Cancer! What a monster.
It is easy to feel overwhelmed when your dog is diagnosed with cancer. Indeed, it poses lots of questions and challenges to you as the caregiver. What to do post-cancer diagnoses is chief amongst such questions begging for answers.
But I’ll make it clear, facing a monster such as cancer is not the end of the story.
This article will try to provide answers to your question in a bid to allay your fears and help you make informed decisions with the sole purpose of helping your pooch live a quality life.
Here are the things you should do:
- Have a positive attitude
Diagnosing your pooch is not a death sentence in itself. So don’t lose the fight before it’s even started.
- Be hopeful. There is a chance.
Treating cancer is possible. However, be realistic about your expectations as well.
- Get professional help
Seek the services of a veterinary oncologist. If possible go for one that specialized in the type of cancer your dog has.
Get a second opinion whenever you don’t feel very comfortable about the line of approach employed by the veterinarian. Don’t feel guilty about seeking a second opinion.
Don’t forget to follow the instructions, recommendations, and advice from the veterinarian. Sometimes, this might call for a hard decision, like putting her to sleep.
- Don’t do it alone, embrace support
This includes support from family members and friends. The journey can be long and arduous; you will need all the encouragement you can get.
Another thing you can do is to talk to dog owners who had dogs that have had cancer or join a support group if possible. Ask them questions, learn from their mistakes and get valuable first-hand information from them.
Equally important is reaching out for financial aid if you can’t afford treatment. Some notable places to contact for help include The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund, The Magic Bullet Fund, The Pet Fund, etc.
- Healthy lifestyle and changes
Change the diet to whole food, continue exercising, and live happily with your fur buddy while he is still here.
Homemade diet has the advantage of being customizable to incorporate supplements and other food ingredients that can help combat cancer.
Share great moments with your pooch and show a positive and cheerful disposition when relating to him and not pity.
Read books on canine cancer, watch related videos, ask questions and be willing to learn.
You might also have to learn how to do certain things yourself like medicating your pet or cooking special meals.
Your research should include where to get specialist and financial aid. There is a lot out there you don’t know, start learning.
Learning will help you ask the right questions and also helps you anticipate the turn of events.
- Apply for clinical trials
There is the chance that a new line of therapy might just turn out to be the silver bullet that is needed, so don’t lock your mind to the idea.
Visit the website of the Veterinary Cancer society for links to various clinical trials.
There you have it; these are some things you can do when your dog has been diagnosed with cancer. Don’t give up. And good luck!