Updated: Apr 12


Nearly two weeks ago a kind person spotted Lucky while walking her own dog and alerted us to his condition. We went the next morning to assess the situation and were shocked when we first saw him. Lucky’s previous owner refused to take him to the vet even though Lucky was clearly in discomfort. She said unless an animal is screaming and crying they are fine. After a short discussion she signed him over to us.

We took Lucky straight to our vets but due to the growth being so big they advised us to see a specialist vet to find out if it would be possible to operate on Lucky or if was too late to save him.

Fionna kindly offered to foster Lucky to give him as much love and care until he could be seen by the specialist. This could have been the last week of his life and we just wanted him to be happy, comfortable and loved.

In response to our foster home appeal we had some people criticising us for not just putting Lucky to sleep. They thought he was suffering and it wouldn’t be fair to operate on him. The last thing we want is for any animal to suffer or to be kept alive just for the sake of it. But without knowing or having spoken to a specialist how could we have made this decision?

Lucky had his appointment at the specialist referral veterinary practice last Monday. A scan was done of the growth, and a check was done to see if the tumour had spread to his lungs or other organs, blood tests and a biopsy were also done.

We didn’t get particularly good news on Monday though. The tumour itself seemed operable and there is no evidence of spread to the lungs or other organs. But his blood tests showed a couple of low liver enzymes, he also has severe hypotegenerative anaemia. This could have been a problem, as he is not producing new blood cells. We were told the biopsy would take a few days but the vet said we need all the results to make the best decision in Lucky’s interest.

Then finally we received an email on Saturday from the specialist with the results of the biopsy. The news was really good and the specialist recommends to go ahead with the surgery! He said that Lucky will be able to have a normal and happy life after the surgery. His operation