...by Tim and Aimee H.
In mid-December our 13-year-old border collie, Koda, was diagnosed with lymphoma. The very day I was given that sad news, our veterinarian in Spokane put me in touch with the oncology department at Washington State University.
They were so quick to schedule a time for him to come down for his first (of many) visit. Our first time there we met with Dr. Janean Fidel and she was sensitive but very open about his situation. Knowing that he was an older dog, the outcome wasn't going to be a cure, it was going to extend his life so we could enjoy a few more months with him. We were able to have six more months with our sweet boy, and we truly believe that the hard work and dedication of the staff at WSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital helped us have that time.
Even when a worldwide pandemic occurred in mid-March of 2020, WSU was still able to schedule his appointments and we were able to continue with his chemotherapy. Not only that, but because I had to work from home, I was able to spend the last three months of his life at home with him every day. That is something I am continuously grateful for.
In the end, Koda did not pass away from lymphoma, but some other form of aggressive cancer that took over very quickly. Thank you