Post # 1
This post is for no specific reason, just need to vent to someone other then FI, who can barely talk about it.
Our poor little guy, developed a cough last weekend.. which wasnt uncommon for him b/c he has history of kennel cough. He also developed a golf ball sized lump kinda on his neck/chest area. So I took him to the vet, and they asperated the lump on his neck/chest. But the vet also found lumps in his groin area and on his back leg. We are still waiting on test results, but we have prepared ourselves with the worst. Even tho we dont have the results back, we are 95% certain he has Lymphoma. It looks like he may be in stage 3-4 of it. And the cough could be b/c this.
This poor dog, we have only had him a year and a half. FI found him on the side of the interstate, and the dog was well behaved, but in HORRIBLE health. He was soo stinky(even after 4 baths). We decided to adopt him. From there we have spent mucho $$$$ on him to get him healthy. He has lymes disease, past history of kennel cough, and we had to have 11 teeth removed, he was in so muc pain from them b/c they were down the the nerves. He cant take heart worm b/c when he does he pretty much cant move, is in sooo much pain, you would think he had a stroke.. The heart worm reacts with the lymes. And now THIS.
Even though I like to think ive prepared myself, I know im gonna be devestated when that time comes. I REFUSE to keep him alive if he is in any way suffering. He was throwing up last night, hasnt been going outside to pee like he normally does(he refused to go for 12 hours, and would of stayed inside if we didnt carry him out). Other then that he is acting normal, still playing, Eating like a KING (ive been making him scrambled eggs with ham for breakfast, and boiled chicken for dinner). I know we have given him the best possible year and a half.. ugh its such a shitty situation!
Post # 3
@graygodess20: So sorry 🙁 But I to say this dog is so lucky that it was you and your FI who found him, to give him love, care, and happiness. You are really good pet parents. I hope he does okay.
Post # 4
@graygodess20: what a lucky pup to have been taken in by such loving people. My heart hurts for your little guy 🙁 Please keep us updated and Ill be praying for you and your fur baby.
Post # 5
This breaks my heart. I am so sorry 🙁
Post # 6
Thanks Bees. My heart is just breaking. Its like the poor dog hasnt been through enough. He was up last night throwing up. It was greenish(he didnt eat anything green). Im so worried for him.
Post # 7
I feel your pain. I went through the same thing 1.5 weeks ago. I posted my story on here for some support. I have to tell you though, the 4 days leading up to when we put her down were much worse then the days after. I hated seeing her in pain, and so uncomfortable. When she started showing signs that she was sick, I had a gut feeling that that was going to be her path, her symptoms just all lined up. We found out after that lymphoma is very common in her breed and that our vet sees multiple dogs every year that go through it. THere is nothing that they can do to cure it which is the sad part. I feel your pain, if you want to chat feel free to send me a message. Thinking of you,
Post # 8
Oh, I am so sorry your going through this. Prayers for you and your little guy.
Post # 9
Oh hun, I’m so sorry you have to go through this 🙁 Take comfort in knowing that without you guys to take him in, love him, and care for him, he might never have even known love at all. Because of you guys, this pup has had a wonderful year and a half and otherwise he may never have even made it this far. No dog deserves to die without having known the love of a companion, and you guys did WAY more than that. Big hugs sweetie.
Post # 10
I completed understand. On October 6th, I took my Cody into the vet for his annual shots. He had swollen back legs but acting normal. We got the news he had lymphoma. He turned 7 November 5th and we lost him November 12th. It is devastating. We tried everything, pharmaceutical and holistic treatment. Cody’s lymphoma didn’t act in the typical way and Cody didn’t have a very good immune system to start with. He was my best friend and I miss him daily. I don’t want to bore everyone with my story, but if you need to speak to someone one on one, please PM me and I can tell you all the options we did and the exerpeince we had. I do recommend you visiting National Canine Cancer Foundation. My doy Cody is on their FB page with his story (November 15th posting). God bless, you, your family, and your precious little guy!
Post # 11
So Bees I just got a message from the vet. The test results came back that it is lymphoma. I didnt get to talk to her yet, but she said that we could do chemo(weekly treatments) and that will buy him a yr or so, or we can do steroids that will buy him about 2-3 months. I love this dog to death- but chemo will be soo expensive. FI is devestated.. i dunno what to say to him… My heart is in my stomach.. Im just broken right now… My poor Merlin
Post # 12
@graygodess20: (((((((((((((hugs))))))))))))))))) I am so very sorry. There’s nothing I can say to make it better, I know. 🙁 Please know we are thinking of you though.
It really sounds like you gave Merlin a wonderful life and that he got a chance to know real love. If only all dogs could be so lucky.
I hope you will find peace with whatever treatment decision you make.
Post # 13
Thank you all for your support. We spoke with the vet directly, and its stage 3 cancer. We are going to do the steroid treatment, which will buy us about 2ish months. But what pisses me off, she was like well after the steroids- thats it nothing more, hell have to be put down. I know shes pushing for chemo($$) but i cant put my dog through that. This did happen out of the blue. Im glad i didnt ignore that lump that popped up over night. As of last night he was playing and eating and just being himself.. I hope it stays that way. I cant even bring myself to think of the day that we have to make that call to put him down. Im just devestated right now…
Post # 14
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@graygodess20: You’ve made the right decision. Chemo is ruthless its also a lot less successful in animals than humans. Trust me on this I take low dose chemo weekly for a condition that isnt cancer. That dose is a fraction of what a full cancer dose would be and it makes me want to hurl and sleep on many occassions. Animals dont understand that suffering and when it has a very low thresh hold of working its not worth doing it.
Love on him a lot. Give him lots of treats. Make everyday heaven with all the toys and love he can stand. Let him sleep on your bed and snuggle him all you can. Its not always how much time but how the time is spent.
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Hugssssss. My Stella passed away from lymphoma last May. She was only 3 yrs old, and it started just like it did with your pup 🙁
our vet told us the chemo would run about $8,000 and may ony give her 6 mo. There is no cure, the chemo would just prolong her death. She was sent home with steroids (keeps swelling down and makes them eat), and pain medication. Be forewarned- there will be loose stools. Everywhere. Canned pumpkin can help bulk them up, but you will still have some poo’s to clean up.
We found out March 3, and she passed away May 5. Even in her very last moments, my sweet girl gathered up all her stregth to lick the tears off my face. Give your poochy some loves for all of us 🙂
Post # 16
I forgot to mention, i met a gal on fb who’s dachshund Otto had lymphoma. She had him on a special diet, and he lived for 4.5 yrs after his diagnosis. Look up “Otto Blanks” on fb. His owner will be happy to tell you what she did with Otto. Unfortunately, i had found her just days before my girl passed.