We would like to introduce you all to a very special dog called Haribo.
Haribo completed 6 months of Chemotherapy in February, to treat Lymphoma (cancer of lymph nodes).
We invited his owner to write an article outlining their journey with him, and are very happy to share this at this time.
During many frequent visits for his treatment, he and his owners shared this experience with other owners of dogs and cats who were also receiving treatment for the same condition. Unfortunately, as with cancer treatments used in humans, not all have the same happy outcome as Haribo.
All of us build a special relationship with such owners and their pets, and as such, are all affected and saddened for those who, for one reason or another, succumb to Lymphoma.
As told by his owner…..
The uncertain journey for Haribo began at the end of July 2018 when we could feel two lumps in his neck/throat area either side (like swollen glands).
He was very furry so wasn’t noticeable and he had no change in behaviour at all. Still ate and drank and loved his walks and snuggling as usual. We took him to Prospect House Vets and they sent off for tests although, even at the time, they felt it was lymphona as all the other glands were also swollen.
2 days later Peter confirmed it was what was feared but talked us through the process and case studies he had and even though there were no guarantees, the fact Haribo was in good health was in his favour for a better outcome. If we did nothing he had 4-6 weeks left to live.
This was definitely not an option so with the amazing support, care and expertise of Peter and the staff at prospect house Haribo’s chemo treatment journey began. Haribo loves going every week (sometimes more as his platelets play up…even though Haribo is blissfully unaware!) And the staff have mastered where and how to do the injections as he gets a bit of a woof on but treats are the key!
After the injection and drip chemo he does goes a little quiet and eats half of his tea but then expects double the next day and is back to his crazy and cuddly self and on the beach running and chasing his tennis ball!!
If it wasn’t for Peter and all the wonderful staff at Prospect house Haribo wouldn’t still be in our family enjoying a fantastic quality of life as a 9 year old. And for that we are all eternally grateful.
As we gradually ease out of lockdown we want to thank you again for all your support and patience throughout the pandemic
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