Treating Cancer in our Pets
This is Gunther, a 6 year old Great Dane. He also happens to have cancer. We are featuring Gunther this month, not only because he is cute, but also because he is like many other dogs out there, living with cancer and doing well even when on cancer treatment.
Gunther presented to his family vet with a bloody nose about a month ago in March. His owner thought he had a foxtail in his nose as he often goes to parks where pesky foxtails grow. The initial exam showed no foxtail and he was referred to our hospital for a more intensive work-up.
Because nasal tumors were on our list of possible causes for his bloody nose, we performed a nasal CT. CT scans (called “CAT” scans) are specialized X-rays that allow us to look at a structure in 3 dimensions. The nose in dogs is pretty deep with many intricate structures and sinuses that are not visible on normal X-rays or visual exam so CT scanning is needed to get a complete look at the inside of the nose. Continue…