Helping Penny Fight Lung Cancer Holistically
My dear 10-year-old beagle/lab etc. mutt started some fairly regular coughing in July. I took her to the Vet who treated her for an infection. The cough continued and upon returning to the Vet, they did an x-ray revealing a mass near her diaphragm.
We then took her to another Vet who did a CAT scan revealing the extent of the cancer (quite large involving most of one lung and some of the other). They opted not to do a biopsy for fear of spreading the cancer and referred us to another Vet to have surgery. I was leery of this due to her age, but away we went. Upon reviewing the results of the CAT scan and other indicators, this Vet advised against surgery due to the extent of her cancer and offered to euthanize her for us or stated that we could take her home and make her comfortable. We opted to take her home.
On the way home I became more angry that this had happened and made up my mind to give her a fighting chance. I tried locating a holistic vet and found how difficult this can be. I started researching her condition on the internet. I am aware that the internet is a great place for information but is full of misinformation also.
I contacted people on the internet and finally was able to locate a holistic Vet and made an appointment. Between the information that I was able to glean and help from this wonderful Vet, Penny has been in reasonably good health up to this point.
She is still sometimes fussy about what she eats, but she is full of energy most of time, still loves to play, has gained weight and although she still occasionally coughs, it is less often. I make a lot of her food for her as I feel that this may have had a contributing factor to her health and to the quality of life she now has.
I realize that she is still ill, but I am so happy to still have her with us and to have her still enjoying life.
(Submitted Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012)