Vinny was dumped at our facility in December of 2014. In March 2017, Vinny was finally adopted but then returned to Save-A-Pet in June of 2018 and has been with us ever since. He is such a lovable, playful, cuddly boy and once you are trusted by Vinny, you are in the Vinny fan club for life. We have estimated that Vinny was around 2 years of age when he first came to Save-A-Pet so he is just over 11 years old now.
A few weeks ago, Vinny was found to have an inconsistent appetite so once this was noticed, a vet appointment was quickly scheduled.
The vet had concerns about the possibility of Vinny having a tumor on his spleen. The vet's biggest concern in this case was that this was a hemangiosarcoma - a very aggressive cancer in dogs. If found to be so, a splenectomy would be needed and/or palliative care. Without the possibility of a successful splenectomy, we would be looking at weeks before we would lose our sweet handsome Vinny.
A splenectomy (removal of the spleen and the tumor) would be the most immediate treatment however, with decades of experience we knew that a splenectomy was a BIG surgery. A biopsy/removal of the tumor would be the only way for us to confirm if this was cancerous and if it spread elsewhere in the body.
Vinny was already showing signs of anemia in his blood work (low red blood cell count) so the concern for loss of blood internally was already there and we knew we needed to make an educated decision on what was best for Vinny to ensure that, most importantly, his QUALITY of life took priority over the QUANTITY of life that he may have with us. Let me also remind you that Vinny has been with Save-A-Pet staff and volunteers for the better part of 8 years. Although we provide the best care to ALL of our animals, Vinny holds a very special place with all of us. Save-A-Pet is a TRUE no-kill animal shelter we will never put a limit on the amount of care we will provide for an animal and we never give up on them.
We took Vinny to the specialty veterinarians so that we could have board certified surgeons and veterinary oncologists evaluate Vinny and provide what we needed for the most informed decision. Vinny received his splenectomy (removal of the spleen and the tumor). In addition, we were lucky enough to find Vinny a foster home for his surgical recovery right away and Vinny is now living the spoiled life!
Save-A-Pet is happy to announce his biopsy results came back from the lab and the mass on his spleen was NOT cancerous!
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