Update: October 13, 2017
Ziggy was unable to undergo his CT scan on October 3 due to technical issues at the medical center. His scan was rescheduled to October 10, after which it was decided that surgery is no longer an option for him. Surgery would only worsen Ziggy’s situation as the mass is too invasive. Radiation is also not an option because of the mass’s location in Ziggy’s abdomen; radiation could potentially damage his organs.
After conversations with Ziggy’s doctors, it was determined that the best option for him is fospice care. At this point, the outcome of his situation is uncertain. The mass is growing at a slow rate, but it’s too soon to tell how it will affect him in the future. For now, Ziggy is comfortable, happy, and will soon meet his new foster family.
Update: September 29, 2017
After Ziggy’s visit with a surgeon this past Tuesday, it was decided that surgery was the best course of action to remove the mass. Ziggy’s surgery will take place on Tuesday, October 3rd. His surgeon hopes to remove the entire mass during the surgery, but given its precarious situation, it’s possible that Ziggy may need radiation to remove the final pieces. Ziggy’s surgery and radiation costs are expected to be significant ($5,000 is the minimum) and we could really use your support to help with Ziggy’s care. To make a donation to support Ziggy, please visit his donation page today.
September 19, 2017
Ziggy is the sweetest, happiest little dog you’ll ever meet. But despite this cheerful personality, Ziggy has medical issues that need to be evaluated as soon as possible. A mass on his right flank is infiltrating his muscle and bone. He needs a CT scan to assess how involved the mass is, and may immediately be a candidate for surgery depending on the results of the CT. The mass isn’t cancerous, but it’s continuing to grow. Help Ziggy get the care he needs to prevent any further complications, so that he can live the happy, carefree life he deserves.