So, I’ve been thinking. It’s not pretty, but I’m going to just say it.
Even with something stuck to my nose, I can think. Who knows what that is. A bit of a leaf? A speck of dirt? I don’t know.
Here goes: Don’t you wish there was a Massey Cancer Center or an M.D. Anderson Center for dogs? I do. People get flown to Massey and M.D. Anderson all the time for cancer treatment. So, why not have one for dogs?
I hate thinking about this stuff.
See, a couple of my Scottie compadres have walked over the Bridge recently. Because of cancer. Scotties, I’m told, are “cancer magnets” and so are dogs with dark gums.
Good Lord. How I wish that weren’t true!
On the pawsitive side, there are things we can do to stay on top of things.
Here are some suggestions:
- Get a good Dogtor. One who knows and keeps up with the latest do dads in canine medicine.
- Have your peeps put their hands all over you. All the time. Growths can pop up overnight. And you just never know. Have them feel around for unusual things. Of course, sometimes we don’t feel things, like with bladder cancer and things like that. But, when our peeps are mindful of how we act and of what’s going on with our bodies, they just might notice something. Early.
- Don’t be afraid to get aggressive. When BoBo, my Peeps’ first Scottie, got melanoma in his gum, Dogtor Elliott said, “would you agree to some pretty aggressive surgery?” The peeps said “yes, of course!” and he had his jaw and cheek practically rebuilt where that nasty stuff was. And lived another five years. Sweet.
- Get a second opinion. No explanation needed for that. If you don’t feel well, but someone says you’re OK, have somebody else check you out. You just never know.
- Try alternative options. Like cellular forte with IP-6. BoBo had that stuff added to his food and a tumor in his liver didn’t get any bigger. You just never know what might help. But be careful, be sure to talk with your Dogtor about this stuff.
Sorry to be such a downer today. But I’ve been thinking about all the friends I’ve lost over the years because of cancer. It makes me so sad. I can’t think about it anymore.
Hey…do you have any thoughts about staying healthy? Even when you’ve had a diagnosis of something bad? Surely we can rally around each other and share some knowledge. (Like my friend who told me never to eat raw green beans because they’d make me sick. Even though I already knew that, I really appreciated the care and kindness. And my other friend who’s begging my peep to take me off of Trifexis. The peep is considering that!)
What You Learned Today:
- We can all help each other when things go awry.
- Sometimes we get diseases we can’t cure.
- If that happens, we have to stay as healthy as possible to live a quality life. For as long as we can.
- If you’ve got an alternative remedy or preventive idea, please share it in the comments! Come on! Bark at me!
- Is there a cancer center for dogs that you know of? I’d love to know.
- OH….and one last thought…the most important thing for us all to remember: Live and love like somebody left the gate open! Woooot!