When the image of Bubbles, the Neapolitan Mastiff, first began making its rounds through social media, many people did not feel that the young dog could be saved.
Bubbles had a tumor on one side of her face that can only be described as massive and almost unbelievable in its sheer size.
Against the odds, the former stray with the daunting medical issue was saved and today, Noah's Arks Rescue has revealed the surgical team responsible for removing the huge tumor from her face.
Noah's Arks has referred to Bubble's team as the "best of the best," and they are hopeful that the release of the surgical team members names will allow other dog owners, who may be facing similar situations with their own pets, to be able to seek out these specialists for their own pets.
The surgical procedure, which was led by Dr. Nick Bacon, Vet.M.B., the Imparato Endowed Associate Professor in Surgical Oncology and Chief of the oncology service at the UF Veterinary Hospitals.
Also assisting in the procedure was Sarah Boston, D.V.M., D.V.Sc., an Associate Professor of Surgical Oncology at UF and Veterinary Student Kimberly Herron. The original Oncologist that found the best team for this procedure is Dr. Kerry Rissetto at CVRC in Charleston, SC.
As for Bubbles, she continues to make incredible strives in her own recovery. The swelling in her face has subsided greatly and she is is described as "happy and playful."
Bubbles continues to inspire many people with her amazing spirit and ability to overcome tremendous odds. With the best of the best, from her rescuers to her veterinary specialist team, she continues to beat the odds.
Noah's Arks has provided the contact information for the team which led Bubbles' treatment:
Clinical Associate Professor - Oncology
Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences
2015 SW 16th AV
Gainesville, FL 32610-0126
Original story about Bubbles here.
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