Last March 2019, Cynthia and Ian Davies noticed their ten-year-old Jack Russell, Tilly, bleeding from her nose. She was otherwise fit and healthy, but the couple decided to send her over to a vet just to be sure. That was when they learned that the pup’s condition was more than just a bleeding nose.
They were told that she seemed to be suffering from a nasal tumor. Wanting to be sure, the vets referred them to the surgery department at the Cave Veterinary Specialists, a veterinary referral hospital in Somerset, England. There, Tilly underwent a CT scan and biopsy that eventually confirmed she was indeed suffering from a nasal tumor.
The tumor was revealed to extend beyond her nasal cavity, making the condition pretty aggressive. This lessened Tilly’s chances of surviving the cancer and the vets informed Cynthia and Ian that she might have at most two weeks to live. Of course, the fur parents were devastated and immediately consulted the hospital for possible treatment plans.
They were offered palliative radiation or chemotherapy, but since that kind of treatment could easily cause Tilly’s deterioration over time, the couple declined. Determined to help the pup, the vets discussed other options for the couple.
That was when they came up with neoadjuvant chemotherapy that consisted of toceranib, a treatment used explicitly for canine mast cell tumors. Cynthia and Ian agreed with the said treatment and immediately scheduled Tilly for her first session. Fortunately, the pup responded well to the treatment and had managed to surpass two weeks!
Now, over 18 months after Tilly was diagnosed with cancer, the pup is still very much alive and active. She is enjoying her daily walks and loves hanging out with her fur parents. The vets at the Cave Veterinary Specialists are amazed at how far she has gone, and they are glad to help Tilly enjoy life a little longer. Look at the happy Jack Russell here.
Courtesy of Cave Veterinary Specialists