Young believes in doing anything she can to care for her pets – even if
that means driving 2,000 miles for treatment. Recently, Young, her
brother-in-law, Ron Lehman, and Young’s dogs, Tartufo
and Milagros, traveled from Mountain View, Calif., to treat Tartufo’s cancer at the University of Missouri
Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.
Tartufo, or Tufo, as Young calls her
9-year-old mixed-breed dog, initially had his apocrine gland anal sac
adenocarcinoma removed surgically in December 2012. When the cancer
returned in October 2013, Young and her veterinarian decided to get a
second opinion from Dr. Jeffrey Bryan, associate professor of oncology at
the MU College of Veterinary Medicine. Bryan had been Young’s
veterinarian several years earlier when he lived in California and also
had been a classmate of her current veterinarian, Dr. Jenny Taylor. In
addition, Bryan had a good record of success treating aggressive cancers
like Tufo’s, Lehman said.