Last week, I took Percy to the vet for some tests. He had two masses that were worrying me: one on his abdomen that felt like a fatty lipoma (he's had them a few times before and they just went away on their own) and one that popped up very quickly between his legs (that I thought might be an undescended testicle). I got a call the next day asking me to come in to discuss the results. I should have known then it was going to be bad news.
I thought the worst words I could hear was "It's cancer" but I was wrong. The worst words are "Actually, it's two types of cancer."
The mass that we all assumed was a fatty lipoma is actually a mast cell tumor. The harder mass that showed up quite suddenly that we thought was an undescended testicle is a soft tissue sarcoma, and the initial tests show that it's a higher grade sarcoma with a "fairly high degree of malignant criteria."
For those who don't know Percy's story, I picked him up from the Irving Animal Shelter6 years ago with the intention of being a "temp foster." When I got him home, he got pretty sick with giardia which led to a weekend of grand mal seizures. The emergency vet recommended euthanasia but it wasn't his time . Luckily, he has been seizure-free for almost 6 years! He's definitely a fighter with a strong will to survive.
Percy is approximately 8 years old. He loves to sing, get belly rubs, and eat window blinds. He's scared of thunder and enjoys pulling the stuffing out of my couch cushions. He takes orders from two Chihuahuas and a Pekingese. He's helped half my neighbors to overcome their fear of pit bulls and everyone who meets him, loves him. So I'm asking for help once again to get this dog the medical treatment he needs.
The first step is "grading" the cancers. These diagnostics will help to figure out if/how far the cancers have spread. That estimate is $804.25. The next step is surgery to remove the masses. That estimate is $1116.41.
If you could find it in your heart to donate towards Percy's vet bills, I would be forever grateful!
Percy and I both thank you!
- Demetrius Taylor
- Lisa Wynne
- Esther Callihan