PLEASE READ THE UPDATES. Toby had his right front leg amputated on 11/27/2018 and he is at the Middletown Vet Hospital currently until 11/30/2018, 366 Warwick Rd, Middletown, DE 19709..
Toby is home! 11/30/2018 Thank you again! <3
He has Late in 2014 I happened to notice a small bump on my sweet Toby’s front right leg. With Toby being a rather active Boston Terrier and sometimes playing rough with his sister Zoey I didn’t think much of it. I continued to keep an eye on it, but after about a week of it not going away I made a standard Vet appointment with Toby’s lifelong Doctor. The doctor was able to perform a biopsy of the bump and determined that it was a Mast Cell Tumor and recommend I take him to a specialty doctor. So we took the recommendation and made an appointment with The Veterinary Specialty Center in New Castle Delaware. They confirmed it was a tumor and recommended to have the tumor removed since it was still tiny and should be able to get clean margins. So I went ahead with the surgery, when it was all said and done it cost upwards of $3000 dollars.
The results came back with what was believed to be clear margins, and no signs of cancer cells elsewhere. I thought cancer was behind us but, as Toby was his normal self again. Playful and not knowing the kinder of what happened. Then in April of 2018 I saw a bump on Toby again, same leg and same location. My heart sank and I just knew it was going to be bad news. I took him to the Veterinary Specialty Center( 290 Churchmans road, New Castle, DE 19720) again and this time we saw the oncologist Dr.Gaeta. Toby went through a fine needle aspiration, blood work, and an ultrasound on his stomach these Test cost our family over $1500. Dr. Gaeta, the oncologist talked to us about different options since it was believed that there was abnormal cells in his lymph node as well as the leg. So I discussed the options with my family and agreed to move forward with the surgery to remove the tumor and lymph node. So again the total costs for the surgery was around $2500 dollars. In June Toby went in for surgery it was believed to be a successful one but with no guarantee that it wouldn’t return. Dr. Gaeta kept Toby on a Prednisone prescription and slowly decreased his dosage. In August he was given the stamp of Cancer Remission.
Here we are in October and the tumor is BACK! 3 months after surgery! Same leg and same location, like it was never removed. Now the tumor is growing rapidly and it has me very concerned. The Oncologist is recommending to removing the tumor again and start radiation or chemo therapy. That surgery estimated cost is between $3,062.76 - $3,738.18 plus the chemotherapy treatments each round cost $928. (Please see updated section on the estimated cost I got from VSCD- New Castle. We just don’t have the funds to do this. We have a One year old sweet daughter named Charlotte and two other dogs in addition to Toby, Zoey (Boston terrier) and Biggie (Bulldog mix). Toby is such a sweet and caring dog. He will be 9 years old in December and still full of life! He loves playing with his sister, brother and human sister. Toby got me through times when I was depressed from losing my job and a family member all at the same time. He kept me going and gave me a reason to get up every day. Now my 15-month daughter is absolutely in love with him. She is always giving him hugs, kisses and laying on him. I’m hoping with your help we can save Toby from this awful cancer that keeps coming back and get him into remission, so we can have more time with him. I hate asking for help but I don’t know what else to do. Thank you so much and we really appreciate each and every one of you that took the time to read about Toby’s Journey.
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