Meet Hunter, a 13-year-old shepherd mix. Hunter wasn’t acting not like himself—he was struggling to walk and acting exhausted and weak. His parents took Hunter to the vet where they found a very large mass (tumor) in his abdominal area.
Thinking that the tumor could also come with a cancer diagnosis, Hunter’s family was quite distraught—after all, cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs over the age of 10; but half of all cancers are curable if caught early. Hunter’s vet was hopeful the mass wasn't attached to his liver, but wouldn't know until they were able to examine Hunter with surgery—something Hunter’s family wasn’t prepared to handle financially.
The National Canine Cancer Foundation says there are 10 warning signs your dog might have cancer:
“Hunter has been by our side for everything—my husband leans on him when he is having issues with his PTSD. We rescued him as a puppy, shortly after we reached our second duty station after his second deployment in 2005, and Hunter has been with us ever since,” his family said.
They applied to Fur Kids Foundation, and we were able to help them with the surgery. Luckily, when the vet did exploratory surgery on Hunter, the mass was not attached to his liver and was able to be removed. The vet sent the biopsy off and are hopeful they will receive good news.
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