In April, Midnight was brought into the surgery as his right eye was partially closed and his nose had begun to swell up, both leaking a yellow discharge. This all happened within a matter of weeks and poor Midnight had a very swollen face. We admitted him to examine him more closely and took samples to send to the laboratory.
Unfortunately, the lab confirmed that the swelling was a tumour called a Lymphoma. The tumour was growing so quickly that Midnight was unable to see out of his eye and it was starting to affect how he could eat. X-rays also showed that the tumour could have spread to his chest. On top of this, Midnight was already being treated for hyperthyroid disease; meaning Midnight was already having blood tests regularly and on medication to control his overactive thyroid.
Due to the location of the tumour, removing it would not be an option so Midnight’s owners were faced with the difficult decision to decide either to put Midnight to sleep or to start a course of Chemotherapy.
Midnight’s owners decided to go ahead with the Chemotherapy and so Midnight has been visiting us once a week for his treatment. This consists of him having an injection administered by our Vet, Becky and Nurse, Sam.
To monitor how his body has been coping, Midnight has been having regular blood and urine tests as he’s also been having Chemotherapy tablets to take at home. The tests have shown that after only two injections and two weeks on the tablets, the swelling had shrunk considerably! Midnight was able to see again and could eat and drink normally.
We will need to continue to give the Chemotherapy indefinitely to prevent the tumour coming back, however, his positive response means that we may be able to reduce how often he has the Chemotherapy to every other week and then perhaps to once a month if he continues to do so well!
We are all really pleased with how well Midnight is coping and it is always a pleasure to see him and his owner!
The team at Hollyoak Vets