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Erin Kinney


December 2010

Jasmine was our Australian Cattle Dog/Lab mix. In August 2004, Jasmine had been feeling a bit under the weather, and was snapping at our other two dogs when they approached her. I took her to our local vet thinking maybe her teeth were bothering her again. He examined her mouth, and stated that he thought she had a tumor on her upper jaw, near the front.

He didn't want to waste time taking x-rays and referred us to the CSU Animal Cancer Center ASAP. She was examined, x-rays and blood and a biopsy were taken, but it proved to be inconclusive. We came back for a CT scan, and guided by that test, a new biopsy was taken, this showing she had a fibrosarcoma tumor. We scheduled a partial maxillectomy, in which Dr. Dernell did the surgery. He removed the tumor from her upper jaw from her right canine to her left second premolar. She sailed through the Jasminesurgery and recovery with flying colors. The final pathology showed osteosarcoma. She then had five rounds of adriamycin chemotherapy and got the all clear for some time after that. It took her a while to grow her fur back, but it did.

She walked the survivor lap at our local Relay For Life event almost a year after her surgery. Her chest x-rays were clear for fourteen months. When the first lung metastasis (spread of the cancer to her lungs) showed up, we decided to take action and put her on low dose cytoxin (another chemotherapy medication). That helped in keeping the cancer from spreading any faster. The cancer spread to her skin 21 months post-diagnosis.

JasmineWe helped her over the bridge a few weeks later. She was eleven years old when diagnosed, and died a week before her thirteenth birthday. Thanks to the CSU Animal Cancer Center, we received almost two years post-diagnosis with Jasmine. She was happy and healthy, chewed on rawhides and pestered our other two dogs, who were twice her size. I’m glad CSU was able to do a necropsy (autopsy) on her, so she can be part of any future retrospective studies and help someone else’s dog in the future.


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