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We are one week post-second chemotherapy injection.  We have not seen improvements like we had hoped.  Nunya’s breathing is still getting worse.  She makes a constant gurgling/snoring sound when breathing.  Sleeping is very hard for her as she constantly wakes herself up.  Sometimes she will try to breathe out of her mouth, but she tends to pant more instead of learning how to slow mouth breathe yet.  We have also noticed a decreased amount of the congestion crust in her nose and increase in reverse sneezing.  While maybe this is good, we actually fear it is not so good and that the tumor is starting to block most of the nasal passage so that even snot is not getting out.  We will have to see what the vets think at her next appointment.

Question: have a 14 yr old shih tsu left by my sis who passes away. He is recently panting a lot & almost a seems uncomfortable. And I think he has dementia because he forgets where he is at times & loses his way around the house. He is also deaf & blind. My concern is how do I know when it’s time to put him down? I just don’t have the funds to visit a vet who will run costly tests to tell me the inevitable. I hate to see him suffer. Can I ask the vet to follow my wishes for euthanasia after a visit without running costly tests? Overwhelmed with all of this as I just took over his care.

There are natural agents called DMOAs or disease-modifying osteoarthritis agents that help dogs with osteoarthritis by improve the function of bone cartilage or fluid (synovial fluid, a fluid that lubricates the joints). These products include glucosamine (a substance the is naturally found in a dogs body) and Chondroitin sulfate (CS). Studies are inconsistent, with some showing improvement in relieving some arthritis symptoms in humans. Both are found in dog foods that promote joint health, although there are no studies that support their use at levels in food. There are also other ingredients that have some support for use.

My 14 year old Maltese was diagnosed with lymphoma a couple of weeks ago. He had good vitals, and he was started on Oral Chemo, scheduled for every three weeks. His first dose of Chemo was fine. No side effects and he was handling it well. They added (among herbal supplements like Turkey Tail) Prednisone and Dena something for liver. About 24 hours after taking the prednisone, he started drinking like crazy and urinating. His appetite stayed strong, but he experienced extreme lethargy, wobbliness, and dark diarrhea. His gums paled by the third dosage. I took him to hospital and his blood work was not terrible, but they were concerned about his stool. He stayed in hospital for 2 1/2 days getting a stomach drug to help stem possible ulcers. They noticed his lymph nodes were inflamed (they had been going down right after the first chemo) and his spleen is enlarged. I am crushed. I stopped prednisone (vet said a 6 day usage and two days on IV without it – should negate any possible withdrawal effects. I am seeing the oncologist tomorrow…I am not too optimistic.

Dog on steroids breathing heavy

dog on steroids breathing heavy

My 14 year old Maltese was diagnosed with lymphoma a couple of weeks ago. He had good vitals, and he was started on Oral Chemo, scheduled for every three weeks. His first dose of Chemo was fine. No side effects and he was handling it well. They added (among herbal supplements like Turkey Tail) Prednisone and Dena something for liver. About 24 hours after taking the prednisone, he started drinking like crazy and urinating. His appetite stayed strong, but he experienced extreme lethargy, wobbliness, and dark diarrhea. His gums paled by the third dosage. I took him to hospital and his blood work was not terrible, but they were concerned about his stool. He stayed in hospital for 2 1/2 days getting a stomach drug to help stem possible ulcers. They noticed his lymph nodes were inflamed (they had been going down right after the first chemo) and his spleen is enlarged. I am crushed. I stopped prednisone (vet said a 6 day usage and two days on IV without it – should negate any possible withdrawal effects. I am seeing the oncologist tomorrow…I am not too optimistic.

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