Oreo, an adorable and extremely friendly poodle had a 6.4 pound tumor removed less than one week ago after he was surrendered by his owner earlier in August.
Struggling just to walk, the suspected lipoma weighed nearly one third of the six-year-old dog’s total body weight – 26 pounds. Although he will need further surgery to remove the excess skin, in just one week since his two hour surgery, Oreo is feeling like a new dog – and now he weighs just 19 pounds with the tumor finally gone. Here is his story.
According to the rescue group, Poodle Rescue Connecticut, the dog’s neglectful owner never bothered to take the dog for any kind of medical treatment. In addition to the heavy mass entangled in mats and soaked in the dog’s own feces and urine, Oreo also struggled with a severe flea infestation as well as Lyme disease. While waiting for preliminary testing to be done to ensure the dog would be a successful candidate for surgery at the Watertown Animal Hospital, the shelter’s director, Daryl Masone had observed Oreo sleeping in his kennel. Oddly enough, the pup had adjusted to the growth and used his tumor as a pillow while he slept.
On Tuesday, Poodle Rescue updated Oreo’s progress on their Facebook page. Results of the pathology have not been received yet, but this is one happy and perky little pooch.
“Hi everyone! It’s me Oreo! I’m starting to feel pretty darn good! I did a little run/walk today! I had my big bandage change today and I heard them telling Daryl I’m doing incredibly well. Tomorrow they will be taking out my drains (not much drainage!!!) and My Mom can take me home…I saw her today and I got incredibly excited to see her!!! They said I’ll go home tomorrow!!! Yippee! Thanks go to Dr. Kerbin and vet staff at Watertown Animal Hospital! Thank you all for your incredible donations, well wishes, new bed and snacks! I feel like I’m a KING!!!”
Get well soon Oreo. You’re an adorable little star. May you live a long and healthy life from this day forward.
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(Photos of dog with 6.4 pound tumor via Poodle Rescue Connecticut)
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