Well, it sucks. Lucy and Jack went to the vets this morning. Jack wasn't scheduled, but I fell asleep watching the Olympics last night, dropped the remote off my lap at some point, it cracked it open, and Jack decided to snack on one of the AAA batteries. What a bonehead! Didn't swallow it, but ate it open and I found vomit, which I assumed was his. The vet checked him out, didn't find burns or lesions in his mouth- gums and teeth okay- he was as happy as a clam to be getting checked out and prodded. Thankfully that ended well (and I didn't even get charged!).
Lucy is not so lucky. :( The vet watched the video I made of Lucy's gagging attacks, and found a large mass along the bone of her top jaw. I never noticed it, but if you look at her muzzle from the top you can see the left side is incredibly large compared to the right. She said nothing could be diagnosed without exploratory surgery, but it has a chance of being squamous cell carcinoma, in her jaw and spreading to her throat. The other issue might just be an infected bone, and the gagging attacks from a collapsing trachea. Or, it could be larangeal paralysis which is incurable without surgery (which would be risky, given Lucy's bad reaction to anesthesia during her dental) and can cause suffocation if the dog goes into an attack and can't get out of it. The vet said she was also concerned about Lucy's condition, seeing she lost another 4 lbs since her dental 2 months ago. This means she is almost 10 lbs. below her normal weight of 61 lbs. I think she's even a lb or 2 below her racing weight now. :o(
The vet gave us antibiotics (in case, by chance, it may be an infection), tramadol for pain and more Deramaxx, an anti-inflammatory. We also got a brochure on Pet Haven, to plan end-of-life issues if that is the route we choose to go. I have no idea what to do. What the heck do I do? She galloped a few paces in the snow today, but refused to eat even peanut butter (her favorite snack). I did get her a timbit at Tim Horton's, which she ate. One minute she's looking perky on the bed and the next minute her mouth is covered in blood from her bad gums. I don't know what to do?