An elderly dog receives an extreme, life-saving makeover! Related
Cost of Care provided by the San Jose Animal Care Center: $4,000+
An adorable 12-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel came to us at San Jose Animal Care & Services with multiple problems.
The most obvious problem was the large mass that was on the front right of her chest. Though her long locks covered and concealed much of her body, we also found another mass on her belly and a large umbilical hernia. Like many Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, this little girl also had a heart murmur.
A rescue organization saw past her age, heart murmur, lumps and bumps, and agreed to find her a forever home.
I took her to surgery to spay her (yet another issue that needed to be addressed) as well as to remove the multiple masses and fix her hernia.
She and I (and a veterinary student assistant) spent a great deal of time in surgery, but ultimately we successfully removed the two masses, spayed her, and repaired her umbilical hernia!
The masses were sent to a laboratory to determine what they were and what her prognosis would be.
The results were mostly good.
The small mass was a benign mixed tumor that was completely removed and not likely to come back. The larger mass was a mammary adenocarcinoma (mammary tumor) that was completely removed but showed evidence that it might regrow in the future. I was definitely concerned about this given how large and involved the mass was. However, I feel that what I did gave her a new lease on life and she may enjoy years to come in her future forever home!