I am a Survivor!!
By Tracy Frost
DiMaggio the day he completed his Chemo Last Treatment
This sweet little boy is Silverdale's Joe DogMaggio (Magi), a 13.5 year old very loving and active Havanese. He loves to go for long walks, play soccer and fetch. His owners, Tom and Gretchen say, “He's a playful, good-natured little guy whom we adore. He's the smartest dog I've ever known.”
Magi is always a very enthusiastic eater, so when he didn’t want to eat, no matter what his owners fed him, they began to worry. They even tried his favorites; chicken, hamburger and rice, but it still didn’t do the trick. Magi was also starting to struggle with walking far distances, and would lie down shortly after they started. His loving owners were frightened over his behavior, and knew something was seriously wrong.
Magi, was immediately taken to CKVC to see Dr. Weakley, where he informed Tom and Gretchen that Magi's symptoms were consistent with cancer. With heavy hearts, they listened as Dr. Weakley explained about the two possible types of lymphoma--the good and the bad, in layman's terms.
After a Needle aspirate was taken, Magi was given a steroid injection to kick his appetite into gear, along with prednisone tablets. Gretchen said, “Magi began to eat immediately, the first step toward feeling better.”
Unfortunately, the cytology was inconclusive, so Magi had to undergo a biopsy, which confirmed that he indeed had lymphoma