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Friday, January 7, 2011

Uga health update

Uga VIII has been diagnosed with lymphoma, the most common form of cancer in canines. Here's the release Friday from the school:

Uga VIII, the mascot for University of Georgia athletic teams, has been diagnosed with lymphoma. He is responding well to treatment, and the mascot is expected to continue appearances at athletic events as his health allows.

The dog missed the Liberty Bowl on Dec. 30, 2010, because of a gastrointestinal condition that prevented him from traveling with the football team. Further diagnostic tests revealed the more serious medical condition.

Uga VIII, whose registered name is Big Bad Bruce, is being treated by specialists at the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine; his primary veterinarian is his namesake, Dr. Bruce Hollett. Dr. Hollett has provided medical care for the Uga line for many years, said Sonny Seiler, Uga’s owner, in announcing this mascot during the 2010 football season.

Uga VIII is the great-great-great-great-great grandson of the original Uga. He was introduced to Georgia fans at the Oct. 16, 2010 Homecoming football game against Vanderbilt. Uga VIII was born Sept. 12, 2009. The Seilers, of Savannah, have provided mascots for UGA sporting events since 1956.

If Uga VIII is unable to appear at athletic events, Russ, the half-brother of Uga VII, will fill in for him. Russ filled in at the final two games of the 2009 season following the death of Uga VII as well as the first six games of 2010. He also was present at the Liberty Bowl game last month because of Uga VIII's illness.

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Anonymous said...

Holy Crap! What next? Hope Uga VIII does well with his treatments.

Anonymous said...

Very sad, though one of the most treatable forms of terminal canine cancer. He may have a good 1.5 or even 2 left with various chemo treatments.

Of course quality of life is the most important thing. I lost a dog to this and yes, it is heartbreaking though typically not painful or dehabilitating if managed correctly.

Anonymous said...

are you kidding me? oh puleaze...its just a mutt

Anonymous said...

To the person who said "he's just a mutt", being in the field of Oncolgy; fact remains he is a living breathing creature capable of feeling pain and sickness..

By the way, I am a Gator fan, but wish for anyone or anything never to have to endure CA.

Anonymous said...

Best wishes to Uga VIII! Your fans love you & are rooting for you!