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Reggie

Cute black dog (Reggie).

Study Investigators: Dr. Brenda Coomber and Dr. Paul Woods

Study Title: Collection of Samples from Dogs Diagnosed with Cancer and Not Scheduled to Undergo Surgery for Tumour Removal

Generously Supported by: PetDx

Reggie’s family noticed a soft swelling on his nose, bleeding from his left nostril and an increased amount of sneezing. Both a visible mass and bleeding from any bodily opening can be warning signs of Cancer.

Reggie was assessed by his regular veterinarian and referred to OVC for further testing. He was diagnosed with nasal carcinoma; a tumour in his nose and the upper part of his throat.

Nasal tumours are uncommon and account for about 1% of all cancers in dogs. It is typically a disease of older (>10 years), medium to large sized dogs. These tumours may occur more frequently in breeds that are dolichocephalic (long skull/face) such as Collies and German Shepherds.

Nasal tumours do not usually metastasize (or spread) to other parts of the body, but they will often spread locally within the nasal and/or oral cavity. Local tumour growth can be quite painful. Typical treatment for nasal tumours helps to control growth of the tumour and alleviate clinical signs.

A computed tomography (CT) scan of a dog's (Reggie's) tumour. The tumour can be seen in the hard palate (roof of mouth).

The clinicians at OVC used computed tomography (CT) imaging to get more information about the location and extent of Reggie’s tumour.

His tumour was very aggressive and spread locally which caused lysis (break down) of the hard palate (roof of his mouth).

Reggie’s treatment plan included Radiation Therapy with the OVC Oncology service under the care of Dr. Poirier and Dr. Farmer. His last treatment was in Fall 2020 and he’s doing great!

Cute black dog (Reggie) snuggling with OVC veterinarian.

Reggie does not like going to the veterinarian and can be very nervous during his appointments. We make sure he gets lots of snuggles and attention while he is at the hospital.

His mom has shared that Reggie loves visiting with all his ‘girlfriends’ on the OVC Oncology and Clinical Trials teams!

He gets very excited when he comes to the hospital and we are always very happy to see his sweet face.

Most often, cancer in our pets is diagnosed at an advanced stage. When the disease has already progressed, there may be limited treatment options and the chances of a cure are low.

For the last year, Reggie has visited OVC at regular intervals for blood collection appointments with our Clinical Trials Research Technician. Collected samples from Reggie will be used to help other pets by increasing our understanding of the disease process and supporting the development of a non-invasive test for early detection of cancer!

Test tube with blood.

THANK YOU REGGIE!