Discussing Questions And Answers About Lymphoma Dog Foods

Sandra asks…

worried about dog food????

Ive been giving my dog cheap dog food not knowing the bad stuff that goes into it. Hes usually been given beneful or hills science diet and hes a little bit over a year now. I want to give him Taste of the Wild because i heard its fantastic. Should i be worried about my dogs health from eating all this bad dog food? My other dog was only 3 and all i gave him was beneful and he got cancer and died. Does this cheap dog food cause cancer? The cancer specialist i took him too told me he could most likely put my dog into remission i was online reading about it and it said you cant cure lymphoma cancer in dogs. So i guess he kinda lied to me and i ended up spending 8 grand on him. He was a lab mixed with a rottie. He said he got cancer because of genetics but im not sure.

Jimmy answers:

No the cancer specialist didn’t lie to you….dogs can be in remission from cancer if given treatment..Remission doesn’t necassarily mean they are cured but they are not showing signs at that time..remission can last a week, a month, several months a year even longer there is no way of knowing.
Labs & Rotties are both breeds that are prone to certain types of cancer. By mixing the two breeds together from parents that were never health tested, whose lines you didn’t know about as far as health history it is possible that the genes that cause cancer were “doubled” up on. Being on a poor quality food was not helpful. Beneful is one of the worst foods out there. It is full of grains, dyes, sugars…It is a very wise idea for you to change the food. Taste of the Wild is a fantastic food. It also is grain free..a very good choice.

Thomas asks…

My dog has lymphoma (cancer) and stomach . Without treatments he will die.?

Our 5 yro Rottie was just diagnosed with Lymphoma and Stomach cancer yesterday. He has been like a son to my husband and I. Over the last 3 weeks he went from 116 pounds to 99.5 yesterday. I am not asking what I should do only what others would do. I spoke with a specialist that said it would cost about $4000-5000 to do treatment and there is no guarntee that it will work or even help. I don’t want his last few months to be in pain. I am looking at him and for the most part he looks ok other than the weight loss. He eats and plays. My biggest concern is is his body starving itself? I don’t want him to feel that, I can’t imagine never feeling full or just comfortable. his stomach isn’t digesting food the way it should. I just don’t know what to do…I’m crying hyterically my husband for the first time in my life has cried his eyes out in front of my, my mother in law, my parents, his parents, everyone in our family is heartbroken, but I have to do what is right for Jager. Please advise.
Everyone thank you for your awnsers, although they haven’t made me make a decision my husband and I have said we would love him more so everyday untill we see him finally let go. The vet said take 3 things he loves to do and when 2 of them are gone, let him go. We will keep a close eye on him and just show him all the love we can then it’s time for him to love someone else. I sit here in tears writing this but knowing it’s for the best for him, it’s got to be the hardest damn thing I have ever done. Thank you to everyone for you support and compassion. Photobucket
Everyone thank you for your awnsers, although they haven’t made me make a decision my husband and I have said we would love him more so everyday untill we see him finally let go. The vet said take 3 things he loves to do and when 2 of them are gone, let him go. We will keep a close eye on him and just show him all the love we can then it’s time for him to love someone else. I sit here in tears writing this but knowing it’s for the best for him, it’s got to be the hardest damn thing I have ever done. Thank you to everyone for you support and compassion. [IMG]http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee277/nchaunting/jager2.jpg[/IMG]

Jimmy answers:

I am so sorry this is happening to you.

Here is what I’d do. He looks ok, eats ok and still is playing. So for now, i’d leave him be. I’d get in all the quality time i could with him and play with him as often as possible. I’d make the time special and prepare myself mentally for worse days ahead.

Cancer treatments often don’t work, especially if it is foud later. It’s a horrible truth. He will die without treatments, but no one knows when or how long he’ll survive.

As long as he’s ok for now, i’d leave things be and like i said, love on him as much as possible. Know all those things you didn’t give your dog to keep him healthy? Well, now’s the time to shower him with goodie treats! Give him a little steak after he’s eaten his dog food. Make him some chicken, give him some ice cream (NOT CHOCOLATE, and not in large dosages). Give him lots of yummies to help him eat extra and to fortify his failing system.

When the time comes where you can see he is struggling and in pain, than i’d evaluate how long i would allow him to suffer. It’s a shame we can do more for our suffering pets than we can for our human loved ones. Anyway, I’d probably put him down when it got to be too much, out of respect and care for the animal.

There are times when cancer takes them quickly as well, and you might never come to that cross roads.

Realize you are allowed to grieve. Don’t buy a new pet right away. When a person is in the grief stage the new animal feels it and feels they have to step up and take charge of all those who feel grief. Many of those pets end up in shelters for horrible behavior that they would normally never have. Grief is healthy and a natural part of our life. When you finally feel strong and capable again, than you can consider getting a new dog, but even give it another 6 months past there to make sure you have a healthy and once again, happy home to bring another animal in to it. Other animals deserve it as well as it making you happier in the long run.

Your choices might end up difficult, but in the end, you have to do what is right for the animal. Any less would be cruel.

Hang in there. Enjoy the good days with him. Let yourself cry as often as you need. Don’t let anyone tell you there is a time limit for grief and don’t allow people to tell you that you can’t grieve for a pet! Many like to believe that animals do have a spirit form and will be waiting for you on the othe side. It’s not a stretch to believe it either, not when you look into their wonderful eyes… And see the beauty from within.

When and if the decision has to come down to helping your dog from major pain. Realize, you get to sit with the animal while it happens. They go to sleep and their breathing slows until it stops. There’s no struggle. Make sure if he goes, that all family gets to say goodbye, so it makes it real. A child has a much harder time if they don’t understand death. Hiding it from them only protects the parents and not the child. They will want to know what happened to their beloved pet as much as you would want to know.

Again, i am sorry for this happening within your life.

Nancy asks…

If you’ve gone through Stage 5 Lymphoma w/your dog, I need to hear from you.?

Jake is an 8 yr old Golden Retriever diagnosed 4 1/2 months ago with Lymphoma T-Cell. He has been on Prednisone ever since. Two and one-half days ago, the vet increased the dosage to 4 x daily. Last night, his hind end collapsed followed by his front end. He appeared comatose. Within 20-30 seconds, he got up and was wagging his tail. This morning, he came to his food dish and layed down. He wouldn’t get up to eat, but did eat wet canned food I fed him from a spoon.

Is the “temporary paralysis” a symptom of the final stage (5) Lymphoma and an indicator that he is in pain?

Jimmy answers:

My six year old lab had T-Cell Lymphoma too. She was given 2 months to live but gave me 9 months before she was ready to go. I think that this is an indicator that his body is giving out. It might be nearing time when he’s ready to let go. I’m so sorry you have to go through this. It was the most horrible thing I had to do. Listen to him. When he lets you know it’s time, let him go. It’s going to be soon.

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