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Debra   Australia, YT

5/30/2012 1:28:41 AM

My 12yr old Maltese x has bladder cancer, the has discussed chemo with me but I am not going ahead but taking a holistic approach with K9Immunity & K9Tranfer, DHA, Inositol,Dr. Steven Eissen's cancer diet & vascustatin which is known to shrink tumors. Other than that we will keep him comfortable with the least amount of stress. I think I will know when the time comes when I must say goodbye to the love of my life

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Jane   Concord, MA

4/22/2012 5:20:57 PM

My Golden Retriever, Orion, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma last November. He is 13 years old. We agonized what to do and finally decided to have his leg amputated and undergo 6 carboplatin treatments. They gave him 2 months to live without any treatment; his lungs are cancer free so far and he has responded well to treatments. He has had 5 treatments, one to go. Being a tripawd at age 13 is challenging for him, but he does enjoy walking and being outside. It's hard work but I would do it again in a minute since we have already enjoyed 4 months with him that we wouldn't have had and he seems pain free. The oncologist said you shouldn't go by chronological age in making your decision but physiological age. Do your homework and make the right decision for your dog and family, but don't assume too old is too old to fight cancer. We hope Orion makes his 14 birthday in July.

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Monica   Newcastle, MS

2/14/2012 6:07:19 AM

My Sister has a 10 year old boerboel. A week ago Tequila was diagnosed with Hypercalcemia and adenacarcinoma. Other than being a little overweight, Tequila is healthy and still has a good apetite. The vet in our home town can only provide chemotherapy. Radiation is offered in a town 4 hours away. The vet also advises that if they operate on Tequila She will not be able to go to the toilet and the operation may cause more complications. The lump is growing fast. Please advise on the best route to follow Doctor. This is so surreal and a real nightmare. We want Tequila to be as happy and comfortable as
possible.

thank
you.
best regards, Monica Raghoo

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Jo ann   Brooklyn, NY

11/13/2011 1:29:43 PM

My 12 year old rottweiler was just diagnois with cancer. They suggested chemo. I'm so confused I don't no what to do the stories I've read just hurt my heart. I'm not sure what to do. This dog is my child I wish I could take all this away.

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Nancy   Huntsville, AL

7/14/2011 5:36:14 PM

My 14 year old collie/shepherd was just diagnosed with lymphoma. The pathology report didn't say if it was low grade or high grade and what kind specifically. He has severe hip displasia and 3 bouts of, canine vestibular syndrome, due to actually inner ear infections has made it much worse. He still gets around but it getting weaker in the hips. I was going to ask my vet about adding rimadryl to his Tramadol. He's been on medacam but doesn't seem it's done any good. An ear culture was done to find out what antibiotics would knock out the infection so he wouldn't have anymore vestibular events. Now I have to decide to treat or not treat his lymphoma which appears to have been caught early since his nodes weren't swollen a month earlier. I don't feel it's right to put him through chemo at his age and wouldn't be best for him, even though the thought of losing him in 2-3 months is devistating, he's my child. I went through chemo myself and many articles say it's not hard on dogs like people and I'm afraid I'm basing my experience on my decision and that I could be deprieving him of more time and quality of life. Do you typically recommend chemo for dogs 14 or in that age area? Thank you.

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meredith   san diego, CA

2/2/2011 7:57:51 PM

Thank you for this article and everyone who shared their stories. I am so sorry for your pets going through what mine is now. My 14 year old golden just was diagnosed with lymphoma, and a urologist I went to suggested chemo, I just couldn't do it, my dog is sooo sensitive, and your words helped me feel I am making the right choose. Thank you from a fellow dog lover!

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DMarie   Summit, NJ

5/15/2010 8:26:40 AM

I just made the decision today to stop chemo treatments for my 14 year old, 70 lb, Irish Wolfhound/Golden mix. He was diagnosed with stage 4 Lymphoma about a month ago and started chemo immediately. The good news is that the tumors shrunk within the first week. The bad news is that he is so old that he can barely walk and struggles to breathe since treatment started. It also seems that since the chemo, his neurological and senility problems have gotten much worse. If he were a younger dog, I would pursue therapy. However, after being my best friend for the past 14 years, the best thing I can do for him is give him a peaceful passing with no more pain or discomfort.

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Simon   Boynton Beach, FL

2/13/2010 11:50:48 AM

We are now halfway through our chemo treatment for our 13 year old Springer Spaniel and during that time, she has been sick, lethargic and off her food on may occasions. Her most recent treatment of Doxorubicin resulted in a bad reaction where her breathing was fast and restricted and she became very weak. She had to have an IV to maintain her blood pressure and only just came through
it.

She gets incredibly distressed when she has to have her chemo and we have now reached the decision to stop treatment. She is clearly not reacting well to the treatment and contrary to what some vets or experts say, dogs DO suffer side effects, sickness and ill feeling after chemo. If you are considering this option, think long and hard about it. Are you doign whatls best for the dogs well being mentally and physically, not to mention the longer term damage it could
do.

Sometimes we have to let go and respect nature. It saddens me to have to realize that we have to let nature run it's course because continuation in my opinion, is simply slow torture for our beloved dog.

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Teresa   Wall, NJ

2/3/2010 7:19:08 PM

My 10 yr old Yorkie was just diagnosed with Stomach Cancer - we are surpose to start Chemo but I just don't know - I can't imagine life without my Jacob. Yes this was helpful but I need even more info......

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ann   cape coral, FL

12/5/2009 1:34:44 AM

My 12 1/2 y/o Belgium Malinois has Lymphoma. She first began with a horrible bloody nose and subsequently went into liver failure. At that point an Ultrasound revealed a tumor on her bladder, a small liver and now lymph nodes. Chemo was not an option as she was very sick. After giving her fluids and administering supplements for immune system she has beat the odds of not even living during the month of November. Of course now I am tossing around the Chemo facts and this article was brought to my attention. We feel we are facing these decisions alone & it was good to see others in question. My loved one continues to enjoy hanging outside, barking, eating (more difficult to swallow now)and so on. I am blessed each day that we have with her. Thanks.

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Will   Australia, AL

10/18/2009 5:58:29 AM

My collie x golden retriever is 14 yrs old and is diagnosed with lymphoma. Very tough to know what to do, wish the old boy could live forever :) Was also given the option of chemo but at 14 I don't really want to put him through it and outcome is so uncertain? Will just have to love him that bit more, think he's loving the extra attention.

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Will   Severn, MD

7/18/2009 12:45:50 AM

9 months ago, my vet recommended me to an oncologist as she suspected my 14 year old Jack Russell had leukemia. Further testing confirmed my vets suspicions. I had the chemo rx filled for this happy and apparently healthy dog. I could not administer it to her. My mom had just survived breast cancer and I couldn't do that to a dog that has been a wonderful companion and friend for over 14 years. I appreciate this article because I have doubted my decision since I made it. Her white blood cell count is now up to 266,000 and I know my time with her is very limited. Thanks for the information.

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Jenny   Helena, MT

8/23/2007 7:18:44 AM

I appreciated reading the article. This past week we have learned that our 12 yr old german shepard has cancer of the blood vessels. We are really struggling with our decision of chemo or not. This article was helpful to me.

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