Abbie Chatfield has shared some sad news on her Insta story. Her gorgeous pup Marco, an 11 year old cocker spaniel that she adopted with hottie bf Konrad Bień-Stephen, has been diagnosed with cancer.

According to a series of stories she posted late last night, Marco was having his teeth cleaned when the vet spotted something unusual on his mouth.

Tonight, Abbie and Konrad updated Marco’s anxious fans on his condition via Marco’s own Instagram page, and things are a little more optimistic than they first thought.

Turns out Marco still has “naughty cancer, but it hasn’t spread as much as we initially thought.”

Apparently what the vet found on Marco’s lil nose was “just bacterial.”

The diagnosis was a surprise for Abbie and Konrad, who’ve only been Marco’s mum and dad since March.

“He literally runs around, tail’s always wagging…It wasn’t like he was acting weird,” said Abbie.

Despite Marco’s diagnosis, Abbie has encouraged her audience to still consider adopting senior dogs.

“I don’t want anyone to see this story and feel like they can’t adopt a senior dog. Because I’m so glad that we got to take him out of the shelter,” she said tearfully.

“He gets to have roast chicken every day until he passes away…He’s not been alone for even, like, a minute.”

“I don’t want anyone to not adopt a senior dog because they’re scared this’ll happen…because he made me so much happier,” she added.

The RSPCA backs up Abbie’s message.

“A senior pet is likely to be a little slower and a lot calmer [than a puppy], with plenty of wisdom and life experience hidden behind those grey hairs and whiskers.”

OK now I’m really crying. If you’re thinking about getting a dog, please consider the whiskery old pups at the shelter. They need loving homes too!

Image: Abbie Chatfield on Instagram