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my dog has cancer.

it's a rare form, and prognosis isn't good. i'm not going to prolong things with chemo or more surgeries. just enjoy whatever time we have left while he still feels pretty good.

sucks though. just lost a dog to cancer 3 years ago, and adopted this one to fill the void.

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 3808/18/2013

I condole you op.

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 107/27/2013

*hug* I'm sorry OP :( I hope for the best for the little guy.

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 207/27/2013

Hey OP,

This is really an ugly day in life, and I am sorry for the both of you.

Have you checked into natural remedies that can help with the cancer (sometimes) or mollify some of the symptoms?

Look at the bottom of this page--

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 307/27/2013

OP, very sorry to hear. When I was growing up, we lost our dog to cancer too. Just spend as much time with your beloved pet as you can. Would you mind sharing some info, like what breed, dog's name and personality? I love dogs.

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 407/27/2013

Hey Op,

Me again. Wanted to post a blog I found written by a woman with a dog who's dealing with cancer: lots of good links especially in the posts about feeding, herbs, supplements, etc.

(I was thinking of you a few minutes ago.)

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 507/27/2013

Sad to read that, OP. Pets are family and I can't understand people who don't "get" that. In the time that's left, hug him for all he's worth. Let him sleep on the bed, even if it is the good duvet. When the time comes, bring a friend with you to the vet's clinic. Take care.

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 607/27/2013

I'm sitting on the couch with my beloved golden retriever. He's not very well at the moment, but nothing as serious and sad as your loved dog. My thoughts are with you both.

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 707/27/2013

My condolences, OP.

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 807/27/2013

My sincere condolences OP. I have been there.

Please check out the dogcancer.net website for information and herbal supplements.

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 907/27/2013

I'm sorry, OP. I put down my best dog ever last year when he was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma. I wasn't willing to let him live in agony, and I was grateful afterward when I found some sites where dog owners who went the surgery and chemo routes said they wished they had done what I did.

It's never easy. My heart goes out to you.

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 1007/27/2013

I think that giving your animal the gift of a pain-free death is one of the greatest things you can do for him, OP. Spoil him rotten until his time comes (including lots of windows-down car rides if you're able to and he's up to it).

One thing you might want to look into is having him euthanized at your home. I am lucky enough to have a vet who will do this for a small additional fee. When my dog was dying of cancer, I spent as much time with her as I could and we did all of her favorite things as often as possible. When the time came, she was put down at home and I buried her in one of her favorite spots way out in the back yard (but I'm out of town, where you're able to do stuff like that without approval).

I wish you the best, OP. It's a difficult time for you, but have as much fun with him as possible. You'll want the remainder of his time to be filled with fun so that your remembrances are pleasant.

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 1107/27/2013

Sorry, OP. You made the right choice. Most dogs are better than most people. I can still get choked up over the death of my dog 5 years ago.

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 1207/27/2013

So sorry, OP. ((hugs))

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 1307/27/2013

Love to you OP and much understanding and compassion. I also admire your courage in being willing to do the right but difficult thing.

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 1407/27/2013

My dog has fleas.

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 1507/27/2013

I would not recommend anyone use herbs, as there is nothing proven with government-backed studies. Huge strides have been made in veterinary medicine and oftentimes the same drugs used to battle human cancer are used in animals-- and animals do not suffer with treatment. My vet told me my dog had 4 months to live with lymphoma. Thankfully I knew better and went to a specialist-- although I lost my little guy last November (and it was so painful), he was with me for 3.5 years with treatment!!!! General vets are not trained to deal with cancer-- if you were a human with cancer you would go to an oncologist-- not a general MD--give yourself and your animal at least the opportunity to be educated about your options. There are even animal cancer foundations that will help pay for treatment-- I know someone who used this place at the link:

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 1607/27/2013

R10, you can use anything to justify why you did not treat. There are a million stories on the web and some are positive and some are negative. You chose not to treat but you might have missed out on a lot of quality additional time.

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 1707/27/2013

as the good dr. always says, do NOT consult dr. google for medical problems!

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 1807/27/2013

My dog got cancer at 3 and a half years. All chemo and radiation did was speed up the process.

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 1907/27/2013

OP, do you fertilize your lawn with chemicals? Many believe that when pets chew on grass, they absorb these toxins and develop diseases.

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 2007/27/2013

R17, I only went onto those sites because after the fact I was seeking information about hemangiosarcoma. What other people shared about their experience was comforting to me.

Hemangiosarcoma is extremely invasive. By the time he was diagnosed, it was in all of his major organs. The vet tentatively suggested surgery but when I pinned him down, he admitted it would only confirm what we already knew. There was no positive prognosis, and there was no quality of life left for him.

It would not have been "quality additional time." He was in agony. He had cancer in his heart, his lungs, his spleen, his liver, and most of his other major organs. He and I had a great life together, and at that point I felt I owed it to him not to let him go on suffering because I couldn't bear to part with him. I loved him too much to be that selfish. He had served me well for over 14 years. He was the smartest and most protective dog I've ever been around. My father was a dog trainer so I know dogs.

