Isaac is having surgery tomorrow. It's a very minor surgical procedure. He has a mole on his tail and is having it removed.
I discovered the mole about a month ago. It is on the underside of his tail, near the base. He was on his back, enjoying a good belly rub, when I spotted it. At first glance, I thought it was a tick. That's what it looks like. It is the size and shape and color of a tick. And I thought, how on earth did he get a tick in the middle of winter?
Then I looked closer and realized it was not a tick but some sort of growth on the skin. Like a mole.
So I made an appointment to have the vet check it out.
It is indeed a mole. Probably nothing serious, but the vet said the dark color was a bit concerning. He said we could wait and watch it a while, or he could freeze it off, or he could surgically remove it. He recommended surgically removing it, because then we could get pathology on it. Even if it is a melanoma or something like that, it should be easy to remove the whole thing surgically. The prognosis would be good.
And it will be a minor surgical procedure. He will have a few stitches and have to keep his tail clean and dry until they come out (so no rolling in poop for a week or so) but should recovery quickly and should not have too much discomfort.
I'm not worried about the results of the pathology. I wasn't worried about anything until today, when I started worrying about the procedure itself and the anesthesia. He's been under anesthesia before, when he was neutered and again when he had a tooth pulled. But there is always a risk, with anesthesia. A small risk, but still a risk.
I think it's going to be hard to sleep tonight. I'm sure he'll be fine. But I still think it's going to be hard to sleep tonight.