Friday, September 23, 2011

More good news for Cleo

Miss Cleo had another vet appointment yesterday, this time with the super-sweet, oncologist Dr. Siedlecki at Bay Area Veterinary Hospital. Apparently, pugs, and when I say pugs I mean specifically pugs, are prone to getting multiple mast cell tumors at the same time (even as numerous as 20-30!). Luckily, even with multiple tumors, the pug carries the same low risk of aggressively spreading disease as that of a dog with a single low grade tumor. What a relief!

mama this means u can stop weeping blubbery tears over my head every night

mama does this also mean i get extra tasty treats?

Cleo needs surgery for a cracked molar (I do not want to discuss why my pugs keep fracturing their teeth). So we decided to have the five mast cell tumors taken out while she's under. We have an option to 'stage' her disease -- with an abdominal ultrasound and lymph node biopsies -- to see if there is disease spread, in which case she would be a candidate for chemotherapy. I'm just not sure that we would put her through chemotherapy even if there was disease spread. She's a very sensitive pug.

So, we'll do the surgery. If she has more pop up afterwards.... well, we'll deal with that when/if that happens.

In the meantime, the pug is going to get a shave! so that we can see exactly how many mast cell tumors she does have. oh hooooooo, little miss Cleo. You ain't seen nothing yet.

i am concerned. will i still be pretty?


  1. yay! that is good news for cleo! she looks so happy.

  2. she has such big bright eyes. i'm glad about the good news, and am hoping for more after the biopsies and ultrasound. sweet little cleo.

  3. Fingers crossed and sending prayers your way little miss lady pug!