Part 2 after her amputation: www.youtube.com Part 3 about her recovery is here: www.youtube.com In March 2009 a lump about 2 cm in diameter was discovered on Kes’ left hind leg. In late March she was taken to the vet for routine shots and the vet suggested she get a biopsy. In April 2009 she went in for her biopsy which included a 2 inch long incision. By this time Kes’ lump had grown from 2 cm in diameter to 5 cm. On April 24th the results of the biopsy came in: stage two fibro sarcoma most likely caused by a vaccination. The solution: amputation of the leg. The vet feels that enough of the healthy tissue can be amputated to prevent the possibility of any remaining cancer developing into a new tumor. Part 2: www.youtube.com VAS stands for Feline Vaccine Associated Sarcoma. Some also call this disease Injection Site Sarcoma or “Vaccine Site Sarcoma”. VAS is any of a number of cancers, most commonly Fibrosarcoma, which are believed to be triggered by vaccinations and occasionally other kinds of injections. VAS is primarily an issue for domestic cats, though it has been identified in ferrets and tigers, and recent research indicates that it may also occur in dogs. VAS Awareness non-profit site: www.vas-awareness.org VAS support amputee care site: home.comcast.net VAS support group @ Yahoo: pets.groups.yahoo.com Soundtrack is Hoppipolla by Sigur Ros from the album Takk.
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Cats and kittens require some important vaccinations to keep your animal healthy. Learn about the vaccinations you’ll need to get for your new kitten withtips from a veterinarian in this free pet care video. Expert: Greg McDonald Contact: www.petpointers.com Bio: Dr. Gregory McDonald earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Oho State University in 1979. Filmmaker: Diana Bacon