Elmo had a lump (mass-cell tumour) removed from his arm last week. He's actually had a couple of these a few years ago on his head and had a surgery then as well. The vet told us that pugs seem to be prone to this type of tumours. Mass cell tumours need to be removed as they could spread to other parts of your pets body but you should find out if a lump your pet has is benign or cancerous with biopsy.
Other surgeries, or rather going under anesthesia, he's had are dental ones. He broke his molar once and he had to get that pulled out as it was cracked in half and one half was dangling off his gum. As a result, he had to get his gum stiched up, too. Other times (2ice) he had his teeth cleaned/tartar removal .
And he had his family jewels taken away when he got neutered...I think this traumatized him the most...poor guy hates the vet so much that he shivers like crazy when we go near the vet (even just driving by it...)
He's recovering well from the recent surgery. He'll be going back to the vet soon for de-stitching. He limps a little and it worries me but hopefully he'll get back to his normal self soon.
On sickness Elmo experienced...
He once started getting sick throwing up foamy stuff and having diarrhea. He was hospitalized overnight to be monitored and given an IV but we never found out what was wrong with him. He subsequently recovered though.
This one is kinda silly and irresponsible on my part but Elmo went into my purse one day and found and ate like a whole bag of gummies (sour peaches). Afterwards, he drank quite a lot of water which then caused those gummies in his tummy to swell up. He started wimpering and we took him to the vet. The vet feared that the gummies would keep on expanding in his stomach and may cause the stomach some damage (I guess it could have possibly burst or something) and if worst came to worst then he'd need a surgery. He was x-rayed and holy poops, his tummy had gotten so big. He was then induced to vomit with medication but he decided that he'd want too keep the yummy gummies in his stomach so he didn't throw up. The next morning, he pooped it all out... The vet told us that only pugs and Golden Retrivers are naughty enought to get into things (e.g. like the trash can etc) and eat what they are not supposed to eat...
Yes, Elmo has had some not so nice experiences with the vet...(in case if any of you didn't know he's a 9 yr old pug)
How about your pets or someone else's pets you know? This is sort of a grim subject as it is unpleasant for both the pets and the owners to go through but maybe we can share our experiences. And since certain breeds are prone to certain illnesses, conditions, behaviours etc, I think we can learn from each other and better understand how to care for our pets.