Small Animal Spotlight
You're Our Boy, Blue
by Abbi Gardner
Blue is a gentle giant whose size can only be matched by his enthusiasm for life. The first sign of trouble began in the fall of 2021 when a lump developed on Blue’s snout. Blue’s owner, Josh Black, feared the worst was in store for his otherwise healthy 5-year-old Great Dane. Josh turned to Auburn Vet Med’s Comprehensive Cancer Center for guidance. Blue was diagnosed with oral fibrosarcoma. The oncology team determined that surgery was not a possibility. But thankfully there was an alternative treatment option for Blue. Targeted radiation therapy is a non-invasive alternative to traditional surgery that accurately targets tumors and other abnormalities without an incision or the need for recovery in a hospital setting. Blue completed two rounds of targeted radiation therapy with Auburn’s state-of-the-art linear accelerator. Although Blue’s fight with cancer is still ongoing, the treatment that he received at Auburn will give him better quality of life and hopefully many more years of bringing joy to everyone that is lucky enough to know him.
More than anything I’d like to say thank you for how well everyone at Auburn loved our boy. He means the world to us, so for him to receive care from people that quickly found a reason to love him too means everything to us.