Dog has life saved by radiation beam cancer treatment usually used on humans

A adorable dog has had his life saved after vets sculpted a bespoke radiation beam to zap a tumour out his nose.

Ralph, a five-year-old Gordon Setter, is recovering well after he became the first mutt in the UK to undergo the pioneering surgery.

The much-loved dog had state-of-the-art radiotherapy for a tumour in his nose after his owners noticed him having nosebleeds.

His tumour made it hard to breathe and could potentially have been fatal.

But vets stepped in to use specialised radiation beam sculpted to the exact shape of the tumour.

Ralph, who lives in Lanark, South Lanarkshire, was the first pet in the UK to be treated using the advanced technique.

The machine – based at the University of Edinburgh's Hospital for Small Animals – delivers therapy to cancer cells using a powerful radiation beam.

It has so far only been used for humans in the UK.

Jenna Forbes, Ralph's owner, said: "The Dick Vet team were reassuring at a scary time and had such determination to fight for Ralph.

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"We knew he was getting the best care possible and after his treatments we always brought home a dog that had been well cared for.

"His condition is significantly better now.

"We have such confidence in everyone at the Dick Vet, they are a dream team."

The four legged friend’s tumour has shrunk significantly and Ralph is now in recovery.

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Magdalena Parys, a radiation oncology specialist vet from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh, said: "We are fortunate to have cutting-edge technology available for our patients.

"This advanced technology allows us to spare much more of normal healthy tissue, and gives us the ability to increase radiation doses to tumours.

"Our primary goal is to fight cancer but at the same time improve or maintain a good quality of life.

"We are delighted with Ralph's progress and hope he will enjoy a good quality of life for a long time with his loving owners."

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