Bubbles is a 1 year old, female, Terrier mix who is currently being treated in the Animal Defense League Veterinary Hospital. ADL has confirmed with Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine that Bubbles’ has Transmissible Venereal Tumors—or TVTs.
We highlighted Bubbles’ case to bring awareness to this disease. It’s likely that most of the public is unaware of TVT, and the fact that it exists in the surrounding area. This canine tumor has increased prevalence in the southern U.S. largely due to the extensive stray/roaming dog population.
While the tumors tend to be more commonly seen in intact/breeding animals, ANY dog is at risk of contracting TVT if it comes in contact with an infected dog. Yes, that is correct! This tumor is unique because it is spread through touch…simple dog-to-dog contact. (Keep in mind how dogs greet each other and say hello!)
While most cases of TVT present with one or more localized tumors on the face, hind end, or the external reproductive tract of an infected dog, animals with weakened immune systems are at risk of the tumor spreading in a cancer-like fashion, all over the body. This, unfortunately, is what has occurred in Bubbles’ case.
Currently, the Animal Defense League Veterinary Hospital has two confirmed TVT cases undergoing treatment. ADL will carry out six or more weeks of regular chemotherapy treatments to cure TVT—which is the veterinarian prescribed treatment. The good news is that Bubbles has already received two treatments!
We hope that highlighting Bubbles’ case will help dog-owners understand the importance of not allowing their pets to roam freely. Please keep pets safe in a fenced-in yard away from roaming dogs, get to know your dog’s furry friends, and take your pets to the vet regularly. Most importantly, please spay and neuter!!!
ADL thanks all of you for your continued support as we work towards saving many more lives! Bubbles is on the road to recovery! We’ll be posting updates on this sweet girl’s journey to a healthier life.