Our newest Pet Hero is Maud Williams.
Maud is a small pug with a massive heart and a Middle name (Maud Verena)! She has been a beloved 'top dog' member of the Williams family since pup-hood, bossing around her sisters Patricia the pug, Lily and Paloma the cats and anyone else who has crossed her path!
Maud grew up on an army camp in Bulford where her owner and his family were stationed. She spent many happy days whiling away her time chasing passing tanks and graciously accepting invites to her human sisters' various tea parties.
Poor Maud sustained a nasty scratch to her left eye while playing in some bushes with her sister. As pugs are a flat faced breed they can be more prone to injuries of this nature. The scratch from the branch sadly caused Maud to lose the sight from her eye. Maud's owner made the heart breaking decision to have the eye removed as it was causing Maud significant pain and irritation. The larger than life little pug didn't let this vision setback get her down and embraced her new 'pirate' inspired look, quickly turning it into a Maud trademark and exploiting her best forlorn look to get more tasty treats from her admirers.
When out on a walk for Maud's 10th birthday, her owner noticed that she had started to become a bit 'wonky', holding her head to one side and stumbling. Concerned, Maud's owners brought her in to see us at the practice and after being examined by our vets, she was duly sent off for a diagnostic MRI scan of her head. When the images were assessed, we were all shocked and saddened to learn that Maud had developed a huge brain stem tumour. Maud's owners took some time to consider their options. As Maud was deemed otherwise fit and well, they soon made the brave decision to have the tumour removed.
Two weeks later Maud was admitted for surgery. During the procedure our surgeons discovered that Maud's tumour was in-fact INSIDE her brain stem, making it too dangerous to remove. The exposed parts of the tumour were removed and a treatment plan of chemotherapy and steroids were used to try and reduce inflammation and the size of the tumour. To everyone's delight, Maud began to improve, refusing to let the tumour get the better of her.
Maud suffered a setback when she unexpectedly contracted kennel cough two months into her new treatment. As she was taking medication to suppress her immune system as part of her cancer therapy, this relatively routine virus sadly developed into pneumonia. Maud's owners were warned that she was critically ill and was unlikely to survive the next 24 hours. To everyone's relief, with diligent 24 hour nursing Maud defied the odds and by the next morning, although weak, she had started barking at the other patients for being too loud and disrupting her beauty sleep.
Maud has gone from strength to strength and recently celebrated her 11th birthday. She still has regular chemotherapy and will always have the tumour, but she still remains 'top dog' in the Williams household. Her story is a happy reminder of the resilience of animals, their fighting spirit and enthusiasm for life.