Introducing Kobe! This elder fella was pulled from the shelter and very soon ended up at vet beginning treated for congestive heart failure. At that time we were asked if he could join our rescue. Initial evaluation by our vet revealed the following: normal heart size, grade 3/6 heart murmur, large right sided lung mass, 5/5 periodontal disease with multiple abcesses, bilateral cataracts, otits, sores and erythema of the skin, low thyroid level, very thin.
We addressed the problems we could (skin, ears, thyroid, antibiotics for dental disease) and scheduled for diagnostics with cardiology, oncology and internal medicine at MedVet. Findings after echocardiogram, more X-rays, ultrasound, and more lab tests were the following: degenerative valve disease affecting the mitral and tricuspid but no medications required at this time, very large left sided lung mass, mass in bladder, mass in prostate
Decisions to be made…oncologist feels this these finding suggest metastatic disease.
After consultation and much discussion of options we have decided to make Kobe a sanctuary baby and provide palliative care to give him as much comfort and quality of life for as long as we can. He will be loved and monitored carefully.