We’re happy to share this new VCA SFVS patient story featuring Wiley the Queensland Heeler, a handsome pup who recently was diagnosed with a liver mass and Cushing’s disease.
We were pleased to meet and care for Wiley via a referral from Dr. Lisa Eshman of Linda Mar Veterinary Hospital in Pacifica. Here’s Wiley’s story as told by his human companion, Michael Y.:
Wiley is a 9-year-old male Queensland Heeler (red) that has been a member of our family since he was a puppy. Wiley loves to patrol the Pillar Point Bluff twice daily, as well as take frequent excursions to the beach. He also enjoys hiking, swimming and playing in the snow at Tahoe. Wiley is kind and intelligent and has never directed a bad bark toward anyone.
Early this year we noticed a sharp increase in Wiley’s drinking and urinating; he would need to go outside several times each night. Our primary veterinarian, Dr. Lisa Eshman of Linda Mar Veterinary Hospital in Pacifica, had his blood tested and found that his liver enzymes were elevated. After performing an ultrasound and detecting a mass on Wiley’s liver, Dr. Eshman referred us to Dr. Alan Stewart of VCA SFVS. Dr. Stewart performed tests and found Wiley not only had a liver mass, but also Cushing’s disease. Dr. Stewart then addressed Wiley’s Cushing’s disease, which had to be treated prior to liver surgery.
Once the disease was controlled, Wiley was referred to Dr. Margo Mehl, a surgeon at VCA SFVS, who performed surgery to remove Wiley’s liver mass. The tumor was cancerous, but low grade. As a result of the excellent care and treatment from all of Wiley’s doctors, the prognosis is likely favorable.
I have noticed that Wiley has more energy and spunk now than he has exhibited for some time, and that is a direct testament to the expertise of his doctors. I am impressed by the fact that all of these doctors dedicated their professional lives to the care and healing of animals – a noble endeavor.
Thanks again for allowing us the opportunity to share our experience at VCA SFVS with others. I would not hesitate to highly recommend the services of VCA SFVS to anyone requiring acute care for their pets.
Our best wishes to Wiley for continued healing … and many more outdoor adventures!