Golden Retriever ‘Does Laps’ at Vets Before Owner Shocks Chemo

A golden retriever named Arrow left the internet in tears of laughter after his unexpected reaction to chemotherapy went viral on social media.

In a post shared on TikTok earlier in October under the username theanxiousmess_, the dog’s owner revealed that when Arrow started chemotherapy to cure her cancer, he reacted in a way she didn’t. wasn’t expecting.

Her video shows her feeling sad in the car, thinking about how sad her dog is going through chemotherapy, before showing a post shared by her doctors, where he can be seen happily performing his favorite tricks for them.

It comes with a caption that reads, “I think my dog ​​is probably sad while he’s at the vet getting his chemotherapy,” followed by “My dog ​​is happily doing tricks on the vet techs.”

According to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), approximately one in four dogs will develop cancer at some point, and nearly 50% of dogs over the age of 10 will develop the disease. Fortunately, half of all canine cancers can be treated if caught early.

One of the most common cancers seen in dogs is lymphoma, which accounts for 20% of all canine cancers, primarily affecting golden retrievers. Dogs are two to five times more likely than humans to develop lymphoma, which can affect any breed at any age. It most often appears as swollen lymph nodes under the jaw, in front of the shoulders, or behind the knees.

Another form of cancer that often affects Golden Retrievers is hemangiosarcoma, which develops from cells that line blood vessels, most commonly attacking the spleen, but also the liver, heart and skin.

A file photo of a dog at the veterinary clinic. A golden retriever with cancer has melted hearts online for his reaction to chemotherapy.
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The video attracted animal lovers from across the platform, receiving over 473,600 views and 77,400 likes.

One user, Kathleen Harper, commented: “Maybe he knows they’re trying to help him get better.” And Abbi501 said: “My dog ​​absolutely LOVES going to the vet. She’s so excited she literally starts whining and barking as soon as I pull into the parking lot.”

Bethany wrote: “I was a tech for a while and chemo patients are treated like celebrities. Everyone loves them.” And Amy added: “My dog ​​literally cried on Thursday because he had to wait and he was like they saw me why weren’t they petting me.”

Another user, marysburgers, wrote: “they probably cuddled him to pieces what a handsome boy.” And Bumblinbee said, “We started talking about my vet’s office as a day camp for my dog ​​when he was sick. The staff were OBSESSIONED with him and he loved the attention.”

Tekla said: “I work at a vet and I absolutely thrive when the animals are thrilled to be there. We donate large amounts of treats to achieve this.” KC Young added, “My beloved chemo gold thanks to the staff. He knew where every treat drawer was. In remission for 3 years now! Prayers for Arrow.”

Newsweek has contacted theanxiousmess_ for comment. We were unable to verify the details of the case.

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