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My Life Is A Zoo

This is where I will post interesting (or not so interesting) things that happen in my life. The subject matter will include any random things that I decide to put in (including animals, my work, my hobbies and my family).

Friday, August 22, 2008

Janet

Today we had to let Janet (one of our female Maned Wolves) go. About 10 days ago she was diagnosed with cancer. She had a mass in her throat, near where the spine and skull meet. It was determined to be a carcinoma, a fast growing, aggressive cancer. We looked at our options and chose to pursue radiation therapy. The cancer, however, turned out to be much more aggressive than originally thought and a week later the tumor had grown much larger. We still thought we would try radiation therapy to shrink the tumor and see if we could give her some more time with a good quality of life. Unfortunately, this morning, she was diagnosed with a broken leg. We felt that it was too much to ask of her to recover from a broken leg as well as deal with the radiation therapy and the tumor. And the tumor had grown even larger in only two days (with one radiation treatment). The decision was made to free Janet from her broken body and let her go free. So we did. We will miss you Janet. You were an awesome animal and we are blessed to have been able to care for you. Thank you.

1 Comments:

Blogger Knatolee said...

How sad. Janet was a beautiful girl... you all must have been so sad to let her go, but of course you did the best thing for her. This must be the hardest part of your job.:(

7:49 AM  

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