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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!!
Experience was awesome. It really was. Dr. Boshoven felt like he really cared and everyone else too. Rudy and all of the techs were awesome. It seemed like they really cared and were so knowledgeable. They knew what they are doing with the machines. Wish I could have some of their techs! I saw them working with other animals and everyone from the receptionist to the team in the back are great. They say you can’t buy time, but I did. I bought time with her.
I would like the world to know how much my wife and I appreciate the expert professional attention and loving care this team put forth to help us cope and care for our son. Words can and will never express the gratitude we feel and the respect we have for all these individuals who helped Brutus through this difficult time. From the start JoAnn was an Angel talking us through each step, even while at a wedding she took our phone call. JoAnn we owe you. Amy the radiation therapist with so much heart and compassion. We thank you, and if you ever need a Stan's Donut fix let us know. Dr. Mauldin mapping the treatment out, talking us through the procedure and making this entire treatment seem like a walk in the park...
This is the "A" Team. I promise whoever reads this if you ever need medical attention for a family member with four legs this is the best place in the United States to be. Amy thank you for your compassion. Please send out a special thanks to Joyce for her thoughtful wishes and conversation. Also than you Amy the Client Care Liaison for your funny stories and for keeping us informed and company while our son was having his procedure. Thanks again to all involved.
It's Sissy's last day of cancer treatment (3 of 3 days in a row). The tumor has already decreased from the size of a large gumball out of a Quarter machine to about a peanut M&M. What a miracle stereotactic radiosurgery is. The side effects have been minimal so far. I want to give a big shout to the staff at Arizona Veterinary Oncology. Their staff from front to back made me feel in incredible hands. Dr Eric Boshoven is great at making u feel at ease and explaining the process to not leave you guessing or frustrated. Communication has been the key for every step.
Sam is on his way to get his orthoscope diagnosis in Mexico City. He is originally from Mesa, Arizona and has lived the last 3 years in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. He started snoring louder and sneezing more often. When he started bleeding from sneezing we looked into follow-up with vets here in Cabo. No vet in the whole Baja, Mexico had an orthoscope to see what an X-ray could not identify.
We flew him to Mexico City to find out he had a massive growing tumor. The only treatment for him at 8 yrs old was radiosurgery. The vet in Mexico City recommended Arizona Veterinary Oncology because it was one of four in the USA that had this treatment. So when he returned from Mexico City we flew to San Diego through Alaska Airlines, which was the only one that flew dogs of this size. I didn't want to change to another plane and put him through more trauma so I rented a Nissan Versa hatchback which held the large kennel and all of our stuff. $100 for car and gas to get us to Phoenix. Our first treatment was yesterday and no issues. He actually started breathing a little more easily through his nose later last night. Today is second treatment. After speaking to a few pet owners there with their pets I feel much better about my decision to do this.
Now I am more hopeful about him living longer and having the option to treat again if the tumor returns again. The side effects are minimal without notice. This is a common tumor for dogs and the SRS radiotherapy has been used in humans for some time. This clinic has one of the first like this which is also a great deal of thanks to vet Eric Boshoven. Thanks so much!