“The goal of surgery is to remove the mass to make Meesha more comfortable,” Kaufman said.
The surgery to remove such a large mass does involve some risks. Bleeding from the area of the tumor could be substantial, Meesha’s ear might need to be removed and there is a chance the tumor could grow back, said Kaufman, who has received years of additional training to become board-certified in veterinary surgery.
Kaufman said it’s hard not to be taken aback by seeing Meesha’s tumor for the first time, “but then the next thing you notice is that she’s super happy anyway.”
Liz Gigler, founder of the rescue group Rescued Pets Are Wonderful (RPAW), which is caring for Meesha, said surgery is the best option to make sure the sweet pit bull has a good quality of life. She said the tumor does affect Meesha – the dog has a head tilt and the weight is obviously a burden – but despite her difficulties, her disposition remains sweet and loveable.
“She loves life more than any dog I’ve ever met,” Gigler said. “The second anyone comes over she goes belly-up to have her belly rubbed.”
Gigler said Meesha’s previous owners wanted to help the dog but were unable to pay the cost of removing the tumor, which has grown over the past eight months and is not Meesha’s first. So Gigler’s group stepped in and contacted BluePearl, which employs several specialists such as Kaufman, who have advanced expertise in surgery, internal medicine, oncology, dentistry and other disciplines.
After next week’s surgery, Meesha is scheduled to spend two or three days in the hospital before returning to Gigler’s home. RPAW has been raising money for Meesha’s care. Those who are interested in contributing can click here.