August 2017 Pet of the Month – Max

August 2017 Pet of the Month – Max

This is Max (by buddy) who we adopted in the summer of 2010.  Max has been a wonderful dog and much more.  In January of 2017 Max was diagnosed with canine lymphoma.  Fortunately, we were referred to Dr. Kelly at the Veterinary Cancer Care center (VCC) in Santa Fe and after seven months of treatment Max is doing great.  We would like to personally thank Dr. Kelly and the caring staff of VCC for the awesome work they have done and continue to do to bring hope and happiness to all of the pets and owners that they touch.  We are grateful for every additional day we get to spend with him.   Michael, Jennifer...
A Constant Inspiration

A Constant Inspiration

Dogs and cats come in all shapes and sizes. I love looking at the marvelous stripes in a cat’s fur or the wide variation in shapes of dog noses and ears. If you’re reading this blog, you have likely noticed this too and have spent many hours laughing and taking joy in how they play and what gives them comfort and pleasure. I think that every time I have ever been asked about what I do for a living, “manage a veterinary oncology clinic”, I am always met with the saddest face. Of course, it is always sad when a wonderful fur-friend gets an illness, but still, I love my job. The reason I love my job is that our patients are constantly showing me that cancer is no reason for them to stop living and loving life. Maybe it looks a little different than it did 5 years ago, but make no mistake they do live and love life! Yes, even with cancer and even during chemotherapy or whatever treatment they are receiving.  At Veterinary Cancer Care, we pride ourselves on breaking stereotypes. Why? Because our patients do it every day. They are a constant reminder that real living is found in trying. I love it when our pet parents tell us that their pet died with cancer, but not of cancer. I know this sounds a little strange, but it means that they went right on living and in the end, it wasn’t cancer that sent them over the rainbow bridge. I hope that one day when I tell someone what I do for a living I get...
July 2017 Pet of the Month – Emma

July 2017 Pet of the Month – Emma

Emma came into our home as a foster cat with three adorable kittens. She was an amazing mama cat! When the time came to return the kittens to the shelter for adoption, Emma stayed with our family. After awhile it was clear that she had found her forever home with us. Now 12 years old, my beautiful Emma remains a friendly and playful girl who loves lap time and is truly a joy. We couldn’t agree more that Emma is such a joy! Thank you for allowing us to get to know you and Emma. You are both, such a...
Roscoe is raising money to help dogs with cancer

Roscoe is raising money to help dogs with cancer

Years ago, Veterinary Cancer Care treated Hugh for cancer. Recently we were contacted by the family of Hugh’s cousin Roscoe, to see if we would help them publicize a fundraiser in Roscoe’s honor for treating animals with cancer. OF COURSE! Here is Roscoe’s story and information about how you can help families and pets with cancer! We lost our beloved Roscoe to oral melanoma on November 19, 2016.  Ironically, Roscoe won the honor of Top Dog in 2012 in honor of his cousin, Desert Hugh who also succumbed to cancer. This year we are raising money to help families afford the care for their pets with cancer. We are doing it in Roscoe’s memory. The loss of a pet is devastating, especially when they haven’t even reached the prime of their life. To be diagnosed at the age of 7 with oral melanoma was the last thing we expected. It has been 5 months since we lost Roscoe, he leaves behind me, my husband, Sophia (Canine) and Max (Feline).  The acts of kindness that were bestowed upon us from family members, friends, and acquaintances helped us greatly through our loss and we will be forever grateful to each and everyone. If you find you are able to donate to support others going through a similar situation we would be very grateful.  Thank you! About the Brown Dog Foundation For the past 5 years, The Brown Dog Foundation has consistently received 4,000 requests for assistance annually.  Brown Dog helps 150-200 families each year. As little as $10 can be donated, and this money will be awarded to families in need of financial...
June 2017 Pet of the Month – Luscious

June 2017 Pet of the Month – Luscious

My mom and dad adopted me when I was 3 years old, I live with them in northern New Mexico and have been loving it for the last 4 years. I was diagnosed in October of 2016 with hemangiosarcoma of the skin. This is a sun-induced skin cancer. I came to see Dr. Kelly and her team and have been doing very well and feeling good! I love to play outside, to go hiking with my mom and dad,  and to play with my brother Halo and Sister Mia. Thank you Dr Kelly and staff for all your love, care, and support! With love,...
What does a day at Veterinary Cancer Care look like?

What does a day at Veterinary Cancer Care look like?

We have found that most people don’t know what to expect from a veterinary oncology clinic. People imagine that there are hard conversations and needles. That is part of it, but at Veterinary Cancer Care there is also a lot of laughter, scratches, cookies, and smiles. Everyone who comes here, furry and otherwise, is a part of our New Mexico family. Some days this is difficult work, but because of the love and hope that we have, everyday is also a joy! If you have questions about our services please call us 505-982-4492 or send us an email at info@vetcancercare.com We are located in Santa Fe New Mexico, but our family of clients comes from New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Arizona and more! Dr. Kelly lovin’ on a fluffly 3-legged. Megan, oncology nurse, preparing chemotherapy for a patient. Brain, oncology nurse, helping out at the front desk. Dr. Kelly chatting in the lobby surrounded by furry friends. Lu the ferret brought along moral support for her chemo. Mariah, our patient care coordinator. Dr. Kelly performing an ultrasound. Veterinary Cancer Care official cookie jar monitors. Chemotherapy being injected directly into a tumor. Milk and his crew waiting for their turn with Dr. Kelly. Lexi getting acupuncture from Dr. Sophia. Dinga graduated from lymphoma...