Organizing Mission Monday Link Party – Week 40

September 19, 2011 by  

Sadie might have Thyroid Cancer

Sadie is my 9 year old Lab/Shepherd/Husky mix that I got as a rescue pup. Her litter of seven pups had parvo and had been left to die (one did). But a vet took them in at the Annhurst Animal hospital and treated them.  He then adopted them out.  My neighbor at the time got Lexie, who looked like a Shepherd.  I decided to go look at the pups after she was telling us about how cute they were.

Sadie became my soul-mate dog from the first couple of days.  We connected.  She is a extremely smart, but she is also highly scared of loud noises, storms, gun shots and fireworks.

I found a lump on her neck and took her into the vet.  His first thought was that she had thyroid cancer.  But he drew blood work and after we said she wasn’t acting the least bit sick, he thought it might just be thyroiditis.  Her kidney & liver labs were showing she was in the beginning phases of kidney & liver failure.  He treated her with antibiotics, suggested we switch her food to get her away from the corn & wheat.

But I’ve been noticing some changes.  The lumps on her neck are worse.  She is snoring, has a runny nose a lot, has had a pale tongue several times, has lost 5 pounds, and even though winter is coming… she is shedding like crazy.

We took her back to the vet on Saturday. They did more blood work, the kidney & liver functions looked better (so I am a believer now in the high quality food) It was not our normal vet and she suggested we wait and talk to him on Tuesday to hear his plan of action, but she felt that if it had been the thyroiditis, the lumps would be gone.. not worse.  She said that if it was the cancer she might have 6 months to a year to live.

I did some reading on the net about it.  After reading several people who put their dog through the surgery and chemo and or radiation… I feel almost certain I would never put her through that.  But I’ll wait and talk to the vet and see what he suggests.

I can’t imagine losing her, although I know she is a dog and I’d be losing her in the next 5-6 years anyway. But I’ll admit that I will be a basket case when the time comes.

For now.. she still seems healthy, other than a few minor things that otherwise I might not have even noticed.  So if this is the case… I’ll be her doggie hospice… and will do my best to give her the best last several months that she can have.

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14 Responses to “Organizing Mission Monday Link Party – Week 40”
  1. Amanda says:

    Oh Sandy,I hope it is the tyroiditis rather than the cancer. Its always horrid when a well loved pet becomes ill, they really are just like members of the family. Thinking of you at this difficult time

  2. Sandy says:

    Thanks Amanda. I hope so too, but it’s not looking promising.

  3. Wanda says:

    Sandy, I am so sorry for Sadie. My dog is precious to me.too. Even though they are “only dogs”
    Our love for them is just as real as our love for a person. When we have to say goodbye or we see them in pain,Our pain is also very real. When I lost my Disney (my true dog sole mate) Someone tried to snap me out of my grief with the “Remember she was just a dog phrase” and I had to explain that this is not about the dog at this point, It is about me and my loss. I don’t care if it is a toad in a box.Our pain is legit and we need to grieve. I still miss my Disney and it has been 3 years. I have a new dog who I love but she will never be my Bug. I’m thankful for the time that we did have. Hang in There. God Bless, Wanda

  4. Evelin says:

    Oh Sandy!!! =*( I really wish and hope the best for the both of you! I will be praying for some good news as well as grace to accept whatever might come. Also, your experience with high quality food made me feel a bit better and justified in spending what I do on it for my son’s autism service puppy in training. They ARE our soul mates…never “just dogs”. I really hope she’s ok! She is absolutely adorable!!

  5. Sheila says:

    sandy i am so sorry your sadie is not feeling well. (she looks very tired in the last picture.) furbabies have a way of making our lives complete & i realized after losing my sadie-beth (she was a bassett hound) 2 years ago this past june that i will Never be without a furbaby again. each is special & you can’t replace them BUT a house without the pitter patter of paws just isn’t a home for me. pt&p being sent that your sweet sadie starts doing better & maybe even picks up a little weight. {{{hugs}}}

  6. Sandy says:

    I know… it is really hard to put that kind of money into their dog food. But they do eat less b/c its so filling, they say cost per serving isn’t as bad as it seems.

  7. Sandy says:

    Thanks Wanda. I know.. it is hard to explain when you have one that just seems to understand your every mood.

  8. Susan Bryant says:

    First of all….big HUGS to you….I just went through a similar ordeal a year ago with my Silky Terrier who was also a rescue dog & my best buddy! We noticed lumps in both sides of his neck & since he was only 3, I thought it would be something minor, like an infection of some sort. I took him in to the vet & I was BLINDSIDED there in the office when the vet said our precious little guy had lymphoma! We chose to give him steroids since our vet was pretty positive that he wouldn’t respond well to chemo & we really didn’t have the extra cash to sink into the high vet bills! We kept him comfortable with meds for approx 3 months until he had either a seizure or stroke & we knew it was time to put him down. I had to have my husband take him in to have him put down & I cried for days!!! Pets are like family members!
    I hope you have good news from the vet & they are able to find a good treatment plan for Sadie! Its so hard to say goodbye to our furry friends..I miss my little guy terribly & my family has so many wonderful memories of him!

  9. Susan Bryant says:

    I forgot to say that once we found out our dog was sick….we put our dogs on a MUCH better quality of food. It may be more expensive but it is so much better for our dogs! I cringe every time I spend 35.00 on a 15 lb bag of food, but I look for coupons for $$ off at the pet stores that carry our food & try to save as much as I can!

  10. Sending lots of good thoughts to Sadie. I have 5 little furry ones who have my heart completely. My oldest two are almost 12 and every time anything is off, I freak. I can’t bear the thought.

    Lots of hugs to you.

  11. Sandy says:

    Thanks Anna. I know… so hard to imagine live without them isn’t it?

  12. Sandy says:

    No kidding. We have been buying the biggest bags they have of the Blue Buffalo food. Although my dogs hate the little healthy bites or whatever those little “rabbit terd” looking things are. But they pick them out and leave them on the carpet. Both of them. So it looks like I have a bunch of bunnies living in my house everyday. Might have to look for another food just because of that. My son’s puppy loves them, so when they visit he eats them up that day. lol

  13. Sandy says:

    That is the thing. I would love to be able to spend thousands on Sadie and her be great. But with 5 kids at home and 1 in college, one more going in next year … we just don’t have the money. But honestly even if we did, after some of what I have read with what all the dogs have to be put through…. I don’t know that I could do that to her anyway. Maybe if she was younger, but even healthy she only would have around 5-6 years. I’m not going to spend thousands, put her though a lot of pain and still lose her in less than 2 years. Not fair to her or my family.

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