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Fairfield Pet Stories

Fairfield Veterinary surgeons Terry Dunne and Geraldine Young write "Interesting Pet Stories" articles for the Hinckley Herald, published by the Hinckley Times.

View our Pet Stories below from dogs, cats and all kinds of other pets and wildlife. The stories are all genuine cases from the Fairfield archives.
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"Calvin" - Greyhound - Penis Amputation

What would you be prepared to sacrifice if the reward was a cure for your cancer? A very difficult dilemma or a straightforward decision? When it comes to our pets the owners have to make those decisions on their behalf. The principal advantage is that there is no pyschological element to the decision making process from the patient's perspective.

When "Calvin" was diagnosed with cancer of the penis the options were relatively straightforward for his owners. Will the surgical procedure (penis amputation) provide a signifcant benefit?

His cancer was a squamous cell carcinoma. This particular type of cancer remains localised in the early stages and surgical removal with wide margins can provide a cure. Without surgery the cancer would progress and almost certainly cause his premature demise at 9 years of age.

The next question is whether "Calvin" can maintain his current quality of life after the procedure. Since "Calvin" won't suffer any pyschological consequences of his surgical alteration the only concerns relate to maintaining the patency of his new "opening". "Ignorance is bliss" they say and that would appear to be the case as "Calvin" continues to lead his life to the full. A difficult decision? Not according to his owners!

Terry Dunne
BVMS, Cert SAO, MRCVS

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