Discussing Questions And Answers About Dog Diet Lymphoma

Helen asks…

what is else can i give my dog?

my dog a little over a year. dont wanna give him crappy food they sell in petsmart, or petco.
i feed him Orijen he loves it but i wanna give him more healthy stuff to get him stronger imunity, and other stuff like that……Orijen is the number one food for dogs for four years now and still going..i live in la mesa and what good pet stroes are there for dogs.
i worked in the petsmart in el cajon…

Jimmy answers:

To be honest with you, if you want a better food than orijen you will have to look at a RAW diet. Try researching the BARF diet.

ADD: when my pup was diagnosed with lymphoma i had started looking for raw distributors and was recommended by a trainer at my work who feeds raw to this website www.taylorpondfarms.com

if this is something that interests you then you should check it out.

William asks…

How do I know when it is time to put my 15 year old dog to sleep? I’m worried she may be suffering.?

We rescued her when she was 3 from a very bad owner, who beat her, and was mean to her. She is a Pit Bull, and he tried to make her mean. When we rescued her she had to be completely re-programmed and is a wonderful loving dog, and she is like one of our children. She got overweight several years ago due to her previous owner starving her, and we learned we could not free feed her, because she will just keep eating. We put her on a diet provided by our vet, and she lost the weight. Unfortunately she has severe arthritis in her hips, knees, shoulders, ankles and wrists. She is on an anti-inflammatory medication provided by our Vet, and she gets food for older dogs with joint problems.

Lately over the last month or so, she has been having a great deal of trouble controlling her back legs. The slightest wrong move will send mostly her right leg into spasms. I’m concerned she may have herniated a disc in her back.

I am in agony over what to do. She still eats just fine, and drinks lots of water, but seems dehydrated anyway. She still seems to be a happy dog, but I worry she is just being stoic, and is in a lot of pain, and not letting us know. She can only go on about a 15 min slow walk with out being worn out, or her legs getting stiff, yet she still loves to go out. She sleeps most of the time. Many people have told me I will know when it is time. But I don’t know. I love her so much, and I don’t want her to suffer on my account. It is getting harder for her everyday to get up and about. I have to help her up the porch steps to get into the house. Sometimes she almost loses complete control of her back legs and they end up crossing, or she will just go down. She has not had any problems controlling her bladder or bowels. Someone please help me figure this out? It is killing me. I don’t want to feel like I am murdering my dog, but I don’t want her to suffer either.
I used to work for a Neurosurgeon, so I’m fairly certain she has a herniated disc in her back. We have a bad flea problem in our entire neighborhood, and she would ride along the chain link fence rubbing her butt, and her rt leg would be pointing out from underneath her, so I know she was twisting her back a lot. That is when most of the leg control symptoms started. I always go outside with her now, and make sure she stays away from the fence. We are trying to move out of the neighborhood, cuz the landlord refuses to provide pest control and we can not afford it. We do what we can inside the house of course. We have also de fleaed our yard multiple times, but they keep coming back. We used to bathe her weekly, but that has become very difficult for both her and us. In summer we can bathe her on the porch, and it is easier. Always use flea shampoo, and Topical flea control, (Can’t think of the name of it off the top of my head.) I have been told by friends, that when she quit
The last sentence was. I have been told by friends that when she stops eating, it is time. Food has always been an issue for her, as she was starved as a young dog. She never refuses food. I’m not sure that she will stop eating because of this.

Jimmy answers:

I feel for you. I have had to put away too many pets in the past 3 years. My Rottweiler was 12 years old when I put him down. The vet came to my house and I laid him on his favorite blanket… Gave him a treat… And he drifted off to sleep and off to the rainbow bridge where I will meet him again sometime. His insides has “rotted” out and he was in pain. The vet let me know he was hurting a lot and that medication could only do so much. 2 months later the vet had to come back out to put down my 6 year old chinese crested who had lymphoma… We thought he was doing well… But he started swelling up and was suffacating on his own fluids….. I did not want him to suffer. The stuff the vet uses is good. They give him something to relax… Something to let them drift off to sleep… Then something to stop the heart…. It is NOT murder. In my heart I believe it is the last gift you can give your beloved pet. The gift of peace.

I also had the vet cremate both dogs… And the cats that have passed away. That way they are always with me. The gave me a paw print of my babies and currently they are on my mantle. I plan on getting a marble urn from

http://www.memorial-urns.com

and putting them each in their own urn. I know you love your baby so very much and you are asking this because you do not want her to suffer. If the vet says it is time know you are doing what is best for you baby. KNOW IT…. You gave her a good life. She loves you very much. If the vet says it is not time then let them know you want to know if and when it is. Explain you want your baby to not be in any pain. My heart is with you. I know how hard this is. I am not over my chinese crested’s passing…. I know it was to save him from a painful death… But he was my heart…. I currently have a 16 year old mutt, a 12 year old rat terrier I got last summer…. And a 1 year old shih tzu I got when my rottie got sick. I believe puppies help older dogs feel better…. And she did help him some… She also helped keep my mind off the pain I went thru of losing him and my crested…

As I said do what the vet says… And if you do need to put her down know you are doing it out of LOVE…

“Be brave… It takes a brave person to bring an animal into our lives and our heart knowing how fragile their lives are, knowing they will only be with us for a short time. That someday we will have to let them go long before we are ever ready to… So hug them and love them now because remember he’s still sitting right next to you!”

I totally believe in the rainbow bridge… Know your baby will be there waiting for you when the time does come.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

Author unknown…

Betty asks…

Chemo Therapy for dogs?

My 11 year old beagle was diagnosed with lymphoma 2 weeks ago. He starts Chemo therapy on Monday. Does anyone have a dog that has gone through Chemo? What were their side effects? How did they do, did it help at all? My vet said that the side effects should be minimal, and he thinks he can go into remission, but I want to hear it from someone who has gone through it with their dog!
My dog is not in “misery” we didn’t even know he was sick until he went in for a check up! he acts normal
I know all about chemo for humans my dad had chemo a it extended his life by 6 years! Yes he was VERY sick when he was on the chemo but after a few weeks he was fine!

Chemo for dogs an chemo for humans is totaly different!
Single Worker 1230:

Thanks so much! We have him on a high protein diet. He is eating Science Diet N/D and we also give him chicken breast, & Steak.. He is not complaining one bit about his diet! LOL
panache:

Thanks!

Thats what we were told that the chemo whould have to be increased everytime it came back! If we can get another healthy year out of him then I think thats all we can ask for. But in the end its all up to him! Right now hes not wanting to go anywhere, so were go to fight as long as he wants too!!

Jimmy answers:

Most times the side effects are minimal depending on the regimen. Some dogs become tired on the days that the chemo is done. Unlike in people most don’t lose their hair (but they may lose their whiskers), have severe vomiting, or diarrhea with the chemo. In fact the majority of the dogs that I have done chemo on has done very well. I haven’t done chemo on my dogs but I have done several in my work as a veterinary technician. Make sure that your dog is on a good quality diet and is in otherwise good health. The survival rate and the quality of life is greatly improved in dogs that have undergone chemo. Good luck and give your dog a pat for me.

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