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Brownie is a four year old chocolate lab mix who had small cell sarcoma............ a tumor the size of a baseball on his left shoulder, not yet touching the lungs but pressing against the ribs. When he first went to his regular vet in Oct. 2016, he was given 6 months without treatment due to the fast growing cancer. He went to PetCure Oncology in Cincinnati in Nov. 2016 for treatment. His checkup in Feb. 2017 saw a 50% reduction in tumor size and in May 2017 he went to the PetCure Oncology in Pittsburgh (closer to home and great too) and the tumor was reduced another 20%. He will eventually have it removed surgically. His quality of life is wonderful and he and his boy love to take long walks, play fetch, and sleep in Tom's room at night. Brownie's family cannot thank you enough!
[I am his grandma (Marty Habas) who submitted it for him. He is 13. He deeply loves the dog and the dog is wonderful just like all your staff who are really nice and super talented.]
My experience was beyond my expectations from the very beginning. From Dr. Pohlmann, to Kelli and Kevin who were a part of the team, to your front desk, everything was so positive and caring. Two weeks ago when Sonny had his first seizure I was a wreck. From [another specialty practice] to eventually choosing PetCure Oncology, I felt comfortable and trusting of your care plan for Sonny.
13 years ago my Dad died of kidney cancer and at that time there were no SRS machines to help him in Louisville or nearby. No one in the radiation dept knew what I was talking about. When I googled SRS when Sonny needed radiation, how excited and grateful I was to find it in Cincinnati! My 13 year old dog, "Sonny," is named after my Dad. I feel honored to have him at the Care Center to get the treatment I so desperately sought for my Dad years ago.
A heartfelt thanks to all of you. The front desk, AMAZING! They always were there to help with my grandkids. One receptionist even colored with them. And Kelli, Sonny's radiation tech, the best of the best! Her enthusiasm is contagious. She walked me through everything in the vault where the SRS machine is and spent time explaining Sonny's care. And she gave endless hugs to me to make me feel everything would be ok! I won't ever forget her smile, her energy. She is a friend I won't forget. Dr Pohlmann, how lucky are we to have her! She helped me make the decision to choose PetCure over [another specialty practice's] traditional radiation treatment. I never looked back after the decision was made. It absolutely was the right one!
And now one day at a time, as I move forward with Sonny's long term care, I know PetCure Oncology and Care Center gave him a fighting chance to beat his cancer. Thank you for all the "pet hero's" out there that you have treated. I love your motto, "fighting cancer, targeting a cure," on Sonny's bandana that he wore on his last day of treatment. And thank you for "today" and everyday forward that Sonny is still able to be in my life.
PetCure Oncology and the entire team helped save and extend Cass’s life. I’m completely convinced that PetCure and the SRS technology is the right decision for those that want the very best treatment for their companions. I knew Cass was in great hands and felt extremely comfortable that he was going to be well attended to with this treatment journey. The treatment and recovery were seamless, a cakewalk, and before I knew it, he graduated on Friday as a Pet Hero! Compared to where he was, it’s a miracle.
Marley is our precious 10 year old English Springer Spaniel rescue dog - known for her affectionate disposition and CRAZY antics! She was diagnosed with hemangiopericytoma after aspiration of what we thought was another pesky sebaceous cyst or lipoma. Lab samples showed the presence of spindle cells, so the tumor was removed; however, the margins were "dirty." To give Marley the greatest chance of living out the rest of her years with us, we opted for 18 Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy treatments at Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center.
The staff at PVSEC was beyond amazing. In no time at all, Brandy, Sue and Dr. Anderson felt like family - not just to Marley, but to us as well. Their attentiveness, patience, kindness, compassion, and thoughtfulness shone through in everything they said and did. We even received a personalized, hand-crafted card in the mail just a few days after Marley completed her treatments. It blew us away!
Our hope and prayer is that Marley's cancer will not rear its ugly head again before she passes on of natural, age-related causes. If it makes a return, we wouldn't hesitate for a second to seek the help and services of PVSEC again. Either way, we look forward to keeping in touch with the staff we've grown attached to and to seeing them again for joyous reunions... er, regular followup appointments.
Thanks so much for calling today and checking up on Rufus. I want you to use his story, pictures, anything I send that might give hope to others that were in my situation 1.5 years ago. Since being treated in Sept. of 2015, Rufus has enjoyed 1.5 more years of quality time on this earth with his family, and I think he would tell you he's grateful for the bonus time as well. He gets around on his own steam and enjoys sitting in the sun eating ice cream, rolling around in the grass and playing with his brothers and sisters.
He's almost 12.5 years old now, which is pretty much a miracle given the fact he's a large breed dog diagnosed with osteosarcoma. I know this miracle wouldn't have happened if not for you folks in Cincinnati, Dr. Mauldin, and the great follow up care with Dr's. Brown and Campbell here in Louisville.
I'm so thankful we had the treatment at PetCure Oncology and I wish more people knew of the lifesaving treatment you're doing there. I will continue to do my part by sharing Rufus's story and hope you will do the same.
For the two weeks before we went to Cincinnati, I cried... He wanted to play, but all I could do was cry. This puppy is my oxygen. When I found out about his diagnosis, I just burned up the Internet looking for information. From stem cell research to stereotactic radiation to regular radiation to surgery and more.
When I read about PetCure Oncology, I felt hope. And it kept me from crying 24/7.
Now, he acts like nothing is wrong with him. He jumps on me, wants to go out and play. He’s like he was 12 years ago when I got him.
[A brain tumor] was a devastating thing to have to face. He was only five and a robust dog. Being on phenobarbital (medication given to help control seizures) made him act like a zombie. He wanted to be alone, hiding in the house. It was upsetting. The neurologist said it was inoperable and without treatment and he had three months to live. We felt paralyzed all through that time. Dogs are members of our family. We wanted this dog to have whatever chance we could give him.
It was like one big happy family [at PetCure Oncology at Care Center]. We really thought that we would be either in our hotel room or nursing Beau after his treatments, not doing anything else. But the people there were absolutely wonderful. We trusted them. We felt comfortable enough that when we left Beau with them to receive treatment, we were able to go around Cincinnati to take in the sights.
I will never regret making this decision. PetCure and Care Center treated us like family.
It was all about quality of life. We didn’t want to put him through something miserable and have him thinking, ‘What have they done to me?’ That was the most important thing to us. Some of the side effects of conventional radiation you hear about are scary. We didn’t want blisters in his mouth, or any risk that he would go blind or deaf. Because then, the quality of life is gone. When the doctor described the stereotactic radiosurgery option, we were really interested. We asked a lot of questions—about accuracy, quality of life, and symptoms. It seemed like the best choice.
My dog doesn’t look any different. No burns, no shaved face. He’s perky again and doing the normal things he does—following us around the house and running around outside. He is just an awesome dog! We love him to pieces.
I think it’s a miracle. Without SRS, he wouldn’t have gotten better. I knew I had to do something. For a 6-year-old cat that I thought I was going to lose, I’m so thrilled. It’s really a miracle. If you were to meet Dylan today, you wouldn’t know anything had been wrong with him. He’s running around, playing with the other kittens, and eating like crazy. I know I sound like a broken record, but it really is a miracle!
Briley had two slow-growing benign growths in the same spot, which were surgically removed. After the second surgery, the tumor grew back quickly and got big very fast. We could see that Briley didn’t feel well as she was lethargic and losing weight.
After SRS radiation, we could tell she felt better as she started to follow me everywhere, run to the window to bark, and be as happy as can be. It is great to see her that way again. We’re pleased with the radiation, because it seems like this treatment really did shrink that tumor amazingly quick!!