August 2016 Pet of the Month: Annabelle

August 2016 Pet of the Month: Annabelle

Hi. My name is Annabelle, and I have been chosen as Pet of the Month for August (thank you, Dr. Kelly and staff!). I would like to tell you a little bit about myself. I was born on November 30, 2009. My biological dad is from Colorado, and my biological mom is from Wisconsin. I have 14 brothers and sisters, making us a litter of 15 (my poor mother!), and I am the runt. In January 2010, I was adopted by Cindy and Bob Rinaldi and their family from Illinois. They have given me a wonderful home filled with love. In January 2016, I began to feel ill. My mom took me to the doctor. After a few tests and bloodwork, I was diagnosed with lymphoma. This was very upsetting to my mom and dad. We were just getting ready to move to Santa Fe in six weeks when we received this awful news. Mom and Dad got me into a cancer center in Illinois as soon as possible. It is there I began my treatments. We moved to Santa Fe in March of 2016. My dad found Veterinary Cancer Care in Santa Fe, where I have continued my treatment. Dr. Kelly and her staff have been wonderful. They have given me treats, baby food, and parts of their lunches (can’t get better than that). Above and beyond the traditional cancer treatment, I also take many supplements to increase my immune system. I am happy to say that after 26 weeks of treatment, my lymphoma is in remission. I will continue to be evaluated and monitored by Dr. Kelly...
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Welcome! We are happy that you have found us in this huge world of the Internet. It is our pleasure to get to reach out to you in a personal way, even if we never meet you. If we could look every pet owner in the eyes who is just learning that their pet has cancer, we would tell you that pet cancer is treatable.  In many cases, your pets can still live out their natural life expectancy even with a diagnosis of cancer. But your pet’s quality of life, not the quantity of their days, is the most important concern. There are so many treatment options now in addition to chemotherapy. Some of the common therapies that we use in addition to or instead of chemotherapy include: both the melanoma and lymphoma vaccines, a variety of therapies that kill cancer by targeting its blood supply (antiangiogenics), and immune system support and stimulation. We also believe that most patients’ quality of life can be improved by modifying their nutrition and adding in specific vitamins and supplements. The American Veterinary Medical Association maintains a database of animal health studies that is worth investigating to see if there is a clinical trial that may help your pet. What we are trying to say is that there are options and with options comes hope. If you are a pet lover who isn’t facing this diagnosis, we are glad you are here too! Prevention of cancer is one of our passions. We want to give you information and action steps to help your pet live as happy and healthy as possible. Please stay tuned and...