It all started with a student’s call about a dog wandering the streets with a large tumor impeding her ability to walk. The dog was an elderly female and was named Gertrude, or Trudy for short, by the rescuers who took her in. Trudy’s tumor was found to be massive and potentially fatal, but she was also found to have another tumor in her right axilla.
Despite the risks, the rescuers and veterinarians decided to give Trudy a chance at survival and scheduled her for surgery the next day. The surgery was a success, but the results of Trudy’s blood work were worse than expected. This meant that her chances of survival were slim, but the rescuers and veterinarians refused to give up on her.
Trudy received 41 stitches and had a full mastectomy, breaking records for the number of stitches received. The surgery was extensive, and Trudy’s thin veins made it difficult to extract a blood sample, but the rescuers and veterinarians were determined to help her. Trudy was put on steroids and syringe-fed slurry to keep her strength up, even though she was unhappy about it.
Despite the odds against her, Trudy proved to be a fighter. Her incision healed nicely, and she remained active and happy throughout her recovery. Although the tumors had already spread to other parts of her body, Trudy didn’t show any signs of it. She continued to eat and enjoy life, giving her rescuers and veterinarians hope that she might pull through.
Trudy’s story is a reminder that even in the face of terminal illness, there is always hope. With the right care and support, animals like Trudy can find happiness and comfort in their final days. Trudy’s rescuers and veterinarians showed that they were willing to go the extra mile for her, and in return, Trudy gave them her love and her fighting spirit. Her story is a testament to the power of compassion and the resilience of animals.
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