Our 9-year-old, black lab mix, Mia was diagnosed with a large tumor on her liver. We were told by our vet that it was life ending and our options were to 1) euthanize or 2) take her home and love her with the time she had left. What was left out was option 3) – get a second opinion from BluePearl! I wasted no time in calling BluePearl as soon as I got home to make an appointment. When asked if I had a referral, I said not yet, but will have it in the next 15 minutes as my next phone call was to our vet.
Mia was able to be seen the next afternoon. After reviewing her history and performing their own tests, the oncologist, Dr. Menard said initially her first response is to agree with our vet’s findings, however not giving up hope, she first wanted to discuss with BluePearl’s surgeons to get their take on Mia’s condition. We left with hope in our hearts that there was still a chance being considered for our girl. The next morning, we received an elated phone call from Dr. Menard. After speaking with five different surgeons, she said not one of them took a breath before exclaiming – Operate!
Mia was scheduled for her surgery two days later with the incredible surgeon, Dr. Sarah Israel, who was not only able to excise the entire tumor intact, but stated this was the right move to have done for our dog. Dr. Israel said that the most concerning area which was a dark spot on the liver was biopsied and that we would know the results of further treatment in a few days.
In keeping with Mia’s continuing luck…that proved benign as well! And any further treatment was not deemed necessary. We went from saying good-bye to our girl to spending the last two years loving on her, with many more in her future.
In short, nothing can ever truly express the gratitude we feel, but our family wants to thank those wonderful individuals (doctors, nurses, and staff) for doing what they do best and going the extra mile to save our dog. Mia still chases squirrels and sunbathes in the backyard and living a very, very, very happy life!