He decided when I adopted him from a shelter that his job was taking care of me and at the end of his life my job was taking care of him the best way I could.

Don't sit around and armchair quarterback my decision. He was in so much pain he couldn't even acknowledge me when I told him goodbye.

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 2107/27/2013

Sorry R19 for your loss. There are many success stories, sorry you were not one of them.

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 2207/27/2013

The comment was intended to help you understand that speaking to a specialist that deals with animal cancer might have been helpful-- you have not provided a lot of information but it is possible your vet speculated about the spread of cancer-- it sucks, sorry for your loss, but people need to know that there are specialists that deal with this every day who have scientific facts to back up what they are saying-- not "sorry, there is nothing I can do, he's done, sorry". For everyone, if you care about your pet (and I am not suggesting the OP did not), seek additional help if it is warranted. If you cannot afford it, there are foundations that can oftentimes help.

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 2307/27/2013

Heartfelt condolences, OP. sending you and the little guy big hugs..

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 2407/27/2013

Who ever heard of a dog that told lies?

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 2507/27/2013

OP, I am so sorry. I went through this three years ago as well (multiple myeloma in a Shih - tzu, also very rare, no we don't chemically treat our lawn, no we don't let them drink out of cutesy lead painted bowls from Marshalls, and they eat a balanced, diet, usually freshly prepared at home). I think of my boy every day and still dream of him at night once every few weeks (a recurring dream that I have cured his cancer with turmeric, which obviously didn't happen). As I type this it feels like it was only yesterday.

Although this is terribly hard for you, I wonder if this little guy wasn't sent by your former who passed away a few years ago, who knew you would give him the best in his remaining years. We rescued a couple of old (not as 'adoptable') dogs a few months after our dear boy passed with the similar idea - that we would be able to give them a few good years, the years our darling boy didn't get to enjoy. I hope you take solace in knowing that you've given him a loving place in your home and heart that he may not have had otherwise, and he's most certainly grateful.

Lastly, I strongly agree with the poster who suggested that you have him euthanized at home, preferably in his favorite place with his favorite things nearby, and you, his dear friend. That we were able to say goodbye to our boy in the comfort of home is one of my few consolations in losing him.

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 2607/27/2013

Start a webpage. Post pics and ask for $$$ to help pay for treatments.

You'll make a shitload of money if the pics are cute.

I did.

And I don't even have a dog.

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 2707/27/2013

Nothing clever to say. I've lost 2 beloved cats to kidney failure and I still miss them. I'm very sorry, OP. Make the most of the days you guys have left.

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 2807/27/2013

and now my cat is sick too. he has a virus of some sort (they think), and was hospitalized for a couple days. came home and did well for a day, and now this evening, seems to be be back sliding a bit. i hope he rallies by morning, or back to the animal emergency room.

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 2908/17/2013

r18, if I had consulted Dr. Google for my own health, I wouldn't be in the crisis situation I am now.

Many MDs are profiteering assholes who are loath to admit they lack the knowledge to diagnose/treat certain conditions. They'd rather throw pills at you, or tell you it's somehow your fault.

Females have it much worse, of course. My family has horror stories of misogynist doctors.

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 3008/17/2013

My condolences OP. I don't have anything clever to say either, but your dog knows he was loved, which is something.

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 3108/17/2013

I know how you feel OP. My dog has just been diagnosed with kidney failure and I'm heartbroken. Hang in there and enjoy every moment together.

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 3208/17/2013

You have been providing comfort and companionship to an animal that otherwise may have never known kindness.

I hope you go right out and get another. If you don't, another dog will lose its chance at some comfort.

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 3308/17/2013

My condolences OP. I respect your decision to avoid chemo and radiation. I did the same recently with my beloved lab mix. We had another 7 months after diagnosis so this is not necessarily the end of the road for the two of you. I did give him herbs and Protandim which I believe gave us more time - quality time.

These last months can be beautiful together. As my vet suggested, spoil your dog, feed him his favorite foods, euthanize him at home.

I wish you both strength and peace.

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 3408/17/2013

Dear OP, I'm really sorry about this. Just this week I lost one of our cats. She was a beautiful smart black kitty.

There were many many times that I felt suicidal. We made sure that she had pain meds, which I administered by injection. She was dx'd about a month ago, so we had an extra month.

She died naturally, we did not take her "in", we were here, she died on Wednesday at 5:30 am.

Please take care of yourself and take care of your pets. x

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 3508/17/2013

I'm an athiest, but as a dog lover I believe in the Rainbow Bridge. It helps at a time like this.

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 3608/17/2013

OP,

Take solace in the fact that you gave your dog a great life. That has always helped me when I was in the same situation with a sick and beloved pet.

My condolences.......

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 3708/17/2013

R32 you hang in there, too. Be strong, do your research and spoil your Boo.

by just needed to share with a stranger.reply 3808/18/2013
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