Today we’re thrilled to share this patient stories post and photos from Patty Stanton, a (super) volunteer at Muttville. Thanks, Patty, for all your wonderful work!
Chloe and Frankie came to us at different times through Muttville, the San Francisco organization that rescues dogs over the age of 7. We adopted Lhasa Apso mix Frankie as my family’s “forever dog” in 2008, and we took in Cocker Spaniel Chloe as a foster dog in 2010.
Chloe developed some odd spots on her paws, which was determined to be a form of cancer. With chemo prescribed by SFVS, the spots disappeared … and by then she was off the adoption site and part of our household.
These two dogs just love each other. And we love them.
Chloe came to Muttville totally deaf. It’s pretty easy adjusting to a dog who can’t hear. I blow on her gently to wake her up and she uses her eyesight sharply. All I have to do is motion for her to come and she comes.
But for the longest time, one of her ears smelled bad. I took her to several vets around San Francisco and put countless drops down her ear canal – nothing was working. Same goes for all the pills that were prescribed. Finally, I was encouraged to take Chloe to see Dr. Vitale, the SFVS dermatologist.
He examined Chloe, looked at me and said, “Her ear is a like a sewer filled with bacteria, no drugs will help. You’ll have to remove her eardrums to heal her.” Bingo. Finally, a solution and said in two sentences. Let’s do it. Now, months later, she’s happy, we’re happy, the smell is gone, and she is healthier. I liked the confidence and brevity of the solution that Dr. Vitale offered that day in helping our sweet Chloe.
Meanwhile, 13-year-old Frankie developed a tumor on his chest one and a half years ago. To oncology we went to meet Dr. Kathy Andres. Frankie is living so much longer than we ever expected him to thanks to her expertise and good care.
His chemo regimen has been easy on him, and he still has lots of pep in his step, and interest in food and activities. We think he is going to hang out with us until he is a really old dog! Thanks to both Dr. Vitale and Dr. Andres for their good care with our beloved pets.