At one point, however, I looked for photographs of dogs that had the same surgery I thought he might need (a mandibulectomy). Specifically, I wanted to see photographs of what the dogs looked like before the surgeons got started, and what they looked like when all was said and done.
Unfortunately, those photos were really hard to find. I never really understood why, but I decided to do something about it, and I made Seamus pose for an "after surgery" shot. I had a "before" photo that I loved, and I thought putting them in a side-by-side format could help someone else down the line.
Unfortunately, I forgot all about the film I used for this project, and it languished in the corner of my desk for ages, until I developed it. Then, I forgot to post the shots.
It's an oversight I am correcting today. Now, I know I've talked about this surgery in other places on this blog (including here and here), but these photos might be more indicative of the changes dogs with amelioblastoma and surgeries face as they recover.
So here goes.
This is the same dog, but he looks quite a bit different. His personality was the same, as was his intelligence, but he just had a different look about him.
As always, if anyone is contemplating this surgery for their dogs and has any questions or comments, remember to bring them up with a veterinarian. It's a big surgery that comes with big consequences, so it isn't something to take lightly!
And if you want to talk with me about it, contact me on social. I'm happy to help.