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.