The “nature boy”
Onyx is an 8 year old black lab who recently completed his chemo protocol at Southwest Veterinary Oncology. He was born in Washington state, where he loved swimming in the Puget Sound and frolicking on the Edmonds dog beach. He moved to Arizona when he was 2 and still loves the outdoors. We call him Nature Boy! His favorite activities include swimming, fetching, hiking, chomping on sticks, playing in the sprinkler, going for walks, and running races with his momma. He particularly enjoys going on trips and adventures – he just loves to see his bag being packed with all of his things.
Throughout chemotherapy, Onyx has continued to enjoy the same quality of life he had prior to treatment. He looks so amazing and just like his usual self that people are really surprised when we tell them that he has lymphoma. I am ever grateful for the additional time I have with my sweet baby thanks to the wonderful work of Dr. Beaver and the staff of Southwest Veterinary Oncology.
Crystal R. Dawson, Esq.
Topaz – the rescue kitty
We rescued our cat Topaz (named for her pretty Topaz colored eyes) through a Petsmart rescue program back in 2003. We were thrilled to have her pick us to be her faithful humans and we have spent nine wonderful years with her – curled up on our laps napping, next to us on the couch as we watch TV, asleep at the foot of our bed when we sleep, lying on her back in the hallway waiting for us to greet her when we come home from work and sitting on a chair by the kitchen island watching us lovingly as we cook our meals (and prepare hers naturally). Given what a gem she is, we have no idea how she ended up in a rescue program in the first place, but we just assume that she got separated from her first family by accident rather than by being abandoned or discarded. She will eternally be our kitten despite the fact that she was already full grown when she joined the family. We nick named her ‘Puditten’ within months (Pudy Tat + Kitten = Puditten) and, I have no idea when exactly it happened, but that has become her name now.
This year, during an annual checkup, our amazing veterinarian Dr. Hudman noted that her blood tests were a bit unusual. After some additional testing, she was diagnosed with a Hyperthyroid condition, which as we understand it is actually fairly common in cats. Naturally we wanted to do everything we could for our loving little friend. So, after spending some time making sure she would respond to the medication and once we’d determined that she was a good fit for it, we made the decision to have the radioactive iodine treatment done at the Arizona Veterinary Specialty Center.
I cannot speak more highly of the folks that cared for our treasured little one (Dr. Beaver and Dr. Arthur to name just a few) while she was in their care and I’m happy to report that although she’s still in her first month of recovery, she seems to be doing great! The resilient little bugger has been such a trooper, spending a week in the hospital for the procedure and then two further weeks with reduced contact with us (which I suspect was the hardest part for everyone). We were so worried that she’d be traumatized (for example I’ll never forget the way she was trembling when we left her on the day of the actual procedure) or that there might be complications. But, as of now she seems just like her same loving little self, probably better than ever really and ready for many more years with us by her side. While I never thought she ‘seemed’ sick, I can still tell on some higher level, that she’s in a healthier place now just by looking into her eyes and reading her daily behavior.
Nicolas, Phoenix AZ
Jace – bounces back to health!
Jace is doing awesome! He’s putting on weight and is back to his old self. We went on 5 mile hike just this morning and he was ready to do more. He ate a huge breakfast and is crashed out on his futon right next to me as I type this. If you had told me on that first day when we brought him in (when he had trouble even standing and we were starting to plan for the unthinkable) that he’d be doing this good now, I would never have believed it.
Thank you to everyone in Oncology who took care of our boy and brought him back from near death. You guys made such a huge difference in our lives! Keep up the good work!
Chuck – always happy
Chunk is our boy and the care we have gotten and are getting by the docs, techs and staff at SW has been amazing. Knowledgeable and caring, we think he has the best fighting chance with this group of incredibly kind-hearted, smart people.
Thanks guys! We love you.