The expert doctors at Southeast Veterinary Specialists deal with animal emergencies day in and day out. Saving pets from broken bones, gunshot wounds and cancer is just another day in the office. However, it’s a whole different story when the patient in the operating room is one of their own. Dr. Rose Lemarie says, “It’s really easy to be cavalier and tell people what they ought to do and it’s a different thing when you’re on the other side of the table and you hear it on your own dog.”
12 year old Tasso was once a champion show dog. The energetic Staffordshire bull terrier is also the pet of Drs. Steve and Rose Lemarie. The Lemaries have 3 cats and 2 dogs, but Tasso is sort of their mascot. You may have even seen him on the commercials for News with a Twist!
Unfortunately, Tasso has had a difficult few months. When a fellow vet noticed he wasn’t acting like his usual, energetic self, x-rays showed the reason why: a large mass off Tasso’s spleen. Dr. Steve Lemarie says, “I consider him indestructible, so I don’t think that anything is ever going to happen to him but thankfully, it’s something that my wife, being a capable surgeon, was able to fix for us and he’s back to his old self.”
The Lemaries had some anxious days waiting for pathology reports, but luckily, Tasso’s tumor was benign. Aside from the scar on his belly, today you’d never guess he had a brush with death. Dr. Rose Lemarie explains, “I think it makes you a better doctor when you realize what people are going through when you’re talking to them because it takes, it just makes you understand the other side of the table.”
And Tasso? He’s feeling great! A new lease on life for an older pup wasn’t ready to slow down just yet.