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    freezebug2
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    Had confirmation today that the cancer my dog has is terminal with days possibly weeks left with him. I’m totally devastated and heartbroken with tears streaming as I type. Life seems so cruel at times, here’s a picture timeline of my beautiful lad.

    #217215
    blast71
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    Sorry to hear that freeze, having had 2 dogs (15 years 1st one, 14 years 2nd), I can relate. It’s a kick in the guts when you lose them.

    #217228
    a inferior race
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    I feel for you freeze. My cat had throat cancer and we were given the choice of put the cat to sleep or the cat would starve to death as she couldn’t swallow. We chose the former as we didn’t feel it wad fair to my cat.

    Without meaning to sound harsh or ignorant, but is your dog okay besides the cancer in that you can still spend some quality time with him?

    #217246
    freezebug2
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    Thanks for the kind thoughts guys.
    @blast That’s a great old age for those dogs of yours. Boxer dogs unfortunately are quite prone to cancers from mid age on and my dog at 8 years old now is well into that risky time.
    @AIR Yeah we can have some quality time with him over the next few weeks hopefully. Just been prescribed a course of steroids for him over the next few weeks which should lift him before he enters a downward spiral which will be the time for the Vet to arrive with the final injection….not looking forward to having to make that decision.

    #217340
    ron_mcphatty
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    Sorry to hear the news Freeze, very sad. I hope you can make the most of the next few weeks with the old boy, I’m sure the steroids will help a good amount they seem to all sorts of magic for helping pets. All the best dude.

    #217355
    Youles
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    Sorry to hear that freeze, very sad news. He’s a lovely looking dog.

    #217380
    freezebug2
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    Thanks lads, yeah the steroid treatment he started yesterday seem to work wonders as far as alertness and having some energy restored, all as a temporary measure of course which is monitored from now until anything up to 6 weeks but we think he’ll probably only have another few good weeks with us as the lymphoma is quite aggressive in dogs.

    #217498
    TSBonyman
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    Sorry to hear that frezebug, it sounds like you’ve done everything you can for him and at least his passing should be easy and painless now thanks to your vigilance. I know i’ll be devastated when i eventually have to let my own doggie go due to old age, nvm something like this.

    #217513
    Roynaldo
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    So sad and even putting a lump in my throat. I have 3 cats and 2 dogs and love them all. I have more feelings for animals than I do humans. Strange but true.
    Sorry to hear about this freeze. A truly shitty situation. Hope his last week’s are some of his best. Spoil him rotten!

    #217517
    Pixel_nme
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    Such a handsome lad especially that first pic, sorry to hear he isn’t well and as above enjoy your time together chaps.

    #217519
    freezebug2
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    Thanks guys,


    @TSBonyman
    We’ve had a few boxers and they never have a long lifespan, but you always hope this one will be different. Anyway there’s not much you can do other than cherish the the time you have with your pet (I mean family member!)

    @Roy Yeah, it doesn’t get any easier as the years go on and the more pets you lose, if anything it gets more difficult. He is being spoiled with plenty of walks and favourite treats…the diets gone out of the window now but as he is losing weight it doesn’t really have any bearing. Steak, Liver, Chicken and Fish but he’ll be getting a dish of turkey today….he was watching it cook through the oven door glass!


    @Pixel
    Yep he is very handsome, I’d never seen a boxer pup with such a distinguished jet black face when I bought him. Although middle age took it’s toll with the greying and bulking up.

    #217936
    freezebug2
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    Quick update, week 2 of the steroid course and he’s responding fantastically bouncing around like a pup. It will be short lived though as the Vet explained but we are having some real quality time at the moment. Spoilt rotten in the meantime! ;)

    #217964
    a inferior race
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    Roast meat all the time then? :-)

    #218000
    blackredyellow
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    Gutted for you there buddy. I’d never had a pet until getting a cat 3 years ago. I completely underestimated the bond you can have with an animal, and I imagine it’s even more so with a dog (I’m pretty sure my cat hates me 95% of the time).

    I once read a quote about dogs and the notion has stuck with me… I forget the phrasing but it was along the lines of ‘He might be only part of your life, but for him you are his whole life.’

    #218004
    freezebug2
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    Thanks BRY, very poignant and fitting quote there.
    Your cat rates you, he can get by without human interaction but still continue’s returning home ;)

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