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Fight K9 cancer

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After losing our sweet Mouta (pictured here) on August 11, 2008 to cancer, my husband and I are still missing her terribly. She was diagnosed in February 2008 with a sarcoma in her spine. She was a trooper through the pre-diagnosis stage, when we initially thought she had a herniated disc in her spine, to the end. When aggressive steroid treatment only brought her from a stage 4 (almost no hind leg movement to a low stage 2...walking with assistance) we knew it was time for further testing. We drove 90 minutes away for her to have more test...a myelogram, which in turn led to surgery and the diagnosis of cancer. It was no doubt that we would pursue further treatment for her because out of the 4 pup-a-lups (my husband's term) she was our special baby...the calm in the eye of the storm, I always said. With the 4 dogs and cat, Mouta was always laid back and just really loved life. She was the ONLY one who could be off leash in the front yard and not run off 100% of the time! She LOVED being with us too much to venture off.

I did tons of research, talked to anyone who would listen, read everything I could find about cancer in dogs. And there's really not a lot of data out there. One of the deal makers for me when the subject of radiation treatments was discussed was that every question I asked about the success, the risk, the prognosis for Mouta was answered pretty much the same.."We don't know. There's not much data out there because most people opt for euthansia with the cancer diagnosis due to the cost of treatment." I felt that if by treating Mouta there was the slightest chance that we could have her in our lives a little longer and get her healthy again, it would be worth it. We had just bought a new house...I wanted new furniture, but you know, 'things' can wait...life can't. I still don't have the furniture, but we did have Mouta for 6 more months. We celebrated her 10th birthday with a cookout and I even baked a birthday cake for the dogs (you know there are lots of recipes online for homemade dog treats..even cakes!) When she finished her radiation treatments she was acting like a puppy again, not like the 10 year old that she was by then.

So, I started this group as a memorial to our Sharmouta. Anyone who has been through this, or who is facing this is welcome!

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Comment by Ellen Slater on May 17, 2011 at 10:42pm

Sadie ate about 3/4 lb of ham and drank 2 bowls of powder water tonight after not eating all day!  Ham has always been her favorite treat food, she'd get mad on holidays if she didn't get her share.  I don't eat ham, but went to the deli today and got a pound to see if she'd eat it. it was on;y a few bites an hour, but I kept offering and a few minutes ago at the final attempt before bed, I realized how much she'd actually gotten down. Yay Sadie Baby!

Thanks for all the encouragement and support and for not getting fed up with all my posts. 

Sadie kisses and Ellen hugs to all.

Comment by Jill Stout on May 17, 2011 at 3:25pm
Ellen, you are doing such a great job----
Comment by Lynn Pennington on May 17, 2011 at 12:46pm

Glad to hear you got Sadie to eat something!  Must be something about Mickie D's...Mouta loved them too!  But Mouta loved to eat...anything!  Keeping the two of you in my daily prayers!  

Smooches to Sadie.

Comment by Kelly Meyer on May 17, 2011 at 9:41am

I'm glad Sadie ate some cheeseburger! ;o)  Phoebe never really lost her appetite, but those were her favorite--if we were eating them, she would actually sit and salivate and whine until we gave her some!  Probably was good not to let her have the whole thing--see how her tummy handles it! ;o)

 

I'm also happy she doesn't seem to be in pain.  That is a HUGE relief when dealing with all that you are!  Give Sadie a hug from me and I keep her and you in my prayers!

 

((((HUG))))♥

Kelly

Comment by Christine Staller on May 17, 2011 at 1:50am
Hi Ellen - We're new to this site, but my heart goes out to you. You and Sadie will be in our prayers!!
Comment by Ellen Slater on May 16, 2011 at 6:26pm

Thanks Kelly for the McD's tip.  I gave her one of the appitite stimulant pills and a little later she ate 3/4 of a double cheeseburger, she might've eaten more, but I didn't want to overload her and make her sick.

Sadie is in no pain, thank God.  The vet says as long as she's not in pain and I can handle it, she thinks it's ok to try to let things go naturally.  Of course the minute she seem in pain or suffering, I'll do what needs to be done no matter how hard.  She's drinking lots and I am adding a powder to the water that's got alot of vitamins and nutrition in it.

Day by day at this point.

Thanks again everyone, you all are such a gift to me and Sadie.

Comment by Angela on May 16, 2011 at 4:33pm
Prayers for Sadie and her human family today... Give her anything she likes!!!
Comment by Jill Stout on May 16, 2011 at 11:39am
Extra prayers going out to you both today.
Comment by Lynn Pennington on May 16, 2011 at 10:46am

Ellen,

May God hold you in his hands as you go through this with Sadie!  We too gave Mouta her favorite foods her last weekend...steak, egg rolls...even ice cream.  It was at the point that the "diet" didn't matter.  Didn't matter if what she ate was"good for her", but that it tasted good TO her!   Maybe you can get Sadie interested in something.

It would be great if there was a hospice service for dogs.  Is Sadie in pain?  If not that's at least a plus. She may rebound again, but also may be signalling the end if she won't eat.  She may be tired of fighting.  Hold her tight & love her, as I know you're doing.  How hard it is to say good-bye.  What a hard vigil to keep!

We are here...

Comment by Ellen Slater on May 16, 2011 at 8:28am

I talked to the vet today about trying an appitite stimulant, and also about if the was a way to do a kind of hospice type thing instead of direct euthanasia.  I don't know why i am having such a hard time with that.  I've had to euthanize other fur babies, but for Sadie it just doesn't feel right.  I know that probably makes no sense, but it is such a strong feeling and something i have been wrestling with for weeks.

thank you all for the support, i never thought of McDonalds or cat food, she has allergies so i have been trying to work within those confines, but at this point the allergies are less important than her eating!  She ate a few chunks of cheese a few minutes ago.

 

Just heard back from the vet, she doesn't know of any "in between" thing so it's either euthanasia or natural.  I keep thinking there's gotta be something.  ~Sigh~

Love to all

 

 

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