May. 4th, 2011 07:28 pm
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Rocky, our black lab, has been itching terribly. During the night he wakes us up with his scratching and biting. Today San took him to the vet because we've already ruled out fleas and change of diet (which he hasn't).
Since he's also lost weight without eating less and the lumps he already had (diagnosed as fatlumps) and the new ones we found we had already thought about cancer. And that's what the vet thinks too. Probably lymphnote cancer since all his lymphnotes are enlarged. She took biops and we'll hear the results on Tuesday.
We had already talked about what we want to do when cancer came into play since labradors are likely to get it. We decided not to go into chemo or surgery and just let it go untill Rocky isn't happy anymore or suffering from it. He's currently still active (though getting tired outside more quickly), playful and happy (when not scratching, but he's more often not scratching).
The vet said chemo isn't an option anyway with me being pregnant. She understood not wanting to put Rocky through all the hassle. He's almost 10 years old now. So, we're just spoiling him a bit more now (he had already taken over one of our couches and has 2 baby matrasses to sleep on).
We'll start him on prednison to delay the process and reduce the itch on Tuesday when we have the results. We can expect to loose him within a years time. Guess baby will not remember Rocky if he's still here when baby comes anyway.

Date: 2011-05-05 02:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We're afraid our Siberian Husky has cancer too. He's got a big lump on his side. My father refuses to pay the vet bills for biopsy/treatment since it's technically my brother's dog (even though the dog has been living with my parents for 8 years now) and my brother can't afford it :(

Date: 2011-05-05 07:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Our vetbill for the biopsy wasn't so bad. 140 euros. Ofcourse treatment would be a lot, but we're not going there except for the prednison.
In the end it doesn't really matter if you know it's cancer or just suspect it. As long as you do right by the dog when life isn't worth living anymore.

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