When Bliss was just two years of age, she was surrendered to an animal control agency in Texas. Her fate at the shelter was uncertain, especially given the massive tumor on her skull. Fortunately, Bliss has been given a second chance thanks to Friends of Emma Medical Rescue.
Rescued dog’s fate
Bliss initially joined the rescue group as a hospice dog – but after she visited a veterinarian, things changed. Bliss has a rare skull tumor (multilobular osteochondrosarcoma), but she is otherwise healthy. Elizabeth Hart, who founded the rescue group, took it upon herself to find specialized help for Bliss.
High-Tech solution offers help
Hart’s search led to a skilled veterinary cancer surgeon in Ontario, Canada who, through a series of advanced imaging, offered potential solutions to help heal Bliss. Initially, Bliss was to undergo a delicate surgical procedure to remove the huge invasive tumor and then be fitted with a titanium skull cap (sourced from Brazil). However, it was found – with the extent of complexity and reach of Bliss’ tumor (requiring removal of the bulk of the skull as well as multiple affected facial bones) that a better option will be a 3D printed porous polyethylene implant created by an Australian manufacturer of human surgical devices.
What’s next for Bliss?
A lengthy (70+hours round trip!!) journey is in store for Bliss – since she cannot fly, she will be embarking on a road trip from Texas to Canada. The trek is scheduled to take place in early June. If all goes well, Bliss’ tumor will be removed and she will be fitted with a specially created skull cap which is being created just for her.
Learn more about Bliss and how you can help
A fundraiser has been created for Bliss’ specialized veterinary care. Click here to read more about this rescued dog and how you can help.
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