This is great news for Fleischner and her dogs. She considers herself fortunate to have great veterinarians, as well as access to cancer specialists. But, “Everyone needs to have options.” She says. “I was lucky — I know sometimes pet owners feel helpless and think that euthanasia is the only option available.”
She happily reports that Katy is doing well with her lymphoma treatments, and her sweet, good-natured personality has returned.
Beyond helping our dogs with new innovative therapies, the Canine Cancer Campaign offers benefits for us, as well. Many breakthroughs happening in this research will help fuel further prevention, treatment and even cures for human cancers.
Remember, there is hope for dogs and their owners — despite a cancer diagnosis. Like Katy, many dogs will tolerate cancer treatments well. The long-term goal of The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is to help dogs of every type battle cancer. Your veterinarian will work with you, local specialists and national resources to ensure your pet receives the best outcome possible.
Dr. Elizabeth Bradt is a 1986 graduate of Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and the owner of All Creatures Veterinary Hospital in Salem. Email your pet questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please title your email “Vet Connection.”