Joey was accident-prone so when he started walking a little stiff, his mom thought he injured himself.
Finding his forever home was the best thing that happened to Joey. He needed lots of work to adjust to life in the city home but he learned amazingly well and became the best dog ever.
The first thing Joey’s mom noticed was that he seemed to be a little stiff on one of his legs. Joey did injure the leg in the past, so that could have explained it. Because things weren’t improving, his mom scheduled a vet appointment.
In the meantime, it looked like Joey was having trouble with both legs.
Maybe Joey had hip dysplasia that started bothering him?
After examination, however, the veterinarian concluded that it was likely a neurological problem. Joey and his mom received a referral to a specialist. The neurologist figured it was a brain tumor but he felt optimistic about being able to remove it.
Joey kept declining.
In the effort to help Joey, his mom agreed to everything the neurologist recommended. They started with a CAT scan. The scan seemed to confirm the neurologist’s suspicion.
Based on the results, they went ahead with the surgery.
Joey’s surgery went well. The tumor was small and the vet removed it with good margins. Even though Joey looked like a Frankenstein monster, he felt much better.
When Joey’s biopsy results arrived, they were not conclusive but indicated that the tumor might have been a hemangiosarcoma. Unfortunately, hemangiosarcomas rarely start in the brain.
Joey was scheduled for imaging of his chest and abdomen.
Joey had multiple lesions all over the place.
The next step in trying to conquer Joey’s cancer was chemotherapy. The treatment was going well. Until one day his mom came home from work to listless Joey.
Hoping it was a reaction to his treatment, they rushed Joey to an emergency vet. Unfortunately, the chemo was not to blame.
What would you do if it was your dog?
Read Joey’s full story here.
Back leg Weakness in Dogs