Tiny dog left without a nose after surviving cancer

Poa had her nose removed to get rid of fast-growing cancer (Picture: Anna Prosser / SWNS)
Poa the Pomeranian may have lost her nose, but she hasn’t lost her fighting spirit.

The tiny dog had to have the upper part of her snout removed to battle off fast-growing cancer.

She now goes by Poa No Nose and has built up thousands of fans on Instagram thanks to her unusual appearance. The 13-year-old dog, who is three-quarters Pomeranian and one quarter American Eskimo, was taken to five different vets before they took the drastic measure to save her life. Owner Anna Prosser, a producer and host from Seattle, Washington, US, said: ‘The vet reminded me that Poa didn’t look in mirrors.
Her unusual looks have gained her thousands of fans (Picture: Anna Prosser / SWNS)

‘They said as long as she could get snuggles and treats, she would heal and be perfectly happy.

‘Even when she was at her sickest, Poa made it clear that she had no intention of giving up so, given that option, I knew it was the right choice.”

Poa had surgery in August, three months after the cancer was diagnosed, and wore a head cone while she recuperated.

Poa before her cancer (Picture: Anna Prosser / SWNS)
Poa after surgery to remove the top part of her snout (Picture: West Smith / SWNS)
Anna said: ‘On some of the most terrible days, Poa sneezed blood, refused to eat, and was agitated all through the night.

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‘On good days, she slurped wet dog food and didn’t hide any of her medicine in her doggy bed.

‘It was some of the hardest work I have ever done in my life, but little by little, day by day, she became stronger, until today she seems even happier and healthier than she was before.’

Poa even managed to grow a full coat of hair despite struggling with alopecia most of her life.

‘Even when she was at her sickest, Poa made it clear that she had no intention of giving up so, given that option, I knew it was the right choice’ (Picture: Anna Prosser / SWNS)

Now, at 13, she still loves to play and walk, and especially snuggle and give kisses.

Anna said: ‘The first things people ask are “can she eat?” and “does her tongue stay moist?” The answer to both of those questions is yes!

‘At very first, especially when she was fresh out of surgery and very was jarring to look at. Some people saw Poa and reacted with anger toward me.

‘They felt like any dog who looked like her must be suffering, and that I, as her owner, should have made the call to put her to sleep instead of making her endure the aftermath of surgery.

‘However, the more they see her happily going about her day to day as a basically normal dog with no nose but plenty of personality, they begin to see her for what she is.

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Even without a nose, Poa is a happy and loving dog (Picture: Anna Prosser / SWNS)

‘It is a reminder that even the smallest of us can be very strong. Even the most scarred of us can be beautiful, and that love really can survive anything.

‘I have been overwhelmed by how many people feel encouraged by her and express love for her.

‘She was a very cute dog before, but now that she’s different, and her face tells a story of survival and hope, people seem to connect to her in a whole new way.

‘Messages about her strength giving others hope mean the world.

Anna wants Poa’s story to give people hope (Picture: Anna Prosser / SWNS)

‘We try to return the favour by posting pictures that make people feel happy, and captions that remind people that they are beautiful and worthy of love, just the way they are.

‘These have been some of the happiest times of our life together as companions.

‘She’s been there for me though so many of life’s hardest times, and I feel so happy and proud to have been able to return the favour for my little bestie.’

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