On Thursday we took my dog Rocky to a specialist to see what a lump in his neck was. My worst fears were confirmed. Pending the results of the biopsy, the specialist believes it is cancer. The tumor is 6 inches long, and covers his voicebox, carotid artery, thyroid and larynx on the right side. No surgeon will touch it. Chemo will do little good. We could try radiation, but he does not recommend it unless the growth isn't cancerous. In the meantime, he is on anti inflammatories that are known to slow tumor growths and I have put him on a cancer fighting diet.
I may have as little as a week, or perhaps two months with my sweet dog before I will have to put an end to his pain. Currently his discomfort can be managed with medication. He is not even 6 yet. I rescued him at 7 months, and he is my child. I am so devastated.
I know this board is a bit slow, but if anyone has suggestions on other things I can try, or just stories to help me cope, I would appreciate it. I have had dogs before, but this one is different. He is so special, and I cannot imagine my life without him. I will do what I must when it is no longer right to keep him alive, but for now his spirits are good, and I am doing my best to cherish the time I have left. Thank you.