A couple of days ago, one of Thors ears swelled up. I don't like taking him to the vet. Thor is the oldest mastiff we've ever had, at 8-1/4 years old, and I don't want anyone telling me to do anything which might be harmful to my children's best friend. So, reluctantly, I agreed to let Jeffrey and Kellie take Thor to a new vet (we were not going back to the fat guy who said Thor needed a diet and we should take him to Philly for surgery because of his minor limp). They were very pleased with this new vet. They said the office was staffed with plump ladies who just gooed over Thor and the couple of other pets who were there: this is a good thing.
The ear swelling was a hematoma caused by his ear flapping. She gave us ointment and prednisone (50 mg - that's a hefty dose!). She didn't want to drain it, for fear of causing other problems, stating that the swelling will simply be absorbed back into his body over time. He has a number of cysts all over his body, and we've been told that mastiffs are prone to those. She said they're benign, and unless one or more start growing like crazy, we should just leave them alone. She didn't mention that he's quite old, which leads us to believe Thor's still in good shape! Of course, Thor was a perfect gentleman, not budging when she gave him his rabies shot, although he did knock the "nurse" over when the vet tried to look at his ear (Jeff just grabbed his harness and held Thor in place - problem over). Kellie had cookies in her purse, and Thor earned a couple for being a wonderful boy. And he's now a very happy boy, because in addition to his daily peanut butter and vitamin sandwich, he gets not one, but two peanut butter and prednisone sandwiches a day - at least, for the next couple of days.
Happy Thorsday, everyone! Thor is healthy!