What's New at Camp Cocker!
A Sad and Difficult Time for Darling Daphne
Here is what's next:
- Daphne is getting surgery by a board certified surgeon next week, to remove the mass and anal gland and get as wide of margins as possible.
- Two weeks later, Daphne will be getting a CT Scan on the area to make sure nothing is still lingering
- Then she begins four weeks of radiation (five days a week). We had a lot of questions about the radiation because we've never done this before for a Camp Cocker Rescue dog.
Daphne was originally a 2014 Camp Cocker Alumni who unfortunately had to be returned to us. Her former owners had some extreme health problems (her mom had a stroke and is permanently in a nursing care facility, and her dad has cancer), so she was returned to Camp Cocker in the hopes of finding a new family who could take care of her.
When we took Daphne to have a dental cleaning, the vet found a mass on Daphne's anal gland. A biopsy was sent out, and the results just came back that it's adenocarcinoma (cancer).
We are CRUSHED by this news. Daphne has had so much sadness in her life this past year, and we feared that it was only going to get worse from here.
Luckily, when we brought her to the oncologist, her chest X-rays and ultrasound both showed the cancer hadn’t spread to her chest or lymph nodes. The oncologist said they think the cancer was caught early enough that we have a chance to try to stop it from advancing! The oncologist says if we follow this protocol, Daphne could have up to 4.5 years of a comfortable life!
The oncologist explained to us that a lot of changes have been made in the last ten years and radiation, when done by a board certified veterinary radiology oncologist, should not be painful. Perhaps two weeks in, there might be some mild skin discomfort at the area where the radiation is aimed, and some diahrea. They also have a modernized technique where they put a tube in to the dog to lift the colon out of the way of the radiation, so the colon does not get irritated.
So we told the oncologist we are going to fundraise our wigglebutts off to try to raise the donations to cover all of this. It is a massive amount of medical expenses to raise.
We have set up a donate link SPECIFICALLY for Daphne's cancer treatment expenses. Please, please don't worry that other cocker spaniels will not be saved as a result of what we are spending on Daphne. We will not be taking funds away from anyone else and only be using whatever funds we can raise from people that want to support Daphne getting all of this treatment.
Thank you so much to everyone whom would like to be a part of Daphne's rescue village.
It means the world to this little sweetheart and she deserves a chance just like any other dog.
Freedom Flyer Austin Needs Your Help!
We brought Austin’s x-rays to our orthopedic surgeon, and she said that it looked like his hip bone didn’t grow in properly, so it couldn’t connect to the proper joint. That means that there is nothing they can surgically do to fix his leg. We are now bringing Austin to physical therapy to help strengthen his bad leg.
We don’t know what kind of results to expect from his physical therapy, we hope that it will at least prevent future medical issues and atrophy.
You can help support Austin on his journey to being a happy and better walking dog by donating at the link below:
Austin was rescued from South Korea in a joint effort between Camp Cocker Rescue and Band for Animals. Austin is a very special rescue, however, because had some sort of incident while he was still in South Korea that badly effected his leg.
You can see more of his story here:
Cocker Spaniel Lovers
Stainless Steel Necklace!
Made out of stainless steel, the latest trend in jewelry (it won't tarnish and it shines so nicely).
The adorable cocker spaniel has a little rose gold stainless steel heart charm hanging in front. The dainty stainless steel chain is 23" in length.
Have a heart for our doggies by wearing these necklaces and supporting Camp Cocker Rescue!
We rely 100% on volunteer time and small donations of $5 or more. We get our dogs the treatment they need FIRST and fund-raise for medical bills after. If you can donate a small amount today - it will go to help our current medical needs Vet bills so we can get out there and rescue more dogs in need (of which there is never a shortage)! Please donate today!