During #CougsGive, help great charities like pet cancer care.
For a three-legged dog like Oakley, when a cancerous mass was found on his right and left front leg, it was life threatening.
Soft tissue sarcoma, one of the most frequent types of skin cancer in dogs, is usually curable with surgery and radiation therapy.
It was life threatening for Oakley, a three-legged dog, when a malignant growth was discovered on his right and left front legs.
Fortunately, Oakley and his owner, Rachel Schneider, a fourth-year veterinary student at Washington State University, had access to WSU's Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which is one of just two facilities in the Pacific Northwest capable of administering radiation treatment to animals.
Oncologists at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital are aiming to gather enough money as part of #CougsGive, WSU's annual celebration of generosity and donor impact, to acquire a new linear accelerator, or LINAC, which will allow for even more accurate and safer therapies for animal cancer patients.
It's one of many WSU projects and programs asking for help from donors this year.
On April 13, members of the WSU community are urged to visit the #CougsGive website to learn more about this year's featured areas of support and to make gifts to the colleges, departments, and programs that are important to them.
A new linear accelerator at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, for example, would allow radiation treatments to be better directed to cancers while protecting surrounding healthy tissues, and it would cut treatment time for pets like Oakley since the dose rate could be better controlled.
I'm grateful to all of WSU's specialty services for collaborating to ensure Oakley received the care he need, Schneider said. "I'm still not sure what I would have done if it hadn't been for them.