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Hemp Oil

April 18, 2016

We have started giving Rocco hemp oil, not the type with the THC in it, but even this type is suppose to help. He doesn’t really like the taste, which surprised me. So I am just giving him a tiny bit with each meal until he maybe gets use to it, or doesn’t mind it.

Rocco went with us through the drive through. He loves the car!
Rocco went with us through the drive through. He loves the car!

According to K9addict website – these are the benefits of hemp oil for dogs. All dogs, not just dogs with cancer:

  • Improves condition of the skin and fur.
  • Reduces shedding and dandruff.
  • Strengthens the immune system.
  • Supports good heart health.
  • Supports healthy organ function.
  • Healthy Growth and Development.
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Positive effects on brain function.
  • Positive effects on fertility/reproduction.

All of these things sound great. I think it will be a great addition to his food. I also give him about 6 ounces of raw goats milk a day, and he takes his antiinflammatory meds each day (twice a day). I think he is actually feeling a little better. He seems more playful and is sleeping really well.

I have been adding boiled chicken to his food. He loves it. I just want to spoil him. If he is uncomfortable at all, I cant really tell. But he loves to eat – so I am doing what I can to keep him as happy as possible and food is one way I can do it. We have also been going for rides in the car a lot, and going for walks. He even got to play at the dog park a few times in the past week or so.

I cant figure out how to post videos on here. I have some great ones of him playing at the dog park (we only go when no one is there). CLICK HERE TO VIEW one of them. He just loves running around sniffing all the trees and ‘marking’ them. He is such a great dog. Hope we get to have him in our lives for quite a while longer.

Just realized is birthday is next week. I want to have a birthday party for him!!!

The cancer is back!

March 29, 2016

tumor is back. I hate cancer!
tumor is back

The tumor has returned. Poor little Rocco. He is such a good boy, and I love him so much. I cant believe the tumor grew back so quickly! I hate cancer! Here is what has happened in the past few days.

Over the past several months, Rocco jaw has been sore. It seemed to have never healed from the surgery. He has been taking Rimadyl for it, and I think it takes the edge off. The last month or so, however, he has been more uncomfortable. He no longer plays with his soccer balls (well, he tries, but when he opens his mouth wide, it hurts). So he would rather not. It hurts when he yawns big, or gets excited and goes to grab a big toy. Its so sad, he whimpers and looks at me to ‘fix it’. Oh how I wish I could.

We finally decided to take him back in, it seems like its getting worse and I feared that the tumor had returned. My husband thought it was tooth related. So anyway, I made an appointment to go see the surgeon who did the tumor removal. I was going to go to his normal vet, but they missed the cancer in the first place, and I didnt really want to have to explain everything that the surgeon did – I decided I would go right to the person who actually knew what all had happened. So anyway, finally got an appt for today.

We went this morning. The surgeon is really nice, and completely remembers Rocco. He told me that it felt like there was a mass there. His eye socket was hard and it should not be. So he said we could do a catscan or a ultrasound. Ultrasounds are much cheaper and he felt like he could see enough with the ultrasound to see what all was going on. He said it could be an infection/abscess, cyst or a tumor. He wanted to do a biopsy on the tumor (if it was one), but I told him not to. We are not going to do another surgery. The last one only kept the cancer away for a few months. Not putting Rocco (or us) through that again!

So I went to work and they kept Rocco there. About 2 hours later he called me with the bad news. It was definitely a tumor. He said he could see the edges and he said it looked like the old tumor, and it was a crunchy tumor (whatever the heck that means), and thats why he remembered it. There is a little good news, the tumor is on the tmj or near it. The tumor is not near any organs, not in the nasal cavity, not near the other eye or going towards the brain. (he still does have some of the original tumor up in the brain area – that has not grown). So even though the jaw area is painful, its not deadly to have the tumor there, as long as it doesn’t continue to grow so quickly. If we can keep it from growing, then Rocco will have some discomfort, but we can control it with pain meds and anti inflammatorys. He wants me to talk to the oncologist tomorrow to see if they recommend steroids, or anything else to help keep the tumor from growing.

So that’s where we stand. Right now we are doing nothing. Rocco will just go on as he was before. The tumor hopefully will stop growing and he can live a long time. If it continues to grow at the same pace, he wont have many more months. Once it gets to the brain, things go quick.  I have everyone praying for him! Many people love Rocco. Will you please pray for him, too??

Still waiting.. That eye sure must hurt!

Written August 3, 2015totheVet

We are finally going to meet with the surgeon on Saturday to come up with a plan of attack on what to do about Rocco’s eye. I am not sure what the hold up is – they already have the xrays, bloodwork, MRI, spinal tap results.. what else do they need? This place is about 20 miles from our house, and I its hard for me to keep driving down there. It’s so emotional for me, and I have to make the appointments around my work schedule, which just adds stress. I think Rocco knows whats going on, too. So its sad. I am trying to do fun things with him and Chloe, to keep his mind off it, but I know his eye is sore and he probably wants it fixed. Maybe somehow he knows that they are going to fix it??

This picture is Rocco on the way to the vet this morning.

Saturday update (after the vet visit): I left Rocco there – they are doing the surgery TODAY! August 5, 2015. I was a wreck at the vet. I know he is in good hands and that they will do everything they can for him – but the whole day has been just horrible. The vet was awesome explaining everything but I just worry so much about Rocco. They came up with a plan to remove the entire eye/optic nerve, whatever tumor (they are 90% sure its a tumor and not a cyst) they can easily access first. Then go back in and get whatever they can get without going into the brain. The surgeon was nervous about the part up in/against the brain. He couldnt tell from the MRI if its just up against the brain tissue or rocco EYEif its already gone into the brain. I about lost it when he said that.  It is going to cost a fortune! We have done so much already, we have to move forward. I dont want Rocco suffering any longer. I am sure that eye is very painful for him.

This picture was right before they took him in. You cant really see his left eye, but isnt his right eye perfect?