Success Stories

Here is just a sampling of the success stories from our clinical trials!
Boone's life has been extended thanks to a successful cancer clinical trial at UC Davis
VMTH Clinical Trial "Case of the Month" (May 2018): Successful Cancer Clinical Trial at UC Davis Extends Dog's Life

Boone, a 9-year-old male greater Swiss mountain dog, was previously diagnosed with stage 3 malignant oral melanoma based on the size of the tumor and spread of the tumor to his lymph nodes. His owner, Danae Unti, decided to bring him to the cancer specialists at the UC Davis veterinary hospital for further evaluation after their local veterinary oncologist suggested they seek further care at the university.

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Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scan of Bella the horse's hock
Precise Imaging Solves Horse's Chronic Lameness Issue

Bella, a 16-year-old American Quarter Horse mare, has historically suffered from chronic hind limb issues. She was previously diagnosed with bilateral osteoarthritis of the lower tarsal joints (hock), but intra-articular medication had failed to significantly improve her lameness on the right hind. Bella had been ridden by two small children for the past three years and is an integral part of their family. Due to the severity of this lameness, however, she could no longer be ridden. Committed to improving Bella’s condition, her family brought her to the UC Davis veterinary hospital. 

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Fred the Dog Gets New Osteosarcoma Treatment
VMTH Clinical Trial "Case of the Month" (November 2016): UC Davis Osteosarcoma Clinical Trial Showing Success

Fred, a 6-year-old male shepherd cross, was diagnosed by his referring veterinarian with cancer in his left forelimb in April 2016. Due to preexisting orthopedic issues, he was not a candidate for the traditional amputation and chemotherapy treatment. Faced with only being offered palliative care for Fred, his dedicated owners, Rob and Linda, continued to hope and sought out other options. They discovered a new clinical trial at the UC Davis veterinary hospital that offered a cutting-edge approach to treating dogs with osteosarcoma.

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Googgie the Cat Gets Help with a Blocked Ureter
VMTH" Case of the Month" (March 2016): UC Davis Veterinary Surgeons Utilize Artificial Ureter in Kitten

Googgie, a 17-week-old spayed female Sphynx, was brought to the UC Davis veterinary hospital following a three-day bout of inappetence, lethargy and vomiting. Originally seen by the Emergency and Critical Care Service, she was noted to have an enlarged, painful left kidney. With ultrasound, it was discovered that an obstruction of the left ureter was preventing flow of urine to the bladder. It could not be determined through imaging what was causing the blockage, and surgery was needed to discover, then alleviate, the obstruction. 

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Kinako the Cat Gets Relief from Nasolacrimal Blockage
VMTH "Case of the Month" (January 2016): UC Davis’ Pioneering Nasolacrimal Endoscopy & Stenting Procedure Successful in First Cat

Kinako, an 8-year-old female domestic shorthair cat, was continually troubled with build-up of tears in her left eye, sometimes resulting in infections. Her owner took her to see their veterinarian, who attempted to flush the tear duct of that eye several times, but to no avail. While the situation was not life threatening, Kinako’s owner did not want her to suffer needlessly for the rest of her life. Kinako’s veterinarian suggested taking her to see the specialists in the Ophthalmology Service at the UC Davis veterinary hospital. 

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