We discovered she was loosing weight while her sister from same liter, was gaining it all. We took the little one to the vet, and he ran a test and found out she had anaplasmosis, so we had her on medicine. He also discovered a small growth near the inside of her back leg. so while we all thought she was just getting sick from the antibiotics. We took her back to vet, and he was going to biopsy the growth, but as he xrayed, he found 8-9 tumors in each of her lungs. We are horrified that something like this could happen, as we take good care of our dogs. We can't stand watching her go through this. It's been challenging getting her to eat. She drinks, but we have to hold bowl up to her. She's on appetite stimulants, but they don't seem to work. I know she's in pain. And we are beside ourselves. Myself, my Bf and my daughter are all on edge, and hoping that she is alive when we get home from school or work. My question is, will tramadol, help her eat? As that's what our vet just prescribed her, for pain. We've tried everything to get her to eat. We have now blended her food in blender. Cancer is horrific :(
Cancer in dogs is like cancer in us, you didn't do anything to cause it. Its heartbreaking I know. Tramadol will help her pain and that should help her appetite. Dogs seem to have a sense of things that humans lack. When they know they are going, they will stop eating. What hurts the most is when they look at you like well do something. I've watch Mom's who have a pup with a birth defect push it aside and refuse to nurse it. A nothing you can do makes her feed them.
Dear silver, this is always the most heartbreaking aspect of having pets ~ their lifespan is not ours. Animals can be stricken with all the diseases that affect us such as cancer, heart, disease, diabetes, kidney failure.
We have to accept that the time is near and do what we can to keep them as comfortable as possible, but we must also be realistic. Keeping them alive for our sake is not acceptable.
The main difference between humans and animals is that we can give animals a gift not available to humans. We can stop their suffering. It is the greatest and kindest gift we can ever give our pets besides a warm and loving life.
You'll know when the time has come by looking back into those eyes.
My very best to you, your family, and your puppy girl. WildcatVet
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