James Russell, from McMurtry and Harding vets, tells the story of his favourite patient this week.
MUTLEY has been a patient of ours for around a year and a half now and unfortunately, just over a year ago, she was diagnosed with lymphoma.
This is a serious and life-threatening cancer which affects the lymph nodes and if left untreated can, within weeks, lead to death.
It is something which can be treated with chemotherapy, which we do offer at the practice.
Although chemotherapy can sound serious, it does not always need to be and often side effects are much less of an issue in our canine patients.
Hair loss is rarely a significant problem.
It can still be distressing for patients though, as they cannot understand why they need to come to the vets so regularly for treatment and also have medication to take at home.
Mutley, however, has taken it all in her stride and still enjoys coming in for her weekly treatment and of course the treats and cuddles with staff afterwards!
Her owners have also been brilliant and, due to their regular visits, have become good friends with all the staff at our Buxton branch.
The usual life expectancy of patients on chemotherapy following diagnosis of lymphoma is normally six months to a year, much longer than if they had no treatment.
But Mutley is already exceeding expectations and still going strong over a year later and this we feels deserves her the title this month of Pet Hero!