Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Texas Coast
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My brother's da;lmatian was only 4 when she was found to have tumjorw in two breasts. They did the surgery and lived anohter 7 years. But her's was caught early and she was younger.
I know how you feel. When my Irish Setter was diagnosed with bone caner in rear leg back in '99 he had had laready passed his 12th brithday, had arthritis in his hips and shoulders. Our vet gaves us the choices. Our hearts were saying ampulate, but our minds and common sense said not to put the elderly dog thru that to try to get an extra month or two.
We decided to just give him the best time of his life wfor what time he had left and that is what we did. we spoiled him rotton. I took him fishing every day to the bay and he played in the water, chasing crabs and shore birds, swimming, etc. One thing I did do was let him have all the doggy no no food he wanted--he had a tremendous sweet tooth and prefered fruits and veggies over meat. We knew he only had a short time and wanted him to enjoy it to the fullest. I did continue with stuff like milk thistle, cranberry, joint sups, and some meds the doctor gave me.
We never regretted making that decision. Sometimes it is is far better not to put them thru radical treatments if there is really no hope for any length of quality life. But by all means, doe everything possible in the way of herbs, normal meds, etc that could extend time. Oh, I hadBoots 10 weeks to the day after diagnosis even tho thedoctor didn't think I would have him a week to 10 days. He still talks about the "old red man" and how long he did so great after diagnosis.
AT THE BRIDGE
SCOOTER 6/14/94 - 8/22/99
BUCK 2/8/95 - 5/15/07
HUNTER 8/19/99 - 10/16/03
KAYCEE 8-19-99 -5-25-08
HONEY ADOPTED GROWN 12/07/02 - 8/13/14
SOPHIE 1/8/04 - ADOPTED 2/17/15 - 10/12/16
GREAT PYRENEES SHAGGY adopted AT AGE 7 8/31/14 - 9/23/14
STILL WITH US GREAT PYRENEESE MOOSE adopted 9/30/14 AT AGE 7
Goldens bring light into the world.