Dr. Bob Hale updated viewers on Joey the Garden Cat this afternoon on KTHV. You can view the video by clicking on the picture below, or scroll down to read the transcript of the interview.
Liz: As you know, a tumor was recently found on Joey’s back leg. The pathology report came back today and it is bone cancer. Dr. Bob Hale, Joey’s veterinarian with Briarwood Animal Hospital, joins me now live to talk more about this.
Liz: You just hate to hear this news, but the good news is it hasn’t spread and this is not life threatening for Joey.
Dr. Hale: At this point, hopefully, it’s not life threatening. This is a very, very, very uncommon cancer. It’s very uncommon. In fact, I’ll say that in the 25 years that I have been a veterinarian, this is the first one on a kitty cat that I’ve seen. An osteosarcoma is what it’s called.
Liz: He is going to have to have surgery soon.
Dr. Hale: Yes.
Liz: But, what are the two options that we are looking at here?
Dr. Hale: I was speaking to Dr. Dew (Dr. Terry Dew is the orthopedic surgeon), he is the surgeon that is going to do either one of these surgeries. When I was talking to Dr. Dew today, he had two options. One is pretty radical, where we would take the leg completely off. Now, when you take the leg completely off (amputation) amputees do very, very well. They get around very fine. It’s really not that big of a problem, and you totally eliminate the possibility of the cancer moving to other places. But, because this is a very uncommon cancer, osteosarcoma in a feline, Dr. Dew feels like we might be able to take just that part of the bone out, put a bone plate in, and that he might heal and not metastasize. In other words, the cancer wouldn’t move to other parts of the body.
Liz: He is going to have surgery soon, and the decision will be one on one of those two options, but what about his recovery time?
Dr. Hale: Recovery is going to be not that difficult. It’s really not. Dogs and cats, they just go with this very well. We are going to keep him out of pain, of course. When we decide to take the tumor off, he’ll be on some pain medications for probably 3 or 4 weeks, and he’ll be limited in his exercise, but it will be a 2 or 3 month recovery period.
Liz: OK and we have the best people looking over him. Alright, thank you Dr. Bob Hale. As soon as a decision is made on what to do and when, we will have the surgeon update you, of course. You can follow him on our KTHV page, todaysthv.com. Joey appreciates all your help, all of Dr. Dew’s help, all the prayers and posts coming from all over: Mexico, Germany, Italy, and even Kentucky a lot of prayers for Joey.
Liz: Well, thank you so much for being with us.