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Hi all,



I had a dog once with cancer, so I understand what will happen and there is no cure. But, I want to tell you all what happened. I moved to Florida recently to help my mom after her hubby passed away. So, things have been busy and had to find a new vet. So, about 4 months back I felt the lumps under my dogs chin. I thought maybe it was allergies and took him to the vet my mom has used. So, she said we would treat with antibiotics. That did nothing. I felt we needed to run blood work, so we did. It indicated that he had blood cancer, she said she did not see any indications of that and she did not think it was cancer. She treated me as if I was being overly concerned. I asked too about if anyone treats for cancer in the area, she said no. I asked about aspirating the lymph nodes and she said they did not like doing that and did not encourage it. So, this week I took him to another vet, that vet said she could aspirate it, or take a tissue sample of it and if it was cancer, she could treat it with chemo. So, I am upset that it was found over 4 months ago but the other vet did not seem concerned. Yes, last week I found out my dog has cancer and will live a very short time. I choose to use steroids as it does not seem right to spend $2000.00 to keep him around 2 -4 extra months. I feel very alone now because I moved away from my friends, family and my old life. I do have a question for you all too, I have a 9 yr old Aussie who has already been through 2 other deaths. She likes the company of her pup that will die soon and they play so well. Do you think I should get her another dog, or just give her a lot of attention? My mom has two other 9 yr old dogs but our dogs don't get along, due to we invaded their territory. I am sorry for the long post.
 

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I'm so sorry for your dog.


We have a 14yo dog and a 1yo, and we decided to get another dog so the 1yo won't be alone when our old one passes (we have to be realistic). We got another 1yo pup last month and it's been great, the two young ones play together and mostly ignore our old one.


That being said, you'll have to see how your 7yo feels too, it might be too much if he's in pain to have a new dog in the mix.
 

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Thank you, I don't have plans to get a dog as long as my ill one is alive, just thinking about what I should do for the 9 yr old. I wish my mom's dogs would play with her and she with them. She really loves the one that is ill. I hurt for her as much as I hurt for me losing him. I so wanted him to live much longer.
 

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I am very sorry for everything your sweet little dog and you are dealing with.

I've also recently learned one of the lessons you just learned. And that is, not all vets are the same. Where one will recommend putting a dog to sleep, amputation, "nothing we can do", ect, another vet won't see roadblocks and will be able to really help you and hear you. Also, if something serious or unknown is going on then there are usually specialists in the needed field that you can go to. Even with your situation right now. I'd still research and educate yourself to anything and everything you can do to help your dog live a longer more comfortable life if it's at all possible. I had something somewhat similar when my dog was diagnosed with cancer. The ER vet I first went to send me home with nothing and the advice that I might be returning that night because my dog my not live through the night. I went to another vet the next day and was given steroids and other medications. His visible problems pretty much disappeared even though the cancer was still obviously there. He only lived another 2 weeks, but he was up and moving and playing for every one of those days. And if I had known then what I know now I also would have taken him to a cancer specialist just to check to see what options I had.

If sometime in the future you get another dog (I think dogs always like having a buddy around that they relate to), then please look into pet insurance. I got Healthy Paws and it covers 90% of any accident or illness that wasn't pre-existing. Having insurance like that allows you to pursue any treatment you need. It's peace of mind that you can have your dog treated without worry.

I hope your dog lives the best life he can with the time he has. Make every single day count. You don't want to have any regrets at all.
 

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DogFaming, Thank you for your kind words. I had a dog with cancer once, I treated him with Chemo, it is so costly and stressful. I love this little dog so darn much. It does upset me very much that had we started treatment back when I found the cancer, it is possible to have cured him, but it was already in the lymph nodes so, maybe not. This is my third dog to get deadly ill at 7 years old, I am starting to wonder if shots or the food are the cause. I have never bought pet insurance, I will look into it. I am trying to spend time with my dogs and play with him the way he has always played- playing in the water, toys, walking, etc. He gets to eat anything he wants too... no limits !
 

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So sorry you and your dog are going through all this. Youcan, of course never know for certain, if earlier treatment might, or wouldhave changed the anticipated outcome. Just love him, and appreciate every dayyou spend with him, normalizing his life as much as possible. I really dorecommend medical insurance for them. We have it for ours, and she developed anauto-immune disorder last Spring. The diagnostic tests and treatment have beenvery expensive, but insurance kicked in and really helped. I’m happy to report,that as of now, she is doing well, and has for two weeks been off allmedications. We can only hope that her current remission will last forever, butthere are of course no guarantees.


 
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