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As Christmas is a time of hope, we thought we’d end the year with a tale of a little cat who’s been through a lot.

Beautiful Honey belongs to our Client Care Assistant Sue Roach, who adopted her in 2012. Honey was bought in to our Biggleswade practice suffering from a Pyometra, a life threatening infection of the uterus.

She underwent neutering to help her, recovered well and ended up going home with Sue, as her owners could no longer keep her. Honey settled in well and became a much-loved member of the family.

However, in September of this year Sue noticed a lump on Honey’s neck. The team at Biggleswade took a sample, known as a fine needle aspiration, as well as blood samples to test.

The results of these were fine so it was assumed that Honey had experienced an allergic reaction to something. However, antibiotics had no effect.

A specialist Oncologist recommended that they remove the lymph node via surgery and take some x-rays. The surgery went smoothly but the x-rays revealed something surprising – Honey was suffering from Spondylosis. This condition involves Ostereoarthritis developing in the joints of the spine.  A second set of samples of the node were sent off and again these came back negative. Honey 3

However, when the lymph node on the other side of Honey’s neck swelled up, everyone was very concerned and they sought a second opinion on the original lymph node.

This revealed something very unusual – Honey was diagnosed with Nodular Sclerosis Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. This form of cancer is so rare in veterinary literature that the veterinary team were unable to even give a prognosis on the likely outcome for Honey!

Honey was quickly referred to Davies specialist referral vets for treatment. She has been undergoing an intensive 6 month course of chemotherapy. In late November Sue was given the terrific news that Honey’s cancer was in remission.

Her chemotherapy will continue and, whilst Sue knows that the cancer may return, she is thrilled to have Honey on the road to recovery for now.

We wanted to salute Honey’s bravery as well as her owner’s dedication, and wish her luck for the future.

We’ve treated thousands of pets this year and are proud and delighted that so many of them are now back home with you to enjoy Christmas.

We’d like to wish you and your families – furry and otherwise – a wonderful festive season and look forward to your pets bounding in 2015.

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Posted December 23, 2014 in Seasonal Care

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