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9/27/11 7:46 P

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emoticon to you and your fur-babies.

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9/27/11 2:31 P

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Thank you everyone for your thoughts and suggestions. I know what the choice should be even with not knowing if it is or not. I just hate the unknown (I am not one for surprises) and having for 9 of her 12 years been able to control her other ailments this makes my heart hurt (and generally really mad) that I cannot for this unknown thing.

As someone said to me...our pets are only on loan to us and we do have to give them back......

Hugs to all of you that have lost your fur babies.


Jeannie


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"That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do--not that the nature of the thing has changed, but that our power to do is increased."

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Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.

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9/26/11 3:38 P

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I am very sorry for Buca's diagnosis. I hope it isn't cancer, and if it is I hope that it is not invasive. I have not had experience with that type of cancer, but with her medical history, I would be hesitant to do any surgery. I wish you the best and hope you keep us updated.

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9/26/11 12:16 P

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I would probably write up a list with pros/cons on it and see what happens. I would either do a biopsy or not; but I think considering the dogs age, that I would probably just make them as comfortable as they could be, let them know how much I loved them. I lost Maggie to what we think was cancer (all the tests were fine, but something was off. the little things pointed to cancer). I didn't want to do invasive treatments with her. We tried making her as comfortable as we could before we said our goodbyes.


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9/26/11 12:12 P

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Even a biopsy can stir things up, but the CV247 cancer treatment is worth a look. You don't say how old she is, how much pain she's actually in or how deep into the ear is the tumour. If it's near the flap it'll be less serious than if it's deeper into the canal structure etc. Be very careful - I'm not saying don't do anything, she's yours and only you know all the facts. But better to have a happy, relatively comfortable life which is shorter than a life which you hoped would be longer but which might prove to be the less happy bet. Enjoy her and know that you are privileged to have her share your life and love. Google CV247 and let me know what you think about it. There are roughly 20 vets in the UK using it and I suspect the number will grow.

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9/26/11 11:54 A

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I wold not do anything more than a biopsy and even that only if you would choose aggressive treatment if the tumor turned out to be malignant.
The trauma of surgery and the resulting disability would be significant. I believe balance would be severely affected, not just hearing ability.
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HI.. I lost my own heavily Belgian Shepherd cross in January to Prostate cancer and now my spaniel cross, Shirley Teatime has a rare cancer, a pancreatic tumour. My fab vet, who is definitely one who puts animal welfare before profit, and I sing off the same hymn sheet and agree that, when a dog is older, you can do more harm wading in and messing around than if you let things take their course, it can kickstart something which might have been going to be slow into deteriorating rapidly - but it depends entirely on the animal and how much discomfort it's in. Because pancreatic cancer is so rare, it led me to doing a lot of research, as a result of which I was recommended to the late John Carter's site and a product called CV247. It's made up of non-prescription drugs but has had such a huge amount of success that at last 'conventional' vets are beginning to use it in England; it became a recognised treatment in Hungary several years ago. I am just starting Shirley de Girlie on this treatment, we are the guinea pigs at our surgery. She's nearly 13, has dropped a lot of coat, which is due to the tumour, but is jolly, eating like a horse and is extremely happy and smiley. My Old English in the picture on my SparkPage bothers me as he grunts and moans a lot when he lies down or moves when he's resting. The vet can find nothing but totally accepts what I believe, which is that, in my soul, because I am so in tune with my babies, he has early stage cancer somewhere in his upper body. Rather than put him onto drugs, we are going to put him onto CV247 and see what happens. It works better when there has been no drug intervention, so it's a good time to start. Let me know if I can be of any further help. GOOD LUCK, DON'T PANIC - and remember: Quality of life is far better than quantity of life. Warm wishes from England... Josephine emoticon emoticon

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9/26/11 10:26 A

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Hi Spark friends - I have just heard the word I just did not expect to ever hear when it came to one of my dogs. She has a growth in her left ear that we just discovered. Our vet upon examination said it could or could not be cancer and the only way to know would be to either do a biopsy or straight away remove the entire ear canal. Or we can do nothing.

Has anyone ever dealt with this type of cancer before? I cannot find a lot of information on cancer of the ear and want to know of anyone's experiences or resources they have used. One of the big issues is that Buca (a rescue dog with alot of Belgian Shepherd in her) is almost 12 years old with other health concerns she has had for years (seizures, hip dysplasia, Addisons). Our vet is not well versed on cancer (nothing against her for that since she has kept Buca alive for the last 9 years due to the other issues) but from what information she has the type is slow growing and low percentage of it spreading.

Would appreciate any information. Thanks!!

Jeannie


Edited by: JLOVESDOGS at: 9/26/2011 (10:28)

Jeannie - Massachusetts

"That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do--not that the nature of the thing has changed, but that our power to do is increased."

- Unknown

Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.

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