What Would You Dog if It Was Your Dog: Joey's Fast Decline


Mixed Breed
10 years at the time
neutered male

What Would You Dog if It Was Your Dog: Joey's Fast Decline

Finding his forever home was the best thing that happened to Joey. He needed lots of work to adjust to life in the city home but he learned amazingly well and became the best dog ever.

The first thing Joey's mom noticed was that he seemed to be a little stiff on one of his legs. Because he did injure the leg in the past, that could have explained that. Because things weren't improving, his mom scheduled a vet appointment.

In the meantime, it looked like Joey was having trouble with both legs.

After examination, the veterinarian concluded that it was likely a neurological problem and gave them a referral to a specialist. The neurologist figured it was a brain tumor but felt optimistic about being able to remove it.

Joey kept declining.

After a CAT scan, Joey got his surgery. Everything went well and the tumor was small and had good margins. Even Joey looked like a Frankenstein monster, he felt much better.

When Joey's biopsy results arrived, they were not conclusive but indicated that the tumor might have been a hemangiosarcoma. Hemangiosarcomas rarely start in the brain.

Joey was scheduled for imaging of his chest and abdomen.

Joey had multiple lesions all over the place.

Joey started chemotherapy and was doing well. Until one day they came home from work to listless Joey.

What would you do if it was your dog?

Read Joey's full story here.

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