Medical advances in pet care bring huge bills

Two years ago, Mike Otworth’s 10-year-old chow, Tina, was given a diagnosis of lymphoma. The prospects were grim. Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes that commonly develops in older dogs, can be put into remission through chemotherapy, but tumors almost inevitably reappear within a year, and death quickly follows.

Otworth seized on a new option. After a local veterinarian near his home in Indialantic, Fla., administered chemotherapy treatments to Tina, he drove her to North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., where she became one of the first dogs to receive a bone-marrow transplant at its college of veterinary medicine.

After two weeks of painless treatment, and a $15,000 bill, Tina returned to Florida, unsteady on her feet but cancer-free.

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