Thursday, February 26, 2015

Cancer in Dogs

It has been awhile since I have posted anything.  There has been a reason why.  We have gone through some great sadness and loss lately.

My favorite Best girl, Peepot was diagnosed with Lympho Sarcoma, which is cancer in the Lymph nodes. The Doctor said she may last 2 months. She was able to last 3 months. After ending her suffering we took out Champion Retriever to the Doctor as he was lame on his front right leg for no reason for a couple days. Roux underwent many tests, blood work, several x-rays etc. We sent out blood work test for Valley Fever as that can cause lameness and bone tumors. He had a big very hard swelling on his right front leg's knuckle/knee area that came up suddenly, almost overnight.  The Doctor suspected Bone Cancer, yes, Osteosarcoma, the worst thing that could happen to our fast running always on the go, born to retrieve Champion that loves his work and won't stop Chocolate Labrador. 
This photo shows the size of the hard growth on Roux's right front leg before amputation (1.5 weeks after signs of limping)

We waited for the Valley Fever test result's. They came back negative. Roux had no other symptom of Valley Fever either. We were faced with options.  We wasted no time for the Doctor to amputated the front right leg. The x-ray of Roux's lungs were negative for metastasis of the Cancer. She cleared her schedule to do the major surgery right away.  The faster we could remove the leg, the less of a chance the cancer will spread to the rest of the body. The surgery lasted about 5- 6 hours. Roux stayed at the Vet Hospital overnight recovering.  We picked him up the next day, all bandaged up, on pain meds and groggy.

Now, about the recovery. The recovery for Roux was short. He had to learn to stand and adjust to get his balance. Within 1-2 weeks he was on his own and going through the doggie door again. We bought a harness to help him up and assist him during this time of transition. Roux is now on his way to building up his stamina to compete again.  Each weekend he is out training again with Bob and Roux is doing great.  Now, that the weather is warmer the best therapy for Roux is swimming in the pond's. He is continuing to improve.

I wrote this article to let other dog and cat owner's know there are options and help out there, you just need to know where to look for support. The best place was the Tri Pawd Community at a Blog you can find here: http://tripawds.com/ 

There are many other websites but this one helped us the most.  I never even thought to buy Roux a harness to help him during his road to recovery or even a dog play area fence to confine him when we were not home so he will not injure the surgery area. They also, gave advice and suggestions on what should be in the dog's diet to help with recovery and natural supplement's to keep the cancer from returning. Please keep Roux in your prayer's that the cancer never return's.

For more help Tripawd Community also have a Facebook page.


On a personal note, I did not get into the subject of Chemo Therapy as that subject is controversial and very expensive without positive results even for humans, not to mention Dogs and Cats.

In Memory of
Polly Peepot
2003 - 2014







Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Summer Heat and our Pets

 
 
 
 
    On this past Saturday after calling the Sheriff, I thought I would remind us of the summer heat and what is can and will do our pets. I have seen it first hand and it is not a easy thing to witness or our 4 footed kids, fur babies, extended family.
 
  I was driving down the street and I saw a black dog tied to a post in the center of a yard. The line was tangled and the dog could barely move 6-12 inches. There was no shade for the dog or water. The dog was panting very stressed. I could not go in their yard myself so I called the Sheriff as it was in the county to take care of the situation of the dog being overheated and if left it could possibly die of heatstroke.  We as pet lover's, guardian's of all pet's must not turn the other way. It is a matter of life and death for this animal in a situation like this. Don't turn your back on them, please. We all need to watch out for their safety.
 
I will not hesitate.

 
Below are some charts to understand what the sun and the summer heat can do. If you just moved here to Sierra Vista, Arizona from another part of the country or have lived here your whole life please examine the charts below:

 

 
June is just the start of our summer sun & heat, it will continue through about the end of October or less if we are lucky. As a pet sitter we go all over Sierra Vista, Hereford and Fort Huachuca, Arizona and we will report it if we witness any animal in distress.  It is not to call the cops on you the owner, it is to save the animals life.  I hope more people will do the same. 
 
  If you witness this please call the non-emergency Police phone number in your area:
 
Sierra Vista, AZ - Police - 520-458-3311
Hereford, AZ - Cochise County Sheriff - 520-432-9500
Fort Huachuca, AZ - Military Police- 520-533-3000
 
During normal business hours during the week call
 
Sierra Vista Animal Control - 520-458-4151
Huachuca City Animal Shelter -520-456-1337
 
and of course if you see a animal in severe distress and not responding call the Emergency - 911.
 
 
 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Life's Abundance Pet Food


 
Are you Tired of pet food recalls? I am tired of worrying what I feed my dog is killing my pet. This Life's Abundance Pet Food is manufactured in the USA with ingredients that are the best. Small batches are made and sent to your door as fresh as possible. The guaranteed analysis even has LIVE Prebiotics and Probiotics. 100% Guaranteed!
 
 
Life’s Abundance Premium Health Food is veterinarian-formulated with select ingredients to help your dog achieve and maintain optimum health. We use a “fast-cook” process to help preserve the nutritional value of each and every wholesome ingredient. And we maintain strict inventory controls to ensure the quality and safety of our foods.

Our foods are made with the finest ingredients, including …

  • A proprietary blend of vitamins and minerals
  • High-quality protein from chicken and catfish meals for strong muscles
  • An antioxidant system including vitamins A, C and E
  • A selection of nutritious vegetables and fruits
  • Omega-3 fatty acids for healthy skin and a shiny coat
  • Calcium and phosphorus for healthy teeth and strong bones
  • Dietary fiber to help maintain a healthy digestive tract
Since we use only wholesome ingredients, this formula contains …
  • No artificial flavors
  • No artificial colors
  • No corn or corn gluten
  • No wheat or wheat gluten
Life’s Abundance is concentrated nutrition in every bowl
  • A balanced blend of calcium and phosphorous to support growing and aging bones
  • Our kibble has tested extremely positively with both puppies and adult dogs, regardless of breed or size
  • Optimal protein levels for growing puppies and adults
  • Unique blend of antioxidants that support dogs throughout their life cycle
Take a look at this video on this great Pet Food. I open my samples and my dogs smelled it and ate it right away. Click on the link below

www.lifesabundance.com/CathyAZ 

Life's Abundance carries other products like this awesome Stainless Steel Odor Remover for your hands and even your pet while giving a Massage.