Kota

A brand new and exciting vaccine could help Kota completely beat bone cancer, osteosarcoma.

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About the Campaign

Just five, this sweet boy

has a big chance to beat cancer!

Kota came from the Humane Society of Utah. Rachel adopted him when she was just 18 years-old, and he was puppy. Her other dog Summer needed a friend, and Kota fit right in! He was a handful though, part Malinois and needed training.

Summer and Kota:

In fact, because of Kota, Rachel became interested in dog training and works as a dog trainer today! Kota is with her everyday, and he goes to work with her too. Now, back in February something weird happened. Out of no where, while he was sleeping, Kota suddenly started screaming. He was sleeping in his kennel, and at first Rachel thought he got his paw or leg somehow stuck on something. Later, she thought maybe he had hurt his knee or hip, possibly a dislocation or a torn ligament. But in the next few days his leg (it was the rear) started swelling, and Kota went to the vet.

X-rays showed that the leg had a fracture and their was what appeared to be a bone tumor. That doctor said there was really nothing to do, but Rachel didn’t give up on Kota, getting him a second opinion (second opinions are ALWAYS a good idea in these situations!).

Kota, post amputation (rear, right leg):

The next doctor amputated the leg. Chest x-rays showed no sign of cancer, and the doctor saw no other signs of spread. But, this bone cancer is malignant and it does spread, even with amputation and being caught early. So, as part of the follow up, Kota needs chemotherapy. The sad part is that even with chemo, most dogs will only live a couple more year. But there is some very interesting news! A new cancer vaccine has shown promise, and specifically in dogs with osteosarcoma, which Kota has, and there is a clinical trial available through Kota’s vet right now!!

The recommendation is to still do the chemotherapy in conjunction with the clinical trial. You can read more about his vaccine, and there is a dog that has had complete remission with the vaccine in this article, and that dog’s story is very similar to Kota’s: Yale News Cancer Vaccine for Dogs.

Handsome boy:

Rachel has spent thousands on Kota to this point, and had to take out a loan for his amputation surgery, so though she works and has some money at 23 years-old she doesn’t have the full amount Kota needs for the chemotherapy, and the additional approximately $2000 needed to participate in the clinical trial. All donations here are only for Kota, paid only to MedVet, Salt Lake City for his cancer treatment! Below is an estimate for the chemotherapy:

 

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3 comments

  • Nancy Arcia

    Stay strong

    June 7, 2024 at 4:38 pm Reply

  • Anonymous

    For Kota in Utah to beat cancer’s butt!

    June 8, 2024 at 12:38 am Reply

  • Tahitia Ruby

    I rescued a dog after we found him hit by a car and he had to have his right front leg amputated. I didn’t have weed the money & my mom & I went in debt with high interest rates to pay for it. I wish I would’ve been able to go through F.A.D but that’s why I help when I can . I don’t want anyone else having to get a high interest credit card to pay to fix their family member praying for Kota

    June 9, 2024 at 10:41 pm Reply