I find this topic tough to write about but I feel getting my experiences down in print might help some dog owners facing the same issues. My pal Sam passed away in January 2010 after a good fight with treating canine lymphoma cancer. He was such a trooper as we asked so much from him during that period.
We had just lost our beloved yellow Labrador Glenda to kidney failure (she lived a good long life at 14.5 years). Sam our Chocolate Labrador immediately started not eating. Being human with the inability to see dogs as dogs we said he was grieving just like us and would come around. After a few days though he was still not eating and I started getting concerned. A vet visit and some test confirmed that he indeed had lymphoma, a cancer that has the highest rate of success with treatments.
We decided, with the guidance of our veterinarian, to proceed with chemotherapy as a canine lymphoma treatment. The decision was made part based on selfishly needing him to not go yet as we were hurting but more importantly he was not suffering, still had his energy and was always ready for a walk. We (our vet and us) felt he was up for it. There were no guarantees but statistics showed that the rate of remission was better than half. The way I thought about it was even a year which equals seven in dog years was good quality time as long as he was not suffering. [Read more…]