Sidney is a good boy who likes to play with his humans, cuddle with his dad, get belly rubs by his mom, and he licks anyone he can any chance he can get, and he has a special fondness for feet! He is best friends with his doggie sister Twinkie, who was rescued from a puppy mill. He has taken her under his paw, so to speak, and helps her to understand how to act like a dog. He loves to clean her eyes and face, and they can often be seen back to back snuggling with each other.
Amy and Todd need help in covering the expenses they've incurred in Sid's treatment, and also for ongoing treatment. They are true animal lovers and advocates, and do all they can to help others. They're committed to helping and adopting rescue dogs, and have a nice little pack of pups at home.
Sidney came into Amy's and Todd's lives on September 22, 2013 when they adopted him through Romeoville Humane Society. He was a stray, and his age was estimated to be around 5 years old. At his wellness exam after adopting, it was discovered that Sid had a slight heart murmur, but it was nothing to worry about at that point.
On July 5, 2017 at his annual exam he was given an x-ray because Amy & Todd noticed that his activity level had been significantly decreased, and he was coughing more - a sign of the heart murmur. His veterinarian, Dr. Lehal of Brookville Animal Clinic, noted a small mass, and Sid was referred to VCA Aurora cardiologist Dr. Soyden.
At his first appointment at VCA on July 26, 2017, Dr. Soyden noted that Sid had stage two degenerative heart disease, and that the mass was in his lung and had nothing to do with his heart. He was immediately referred to oncologist Dr. Leach who did an ultrasound and attempted to get a biopsy of what was now being called a tumor, but was unable to because of where it was located in his little body. The good news is that the tumor was contained to his lung, and had not spread anywhere else.
Dr. Leach had seen this before, and she was certain the tumor was a frontal lobe carcinoma = lung cancer. The tumor was fairly small, and Dr. Leach recommended a course of chemotherapy every two weeks for at least 10 weeks. This would slow down the growth of the cancer and help to prevent spreading.
As of September 25, 2017, Sidney has had five chemotherapy appointments at VCA Aurora, and will have at least five more at two week intervals. On his last appointment, Sidney was seen by a different oncologist, Dr. Book, who noted that the tumor had grown a small amount (we're talking millimeters), and that for some reason, he had not been getting the full dose of chemo meds. His dosage was increased, and it will continue to be increased.
Each time Amy and Todd take Sid to VCA Aurora, they're asked to rate Sid's quality of life on a scale of 1-10 (one being bad, 10 being great). Amy and Todd consistently rate him at an 8 because overall, that's how he acts. Of course, the day of and a few days after chemo, he's down, but then he's back to being himself. Bottom line is that there's a lot of life left in this boy!
About 1% of dogs get lung cancer, and they generally get it between the ages of 11-12. That's a bit older than they originally thought Sid was, so his age has been adjusted to 11 years old. Before he was found as a stray, he probably lived in a household where people smoked inside with him around. Dogs get cancer the same way humans do through secondhand smoke.
Please help Amy and Todd in covering the expenses they've incurred in Sid's treatment, and also for ongoing treatment.