First, welcome to the Forum! This is a really good place to be when you are fighting with your dog against the big C (cancer). We have a lot of miracle dogs among us - dogs who have lived months and sometime years longer than their vets expected. I hope and pray that will be the case for your Codie.
Kidney disease is tough, with or without cancer. When my Sabrina was diagnosed with kidney disease at age 3, her doctors said she had 3-6 years. We fought together until she was almost 8, when a diagnosis of hemangiosarcoma made it impossible for her to continue the fight. During our years of battling kidney disease, canned chicken broth was my secret weapon. Mixing it with water made a tempting "soup" that my girl would drink joyfully, keeping her well hydrated and her kidneys well flushed. That kept the demon of renal failure at bay for years of level test results.
The most important thing for you to remember is that Codie doesn't know what lies ahead for him. He knows that you love him and he loves you, and that's pretty much what matters to him. He wants to celebrate every day of his life with you, and that would be good for you, too. This is not an easy path, but you will learn a lot from Codie if you let him live out his life for as long as he has the spirit to fight. You will know when the load is too heavy for him. You will. And we will be here when you and Codie need us.
Hugs and prayers for Codie and for you,
Last edited by GoldensGirl; 11-23-2012 at 01:44 PM.