Temari is a senior dog who contracted a Transmissible Venereal Tumour (abbreviated to 'TVT' or also sometimes known as a Venereal Granuloma or 'VG'). A TVT is a cancerous affliction which is sexually transmitted between dogs on skin to skin contact. They present as large, inflamed, cauliflower like growths on the genital organs. Some unusual places where TVTs grow include the mouth and the eye. Dogs are the only known host of TVTs.
When a dog with a TVT is brought to the RESQ Centre, first the animal is neutered. This achieves two goals. Firstly, the surgery enables the cutting off of supply of sex hormones in the body by removing the primary sex organs i.e. the ovaries in females and testes in males. Thus, with a reduction in concentration of sex hormones in the circulation, the further growth of the tumour in the body is prevented. Secondly, doing the surgery before administration of chemotherapy drugs is better for the dog because once it's body has been through cycles of chemo, it may not be able to withstand surgery.
Depending on the size of the tumour, the animal is given three to five cycles of chemotherapy. Temari's tumour has given a reasonable enough response to chemotherapy but he is showing other side effects of the treatment such as nausea and decreased appetite, along with increased alopecia
Dogs which are on chemotherapy have to be maintained on plentiful supplements because their healthy cells are under attack as well as the cancerous ones.
Temari still has a rough road ahead of him before he's in his best fighting shape. You can click on this link if you'd wish to donate for his medical expenses please click on the 'Donate' button below.
And as responsible community feeders, do remember to get your dogs vaccinated and neutered to prevent them from contracting such afflictions when they are older.