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07-11-2012, 02:55 AM   #1

My dog probably has lung cancer but does anyone know what else it could be?


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07-11-2012, 03:21 AM   #2

Re: My dog probably has lung cancer but does anyone know what else it could be?


Hi Joseph, sorry to hear that your dog may have cancer

I lost my dog to cancer last year, and we were given three options too - I posted about them here, it may be of some help to you.

We decided on option three, and to do what we could using natural herbs and remedies, as well as putting him on a species appropriate diet - which I think slowed the growth significantly. They gave him 3 to 6 months, but he battled on for 11, and I think the change in diet and other strategies is what bought us the extra time.

Unfortunately, I don't think you have the first option of them operating to remove the (or part of the) cancer, so you are left with 2 (the chemo) and 3.

Option 3 doesn't mean doing nothing, there are things you can try - take a look through my thread for ideas if you like. Only you will know what's best for your dog - and there really isn't a right or wrong answer.

The only thing I can think of that they may have missed, is a fungal infection on the lungs - which can be pretty tough to shift, but something that a species appropriate diet could help with.

Personally, if all the indications are cancer, I would do what I did with Rocky again - species appropriate diet, and supplementation to help support liver etc ...and make the most of my dog in the meantime. But like I said there really is no right or wrong answer...



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07-11-2012, 07:17 AM   #3

Re: My dog probably has lung cancer but does anyone know what else it could be?


Nothing really to add to what Azz has said except to say that regardless of what the mass is, enjoy each and every day with your girl and concentrate on making happy memories for you both xxx



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07-11-2012, 07:35 AM   #4

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So sorry.

Ten years ago nearly 11 now I lost a young dog to cancer. His was T.cell lymphoma so no cure but he could of had chemo which may of given him another year of life if lucky.
It would of meant a drive 50+ miles once a month for a cocktial of 9 drugs pumped into his system and we knew the end result would end the same he would need putting to sleep eventually.
We opted for palliative care and kept him another 8 weeks and made every day a special day.

Of course now things have moved on I would imagine for pets as they have for humans so maybe more questions to the vet and research and then make a decision. Whichever you choose will be the best for your dog as only you know what she will manage.

All the best not a nice place to be in.



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07-11-2012, 08:12 AM   #5

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It's a really difficult decision to make. One of my dogs was diagnosed with osteosarcoma last year and I had to decide whether to pts straight away, have the leg amputated and see what happened or have the leg amputated and go down the chemo route. He was insured so I could choose without worrying about the cost. He was a very fit agility dog and, with my vet's encouragement, I went for the latter option which he sailed through with very little problem so my vet thought he would have another 12 - 18 months (by which time he would be 12). Sadly, he developed more primary tumours in a back leg and pelvis which completely took my vet by surprise, and I had no option but to let him go.

I know it's not exactly the same scenario as you are faced with but you can only decide what you think is right at the time with the information you have available but be guided by your vet. Good luck.

I've just re-read your post and realised that you asked a specific question! Sorry, got a bit side-tracked!



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07-11-2012, 08:46 AM   #6

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Has your dog been tested for lungworm? A few years ago one of my dogs had what I assumed to be kennel cough but the other dogs were ok. The cough dragged on so he was xrayed and it showed a mass which the vets thought was cancer. We opted for the no treatment route. Another vet who checked him suggested he be treated/tested for lungworm and nothing showed in the poo sample but it was always a niggling doubt with me. He didn't improve and 2 other vets looked at his X-ray and said cancer before he was pts.
Sorry the outlook seems grim for your dog. It's hard to decide which route to take but as others have said I'm sure you'll treasure what time you have left.



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07-11-2012, 10:31 AM   #7

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I'm so sorry to hear this - you have a very tough decision to make. I can't offer any suggestions on what else it might be, I'm sorry, but I hope the experiences of the other posters helps and wish you many more special times together.
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07-11-2012, 02:23 PM   #8

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No suggestions but just wanted to say how sorry I am to hear your devastating news Cherish the time you have with her now to make memories for the future. Good luck to you.



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07-11-2012, 06:22 PM   #9

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I have no experience or suggestions, other than to say that I am sure you will eventually choose what is right for your dog. No matter how confused we all are when things go wrong - in the end our love and respect for our animals sorts the turmoil out and the way forward becomes clearer.

I am so sorry that you are going through this worry.



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