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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.

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Comment by Dave Vander on August 5, 2013 at 9:30pm

Really sorry to hear this as well Julie.  Their lives are too short no matter what.   With both you and your Dad having had watched out for her, she was a really lucky dog too.  

Comment by Julie L on August 5, 2013 at 7:30pm

Thanks everyone for your support.  She left me with many, many wonderful memories. I was lucky to have her in my life, if only for a short time. She is deeply missed.

Comment by Bob's mom on August 5, 2013 at 3:57pm

So sorry to hear about Tzuli. 

Comment by Kathy Jackson on August 5, 2013 at 9:37am

It's so hard losing someone so dear.  Keep the memories close.

 

Comment by William E. Hill III on August 5, 2013 at 8:25am

Blessings, Julie. These precious beings are here with us for just too short of time, yet they leave us with so much.

Comment by Claudia Inoue on August 5, 2013 at 8:09am

I send you hugs, Julie

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