Genetic testing : PennHIP 60%, SA normal,
vWD normal, thyroid normal, CERF normal
epilepsy - first seizure at 4.5 years of age,
has never been medicated, has 1-2 mild seizures per year. Normal blood
chemistry and CBC at diagnosis, normal MRI at diagnosis. Was spayed after
her first seizure.
squamous cell carcinoma - occurred on the fourth
digit of her right front foot when she was 6 years old (July, 2000). Digit was
amputated which was curative. No further recurrence at this time.
A blood sample from her has been sent to the Dana Mosher group who are
researching the genetic basis of SCC in poodles.
discospondylosis - occurred in the thoracolumbar
vertebrae in 2005. She is on Cosequin (glucosamine) supplements and we
stopped competing in agility. She is on a weight control regimen to
reduce stress on her back. She has no clinical symptoms at this time.
matrical carcinoma - occurred on the skin in the right
side by her shoulder. The mass, which in appearance looked like a
sebaceous cyst, was removed November, 2006. Surgical margins were
clean but prognosis is guarded for local recurrence.
Hepatic neoplasia - Haeley collapsed at home on June
5, 2007. She was bleeding into her abdomen, and a tumor was suspected.
Chris and her sister rushed Haeley to an emergency clinic in Rhode Island,
where a board certified internal medicine specialist performed an abdominal
ultrasound. He found a large tumor which had invaded the liver and
appeared to have affected the entire left lobe of the liver. The tumor
was actively bleeding. Prognosis was poor, with the most likely
diagnosis of hepatic hemangiosarcoma or carcinoma. Due to her history
of carcinoma, it is likely this was a metastatic, aggressive tumor.
Exploratory surgery and chemotherapy were recommended, with a likelihood of
less than three months survival, and a high probability she would die on the
surgical table during surgery. Chris gave her a transfusion at home,
spent the night with her sleeping in her arms, and put her to sleep the next
morning in her favorite spot - lying on the couch in the sun.
Chris also lost one of her aunts to cancer two days
later. I am sure they are together, along with all the special people
and pets who have gone before, having crossed the Rainbow Bridge. We
are planning a memorial garden in her name, and will plant a tree which
blooms annually, along with a flower bed that will feature engraved plaques
with the names of the special poodles in the Tivin/Teva homes. These
names include Haeley, Gideon, Jordan (When the Night Comes), Jesse, Cassie, and Miko.