My Dog Millie Has Oral Melanoma
by Andrew Petty
Millie came into my life three Christmases ago. I got a call from Zach at Marley's Mutts in Tehachapi, Kern County. Millie had been tied up and abandoned. She was a scared skinny girl about five years old. She has transformed into the most beautiful friendly and lovable companion I have ever had. This year Millie and I drove up to Northern California to meet Dana from the Northern Californian Weimaraner Rescue to meet a Whyatt (now Wilson). Millie and Wilson hit it off immediately and have been inseparable since.
Wilson has done something for Millie that I could not - he has taught her to play. In July Millie, Wilson and I spent a week in San Diego - the beach and in the sea were such fun. Wilson is a natural swimmer, Millie was a real Princess and initially would only get her paws wet. When she realized the fun Wilson was having, she took the plunge. What a great day that was.
About a week ago, Millie started bleeding from the right side of her mouth. We cleaned it and when it did not stop bleeding we went to see our local Vet. Millie had a growth in the roof of her mouth. It required surgery.
I prayed that it was not malignant but I guess the gods were not listening. She had an oral melanoma, which was excised. The prognosis for these types of fast growing tumors is not too good. The Vet and I discussed chemotherapy and radiation but I am not convinced that this is the right choice because I do not think that the pain and suffering of these therapies is going to give my Milliemoo any quality of life.
I am looking into natural remedies and diet. I would be eternally grateful for any information, ideas and stories of hope.
Millie and Wilson are my life and I cannot explain the depths of devastation I feel. I deal with these sort of tragic stories in my work - I am an ER RN but I do not think. I have never felt so useless and inept.
I do not want my Milliemoo to suffer but if I can give her some extra quality time with a family that loves her so very much, I will do whatever it takes.
If you have any ideas I would be so pleased to hear them.
Thank you for reading this and letting me tell you all about the brightest star in my sky.
Millie and Wilson's Dad