Friday, September 17, 2010

Lymphoma

Not me.


Sage.







Tuesday morning I took Sage to the vet. She had thrown up a rock and we'd been watching her for the past day or so because she didn't seem to be eating much. I felt a lump in her throat and thought she had something caught here. The vet examined her and said the lump was a swollen lymph node and that there were swollen lymph nodes throughout her body.





He said the most common cause was lymphoma. He x-rayed to make sure there were no more rocks (there weren't) and ran labs on her blood and urine to rule out other possibilities (such as a rare infection caused by ticks) and then she went in for a biopsy on Wednesday.





This morning we got the call confirming it is lymphoma. Sage hasn't kept food down all week. So the treatment plan is to take her in today for anti-nasea injections and start steroids. The doctor explained the rule of thirds with the steroids: one-third of dogs will go into a complete remission (lasting 30 to 90 days), one-third will go into a partial remission, and one-third will not respond to steroid treatment at all.





Chemotherapy was an option, but we've ruled it out. It would be 6 months of chemotherapy and the doctor thinks she would get one good year out of it. It is expensive: $3,000 to $5,000 just for the chemotherapy. Not that any of this is cheap -- we've spent $1,000 so far this week on the exam, x-rays, labs, biopsy, etc. (We have a 6-month moratorium on getting any more pets after Sage. But if we start talking about it, will someone please remind me that we can't afford another pet!)







Remember my post about Sandy adding water to Sage's food and how we couldn't seem to stop her?



Now we think Sage has been having trouble swallowing for a month or more and the only food she was eating was the food Sandy added water to. But Sandy did it so often, we didn't realize....




So, now the biggest question on my mind is how do I prepare Sandy to lose her best friend?

4 comments:

Kath said...

Oh, I'm so sorry. We went through this with our beloved dog a few years ago. She and Curtis were inseperable. Curtis still cries when her name is mentioned. I don't think there is any way to prepare a child to lose their best friend. Good luck with everything, I hope Sage isn't suffering.

ballardkathy said...

I am sorry to hear this. Such a sad thing.

Andrea said...

Oh man that really stinks! I wish I had an answer for you on how to tell her. Good luck and I will keep your family in my prayers.

Heather said...

This is so sad. I remember when Sage was a puppy. I can't imagine dealing with losing a beloved pet with a young child. Good luck. You'll all be in our prayers