Winchendon — One of Toy Town’s most popular friends is having a tough time after a recent diagnosis.
According to a press release, on November 5, Winchendon Police K-9 Clyde was brought to the Gardner Animal Care Center to be examined because of some swelling detected in his lymph nodes. The veterinary team at GACC determined it was best to do a cytology exam of the swollen nodes to determine what was causing the swelling. On November 7, Dr. Maria Miller from GACC informed Officer James Wironen, Clyde’s handler and friend, that the swelling of Clyde’s Lymph nodes was due to Lymphoma. Dr. Miller referred Clyde to an Oncologist for a consult to determine the best care.
Clyde was brought to the Animal Cancer Care Specialists in Westford, part of the Westford Emergency Veterinary Care Center. Dr. Erin Romansik provided a thorough consultation with Officer Wironen and Clyde, and determined that the best treatment option for Clyde was to immediately start chemotherapy.
Fortunately, chemo for canines does not typically present side effects as it does with humans. Only 10 percent of canines will experience the side effects of chemo such as hair loss, nausea or fatigue.
Chemotherapy can be expensive. Thankfully, the department has received tremendous support through donations from the residents of Winchendon and various organizations such as the Lions Club and the Robinson Broadhurst Foundation. With these donations and grants we currently have insurance for Clyde. The insurance will cover a portion of the treatment with the remaining balance being paid for by donations.
The outpouring from the public on social media has been overwhelming since Winchendon released the news.
Clyde has made a connection within the town and throughout the area. Wironen has brought him to meet school children in the area schools and has brought him to demonstrate the intelligence and loyalty of K-9 officers. He has appeared at local community events and has connected with many.
Wironen said that Clyde will be able to continue doing what he loves most, serving the town of Winchendon while he is being treated. Any donations are appreciated and can be made out to the Winchendon Police Department K-9 Fund. Checks can be made out to the Winchendon Police Department, C/O K9 Clyde, 80 Central Street, Winchendon, MA 01475.
Updates on Clyde’s treatment and progress will be released as information is received from the veterinarian.
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