Last week we discussed the Canine Osteosarcoma Vaccine facts, but there’s so much more to the biggest treatment breakthrough in decades. Let’s start with all the brave Tripawd parents and their canines who play a role in this important new cancer therapy research, like Prakash and Dexter, as well as today’s heroes in the spotlight, Connie Kruzan and her beautiful Greyhound, Bowie.
Their Canine Osteosarcoma Vaccine Experience Gives Hope to Many
Connie and her retired racing Greyhound Bowie (whose racing name was “Bella Run Softly”) are from Southern California. When Bowie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma last year, vets gave Connie the usual depressing prognosis: most dogs affected by this cancer live about one year after being diagnosed if they undergo chemotherapy.
The news was sad, but Connie felt a surge of hope after learning about the new canine osteosarcoma vaccine. If Bowie lived long enough to receive it in one way or another, maybe she could beat the disease, she thought.
Her dreams have just been realized. One year after her diagnosis, Bowie is in good health and now part of the extended field study of the Canine Osteosarcoma Vaccine made by Aratana Therapeutics, Inc. As a patient under the care of Dr. Andrew Vaughan DVM, MS ACVIM (Oncology) of the Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center, Bowie is receiving three injections, three weeks apart, in order to help her immune system fight off osteosarcoma metastasis.
We met up with Connie in Las Vegas and asked her if she would share her experience about enrolling Bowie in the study. Here’s what she had to say:
Being in the trial is a win-win for everyone. Bowie gets the latest treatment intended to prevent metastasis, and eventually, more dogs may live longer with this disease as it becomes normal protocol for managing it. Eventually, humans with the rare disease may benefit from this therapeutic treatment, all because of the brave canines and their humans who participated in the Canine Osteosarcoma Vaccine clinical trials and field study.
To find a Canine Osteosarcoma Vaccine field study near you, ask your veterinary oncologist or call Aratana’s Customer Care team: 1-844-ARATANA (272-8262).
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