Discussing Questions And Answers About Lymphoma Dog Foods

Paul asks…

Is it time to put my dog to sleep?

My dog has advanced lymphoma. In the past couple of days, the lymph nodes in her neck have swollen very large. Today she clawed at it and it bled. Now she has a big raw sore on her neck.

She is not breathing heavily or panting, but she is very lethargic and just staying on the coach. She used to be so full of life and come running for food. Can’t get her to move for anything. But her eyes are sad and she will just look up when you go to pet her. She doesn’t even want to move her head but just moves her eyes.

The vet says to watch until she is in pain or really uncomfortable. I’ve read that dogs may have a few days when they are very quiet and just to be left alone. I think she likely needs to be put down and I am being selfish. It will hurt so bad.

But if she should just have a few more days to go on by herself, I am ok with that. Don’t know what to do. Please help.

Jimmy answers:

Lymphoma is a malignant cancer and is a very painful disease. She’s looking at you because she’s asking you help her and release her from pain. She’s had enough. She’s not moving because she’s in severe pain and moving causes pain. She also has no energy left to move.

It’s time to make the decision to end her suffering and let her go. Talk to her and comfort her at the vets so the last thing she sees is the face of the person who loves her. Euthanasia is quick and painless. She’ll have no fear, to her it’s just another vet visit. For her sake you can hold it together until she’s at peace. While she’s still here it’s all about her so be brave for her sake. When she’s at peace you can cry and grieve for as long as you need to.

It’s an agonising decision to make but her physical pain is worse than your emotional pain. To release them from pain is the final act of love we can show our dogs. To let her continue to suffer would be cruel.

I lost my heart dog to cancer. She was 6yo and the shining light in my life. The day I had to let her go was the worst day of my life but I loved her too much to see her suffer and lose her dignity. Because I loved her I had to do what was best for her. It was 2 years ago now and not an hour goes by that I don’t think of her and miss having her by my side. The only positive is that she’s not suffering.

I’m so very sorry you and your dog are going through this. I know how soul destroying it is and my thoughts are with you.

Mandy asks…

How do I know if my dog is ready to die?

I have a beautiful yellow lab that has been apart of our family for almost 9 years now. This dog is so special, he was a Christmas gift to my daughter since she was an only child and he always kept her company. Well for the past three weeks or so, he just hasn’t been the same dog. After 3 trips to the vet, including several days of hospitalization, they think he has lymphoma. I am waiting for blood work and the biopsy results, but they seemed pretty sure about it, even wrote a comment in the chart (I read it) that “the owner is not wanting to believe” blah blah blah. Well, my dog is refusing all food, even human food. In the last two weeks he has only eaten a few bites of food total. Now, his front leg is really swollen and he cannot wals on it. He is laying at the foot of my bed and I keep going inthere to kiss him and he makes eye contact with me. I can’t stop crying. I just love this dog so much but it’s not my place to take his life from him. How do I know if he’s ready to go? This came as such a shock to us considering he’s only 8 1/2 years old, we never expected him to get so sick so fast.
@Missy867: You said your dog‘s leg swelled up too? How big is it? How is this related to the lymphoma? Remember, I am still waiting for test results to confirm it, although that is what the vet strongly suspects. This sucks!
Hey everyone, thank you so much to EVERYONE for the quick and thoughtful responses. You have all helped me with this very difficult decision. John, the link on lymphynemia helped alot, I just finished reading it. I am waiting for my daughter to come home from work. It’s so hard to say goodbye to such a lovely animal. What makes it 12 times worse is when you think about how cool the pet has been to you over the years. I could have had the worst day, and my dog always without fail came to my side to comfort me. I pray that God’s will be done with my dear dog. Thanks everyone. :(

Jimmy answers:

I would take him to another vet for a second opinion if you are not sure about the first vet, but I would do this as soon as possible. It does sound as though your dog does have a serious illness, but you need to get this confirmed before you make a decision about whether to put him to sleep.
Dogs can get serious illnesses at any age, just like people, unfortunately. I had a dog who lived a great life and at the age of 9 was diagnosed with liver disease. When you make the decision to put your dog to sleep, make sure it’s what is in the best interest of the dog. If your dog stops eating or drinking water, and is in a lot of pain, those are signs that your dog is not doing well. Dogs are smart. It’s like they know when it is time to die and will let their owner know by not eating and such.
If your dog does have lymphoma, and there is nothing to do, then you need to make a difficult decision as to when is the right time to put her to sleep. Just know that you will always have her memories in your heart. Best of luck. Hope I helped.

Mark asks…

Treatment for Lymphoma?

My 12 y.o. cattle dog mix was diagnosed with lymphoma Dec 09. Has anyone had any successful naturopathic methods of treatment? Presently she is on a small daily dose of prednisone. I have read that grains increase the production of cancer cells. Therefore, I am making 75% of her food. (Supplementing with meats and green and orange vegetables. Also, daily cod liver oil supplements.
Am interested in finding out what people have tried, what worked and what didn’t.
Thank you very much.
If you used chemo treatment, what side effects were there and how did it effect the quality of life?

Jimmy answers:

Ive had dogs with cancer they generally don’t live much longer with or without treatment your going to end up back at the vet soon anyway and the amount of time if any that this extends the life of your dog it looks miserable. You have to make a judgment call whether or not its worth the huge vet bills to make any such attempt. People and animals die that’s just how it is. From experience Ive only seen cancer treatments at vets lead to a dead animal and a huge loss of money we didn’t have.
Ask your vet though does he seem optimistic? I haven’t seen a dog come back from cancer but who knows.

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