My dog, Tzuli died from liver cancer last week, just 3 weeks after being diagnosed. I wanted to thank everyone who responded to my Scoop post asking for advice, and to Claudia and her Lost Dog Network.
Her first symptom started July 2 when she would not eat. After a few days at the vet and xrays, ultrasounds and a biopsy she was diagnosed with liver cancer, the nodular form which is inoperable. I asked for advice and other’s experience with Chinese herbs and chemo drugs. In the end I tried both, though the chemo drugs for only 2 days as it was soon apparent she was too sick to keep taking much of anything. Over about 3 weeks she was on 12 different medications and herbs (for pain, antibiotic, stomach issues, liver and immune support) and looking back it was probably too much, though each one was supposed to “fix” a certain issue and seemed necessary. We had also tried changing her diet to include a mix of sardines, veggies, boiled chicken, various oils, yogurt, plus raw dog food (cooked with no bone chips) and grain-free dry dog food.
Thanks to the vets and vet techs at the Santa Fe Emergency Vet, Dr. Schrempp (oncologist) and Dr. Ries (internal medicine) at VCA Referral Center in ABQ, Drs. Hamlen, Freeman, and Gonzales and in the end Dr. Schadler and Braemarr. All were caring and supportive.
Tzuli was a 13.5 year old black lab I inherited from my Dad 3 years ago. He named her after the Mayan word for dog (tzul). She was the strongest, most resilient dog I have ever known. She had been through a lot in her 13 years. She was very much loved and will be forever missed.