Hey all. I have no idea if anyone would remember me. I used to be around here a few years ago, but after the loss of my German Shepherd, I couldn't remain a part of the forum... Much has happened since (I lost Tucker, another dog, and Steve, my Skink, last year, and we rescued another dog, Kolo, at Christmas), though I have come back because I really would like a second opinion on a recent situation. I am really scared. Whoever remembers me will remember one of my few dogs, Ripley. Around two weeks ago, I booked him in for surgery to have a small lump removed from his nose. This is him 24 hours after surgery. He also had a tiny biopsy done on his chin. The results of the lump came back as a Subcutanous Mast Cell Tumor; Cancer. My vets don't know much about the Subcutanous tumors (they said these tumors were quite rare) and are currently looking into it more. Ripley himself was doing fine, eating/drinking well and generally being the dork that he is. The itching drove him insane and he did end up licking a hot spot onto the area, which we got more medication for. Monday past, he got his stitches out, but we were told to keep the cone on a few days more. Tuesday morning... I noticed his wound had reopened. Terrified, I called the vets and arranged for him to be examined again. That evening, they decided they were going to leave the wound opened, and allow it to heal on its own. I was given some gel, and instructions to wash the wound, and apply the gel, 3-4 times a day. I have to be honest, I am scared about leaving the wound open. Ripley, although a goofball, isn't a fan of restraint or being poked/prodded. Thankfully he's not aggressive but he struggles a lot, so it does make my job harder. I'm scared to leave it open though because Ripley LOVES tracking. He loves using his nose, and the cone alone was annoying, but now that the wound is opened, I'm too scared to let him do any exploring around our field. He lives with two other dogs, his brother, Milo (his twin), and our newest addition, Kolo (the tri-coloured scruff). All three do like to rough and tumble. I have an appointment with the vets tomorrow for a check up, but I wanted a second opinion on their choices, and perhaps suggestions/advice from people who have been through a similiar situation. I'm really scared about leaving this wound open. I practice taxidermy and I know what under the skin looks like, I'm pretty sure I can see Ripleys skull through that wound, or at least the top of his nasal bones. His personality has not changed in any way, and his appetite is fine. Additionally, I'd like some suggestions on what to add to his food to encourage wounds to heal? The vets said that because this lump was cancerous, the surgical area may take longer to heal. I just want him to get better so he can go back to rolling in questionable heaps of mud and dirt because they smell nice to him. (the last thing he rolled in was badger poo, thankfully this was before the surgery). I should be concerned about the cancer, and I am... but my #1 concern is making sure Ripley's wound heals.