Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Bailey Update

Bailey spent yesterday and last night at the hospital so Dr B could do xrays and observe her activity and mood. We picked her up this morning and went over the results.

I had decided that we would not put her down today but we'd bring her home for a few days to say goodbye. That wasn't necessary.

The reason Bailey looks like a watermelon is because she has a tumor on the spleen that is the size of a melon. There is no bleeding. Due to her age and the size of the tumor, surgery is not an option.

After observing her for a whole day, Dr B  says she's a happy dog, looking for affection and with a good appetite. He says she's not showing signs of pain but probably feels pressure from the tumor pressing against the organs.

He feels she probably has a few good weeks left and she'll tell us when it's time. He says to keep her quiet, feed her several small meals a day and give her some supplements to slow the growth of the tumor.

We're going to feed her a vegetable based diet because cancer likes animal protein. She'll eat half a shaved Brazil nut on her dinner because selenium helps control tumor growth. We're also going to give her large doses of super curcumin which also seem to slow cancer growth.

Bailey is happy to be home with her pack and is eating well. We'll take it day by day and give her all the love and attention she deserves. You know my heart is breaking.

10 comments:

Molly the Airedale said...

Our hearts are breaking for you and Rob too, Sue. We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers and hoping that you have lots and lots of special times with Bailey♥ Spoil her rotten!

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

We are so sorry for your news, better than what it could have been, but still so sad for you and Bailey. We know you will make the very best of the time she has left with you. Please give her lots of hugs and kisses from us. And you know the POTP, she may be with you a lot longer than you are expecting.
Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

Amber DaWeenie said...

It's such a heartbreaking thing to hear. I'm so sorry. The vet is right. Bailey will let you know when it's time. Until tben, live every day to the fullest. Sending lots of hugs. 💕💙💟

Ruby said...

Oh man. I'm so sorry to hears this Bailey ~ butts at least you gets to get everythings you want! (are margaritas off the list...just wondering ☺) You lets your pack loves you, and lets your Moms and Pops spoil you, and live every moment to it's fullest! Fudge: hey dude, could you gives Bailey a big slobbery kiss from me, and lots of nose pokes and butt sniffs?? Thanks dude.
Sendin' lots of {{{{hugs}}}} and kisses and AireZens and tons of POTP
Kisses,
Ruby ♥

Jans Funny Farm said...

Glad Bailey came home with you so you have some more time to love and spoil her. But very sorry for the news.

Matilda the Boxer said...

I'm so sorry to hear this, but at least you have a few weeks to treasure and build up more precious memories. All our love to you!

Marjie said...

I am so sorry; these will be a few bittersweet weeks for you. My heart breaks for you.

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

Our hearts are hurting, too. We know you'll make the best of the time you have left. And as long as she's enjoying life.....enjoy it with her.

Anonymous said...

Sending gentle hugs.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Oh Sue, my heart is breaking right along with yours. I know what an important part of your life Bailey is, and how her life is so intertwined within the fabric of yours. I pray for you to have the needed strength and peace, and that you will have many beautiful days of grace ahead.