When asked what advice she would offer to other dog owners, Catherine suggests that owners never assume that their dog is allergic to just one thing. If the dog has allergies, they are usually allergic to several different elements. She also suggests that if dog owners decide to use Prednisone, they should go with the lowest dosage available and look into giving them milk thistle to prevent against liver damage. Owners should be open to trying new medications and therapies and never give up. It’s important to try everything they can to keep their pup as comfortable as possible.
Unfortunately cancer doesn't follow many rules about how it responds to things. My second rottie B'Elanna had paraneoplastic syndrome with immune-mediated hemolytic anemia, a very similar condition. We thought she just had IMHA until her stomach literally fell apart. She responded to treatment (she was on prednisolone, azathioprine, doxycycline, and azithromycin for suspected Bartonella infection) slowly for about a month, then just crashed and burned. We thought it was a perforated ulcer due to the pred, but the surgeon said her whole stomach was very friable, and biopsy results which came up a week after she died said she had cancer. We tried to get her stomach back together, but she had post-surgery complications (pulmonary thromboembolism, probably stomach fell apart again), so I had to euthanize her.
Our Boxer will soon be 14, she has lost her hearing, we have a younger dog she used to play with a lot & that is a rare sight now. She is drinking tons of water, I hear her drinking all through the night which leads me to believe she has diabetes. She having a lot of accident mostly peeing before I wake up. She is getting very unstable on her legs and she often will go in another room away from our younger dog that has been her buddy for 6 years now. I am disabled so the money it tight with all my doctor, Dentist & Eye surgeon. It is really breaking my heart that I cannot afford a lot of Vet bills also but I am really having a rough time with the idea of making that final decision to have her put down. I’ve never had to put a dog down before, the few I’ve had have went on their own. My husband started last night putting their water up on the counter which worries me because if she didn’t need all the water she’s drinking she wouldn’t be drinking it. I just need to know what anyone else would do? She’s made it past the normal lifespan of a Boxer but I am really stuggling here making the decision that’s it her time to go.