ESRA Special Needs Springer

Age: 6
Gender: Female
Color: Black and white

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Meggie Mae Pretty little Meggie Mae of Dallas was brought into ESRA's care in December of 2017. This little girl's life has had its fair share of ups and downs from that time on.

Sadly, her owner of many years passed suddenly last year. She was extremely bonded to him, and they were inseparable. His family reached out to ESRA, and we agreed to bring her into our care and begin the search for a loving home. For a middle-aged, very active healthy girl, this would not have been a difficult task at all, yet outward appearances do not always portray an accurate picture.

At now almost 7 years of age, Meggie had come to ESRA as an intact (non-spayed) female. There was a short waiting period to have her spay done while in foster care because she had come into heat. Once that cycle had completed, she was spayed. Unfortunately, complications arose in the form of a hematoma, and she needed to recover from that. During the recovery period, a couple of small masses were discovered along her mammary chain (for those not familiar with the term, the mammary chain is part of the female dog's reproductive system -- the breasts and surrounding tissue encompassed). Because it Meggie Mae is widely documented that intact females can be at greater risk of developing mammary gland cancer, we opted to have the masses removed and submitted to a lab for a pathology report. Unfortunately, our concerns were not unfounded and shortly after the removal of these masses, a diagnosis of mammary adenocarcinoma, Grade 2, was given: Cancer. Our worst fear had been confirmed, and now a decision had to be made on just what to do.

A couple of treatment options were provided, and a bi-lateral mastectomy was recommended by her veterinary specialist/surgeon of Veterinary Specialists of North Texas. The removal of both mammary chains with as much tissue as needed to provide clear margins (no cancer), is a complicated surgery with a difficult recovery. However, in a young, active, otherwise healthy female, it can often be a better option, providing a faster full recovery with less chance of the cancer spreading than if Meggie Mae done in two separate procedures. As luck would have it, while Meggie has recovered from the removal of the two initial masses, another small 2 mm mass has presented itself in the mammary chain on the opposite side of the first mass removal. While this type of cancer can progress rapidly, it has been caught in the early stages in Meggie, and radiographs have revealed that the cancer appears to be contained to the mammary chains only. Hence our decision to go forward with the bi-lateral procedure.

Along with complications from this type of surgery comes quite an expense for the surgical procedure and post recovery. ESRA is committed to providing Meggie with the best option to ensure a bright and healthy future. With the help of ESRA's financial supporters and those who offer continual encouragement by sharing their success stories and their good thoughts and prayers, we are hopeful that we can provide Meggie Mae a future filled with many bright and happy tomorrows.

Your support, either financially or otherwise, is greatly appreciated during Meggie's time of need. Her surgeon seems hopeful that we can provide her with a future typical of any healthy Springer her age, and we are committed to helping her achieve just that.

UPDATE 5/3/18: Meggie postsurgery After a very long day waiting her turn for surgery at the Veterinary Specialists of North Texas, our little Meggie has undergone the bi-lateral mastectomy yesterday afternoon. She is recovering there and will be heavily sedated and monitored Meggie postsurgery for the next couple of days. The recovery from this type of surgery can be grueling, but the staff at VSNT are committed to keeping her as comfortable as possible. Now for the good news: NO MORE SURGERY! Meggie's surgeon has shared that he was able to remove both mammary chains in their entirety. An additional surgery, which there was a chance of, will not be needed. Meggie postsurgery There were no complications, and any masses that were found were tiny and removed in the early stages of their growth. It is important to have clear margins around the surrounding tissue, and we believe this has also been achieved. The pathology report should provide more details in approximately one week. What a relief!

While it certainly seems true that "all things happen for a reason," we often come to realize that even negative events in our lives can come with positive results. We are hoping this is the case for Meggie. The event that led to her need for coming into ESRA's care might possibly be the one thing that may have saved her life. Left undetected or untreated, mammary cancer is often deadly. Had her cancer continued to spread, there is no way of knowing how long she may have been with us. That is all behind her now, and as her recovery begins, we want to extend our gratitude to all her supporters. Your donations, well wishes, and continued prayers for a successful recovery are very much appreciated.



Oscar Ambroson
Randall Stoner
Jo Frances McCawley
Margaret Dominy
Rick Pearson
Beth Maryan For a long and happy life for Meggie!
Bettie Elaine Mitchell
Cynthia Pierson Get well soon beautiful girl! Springer kisses from Gunner.
Barbara Kephart
Clay Wiegand
Wayne Scholes
Gail Breckle
Elizabeth (Beth) Crouch Blackwell
David Springsteen In memory of Gypsy
Eydie Stegall
Barney Gulley In memory of Chance.
Kim Collier
Diane C. Earl
Kathryn Helm
Timothy Brinson Get well Meggie Mae!
Sandra Grubb In honor of Gilley and Andy.
Nancy Simoni
Elizabeth Stack Hall Meggie Mae - Foster Teddy is sending you his love.
Dessie Botham Be well Meggie Mae.
Nita Watson In honor of Susan Zuker's Carlee.
Elba Wilson Thank you to Meggie Mae's caregivers!
Rita Duvall In memory of Miss Daisy. God watch over you Meggie Mae.
Kathy Cunningham
Virginia Shepard
Dale Filip
Steve Snider
John Johnston
Chris Daverse
Michael Clark
Barbara Stone Davis Give Meggie Mae hugs from Brisco, Barbara and Mark,
Diane Nagel
Emilia Smith
Diane Phillips
Susana and Henry Morgan
Carol Test Good luck girl! I'm a cancer survior too.
Stacey Annette Smith In memory of Susan and Rick Zuker's Carlee
William Eardley I love you Meggie.
John Everett Hoping for the best outcome and easy recovery.
Kathy Patterson
Susan Horvath