17 hours ago
2 days ago
🚨Sneak Peak for my latest vlog 🚨
🔶 If you were just told that your dog has a mass in the spleen, you need to watch this video.
🔶 You can watch the full video here: youtu.be/iz5yiNW_XeM
✔️ No, not every mass in the spleen is hemangiosarcoma.
✔️ No, we cannot tell on ultrasound or at surgery what the mass is.
✔️ So we need to go to surgery and wait for the biopsy.
✔️ I will review the double two-thirds rule for masses in the spleen for dogs.
✔️ I will give you tips on when we can be more suspicious it is hemangiosarcoma in your dog, and when it is less likely.
✔️ And I will discuss some of the OTHER cancers and benign masses we see in the spleens of dogs.
✔️ And in part 2 & 3, I will discuss more on hemangiosarcoma symptoms, testing, treatment, and prognosis. ... See MoreSee Less
3 days ago
😡 Cancer sucks! But it does not mean I do not love my job.
🥰 And I am in love with my new patient Daisy
😡 But I hate that she has lymphoma. You see, I have a love-hate relationship with lymphoma.
* I love that lymphoma is a treatable disease
* I love that remission rates are high (90-95% with CHOP multi-agent chemotherapy)
* I love that treated dogs live much longer with treatment than without.
* I love that chemotherapy is well tolerated - really!
* I love that most dogs don’t have side effects from chemotherapy and if they do they are mild, so they also live well - even while on chemo!
* I love that there are many chemotherapy protocol options if the CHOP one is not right for a family.
* BUT I hate that dogs get lymphoma.
* I hate how rapidly the onset of the cancer is, sometimes just days
* I hate how quickly dogs succumb to the cancer without treatment (usually 1 month)
* I hate that treatment with chemotherapy is expensive and requires a lot of visits because CHOP chemo is weekly.
* I hate to see the stress and sadness that families go through and deciding what to do.
💜 But I do love my job!! I love treating pets with cancer. I love how well they tolerate chemo and the good to great quality of life they have even during chemo. I love how happy they are during treatment and after. I love how happily their families are that they decided to treat. I love getting to know the families, and that their family becomes my family.
👩🏼⚕️ I do hate cancer, but I love my job
Need more info? Check out my lymphoma & chemotherapy playlists on my YouTube channel ... See MoreSee Less