A dog recovering from major surgery to remove a tumour bigger than her head is now in search of a loving home.
Flora was in a sorry state when she arrived at Blue Cross after being found by the dog warden wandering the streets of Ipswich as a stray back in March.
The eight-year-old jack russell had badly matted fur, severe dental disease, a chain of mammary masses and a huge lump protruding from her right rib cage.
But over the past two months, she has been nursed back to health by the teams at our Victoria animal hospital and Suffolk rehoming centre
Kristina Dimitrova, Animal Welfare Supervisor at Suffolk, said: “When she arrived some of the fur around her long nails so badly matted that it was quite painful for her to have it untangled. She also needed five dental extractions and treatment, and has a chain of mammary masses on her right side as well as one lump on her left.
“And then there was the massive lump that was actually bigger than her head. Luckily when the vets at Victoria opened her up it did seem to be just a huge fatty lump.
“Some of it was closely attached to her ribs, but the vets did an amazing job as they managed to remove all of it. They had to place a drain there and she had quite a few stitches as the wound was so big.
“But despite everything she went through, she’s always friendly with everyone and wagging her tail constantly.”
Bubbly Flora, who is being fostered by a member of the team, is recovering well from the surgery, despite a brief setback when she suffered a phantom pregnancy.
And she will soon undergo two further operations to remove the mammary masses and be spayed, which should prevent further lumps from developing.
“Mammary lumps and tumours appear much more frequently in female dogs that aren’t neutered. Spaying can reduce the risk of developing these tumours greatly, especially if it’s done before the animal comes into heat,” explained Kristina.
“Apparently, more than a quarter of female unspayed dogs will develop a mammary tumour during their lifetime. Some of these tumours can actually be fatal.
”Neutering also prevents phantom pregnancies, which affected Flora’s behaviour greatly. She was lethargic, didn’t want to eat much and had appeared to have lost excitement for life in general. It really hit her hard and she was quite miserable for a while.”
Flora is now looking for a patient new home where she’ll be the only pet and get plenty of affection.
Kristina added: “She’s an older lady, but an energetic, playful little thing when she’s her real self. You can tell that she’s used to being around people and being cuddled.
“She just wants to be loved! And who can blame her after all that she’s been through.”
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