in WeHo said...

oh my! you poor little guy :)

Don't forget, we moved to

Hailey said...

Banjo! Me and Lala are sending you much hugs & smoochies to help your owie heal faster!

Bijou thanks for keeping us all informed!!!!

Hugs & smoochies! XOXO

Rambo said...

Aye carumba!! That looks like it hurts. It hurted my eyes for sure.
Hope you feel better soon Banjo!!

C.l.o.v.e.r. said...

Oh Banjo! I am so sorry you had to have that surgery, it looks like your scar is sore. :( Sending lots of love and hugs your way!

JAZEVOX said...

im glad that Banjo have the lump removed earlier, so he doesnt have to deal with it anymore. get well soon Banjo. new follower, jazevox

Cocorue said...

oh BanjoBanjo,

we are sending you loooooooooots of hugs and kisses,

please get well soon, very soon so your hooman will feel better

coco and tiffy

Cloud the Wonder Dog said...

Oh no!!! Poor Banjo... we feel so bad fur him.
And you know mom especially does, she really, really loves him! We are sending lots of get well kisses and hugs.

Cloud and his mom

Martine said...

We have been so bad about getting around the blogs and are so sad we missed your posts on sweet Banjo and his surgery. We hope the little guy is feeling better... and don't worry, scars give us all character!

xo martine & the kiddlets