Lara is a golden retriever who was rescued at the age of 2 from a shelter in Bosnia and brought to the UK by a charity for her forever family.
In the summer of 2018, when she was 6 years old, Lara’s owners spotted a small lump on her head, a trip to the vets the next day suggested it was nothing of concern, but they were given the option to have it removed.
The surgery was done by their first opinion vet, the lump was infact a tumour which was connected to deeper tissue on the head than expected, as a result the surgery was more extensive than originally thought, however the vet was able to remove all the tumour together with a good margin of unaffected tissue.
Lara recovered well from the anaesthetic and returned home the same day sporting a very fetching cone of shame. The excised tumour was sent to a laboratory for analysis and the results came back as a low-grade mast cell tumour.
The whole tumour had been surgically removed and Lara remains cancer free.
Shiloh was taken in by Huskies in Need approximately 8 or 9 years ago and her fosterer/owner first came across her in 2012 when she was being transported to what should have been her furever home, sadly this fell through as she did not get along with their small dog so she was taken as an emergency foster, where she was only expected to stay for a week but left 7 months later when she was adopted by a couple in Cornwall.
Sadly in April 2019 Shiloh was made homeless when the couple who had rehomed her had separated and were unable to continue caring for her.
Her fosterer from 2012 drove from Cheshire to Cornwall and back in a day to collect Shiloh, she immediately noticed something wrong with one of Shiloh’s nipples which was swollen, inflamed and sore.
The vet advised surgery to remove the nipple and affected area was the best option and this was done straight away, a procedure that had been recommended to her owners by their vet at least a year earlier.
Unfortunately, financial restraints meant that a biopsy was not performed on the excised nipple so the exact diagnosis remained unknown however a year later on a routine visit to the vet a lump was found in her groin. During the surgery to remove this lump it was decided to also remove a full strip of mammary glands on the same side.
Despite a longer and more extensive surgery than expected Shiloh has healed well and literally bounced back into life.
The lump was tested in a laboratory and the results were an intermediate grade complex mammary mass.
She needs to visit the vet for regular appointments and her fosterer, who became her official owner and true furever home, monitors her closely so that any new lumps can be treated as quickly as possible.
Her family are positive about the future and despite being 13 years old Shiloh has enough energy for everyone!
Darcey was diagnosed with nasal lymphoma and she was treated with chemotherapy.
In the words of Nic and Tracey, Darcey’s owners:
Darcey is our much loved, big and fluffy Maine Coon. She is very much head of the menagerie in our household and is always strolling around looking for dreamies and head rubs. At the time of Darcey’s cancer diagnosis, she was just over 3 ½ years old and apart from suffering from some mild hip issues, had no prior health concerns. Her cancer diagnosis came as a complete shock to us which left us just shattered.
Thankfully, Darcey is now in remission. For how long, we just don’t know but we are absolutely delighted that she has come through this and that we are able to spend as much time as possible with her. Throughout the diagnosis and treatment there are times that she has been a little poorly and under the weather, but nothing that would have warranted us taking a different course of action. As much as we absolutely adore her, we would not let her have a poor quality of life.
One of the main issues that we faced whilst Darcey was going through diagnosis and treatment was the lack of real information out there for owners. There are many accessible veterinary and medical articles which are complex and jargon ridden, however in terms of day to day guidance and what to expect, we struggled. Fortunately, through friends in the cat fancy we were able to hear some similar stories, but not many cases where chemotherapy has been pursued. As well as the practicalities of treatment, there is no denying that chemotherapy is expensive. In our case, we had used the vast majority of our annual insurance cover on her diagnosis, however this was a particularly tricky cancer to diagnose and in most cases, an adequate insurance plan would cover all costs.
Her owners kept a diary of Darcey’s treatment which gives some insight into her journey to remission, click here to read it in full.