For the first time - ever - he was trembling in the examining room. He's never done that before, but I think he remembers the traumatic dental when they yanked five of his teeth out and cauterized a mole .... it took him nearly three weeks to get back to normal.
But, today, I didn't have to leave him. The Vet took his chest x-ray (again without sedation) and it showed that his heart has not enlarged any more since he was put on medication (about four months ago) meaning the medicine is working! Congestive heart failure is irreversible, but with proper treatment Gizzy can live a good, long life. That was the good news.
Bad news is that he needs surgery next month to remove two lumps (small ones) and cauterize another black mole...so, he'll have to be anesthetized again. I will ask the Vet for a little sedative (like a Valium) to give him when I drop him off. He doesn't need to be shaking and scared out of his mind sitting in that holding cell at the Vet's - that can't be good for his ticker, but that's next month...this month we are fine!
Thanks everyone for thinking of us. We appreciate your good thoughts and prayers, right Gizzy?
Right, mommy! We are blessed!