Bella has cancer. This is not easy to write about. I always knew one of the dogs getting sick was a possibility, but I didn’t think I would be writing about it so soon. Saturday, February 25 my parents took Bella to the vet to have a tooth and a spot on her chest looked at. The tooth was broken and needed to be removed. The spot on her chest is just fatty tissue.
While they were waiting to see the vet, my mom noticed a lump on Bella’s right shoulder. The vet took fluid from it and saw bad cells. Upon hearing the news, my heart broke. Bella has never seemed like anything other than a perfectly healthy pit bull.
Bella went in for surgery last Tuesday. They removed the broken tooth and the tumor as well as an additional cyst they found the morning of the surgery. She did great during her surgery, but when I went to see her that night my heart broke all over again. Bella would not stop crying. I walked in and instead of greeting me with her barking, she just cried. Despite the obvious pain she was in, she did go find a toy to show me as she always does. She cried less if someone sat on the floor next to her and pet her.
She cried for about 3 days, but she is starting to feel better. Her lab work came back. The tumor was a Hemangiosarcoma, which, according to her paperwork, is malignant neoplasm of endothelial cell origin that frequently occurs in the skin of dogs. The tumor was due to sun exposure. Pitties with white fur are at the highest risk for this type of cancer.
The good news is the vet was able to get all of the bad cells from the area. There’s still a chance that the cancer has spread. We are exploring our options with her vet, and I will provide more details as they become available.
Cancer is scary whether in a person you love or a pet you love. After hearing about Bella, I made an appointment for my 14-year-old cat, Indy. He has a lump on his back right leg. Thankfully after taking him to the vet, it turned out to just be a cyst.
For anyone that has a pittie or any other breed or pet, please take the time to thoroughly check your pet. With Bella and Misha, it is easy to see and feel any spots because their coat is so short. But with their breed, they are more prone to cancer. So please, as you are petting your fuzzy, four-legged family member make sure you are feeling for any unusual spots. If you find that your pet has a suspicious spot, take them to the vet as soon as possible. It might just save their life.
Bella is strong. Every day she gets better. I believe in this beautiful dog’s strength to pull through this.