Dog Rufus Newly Diagnosed with Thyroid Carcinoma
Ru, in his younger years
My dog Rufus has very recently grown two lumps in his mid to lower throat. He "lost" his voice & has not wanted to eat his normal hard dry food or treats but he does fine with wet food & loves ice cubes.
He also behaved oddly about his collar while on walks prior to getting diagnosed so he is now wearing a harness which he seems okay with. Turns out, he has malignant Thyroid Carcinoma.
Rufus is 11.5 years old & has arthritis in his hips & is on glucosamine & an anti-inflammatory for that but he has been getting less active over the last year.
When he was 6, Rufus had crystals & blood in his urine. He was treated for a very rare bladder infection for males of any type of animal, apparently. His vet told me that he would be more prone than other dogs to get cancer because of his history.
He is a 65 lb border collie and he is my baby.
I am unsure about whether I want him treated for cancer or not with his arthritic issues and wanted to see what others out there have experienced.
Thank you in advance for sharing your stories and for any advice that you may have for me.
(Submitted Sunday, August 04, 2013)