Dog Fights Bladder Cancer

Dog Treated for bladder cancer at UC Davis veterinary hospital

Luna, a 10-year-old Scottish terrier, was diagnosed with bladder cancer by #UCDavis oncologists in 2017.

“I decided to do everything in my ability to extend my dog’s life,” said her owner Irma.

Luna started chemotherapy treatments soon after at the UC Davis veterinary hospital, but after a few weekly treatments, Irma found it financially difficult to keep up the treatments.

“I didn’t know what to do," said Irma. "I did not want to let Luna die as she kept fighting and showed me every day that she wanted to live.”

Luna was approved to receive funding from a generous grant from the Blue Buffalo Foundation’s support of the Petco Foundation pet cancer treatment program at the UC Davis veterinary hospital. The grant helps support treatments for domestic companion animals suffering from cancer. The project is designed to support pet parents of modest means or pet parents whose pets provide a service to others.

As Luna continued with her treatment, the cancer remained under control, allowing her to have a good quality of life.

“Every week for over a year, we drove over an hour to UC Davis for Luna’s treatment until I learned that the treatment was no longer working," Irma said. "But she is a fighter, and she continues to fight this disease. While she is no longer receiving chemo treatments, Luna takes her medication and is seen regularly to ensure she has a good quality of life. I am very grateful for the support I got from Petco when I needed it the most. They gave my Luna a chance to live longer, and I will be grateful forever.”

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