For those that have received good news on their dogs not having MCT , I am happy for you and your beloved companions !
For those that have received this diagnosis and prognosis. We have something in common.
My Beau has mast cell cancer. He was diagnosed over a year ago.
It has spread already throughout his body.
Beau had a very rough start. He was abused in every way possible and used as a bait dog as a young pup.
After he escaped and was found on the streets bloody , starving and emaciated. Long story for another time.
Beau had a lump the size of a pea on his left back leg. It turned out to be cancer. He was operated on and it was removed. Over the years , Beau has had several lumps removed. Over a year ago there was another lump the size of a pea , on his penis.
At first it started as slow growth , then it grew fast almost overnight !!
Again it was cancer and Beau went into surgery. While in surgery, the vet saw there were three pea sized lumps under the one I could see . That's when I received the scary diagnosis and devestating prognosis of 6 weeks to a year !!!
Hearing this horrible news , my heart was breaking and I wanted to sit and cry. I didn't because my Beau was present and I didn't want him to feel or sense this heartbreak !!
The vet told me to enjoy Beau and to make his last days comfortable . I told the vet that I was a firm believer in 'keeping Beau's routine and schedule the same." This way , Beau would not sense anything was wrong and he could carry on , stress free !
Beau's appetite is still great. He keeps hydrated , and his energy level is good. Beau has never been overly active .
I have learned that continuing a regular routine and schedule with little ( if any ) change will keep your dog stress free and happy .
When I am alone and in another part of the house.....that's when I can cry my heart out ! Not for myself , even though I will experience this great loss one day. For now , I choose to live each and every day with my Beau
at my side . As long as Beau is not experiencing any pain ( I am very aware these precious dogs can tolerate high pain levels ) I am pleased to say , I know my dog and there is no sign of him being in any pain. However , I do have medication on hand just in case.
The vet agrees that Beau is doing well in spite of his cancer. Beau's spirit is tough and he enjoys his life !!
It will be extremely difficult....when it is time for him to go over the Rainbow Bridge....he will let me know , and as hard as it will be....I will not prolong his life.
Having said that. The last thing is. Love and enjoy the time you have been given ...time flies and their time with us is shorter than what we want. There is no greater love than a dogs love !!!