Hi! Iam so sorry to hear about your baby! My 4 yr old Kerry Blue was diagnosed last Nov. 2006 with Lymphoma cancer. I did put her through the Chemo & Holistic route. Knock on wood she has been in remission & has responded very well to the Holistic herb route & raw meat diet. Cancer feeds off of carbs & sugars hince the raw diet. If you have a holistic vet you might want to seek that route too along with radiation or chemo? I truely am sorry that you are going through this! Hugs to you & your baby!
Can't stand the heat?.....Don't tickle the Dragon!
Thanks, everyone, for your kind words, but I'm afraid recovery is not in the cards.
The oncologist we talked to at the start of the week indicated that the cancer cells are poorly differentiated (a new term for me) -- to the point where they are unable to even identify what the original cells were.
Several mornings lately he will start the day by screaming in pain. This morning was especially bad. A new lump showed up on his neck today. Lucky initially refused to eat dinner - usually a pain killer before meals allows him to eat slowly.
This is too fast-moving, too aggressive, too painful to fight. We are just trying to manage pain.
NoDog, I am so sorry. Theres nothing I can say to make you feel better.
http://www.aplb.org/ This site was a blessing to me after losing Norman. They have a chatroom that is for people anticipating death (of their pet), or that have just found out they are terminally ill. You may find some great comfort there.
NoDogYet, I know how much you love this dog, and how badly you feel about his condition. Unfortunately, I think he's in too much pain now, and prolonging it is just making him suffer needlessly. If he is not able to eat now, and is screaming loudly, and the disease is metastasizing as quickly as it seems to be, I would put the dog to sleep. I'm sorry to say this, and I'm sure you are in full contact with your vet on the issue. What you're telling this morning on your post is a sign that the dog is suffering terribly. Once again, I'm really sorry, and of course this is just my opinion, and you can tell me to stuff it. As a suggestion, I would also ask for meds to give Lucky in the middle of the night, since his dosage is not holding him over night, if you can't quite bear to part with him yet.
Pen -- I take no offense -- this is also a concern for us. We switched to soft food today (duh!), and he gobbled that down. He still will prance around a little (before he lies down for another nap.) We are hoping to get through the holiday weekend together...
I did not read the poem, but I am all teary eyee over this too. Brittanys are beautiful dogs. He was such a cute puppy. This is all so sad. You know god puts us in certain situations for a reason. You were to grow from all of this. Sad as it is. You were meant to be in this dogs life. Please don't give up on having a dog. I volenteer with rescue dogs. And honestly, we will tell you if we think a dog is not right for your family. Puppys almost always will work out, unless the pup is a dominant alpha temperment, then we steer that family away from that. Telling them why of course. Just last week, a family with small kids wanted a particular puppy, until they saw that puppy in action they did not understand why the pup was not for their family. God bless you for sticking by your dog, keep him comfortable, and don't feel bad about any decisions about putting him to sleep to keep him from any more pain.
Whoever said you can't buy happiness, must have never owned a dog!!!!!!!!!!!