For the past 22+ years we have stood with you as partners in health for your special furry friends. Some of the choices we’ve made together have been difficult, some of the stories sad. But where there is a life there is hope. Now we have decided to invite you to accompany us on a journey of hope, one we will call “Jay’s Story.”
Fade Away Jay came o us 8 & ½ years ago as 6 week pup when our youngest daughter, Abby, reminded us she had never had a dog “all her own.” Jay is her constant companion and sleeps with her every night, or at least every night that she is home. When Abby stays at a friend’s house, Jay moves into Mom and Dad’s room.
Two weeks ago, Dr. Pat was rubbing Jay’s face and neck, his favorite thing, when his hands stopped because there was something different. The lymph nodes under his jaw were large. So the next day Jay came to Scottsville Animal Hospital (S.A.H) for an exam. Bloodwork was run and it all looked great. Then a needle was used to take some cells out of the large lymph nodes to send to the lab. Jay was very brave but the report wasn’t good: “Suspicious for Lymphoma.” It took Mom and Dad a few days to get the courage to tell Abby. But there was so much to be done to give Jay the best chance of survival!
On day 8, Jay underwent surgery at S.A.H to remove the large lymph nodes, for further staging and to help reduce tumor load. His chest x-rays that day looked clear and he came through surgery very well. On day 9 we started Jay on a protocol of supplements from Standard Process to keep his body strong. On day 13; the lab report was back. Confirmation: Lymphoma- high grade, probable T-cell, special Stain pending to confirm.