I am so happy to be able to report that the lab tests came back negative.
May I repeat that?
It was a massive infection, and her toe was so messed up that they were sure it was cancer, but the biopsy results say not.
Memo to self (Giant Schnauzer owners take note): Keep the hair around toes trimmed. Giant mops may look cute, but they’re not good for seeing problems, possible foreign bodies, thorns, that sort of thing. Keep toenails trimmed (even if it makes the dog grumpy when you’re doing it) so they don’t break off and lead to infection.
Since the weather has warmed up, the dog is now shaved all over. I should have taken a pic of her with her “poodle” look (or maybe more like “sheep”): rear legs shaved halfway up, front legs shaved in a band around the middle of the legs — she really did look somewhat poodlish in front and sheepish from the back, like one of those Looney Tunes sheep, all fuzz on top and skinny legs sticking out below.
On the other hand, we’re just so relieved to put all the past weeks of anxiety and anticipated grief behind us…