Bo arrived at Sydney Dogs and Cats Home early in the new year. A beautiful older Labrador, Bo walked well on lead, knew a few tricks and had obviously been someone’s much loved pet. Sadly, Bo was not microchipped and no one came forward to reclaim him.
So after 7 days Bo was transferred into the care of Sydney Dogs and Cats Home. It had been obvious from the moment Bo entered the home that he had a large mass protruding from his left hock.
Our Chief Vet Officer Dr Christine Cole took a biopsy of the mass and sent it off to pathology for diagnosis. The results revealed that Bo had a Mast Cell Tumour, the most common skin tumour found in dogs. The team immediately set about liaising with our third-party off-site vet clinic to organised a suitable time and access to a surgical theatre in order to surgically remove the tumour from Bo’s leg.
Sadly when Dr Cole began operating on the tumour she found that the mass had infiltrated the surrounding tissue and tendons. There was no way to remove the tumour leaving sufficient margin of healthy non-cancerous tissue.
An otherwise healthy and active dog, the team decided the best treatment option for Bo was to remove his left hind leg, ensuring the cancer was completely removed. Once again access to the third-party vet clinic was organised and the surgery booked in. The operation went smoothly, Bo being an ideal surgical candidate.
Post – op Bo was brought back to the shelter for observation and within less than 24 hours he was up and negotiating his way around the admin office. As no one, despite his beautiful demeanour and handsome good looks, has expressed interest in adopting Bo he will now go into foster care while the surgical site continues to heal.
The team estimates Bo is approximately 9 years young and should have a good five years ahead of him. He’s such a great dog and would make someone a wonderful companion. Please contact Sydney Dogs and Cats Home if you think you could provide Bo with the care and loving home he so justly deserves.
Bo’s case is just another example of the team having to juggle schedules to fit into the available time slots at an offsite vet clinic. We are currently seeking donations to fund the build of our own vet clinic which will be integrated into our new Home in Kurnell. So far we have raised $80,000 to cover the cost of the essential, life-saving equipment that will be needed. We are still seeking to raise and additional $120,000 to cover the cost of the complete build and fit out.