Editors Note: Typically, we do not publish blogs that do not have happy endings, but Fur Kids Foundation decided that we would publish this one to help pet parents act on their concerns instead of holding off on them.
Back in August 2020, Fur Kids Foundation was contacted by the mom of Sancho, a 12-year-old Mastiff/Lab mix.
"He is my best friend. I love him so much, so to say he's my best friend would be an understatement," Sancho's mom said.
Unfortunately, Sancho's mom had fallen ill, which made it impossible for her to go to work. Shortly afterward, she noticed that Sancho had some masses in his mouth. She believes the masses were abscesses and knew that he needed to have his teeth cleaned. Due to his age, she knew that he would need to be looked at soon, so she applied with Fur Kids Foundation for help.
We are sad to report that the abscesses in Sancho's mouth weren't from bad teeth; poor Sancho had mouth cancer, or oral cancer. This kind of cancer usually affects older dogs, and is typically found on the roof of the mouth or around the gums; however, these tumors can be found anywhere in the mouth. According to PetMD, below are some signs you can look for in dogs with mouth cancer:
Surgery is often the treatment of choice for oral cancer in dogs; however, if a tumor has already spread to other parts of the body (or metastasized) it will not cure the dog.
When we heard last, Sancho's mom is going to do everything she can to keep her old man comfortable and happy. Sancho cross the Rainbow Bridge in September 2020.
"Everyone is taught that angles have wings, but the lucky ones of us find they have four paws."
Just as humans, our pets need regular checkups to stay healthy. Depending on your pet's age, yearly exams with a veterinarian are quite common; however, for very young and aging animals, more frequent visits to the vet may be necessary. Fur Kids Foundation encourages you to establish a relationship with your vet as well as speak with them to determine how often your loving companion should visit their clinic.
About Fur Kids Foundation
Fur Kids Foundation is 100% run by dedicated volunteers who give their time to help the Foundation raise money with events, 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. Read 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.
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