When Flora was found straying in Ipswich last March, she was in a bad way: the eight-year-old Jack Russell Terrier had matted fur, diseased teeth, mammary masses and, most striking of all, a tumour larger than her head on her side. Luckily, she was taken to the Blue Cross Victoria animal hospital for treatment, and was later cared for in their Suffolk rehoming centre.
Animal Welfare Supervisor at Suffolk, Kristina Dimitrova, says, “When she arrived some of the fur around her long nails was so badly matted that it was quite painful for her to have it untangled. She also needed five dental extractions and treatment, and has a chain of mammary masses on her right side as well as one lump on her left.
“And then there was the massive lump that was actually bigger than her head. Luckily when the vets at Victoria opened her up it did seem to be just a huge fatty lump. Some of it was closely attached to her ribs, but the vets did an amazing job as they managed to remove all of it. They had to place a drain there and she had quite a few stitches as the wound was so big.
“But despite everything she went through, she’s always friendly with everyone and wagging her tail constantly.”
Flora is recovering well, but her ordeal is not yet over: she will need two further surgeries, one to remove the mammary lumps and one to spay her and prevent new masses from developing. Afterwards, she will be up for adoption – possibly to a household where she can be the only, pampered pet.
“She’s an older lady, but an energetic, playful little thing when she’s her real self. You can tell that she’s used to being around people and being cuddled,” Kristina adds. “She just wants to be loved! And who can blame her after all that she’s been through.”
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Images by Blue Cross.