1 01, 2014

January 2014 Oncology Patient of the Month: Thor

Our Patient of the Month for ringing in the New Year is Thor, a wonderful 15 year old neutered male chocolate Labrador who was evaluated by Dr. Ringen one year old this month for a bone tumor affecting the right front leg. He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma for which he underwent amputation and chemotherapy.  Thor [...]

1 12, 2013

December 2013 Oncology Patient of the Month: Tommy

Our patient of the month for December 2013 Is Tommy, a very sweet 6 and ½ year old neutered male Borzoi.  Dr. Ringen first evaluated Tommy at our VRCC Oncology department in mid March 2012 for diagnosis of a bone tumor (osteosarcoma) of the left hind leg.    Tommy had been limping on the left [...]

1 11, 2013

November 2013 Oncology Patient of the Month: Buddy

Our Patient of the Month for November 2013, is Buddy a 14 year-old neutered male orange tabby.  Buddy was referred to our VRCC Oncology department 2 years ago in 11/2011 for evaluation of a skin cancer progressing around the right eye.  A biopsy confirmed the diagnosis of squamous cell carcinoma.  The cancer had started above [...]

1 10, 2013

October 2013 Oncology Patient of the Month: Fozzy

Our October 2013 Patient of the Month is Fozzy, a 13 year old neutered male brown and white English springer spaniel.  Fozzy was presented to Veterinary Cancer Specialists, the Oncology department of VRCC, in February 2012 with a diagnosis of hypercalcemia.  He was still feeling well at the time of the diagnosis other than anxiety [...]

16 09, 2013

Melanoma Vaccine for Dogs: The Controversy Continues

Dr. Robyn Elmslie, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology) In our January 2013 blog post, we reviewed the controversy surrounding the Merial melanoma vaccine, Oncept.  Despite the controversy surrounding the vaccine, many Veterinary Oncologists have considered Oncept to be part of their “standard-of-care” for the treatment of dogs with melanoma, in addition to surgery and radiation therapy, since [...]

1 09, 2013

September 2013 Oncology Patient of the Month: Annie

Our September 2013 Patient of the Month is Annie, a beautiful and very friendly 8 year-old spayed female Bernese Mountain dog.  Annie was presented to our Oncology department, Veterinary Cancer Specialists, at VRCC in early October 2011 with a recent finding of lymph node enlargement.  Annie had undergone two surgeries, two years apart, for ACL [...]

1 08, 2013

August 2013 Oncology Patient of the Month: Moose

Our Patient of the Month for August 2013 is Moose, a handsome and lovable 10-year-old Malamute.  Moose was presented to our VRCC Oncology department in August 2011 with a diagnosis of a thyroid tumor.  Biopsy of the tumor revealed a particularly aggressive form of thyroid cancer with a high probability of spreading to other organs [...]

26 07, 2013

Bone Tumors of the Ulna: A Chance to Save the Leg

Robyn Elmslie, DVM DACVIM (Oncology) Bone cancer, also known as osteosarcoma, is one of the most common cancers in dogs, particularly large breed dogs.  It most often develops in the large bones of the front (radius and humerus) and the large bones of the rear legs (femur and tibia).  The symptoms associated with bone cancer [...]

1 07, 2013

July 2013 Oncology Patient of the Month: Carhartt

Our Patient of the Month for July 2013 is Carhartt, an adorable 9 year old neutered male Chihuahua.  He was presented to  VRCC Oncology on 11/23/2011 with a diagnosis of an incompletely excised, high grade thyroid cancer.  Carhartt was in great health and spirits otherwise.  The family was given a variety of treatment options including [...]

30 06, 2013

Toe Tumors in Dogs: Early Intervention Is Key

Robyn Elmslie, DVM DACVIM (Oncology) Tumors of the digits (toes) are most common in dogs over 10 years of age.  Clinical signs of toe tumors include limping, swelling of the toe joint or nail-bed and loss of the toe nail.   It can be challenging to differentiate a benign process in the toe from a [...]

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