Organizing Mission Monday Link Party – Week 40
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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