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Adorable blind dog treated to boat party after having radiotherapy for brain tumour


A DOG was treated to a party after radiotherapy for a brain tumour.

Blind golden retriever Claude, aged nine, was the first to get the treatment at a vet school in Edinburgh.

Owner Anita Greenfield, pictured, of Hadley, Herts, said: “When we first got his diagnosis in 2018 we were absolutely devastated. Claude has been with us since he was nine weeks old and has always been a joy.

“We had a read about a new machine for radiotherapy treatment in Edinburgh so asked the RVC and Southfields to investigate.

“Fortunately, Edinburgh were willing to treat Claude with their new machine, the only machine of its type in veterinary use in the UK at the moment – the NHS has more than 100.

“We had to go up for 10 days so he could have a CT scan and they could plan the treatment and then treat.

“Now we are just hoping that Claude gets more time to have fun meeting old and new friends, walks in new places & learning to live without his sight – which he lost due to the tumour.”

Claudes Vet, Juan Carlos Serra, a specialist in Oncology and Radiation Oncology, said: “Claude was one of the first to be treated with a stereotactic technique in the UK.

“He has been an excellent patient and has tolerated his treatment very well. It is difficult to predict how effective will treatment be for Claude.

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