In the winter of 2010, Buster first came to DCVR as a referral to Internal Medicine as part of his bone cancer diagnosis. He had his front leg amputated at another hospital, and Dr. Simmerson created his treatment plan which included 6 rounds of chemotherapy. Since completing his therapy, he had to return in the Spring 2011 for a sock removal from his GI system, a very tricky scope removal as it had progressed dangerously far into his intestine while I was away traveling. Dr. Simmerson wasn’t going to let cancer get him, so a sock was sure not going to be the end of this tough dog! The veins in his one leg were severely scarred from all of the treatments he already had, so getting the IV into him was a challenge – I was impressed with her creativity to find a way to get the IV into Buster’s ear and successfully complete the sock removal.
Then this past winter, January 2013, as Buster is now 11 years old, he was back to see Dr. Simmerson because his back left leg went lame and he was completely down. Once again, Dr. Simmerson had a fast and accurate diagnosis of spinal degeneration, and a plan to help him improve. He did therapy with her and her staff, is on a new medication and supplement plan, and weekly swim therapy regimen (at another vet’s location that has pet therapy closer to Baltimore).
Today, Buster is doing well! Cancer tried to take him from me at 8.5 years, and he’s surpassed the original post-operation diagnosis of 12-15 months doubly, as he had his 11th birthday in March. He is battling old age, but is a happy and stubborn dog. He swims/aqua hops once a week and goes for wagon rides with his little brother and myself, generally enjoying life as you can see.
– Amy Horst