Apparently, the large growth had been building for the preceding two years, and nothing had been done about it. Dallas DogRRR – rescue.rehab. Reform took Hattie into their care, intending to offer her a shot at a better life.
Obviously, the rescue understood they needed to have this lump removed. They took Hattie to Vet ranch, an organization that offers veterinarian care for abandoned animals.
The added weight on her side damaged Hattie’s legs and her ability to walk. Dr. Karri from Vet ranch was concerns about the bɩood vessels and muscle on that side. Still, Hattie retained a charming disposition. Before surgery, Dr. Karri shared:
“It’s just so terribɩe to me that she’s accustomed to simply coping with this.”
Incredibly, the veterinarians were able to remove the huge tumor, which eventually weighed 15 pounds. That’s roughly half of the dog’s body weight!
Hattie’s body had some adapting to do, but the tough and happy-go-lucky dog got it through! She even had a foster waiting for her on the other side. Hattie was finally adopted later in December of 2018.
Vet ranch has a video of her surgery and recovery process if you have the stomach for it:
Without this “bean bag” of a tumor hanging off of her, Hattie runs much more effortlessly. She still has certain medicaɩ problems, but she lives a full, happy life with all the love and care she needs.
Hattie’s adopter posted on Facebook: “She lives in a home [with] a yard, and has a huge fur sister. She has free freedom of the home and sleeps in a king size bed every night. [Hattie] has had some issues medically, but we go to the Vet regularly to keep her monitored.”
Once surrendered and looked hopeless to some, Hattie is merely a happy, healthy dog enjoying her senior years with a family. Of course, there’s veterinary science to credit, but largely accolades go to the folks who could see that she deserved the best.