the tumor’s sudden growth, but the
oncologists insisted that there was
no correlation that they could see.
There probably wasn’t, but the owner
insisted that we stop the treatment
anyway. The leg had made excellent
progress, so I figured it would be OK.
Taking my cue from the oncologists
who certainly knew more about it
than I did, I reassured the owner that
we hadn’t given Enzo cancer, and
that it was pure coincidence, nothing
more. I could tell she wasn’t buying
it. As she didn’t have the budget for
radiation therapy, further treatment
Getting Back to Normal
Naturally after all of my reassuring
lectures about the amnion, several
weeks after stopping the treatment,
the tumor began to shrink. It was the
bane of veterinarians everywhere:
diabolical timing, nothing more, I
reasoned, but I secretly called the
Their response was the same: in
their opinion, there was absolutely no
correlation with the amnion therapy.
I accepted their opinion, the owner
didn’t, and here we are, three years
later with a seemingly healthy horse.
Enzo is still his old self today, bright
and happy and has shown no signs of
progressive lymphoma. Every time I
see him, I lift his tail and inspect the
mass, and there is never any change.
His leg will never be normal, but
it’s now completely closed up with
scar tissue, and no longer bleeds in the
winter. I’ve stopped waiting for him
to keel over from cancer, and have
just accepted the twists and turns as
just another case in the strange world
of veterinary medicine.
COURTNEY S. DIEHL, DVM, has been an equine
veterinarian since 2000. She resides in Steamboat Springs, Colo., where she is in private
practice. Her first book, Horse Vet, Chroniclesof
a Mobile Veterinarian, was published in 2014.
She is currently at work on her second book.
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