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Unhappy Update on Daisy May

I wanted to update everyone to our Daisy May's diagnosis. She has Lymphoma

We did a fine needle aspirate on July 16 and it was sent to the lab on July 17. The night of July 17 was her worst night ever. Her lymph nodes were HUGE and were pressing on her airway. She had stridor and was so lethargic. She didn't even want to eat. It was awful. I knew then and there that the results were not going to be what we had hoped for. We got the call from the vet on July 18 with the official results. We do not know type or stage as that would require another procedure to remove lymph nodes and we are not doing that. Chemo is not an option (cost, suffering, etc.) so we don't need to know. The end result is the same.

She is on prednisone, we started on 20 mg twice daily and are now on a taper to 10 mg/day and hopefully to 10 mg every other day. The taper is not going as planned, her lymph nodes have grown (they were almost undetectable on the high dose) and she is drinking/peeing ALL. THE. TIME. She is having nighttime accidents recently as well which makes her so sad. I am calling the vet this morning to see what we should be doing to control her symptoms AND manage her urination issues. She is also breathing heavy and panting constantly so I am wondering if she is having issues breathing again. It is not like it was the night before diagnosis. That was awful.

The vet told us that we will be fortunate to get the rest of summer with her - he feels that it will go fast and I agree seeing how fast her lymph nodes grew on just a slightly lower dose of prednisone. So, when do you know its time? She is still eating and drinking and she still gets excited with some things but is not nearly what she was even 6 weeks ago. Our biggest fear is that our hesitancy and questioning is going to cause us to wait too long and she will suffer and be in pain. She has been too good of a dog for that and I cannot do that to her. Any advice for this first time dog owner?

--Daisy May's momma
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I'm so very sorry for you all. It all comes down to the quality of her life. If she's suffering it's not fair to her. What is hard is that she is still happy eating and drinking. When they no longer want to eat, that's a definite sign. I'm no help but just want to let you know she's in my thoughts and prayers.


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I'm so very sorry about Daisy May.

My Bridge girl had lymphoma, she was on several rounds of Prednisone for a few months and was gradually weaned off of it. As the lymphoma progressed, my Vet decided to keep her on daily dosages of it and she continued to do well for several months.

The lymphoma advanced rapidly towards the end and she was in a lot of distress. I made the decision then to let her go. It was unbearable for me to think of her not being with me but it was even more unbearable to see her suffering.

My thoughts are with you, again I am so very sorry.
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I am so sorry to hear of Daisy Mae's diagnosis. There is a quality of life assessment in this thread that may or may not help:
https://www.goldenretrieverforum.com...ife-scale.html (Quality of Life scale)

Try to have confidence in knowing you are the ones who love her most and know her best and you will be able to discern when she is no longer having a good enough life. I can tell she has had a good life with your family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.


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Cwag - thank you for sharing. I sent the link to my husband as well. We were just saying this morning that we wish we had a list we could look at to help us decide. Answered prayers.

Thank you to everyone for the prayers. This is one of the most heartbreaking situations I have ever been through. I am a people nurse and they can tell me when they have had enough - this is so hard because she can't say "hey mom and dad, I'm done fighting, I want to go home"
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I am soooo sorry for sweet Daisy Mae’s diagnosis. Spoil her rotten every moment of each day she is with you. Give her all her favorite foods, treats, take her to all her favorite places and tell her just how much she means to you and your family. Prayers going out to you, your family and sweet Daisy Mae. The picture of her and your daughter brought tears to my eyes. Hugs
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I am so sorry. I will keep your family in my thoughts. Give Daisy May a nice tummy rub for me. She is a beautiful girl.
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I'm so sorry about Daisy Mae. My Luke (nine) has an aggressive cancer (malignant macrophagocytic histiocytosis) and they said a seven week mean survival time. He's getting his fourth dose of chemo today and is at three months survival. I understand the concern about quality of life.

Luke doesn't tolerate prednisone at all. He has terrible incontinence on it. He pants a lot on it. They switched him to dexamethasone and he's not having any incontinence, although he does pee a lot. Do you think that would be a possibility to try? You could ask your vet.
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Dear Daisy's mum , I do not know what to say.However, in addition to western & holistic & far eastern treatment, I strongly recommend also switching to strict raw Ketogenic diet regards to lymphoma. I'm a type of person that has no boundaries as long as the dog still wants to be with us. Please contact "ketopetsanctuary". One of my streetdog adopted is a survivor. I do not know if it is due to being mixed breed of unknown breeds.But more than 2 years passed and she is alive))))) I stongly believe in nutrition, starving the cancerous cells. If you and your sweet Daisy are ready for a war, I woud immediately contact them. Since it's a very strict regimen, you will have to measure regulary the glucose level on her body ( there are ready kits in US market enabling you to measure it at home) and take a couple of supplements such as potassium , magnesium.
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I'm so sorry to hear about Daisy Mae, my thoughts are with you please give her a hug from me.


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