Hi, my name is Karolina, and I have a doggo Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called Milo! He had been diagnosed with Soft Tissue Sarcoma in March 2021 to which he had his leg amputated and underwent chemotherapy. Months of struggles finally gave us final scan with ALL CLEAR results! I am certain that seeing him running, jumping, and playing with other dogs, you would agree the surgery had more impact on myself than him. I am sure he is still unaware that he is missing a leg!
We are now over a year since the scan, and unfortunately, Milo’s recent check-up scan showed cancer lumps on his lungs and his response to chemotherapy was not as well as we expected it to be.
Although it does seem like a lot for such a small doggo, Milo is under excellent care from Davies Veterinary Specialists (one of the largest and most diverse clinics in Europe). The most important part in all this is to maintain Milo’s quality of life hence working really hard with the Head of Oncology at Davies and I couldn’t be thankful enough for all the work they do! There are no major effects on Milo and he even recently won ‘dog judges would take home’ award at the one of the UK’s biggest Dog Festival !
None of this would happen without our fantastic family and friends, although I have no choice but to ask for little help since Milo's treatment costs have gone over and above £21,402.62 since 2021 excluding vet bills, medication, or supplements. Insurance can only cover parts of it and is renewed yearly. Few of the example treatments:
• Number of CT Scans (£1,800 per scan)
• Roughly 8 doses of chemotherapy (£400 per dose)
• Surgery (£4,000)
• Specialists consultation (£240 per visit)
My eyes cannot believe this myself, but these little paws have always been important in my life and I cannot imagine it being any other way. This is one way of proving how much he means to me and our close ones.
The final decision had been made and Milo will undergo Radiotherapy at Edinburgh Vets Clinic starting 7th of October who will be able to perform radiation to his cancer cells in his lungs. This is the only chance and way to give Milo plenty more trips to the beach, parks, lakes and doggo festivals (also plenty more cuddles for mummy). His current Radiology treatment is estimated for £4,000 excluding all other bills pre and post treatment and this is all I would like contribution to as this number is high in itself. There will be no major side effects and Edinburgh Oncology team are hoping to extend Milo’s life from months to years which news we have not heard since Milo’s diagnosis in 2021.
Every little help counts as Milo’s bills are never ending and numbers are more than expected. I love him with whole my heart and if you would like to follow our journey or check his amazing quality of life, check out our stories on my Instagram page (Karolina.Kotlowska). I am also open to discussion from all dog owners who struggle with similar situation!
There is a plan to carry Milo up and down Snowdon to show how much weight I can carry, but his happy face at the top will show everyone it’s worth it! If interested to see/meet Milo or challenge yourself with or without doggo to Snowdon keep in touch and we can share the experience together!
Thank you for being part of this!