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I’ve Got a Lump

So here it is, I’ve got a lump.  I didn’t want my mom to know since the first thing that comes up when you google lump is “cancer” and I didn’t want her freaking out.  But of course, mom pays close attention to my health and she saw it right away.

The lump is about the size of a marble, and you can move it around under the skin.  During our Olympics Party, mom’s friend Karl, who is a human doctor, felt the lump and decided it seemed like a lipoma.  Apparently this type of benign tumor is common in both humans and dogs.  My grandma also went to the vet in the US and asked the doctor there, and he said that it’s possible it could be a parasite since there’s so many weird diseases over here.  Here’s a photo of my lump for all you animal experts out there:

Here’s my lump. Apologies for the x-rated photo

Over the course of the week, mom continued to check on my lump.  Towards the middle of the week, it changed shape slightly and we thought it was getting better.  But no, a few days later it went back to the original shape and now my skin is red on the area where the lump is located.

Mom decided to consult her book, “Where There Is No Animal Doctor” to see if there were any ideas on what to do about my lump.

Our reference book

There is a section called “lumps and bumps”, but mom didn’t really want to biopsy my lump herself so we gave up on the book.

Ok, enough with this book

Finally, mom decided to call the Tanzanian Veterinarian.  He came over yesterday and determined that the lump was not screwworm, which is good because that would have been totally disgusting!  However, he also had no idea what was wrong with me.  Obviously, he decided to throw the kitchen sink at the lump (metaphorically, of course) just to be on the safe side.

So, yesterday, I got my first of many injections.  If I thought yesterday’s single injection was bad, then I had no idea what was coming today.  The vet showed up with not one, but THREE syringes and proceeded to give me a shot of antibiotics, a shot of antiparasitic, and a shot of an anti-inflammatory drug.  I was SO angry after the second shot that I up and ran away and hid.  But, alas, mom found me and dragged me back for more torture.  She even tried to trick me with a treat of peanut butter, but I’m not that stupid.

Finally it was done and I went and sulked for the remainder of the afternoon.

Still sulking…












This dumb lump better hurry up and go away or I’m going to force mom to take me back to America to figure out the problem there!

April 6, 2013

Following up on the lump saga:  I never did get a firm diagnosis, but mom is pretty sure that the Tanzanian Veterinarian was wrong and that I did actually have a screwworm.  The lump got better after the shots of anti-inflammatory and anti-parasitic (also a de-wormer) and then one day, my mom pulled this out of my skin right where the lump had been:

Yup, this nasty thing came out of my lump

Yup, this nasty thing came out of my lump


Ever since, I’ve been lump-free!

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The Tanzanian Veterinarian, Part 2

As I said in my previous post, I have to get daily shots of antibiotics to make sure that my foot injury doesn’t become serious.  On Saturday, we scheduled my second appointment with Jovi for 10am Sunday morning.  At around 9:45, mom and I set out for Jovi’s house, which he had described for us the day before.  But, as we learned, Tanzanians are not experts at giving directions.

After asking about 3 different people, we finally found the turn-off for the Mwanzan suburb where Jovi lived.  We drove down a long dirt road through several villages that we never even knew existed.  Again, we had to stop and ask where Jovi’s building was located.  Mom asked one man, “doktori mbwa?” and the man replied, “I know what a vet is, but I don’t know where he is, ask someone else”.  So we drove on and stopped at a pharmacy.  Mom had to wake the girl working there to ask, “do you know where Jovi the dog doctor lives?”  She looked at me and at mom with a blank stare, “what do you want?”  “We are looking for a man named Jovi”.  “A man?”  Clearly this was going nowhere, so we continued driving.

Looking for Jovi

Eventually, we found the compound where Jovi said he lived, but unfortunately his phone was not working and there were about 100 houses there.  Mom was going to start knocking on doors asking for Jovi, but I didn’t really think that was a smart idea and I didn’t really want to get another shot anyway.

After asking a few more people about Jovi with no helpful answers, we decided to just return home and wait until we could reach him on the phone.  I was happy because I got to ride in a car with mom for one and a half hours without having to get a shot, but mom was upset about using so much time.  We drove home and waited for Jovi’s call.

Driving home

Not surprisingly, Jovi’s call never came and I got to spend Sunday injection-free.  On Monday, however, I was not quite so lucky.

After mom got home from work yesterday, we went for a walk and then Jovi arrived with his bag of torture gear.  Mom thought she was clever and had some sticks with peanut butter and some sausages ready to distract me from the shot, but I’m not a little puppy anymore and that stuff doesn’t work on me like it used to.

Taking a breather while Jovi prepares

This time, I had to get TWO shots, one for antibiotics and one for internal and external parasites to control the mites that might be causing my mange.  The first one was in my neck and I survived.  The second one was in my bum and it hurt like heck!

Getting a shot in my bum

After the shot I leapt out of mom’s arms and ran away, while trying to itch my bum.  It was a stinging and an itching feeling both at the same time.  This caused me to run around in circles chasing the itchy spot; you should try to itch your bum with a long body like me!  And of course, everyone just sat and laughed at me; next time I’d like to see them get a shot in the bum and be totally cool about it.

Lastly, Jovi left my mom with a solution to mix in water and spray onto my skin to control mites, fleas, and ticks.  On the box of skin medicine was a picture of my favorite animal, the cow, so this made me feel cool.  It also made me wonder if Jovi thinks I’m a livestock…

Me and my livestock medicine

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