Phoebe arrived in rescue with a very large, ruptured mass over the left eye that is occluding if not possibly destroying that eye. Phoebe is absolutely adorable and a lovely dog. Since she comes from Mexico, the possibility of this mass being a TVT is certainly high, as are as cancers such as Multilobular Osteochondrosarcoma (MLO) or a soft tissue sarcoma. A biopsy revealed infection, therefore we did a culture and started antibiotics. We also started her on gabapentin for discomfort. Her blood work is all normal, tick panel and testing for infectious diseases came back negative, chest x-ray and ultrasound confirm no metastasis and a CT scan confirmed the mass had not infiltrated the nasal cavity or brain, thankfully.
Phoebe finally went to a foster over the weekend and seemed to be doing well and enjoying her new surroundings. But on the second day, she wouldn’t get up nor would she take any food. We sent images to her Oncologist and he was surprised at how much bigger the tumor had gotten. The mass had grown significantly in just 10 days. Her oncologists both believe it was not in her best interest to pursue further treatment. We did everything we could for her, but the tumor was growing faster than we could keep up.
Phoebe went over the Rainbow Bridge on 4/25. She was a fighter but the tumor was more than her body could handle.
Thanks to everyone who donated to her medical care and prayed for her recovery. Phoebe will be in our hearts forever.