The Sacramento Zoo’s male tiger, Castro, was diagnosed with lymphoma, a form of cancer, in February 2013. Over this past year he has been given chemotherapy and has been closely monitored and reevaluated at several points along the way. Monday, February 24th 2014 marked one year since Castro’s diagnosis and also included another exam.
“I'm pleased to say that he appears healthier now than he was a year ago when he was initially diagnosed,” said Dr. Ray Wack, head of the Murray E. Fowler Veterinary Hospital at the Sacramento Zoo.
- His overall body condition is good with no new abnormalities.
- There are still some tumor cells in his spleen but it has not spread to his liver or lymph nodes.
- Blood work shows that his chronic renal failure has progress slightly but is not severe at this time.
- Veterinarians are also very pleased with his positive response to the stent that they placed from his kidney to his bladder during a procedure in October (to give Castro relief from kidney stones).
|Castro on February 27, 2014|
|During the exam with visitors watching.|
|The small camera capsule (shown in the protective packaging)|
|Veterinary team during Castro's exam.|