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Friday, August 19, 2016

Lily the dog’s family was very concerned they were going to lose her when the vet located a large tumor in her spleen.

They were told there is only a 10% chance that golden retrievers with a mass this size will have their biopsies come back negative. Lily’s family prepared for the worst.

When they sat her down to tell her the news, she was visibly anxious but her reaction to the results of the biopsy is something you just can’t miss! Watch below:

For some extra background, this is straight from Lily’s owner’s YouTube page:

Kailua, Oahu Hawaii. — Overnight Lily got sick. She could hardly stand.

We took her in and they found a tumor on her spleen. She was bleeding internally, and so anemic her breathing was affected she needed a blood transfusion or she would be dead in hours.

Once they stabilized her they told us it was Hermangiosarcoma, and its very common in Golden Retrievers. It comes on fast and she only had days to live if we didn’t do surgery.

The bad news was that even if we did do the surgery she’d only have months. There was a small chance, only 10% chance that it was the benign kind. The vet said that in her 20 years of emergency medicine, she never had a case where that happened. We had to make a choice fast.

We didn’t want to give up. We emptied our savings account and did the surgery. They removed a 6 pound tumor! (photo below)

She immediately seemed better. But they said it would only be temporary. That in a few months she would bleed out. I kept saying, “but what if it is benign?” They were clear that it has never happened and we should be prepared and just enjoy our time with her.

One week later we got the results. This was the moment I told her.

***update 4 months later Copper her lifelong companion was diagnosed with lymphoma and was given 2 months with no treatment. The money made from this video went to paying for treatment. He lived 8 months happily before passing away with Lily at his side. Lily is sad but still with us!

Mahalo to Feather and Fur Animal Hospital for taking care of her. The vet tech actually used her own dogs blood to give Lily an emergency blood transfusion!

For anyone who doesn’t believe this, they’ve included an image of her tumor! We’ll link it here considering it’s pretty graphic: http://i.imgur.com/98nTTOn.jpg

Few things are worse than losing a pet who is part of your family.

Share this if you’re thankful Lily will make a full recovery!

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