Updates on Benji the Schnauzer

His biopsy results are finally out.

The biopsy shows that Benji has grade 1 soft tissue spindle cell sarcoma. Generally, these tumours are locally invasive (causing a problem where they grow). Grade 1 tumours usually do not behave aggressively and spread to other organs, which is fortunate for sweet Benji.

Poor Benji and his terribly swollen front leg

Another blessing is that grade 1 turmours seldom recur after complete surgical removal. However, given that Benji's tumor is very large, and close to many important structures in his limb, the vets do fear a possibility that it might recur. We are keeping our fingers crossed that after this removal, Benji will go on to live a healthy happily-ever-after with his family.

X-ray of Benji's front right leg

Debulking the tumour will definitely provide Benji with greater comfort, considering he has lived with this huge mass for more than half a year. His heart and blood test results are good and thus, he should be a good candidate for the surgery.

Benji’s surgery will take place tomorrow (Friday) afternoon.

We thank everyone for offering to help him in more ways than we could ever think of. We are very grateful for that. The surgery cost is expected to be about $1800 to $2000, depending on the number of days that he needs to stay at the vet because Aunty Soh might not be able to clean his wound or manage him after surgery. So once again we appeal to your kindness to please help Benji with his surgery bills.

To help with his vet bills, please email hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg