Aubrey first visited us back in June 2019. As a puppy his Mum Joanne had regularly checked him over for any lumps and bumps. Back in 2018 he had suddenly gone off his legs, naturally she immediately rushed him to her local vet. Due to his breed she was concerned he could be experiencing an issue with his back.
On the way to the vet, as she was rubbing his paw for reassurance, she noticed a growth. It felt and looked like an extra pad had grown in the middle of his paw.
When they arrived at the vet, she mentioned the growth that she had found on route. Aubrey’s local vet agreed that the growth was odd, however at that moment his immediate concern was his back. The following day Aubrey was admitted to an orthopedic referral center.
After his spinal surgery Aubrey was confined to crate rest for several weeks. His Mum kept an eye on his pad but nothing changed until a few weeks later when he was finally able to start walking on the pavement for a few minutes a day. It was then that she noticed blood on the floor. Aubrey’s Mum took him back inside and cleaned his paw to see that the pavement had opened up the growth. She took him back into her local vets, and they gave him antibiotics.
A week went by, but the growth was starting to smell, it had started to smell and Aubrey was always wanting to lick it. Aubrey’s local vet wanted to remove the growth so he could send it off for testing to find out what it was. Although his Mum was concerned about him having surgery again so soon she decided that it was causing him discomfort, it had come from no where so quickly and the fact that it wouldn’t heal concerned her.
A couple of days after removal, Aubrey and his Mum were called back into the local vets to have his dressings changed, and to discuss the results. They were devasted to learn that the growth had been a malignant melanoma, and their vet recommended an immediate referral.
Aubrey was put under the care of the medical oncology team, under the supervision of Dr Iain Grant. Iain advised a CT scan and to follow with the melanoma vaccination.
From the families perspective
We spoke to Aubrey’s Mum and asked her how she had found her experience with the team at AURA and what advice she would give to others finding themselves in the same situation?
February 2023 Update
Aubrey has come back again to have a recheck with Dr Iain Grant. Today he will be having a CT scan to check for any metastatic disease and a top up of the melanoma vaccine.
Aubrey came to the hospital with an empty tummy, as the majority of our CT scans are done under anaesthesia. This is to ensure that the patient is entirely still for several minutes at a time. By having our patients asleep our talented RVNs are able to control their breathing pattern to ensure that they get the best quality image they can. We are all lucky enough to have a contrast injection pump (kindly donated by The Rumba Foundation). Contrast is injected into the blood stream and helps highlight blood vessels and normal anatomy, as well as unexpected masses.
Aubrey was incredibly well behaved for the team today, and his CT scan and his melanoma vaccine went well. We are pleased to say that his disease remains to be stable.
It is always lovely for our team to reconnect with owners who they have known for many years. Especially when they are as well behaved and cute as Aubrey! We will see Aubrey again in 6 months time.
(Ever wondered what a pet having a CT scan looks like? Click here to see Aubrey having his most recent scan on our Instagram page!)