A friend of mine today told me he took his dog to the vet for an itching problem only to find out later that the dog has intestinal cancer. My friend is shocked because its blood work is normal, and the dog is eating, drinking, walking and playing normally. His options are exploratory surgery, chemo or putting the dog down. Has anyone on the board had any experience with a dog with intestinal cancer? And are there any vets locally who have a lot of experience with this type of diganosis? I suggested he get a second opinion since the dog seems to be in such good shape otherwise. Thanks so much for any info you can give me.
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Your friend has a fourth option. My dog is dying of cancer, too. His is in his chest. The Vet isn't sure if the lungs are involved. My dog is also blind. He still eats, and I have learned to compensate for his lack of eyesight. I'm not going to have him killed, unless that is absolutely necessary. Surgery is OUT, Chemo is OUT----period---the same as if I got cancer. Hopefully my dog will go to sleep one night, and just not wake up again. I discussed all this with the Vet already.
I had a dog when I was younger die of intestinal cancer. We didn't know it until she died. She was her normal perfect self, then she got sick over the weekend (like vomiting a little and sleeping a lot - didn't seem like an emergency at the time)and died in her sleep before her appointment on Monday. I assume she must have had it for a while but showed no distress at all. Good luck to your friend.
There are vets who treat cancer only. One such veternarian clinic is located in Canton, Michigan, an easy hour's drive from where I live in Sylvania. We were referred there by our local vet when our cat was diagnosed with lung and possibly intesinal cancer.
The clinic is Animal Cancer and Imaging Center and their phone number is 734-459-6040. Website is www.veterinarycancer.com
They have state-of-the-art equipment and offer everything to treat dogs and cats that is offered to humans. It's a great place and the vets and staff are wonderful. Of course, medical care is not cheap and vet care isn't either, but I would highly
recommend them for a second opinion. They are very thorough and explain things well.
Good luck to your friend.
Does anyone know if the survival rate for animals with cancer, is any better than it is for humans?
I am so sorry about your dog. I have been there. I'm a people nurse not a vet but I do have a lot of oncolgy experience. Cancer of the intestines has a very poor prognosis in dogs or humans. The problem is it is usually not detected until it has spread to other areas. Treatment is usually surgery. Chemo can help. It is all very expensive.
wulf--In answer to your question the survival time in canines is usually much shorter. In the case of intestinal cancer it varies by a number of factors but 10 months is about max. In canines a lot depends on breed and size of the dog. Purebreds do the worst with mixed breeds seeming to do better. We humans have done a great disservice to our best friends by overbreeding and inbreeding. In the effort to manufacturer the perfect dog we created a disaster.
I assume she must have had it for a while but showed no distress at all.
Dogs are the best actors on the planet. Hands down.
"I'm hurting, but I want to play! Come on and play! Let's go for a walk! I love you! I'm hurting. But there's so much fun to be had! Let's go!"
Thanks everyone for your advice and kind regards! I'll pass the info on.