|Barked: Mon Jun 11, '07 9:16pm PST |
|I'm with you, Jasmine. Duchess has a slow growing mass under her brain. We don't know if it is cancerous or not at this time because they cannot do a biopsy due to its location. However, the vets are 95% sure that it will become cancerous based on the little study and research that has been done on this particular type of tumor. She is only 3 yrs old (she will be 4 next month).
Naturally, I am so upset and heartbroken over this. Thankfully, she is undergoing radiation treatment at this time which will hopefully prevent it from growing any further. (Luckily, we caught it pretty early and it is approx only 2 cm big at this time.) Unfortunately though, this isn't a cure. Like you, I just feel so helpless and keep thinking that there is something more I could do or could've done to prevent all of this. But what? I have done everything that the vets tell me to do. She goes for her regular exams, gets her vaccinations, she takes supplements for her joints, I give her heartworm preventative medicine, etc... She also has food allergies so she is on a strict vegetarian diet which was recommended.
My co-worker keeps telling me that we need to get back to basics and feed our dogs regular human food or natural dog food without all the extra fillers and ingredients. She tells me that dogs lived longer and healthier lives back then before processed dog food came along. Not sure if that's the answer or not but I do know that I do everything the professionals tell me and my baby still somehow got sick anyway. I asked them if this was genetic and they told me that it was basically just "the luck of the draw". That's the scientific conclusion that they came up with! I just can't understand that with all the research and studies that have been done as well as all the money that has been raised for cancer research, why is there still no cure? Sorry to rant and rave about this, but it is extremely frustrating. You try so hard to do the right thing for your furbabies and then something like this happens. You don't know who or what to trust anymore. It is very scary and disturbing particularly now (not to get off the subject) with so many pet foods being contaminated. I don't think one day goes by without another pet food being recalled. I just don't understand what is happening anymore and why this problem can't be solved.
Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Duchess and Duke send blessings and love to ALL pups out there who are hurt or ill. You and your families are ALL in our thoughts and prayers.
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