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Old 11-12-2017, 02:31 PM
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My rescue dog Bobo was diagnosed with Sqaumous Cell Carcinoma about 2 months ago after we removed a growth in his nostril. He was prescribed a medication that was supposed to help slow down the growth but the cancer seems so aggressive that it actually grew. We were hoping the medication just took awhile to set in but that definitely is not the case.

Our other options now are either surgery(out of my husband and I?s price range) or chemo which he would have to be on for the rest of his life.. I made an appointment with his oncologist to discuss more in detail what we should do. But these past couple of weeks have been hell. The uncertainty of whether he will survive or not and its just really unfair that we rescued him from a really bad situation only to have his life possibly cut short.

I don?t know, I just feel lost and helpless and I get really sad knowing he?s suffering no matter how hard I try to help him get better.. I just need some support or anyone that can relate please.
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Old 11-14-2017, 11:52 AM
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So sorry to hear this. One of my favourite ever dogs was diagnosed with inoperable cancer less than a year after I rescued her and had to be put down less than 3 months later. I was heartbroken. I understand how you feel, it somehow seems worse when they have finally found a good home and then something like this happens. But you have to remember this would have happened anyway, and he could have been with people who didn't care. You are doing your best for him, he's with people he loves and who love him, and whatever the outcome that's what he needs now.

Keep us posted on this, I'd so love to hear that he survives to live a long and happy life with you.

Keep strong and positive. My lovely grandmother (sadly lost to me long ago) used to say 'Don't waste you tears now, there'll be plenty of time for that IF it happens."

Thinking of you

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We've recently had a couple patients at my work end up being diagnosed with various forms of neoplasia. Often times chemo and oncologist referral are not an option, but the owners still want to try something to help keep their loved one comfortable and perhaps extend their life in anyway they can. After consulting with multiple oncology specialist and researching for any viable alternatives that other vets have used. We found an herbal supplement called "turkey tail mushroom", the scientific name is Trametes Versicolor, there's loads of different brand names out there and the oncologist didn't prefer one over the others. There hasn't been a large amount of testing done on it, but the few studies that have been done suggest that it may help extend the pets lifespan. The idea behind how it works is to boost your pets immune system so their own body fights off the diseased cancer cells vs. chemo that blindly kills off all cells good and bad to get rid of the cancer. Since you have a consult set up with the oncologist I would ask them about the supplement and their thoughts on trying it. We've only just started recommending it, so can't really give an opinion on how well it works, but from our research into it there weren't any downsides so it's worth a shot for our patients that would only be on Pred otherwise.
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I can definitely relate to the heartache of having a sick dog. My last dog was given two months to live due to liver disease. I spoon and syringe fed her for two months and then she started picking up. She ended up with 3 more years of quality life. The vets were astonished. I had joined a Yahoo liver group for advice and support. Bear in mind that with members from everywhere, you end up getting the benefit of international experience. This was a life saver - mine and the dogs. There were many others in the group who had defied the medical odds. There are several groups for canine cancer if you google it. Then I trawled forums and the web generally for every scrap of information I could find.
This site has specific diet and health (including cancer) advice and was particularly helpful Diet & Health Info for Man's Best Friend
Hang in there. I hope it doesn't come to it but if the worst comes to the worst your gift will be providing a loving and caring home at end of life and you will know you did your best

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I know exactly what you feel like. Cancer has been a dreaded disease in our house with our animals and it never gets easier or less stressful. I had a baby pass away at only 8 from a MCT on his spleen. We did chemo with him even though we knew it would not save him but it did get us more time. Now my other baby is battling MCTs for a second time and he is only 6. This time it is incurable but we are hoping the chemo will prolong his life. My best advise is to stay strong and no matter how hard it is, try not to be sad all the time especially around your baby. They can tell when your sad and it makes them sad as well. I always try and put on the best smile I can (no matter how hard it is) around Dozer and really try and enjoy every last day/minute I have left with him. I have included the link to my post if you wanted more details about the chemo treatment Dozer is on. Chemo sounds scary but for dogs, its really not that bad if you can afford it. If anything I think Dozer has more energy when on it. That may be the prednisone though.
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