A poorly labrador suffering from a huge, rapidly growing tumour is acting like a puppy again thanks to expert veterinary care here at West Midlands Referrals.
Twelve-year-old George was treated by our team who removed a massive tumour which was about the size of a grapefruit from his back right leg.
While the treatment is palliative due to the possibility the tumour may regrow, George’s grateful owner Steve Nicholls, from Tamworth, is over the moon to be given more time with his beloved pet.
Steve said: “George’s lump first appeared years ago but over the past year it grew significantly in size, while it also changed shape.
“Unfortunately, it turned out to be cancer and we were very worried. I knew the only option for George was to have it removed and we were reassured by the vet they were confident of a good outcome.
“They were true to their word and George is back to his old self. He seems to be so happy and full of life again, behaving like a puppy even through he’s 12 years old.
“We are so grateful to everyone at West Midlands Referrals and for the extra time they’ve given us with George. I think it’s amazing what they do.”
Jon Mills, Veterinary Surgeon at West Midlands Referrals, said: “George’s mass was enormous when he came to us.
“Removing the rapidly growing mass on his leg was the only real option to prolong George’s life. During the surgery, we tried to spare as much skin as possible to limit the size of any residual open wound. It actually healed very nicely and George’s owner Steve will be vigilant for regrowth.
“Whilst it is expected that it will regrow, and his owner realises the surgery is palliative, but it has at least given him more time to spend with his best friend.”