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11 year old Lab mix with nerve sheath tumor
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Can i ask which caugh medecin helped sweet Hanna?

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You might want to consider getting her some puppy diapers.  They can be very helpful.  They have reusable and disposable,  I have both.  If we’re going out to run errands they come in handy as mitch started having inside “accidents” again.  I got some women’s pads to place inside,  depends can work too if she tinkles a lot.  You can clean her up with unscented baby wipes and that may make your life a little easier.  

The throw rugs I have for Huck are machine washable thank goodness so I can just throw them in the washer if he sneaks one in,  lol. He doesn’t wear them often as my husband is retired and home most of the time.  I hope this helps a little.  

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Awwwwww….. sweet photo!!!!! We must have posted at the same time, lol. She is still smiling 🤗

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I am trying to work 1/2 days at the office and 1/2 at home, so i spend more time with her. She usually holds pee like 10 hours (and more!) but i am kind of pushing to go out before 8 hours and so she can also spend some time outdoors with such beautiful weather. 

Thank you!! Will start my work day now with my “personal assistant” (that’s what i’ve always called her; when she was healthy, i would also try to work from home once a week just to enjoy her company)

 

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Love it! Hang in there and keep in touch ❤

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Yaya I’m so sorry to hear this news. I understand your heartbreak, completely. As others have said, Belle knows no different. She may feel tired or not be as active, but she has no idea what the report said. In so many ways ignorance is bliss for her, and you can keep her in a state of happiness by being strong, focusing on the moments you have now, not what the future may or may not bring, and of course spoiling her rotten.

What is the treatment they gave her? I’m wondering if it’s any different than how lung metastasis from other primary cancers is treated. 

We do have this blog post which talks about natural remedies for treating coughing due to lung mets. You may want to ask your vet if these are OK for her.

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Thanks for your words and advice. Her vet basically said they cannot do anything for her condition other than prescribe caugh medecin. 🙁

We consulted her surgeon and she said it is very rare to have primary lung cancer but she also pointed out the facts and life expectancy if undergoing lung surgery + Chemo (which we won’t, she is now close to 13 years old and she has already undergone too much, and all that torture would only extend her life a few months if anything) So basically, we’ll keep her happy until she is not :'(

I am dreading that. How unfair!

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Awww yeah, I understand, that makes sense. Did they mention prednisone at all?

The remedies mentioned in the blog post are pretty benign and are just there to help keep a patient comfortable. They may be a good addition to any pain meds she is prescribed. 

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I love the idea of driving her to places rather than have her tiring from the walk.  Driving her to the lake, or driving  her the half block to the forest…..anything that saves her energy  but still gets her where she likes to go.😎   I think Belle is aware that she tires easily  and, because  she’s  such a smart girl, she self limits her activity based on her energy level.

You can also check into doggy strollers in our Gear Shop.  A  lot of people  found those as a useful tool to help dogs still enjoy their”walk”. 

I found  that Happy Hannah thoroughly enjoyed just laying outside under a shade tree, or bathing in the sun, and just sniffing  all the scents of nature blowing in the breeze.  Of course, having her sit next to her giving  her tumny rubs enhanced  our experience 😊

And be sure and ask your Vet about Prednisone and a cough medicine.  Jackie gave you some good food suggestions, and the Pred helps increase the appetite  too.  Don’t  know how much you want to pursue as far as possibly  shrinking  those crap mets, but ask your Vet about Piroxicam, or maybe Palladia , or Metronomics. 

Keep us posted. We’re  all sending  pawsitive  energy to our sweet Belle.  Maybe make her sandbox j fo a treasure  hunt for her.  You can hid a bone, or some treats, etc.

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Well, as you can see, I was a little behind on my post.  It takes me a long time to typo!

Just saw that WONDERFUL  picture of Belle in her sandbox! LOVE IT!  And she clearly  is a happy girl!!

