Help Poppy fight Cancer 🐾
Poppy needs surgery to fight cancer and keep living her best life. 🐾Auckland
A couple of weeks ago my beautiful girl Poppy was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, an aggressive bone cancer.
The initial prognosis was pretty scary, but the vets noted Poppy’s happy demeanour was not typical of dogs with Osteosarcoma, so off we went to the specialist for CT Scans & surgical Biopsy.
Luckily, Poppy has pet insurance which covered all the initial tests. This has given us the opportunity to diagnose rather than going straight to amputation which is the usual first line of treatment for Osteosarcoma. (Mainly for pain relief, which Pops was not really presenting with.. as she jumped around the specialist room smiling)
The results showed Poppys tumor is a rare type of surface osteosarcoma - Growing on the outer surface layer and has not yet spread to the central bone. (Yay) Her chest X-rays are clear with no signs of spread to the lungs (yay). She’s in some discomfort, but not in great pain still racing around the dog park trying to be the fastest.
The specialist vet thinks there’s a good chance he can remove the tumor and save her leg.
If the tumor is involved with any main arteries then amputation would be his next step -but we won’t know the outcome until surgery day.
Poppy is booked for surgery on 20 August.
She should recover well from either scenario but will need follow up care and heaps of cuddles. 🐾🌸
So far, the Insurance has covered all the diagnostic costs but there is only $4,000 max remaining pay out, with surgery & post care estimated at over $10,000
I can’t even imagine not trying to save this beautiful girls life - she is so very loved.
It’s hard to ask for help, but Poppy deserves every chance to keep living her very best life. If you feel you can help Poppy we will be forever grateful 💕
Thoughts and prayers also received with gratitude 🙏
Will update this page as she progresses the fight.
Use of funds
All funds raised will go to surgery & treatment to help Poppy fight this disease.
The estimated costs at this stage would mean surplus is unlikely, but in the event there is excess it would be thoughtfuly donated, most likely to dog cancer research
A quick update on Poppy’s progress to date :)
Pops has healed amazingly well from the limb sparing surgery. The legs on all the furniture are back on she’s jumping in & out of the car & sprinting around the dog park with a huge smile 😊 It’s amazing to see. It was only a few weeks ago she was still limping here and there but now it’s as if the surgery never happened.
So grateful to her amazing surgeon at VSA Sylvia Park who also ran a story about Poppy on their Facebook page a few weeks back.
Chemo has been going well & a real journey. Poppy just had round 4 and each round has been quite different. Round 2 was tough going for worried mum but Poppy came through it & round 3 was almost a non event! Here’s hoping the same for this round.
The next round will be in 3 weeks, that’s the last one just in time for Xmas. We”ll then take a CT scan just to check everything is all clear in her lungs.
The experts say that Osteosarcoma by nature is metastatic but Surgery + Chemo has given Poppy the very best chance for a longer survival.
Here’s hoping for many more fantastic memories ahead.
Thank you all for your kindness & generosity which has made such a difference on this little roller coaster. xxoo
Wishing you a cracker summer
Love Poppy & Family
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This page was created on 11 Aug 2019 and closes on 7 Feb 2020.