This sweet girl is Karma, a 6 year-old unaltered German Shepherd mix, who recently had a really nasty wound that started to heal, but then ended up reopening. When it reopened, the cut was larger and was bleeding a lot. When the vet looked at it, there was a larger mass, or tumor, in the cut, which was likely why the cut reopened. The vet was very concerned that the tumor may be a mast cell tumor.
Likely, the first thing you think about when you hear the word tumor is cancer, but not all tumors in dogs are cancerous; however, Fur Kids Foundation does believe that all of them should be evaluated by a veterinarian. As dogs age, they are more likely to develop fatty deposits and other benign lumps. But some growths can be malignant, and tumors can signal skin cancer, mammary cancer, and other types of deadly diseases. You can learn more about mast cell tumors in this PetMD article, Mast Cell Tumor in Dogs. You can also read about other types of tumors in this PetMD article, 8 Types of Dog Tumors and How to Treat Them
Karma’s mom is a single mom raising three kiddos, and she just maxed out her Care Credit with Karma's previous vet visit and neutering her male dog. She knew she could not afford this emergency visit for Karma, so she applied to Fur Kids Foundation for help.
Fortunately for Karma, the tumor was not a mast cell and it was able to be removed easily. While Karma was getting fixed up for the tumor, she was also spayed.
Fur Kids Foundation is 100% ran by dedicated volunteers who give their time to help the Foundation raise money, take applications, and spread the word about the good work the Foundation does in Campbell County, Wyoming. If you would like to help Fur Kids Foundation continue to help local families with animals afford emergency veterinary care, please consider making a tax-deductible donation via PayPal or signing up to become a volunteer. You can see a list of those who support us on our Supporters page. Check out more Success Stories.
Created in November 2011, the Fur Kids Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides education and aid to promote the well-being of animals in Campbell County.
Your donation saves lives. It goes to work helping animals in Campbell County receive adequate veterinary care during a time when their family may not be able to afford it. Please contact the Foundation to learn more or donate now using PayPal.
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