My Happy Hannah actually never developed  a cough,  so others will have to chime in on that.  I just know that those who were prescribed   found relief for their  dogs.

I completely  understand drawing  a line in the sand as far as any further treatment.   The only thing I “tried” was a metronomic therapy for just a couple of weeks.  She developed  a uti as a result and I stopped.  It also required some initial  Vet visits after a couple of weeks of pills for blood work, and I didn’t  need to put her through  any more of those. 

I do want to go back to the Prednisone   though.  As my Vet explained  it, the main  purpose at this point was that it could reduce  the inflammation  around the met itself,  the inflammation  caused by the met. He said sometimes Pred can be a horrible  drug, but in this case,  it can be a really good miracle drug as far as adding  comfort, etc.  And, from my observation,  I think it helped with the breathing  pattern.  So I would see if your regular  Vet would prescribe it if your Onco won’t…or vice versa.  And no, I’m  not a Bet and not giving  Vet advice😉

I’ll try and find the very recent thread where someone  was using  a cough medicine  and it reduced  the cough  fairly quickly.

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Thanks for all the good advice and being there for us. Belle is in a good mood; just the panting at night but seems to stop when we move her from the bed to the floor. But then in the morning she jump back on the bed. Her voice already started to change, it breaks my heart the deterioration and I know this is just the beginning. 

We are in touch with the surgeon that removed her front limb and she asked if we would consider surgery but we don’t want to put her and us through that with no much life or quality life expectancy ahead and risks.

“I’m very sorry to learn Belle has what it looks like—I’ve seen the thoracic radiographs and radiology report—a primary lung tumor. 
Primary lung tumors are rare in dogs accounting for 1% of all tumors. The vast majority are unfortunately malignant but benign lesions—granuloma, abcess, chondroma, and lipoma—are reported. The most common type of malignant tumors are carcinoma— ~ 90 % —but other types—lymphosarcoma, malignant histiocytosis, and  lymphomatoid granulomatosis—are also described. 
The median survival time for primary lung tumors depends on the presence or not of clinical signs, tumor size/histology/grade, and the presence or not of local-lymph nodes—and distant metastasis. As a general consideration primary lung tumors have a median survival rate of 361 days. Treatment options include surgical management, chemotherapy—or a combination of both—and palliation. I know this new finding is very difficult for your family and I am sorry you have to go through that at this time. Would you consider surgery?
We’ve also asked about “prednisone ” after your suggestion and she recommended daily administration to decrease peri-tumoral inflammation. So we are going to Belle’s vet today to pick-up the prescription.
We will try to take her out in the kids charriot this evening and see if we can spend some time next to the lake. 
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I’m so sorry about the second diagnosis.

It happened to us too, and in some ways the second cancer diagnosis hit me harder than the first one.  It seemed like losing a leg to cancer was more than Maggie should have had to deal with in her life, but a second cancer?  Maggie’s second cancer was an oral melanoma tumor on her upper jaw.  The recommended treatment was surgical removal of the tumor and some of her upper jaw followed by radiation. At that point Mag was almost 11 and dealing with several health issues.  I declined the surgery and treatment.

One thing I would recommend is that you write down your current thought process- what path you are choosing and why.  I did that when the second cancer was identified, at the time it helped me be confident about my choices.  But more importantly it helped me after Maggie passed.  Like almost every human being fighting through an emotional time I had a few second thoughts pop into my head… those dang ‘what ifs’ that can make an already difficult time harder.  My notes helped remind me that I had made the right choices and I could grieve without the added burden of ‘what if’ guilt.

I hope Belle has lots and lots of more precious moments with you, treasure every one!

Karen and Spirit Maggie

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

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Thank you Karen for sharing. So unfair to start with and then again??? And who knows, when we go through the what if scenarios, what if we do the surgery, we recover (that’s hell of a lot, especially at her age) and then chances are it will happen again. 

She’s been my very best friend ever since she came into my life and there is nothing that would take away all the moments we shared and that we’ll still have to share.

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