Staffie Brunetta on the mend after giant tumour removed
A Staffordshire bull terrier which developed a football-sized tumour has bounced back to health after successful surgery.
The unusual size of the 3kg splenic tumour shocked staff at veterinary charity PDSA when it was removed from the dog, called Brunetta.
The 15-year-old was taken to the PDSA's pet hospital in Stoke-on-Trent by her owner, who thought her dog needed to go on a diet.
PDSA veterinary surgeon Laura Cartlidge, who removed the tumour, said: "Netta's owner was concerned she was putting on weight, but when we examined her we could feel an unusual mass.
"We did some more tests, including an ultrasound, and discovered a large splenic tumour. Emergency surgery was the only option, though at 15 years old, it was high risk.
"When I started to remove the tumour everyone was shocked at just how large it was. It was the size of a small football and weighed over 3kg, one of the biggest tumours I've ever seen.
"Netta is only a small dog, it was eye-watering to see how huge it was."
Worried owner Angela Ravenscroft, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, took the terrier to the PDSA after noticing she had been sick overnight and seemed distressed.
Ms Ravenscroft, 47, said: "I took her along to PDSA thinking that we'd get some advice on how to put her on a diet.
"I was really shocked when they said it was a tumour on her spleen. Suddenly I thought I might lose her, it was awful.
"When I got the call to say the surgery was a success and Netta was recovering quickly, it was such a huge relief. I've had Netta since she was eight weeks old and we've been through a lot together.
"I'm so grateful to PDSA for their help in giving us more time together. She means the world to me."
More than 5,000 pets a day are treated at 51 hospitals operated by the PDSA, which relies on donations from the public to fund its work. More information about the charity and how people can offer support can be found at www.pdsa.org.uk.