Joey the Garden Cat’s Treatment Plan

After discussions with oncologist Dr. David Vail, at the School of Veterinary Medicine in Madison, WI, and with Joey’s momma/agent and other staff at KHTV, a decision has been made on what course of treatment to pursue for Joey. Joey’s medical team and his KTHV family is confident that this is the best way to proceed. Joey’s prognosis is good for a cure, good limb function, and good cosmetics as well.

Click on the picture below to view Dr. Dew’s video message, or scroll down to read the transcript of the interview.

Dr. Dew Explains Joey the Garden Cat's Surgery Plan

We just want to update Joey’s Facebook fans. We’ve had some discussions with David Vail, the oncologist, and with the folks down at the TV station. On Monday we’re going to be doing a definitive surgery on Joey to remove his tumor.

If you remember, this is what his tumor looked like on his original CT scan. What we’re going to do is we’re going to preserve his leg, and we are going to remove that segment of bone that contains the tumor. Then we will put in a bone plate to span this area where the bone would be weaker to hopefully prevent any type of fracture, or post-op complication.

With this particular type of tumor, Joey has a good prognosis that we could effect a cure, and he could retain his leg and have good function and good cosmetics as well.

So, that’s our initial plan for Joey, and we’ll go forward with that on Monday.




  1. RF Walker says:

    Excellent news! So glad you and your team are onto this with Joey. I know y’all have given such exemplary care for the furried ones.

  2. Thank you. While all of our patients are special, we know Joey has more “family members” than most. We’ll be sure to take good care of him, and keep everyone updated.

  3. Tammy Garrison says:

    1. So no radiation or chemo therapy?

    2. Besides keeping our vet appt.s and regualry checking our animals for unusual lumps, is there anything that will make our animals more prone to tumors? Diet? Breed? etc.

  4. Hi, Tammy. No, Joey shouldn’t require any radiation or chemotherapy. Unlike people, there really isn’t any data on a connection between diet and cancer prevention in animals. And cancer is really an equal opportunity disease, in that it doesn’t seem to be breed or even species specific. We would like to stress again that Joey’s tumor is in an unusual place on his body — not one that you would have noticed in regular petting, and not very visible since it was covered with fur and on a part of the leg that normally has a curve to it. The only way Joey’s tumor was going to be discovered was through a check up or a full-kitty massage, which he will probably demand from his staff from now on!

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