It was a rough week last week. So rough in fact I haven’t had the stomach to even write about it yet. But I’ve been ‘digesting’ it for a few days and am ready to share.
We got results form Michigan State University (the veterinary medicine school in Michigan) that Hank’s cyst on the front of his gum on the bottom jaw was actually squamous cell carcinoma. Our local vet is wonderful, he was hoping that by taking as much as he did of this tumor, that it wouldn’t come back, not optimistic but hopeful nonetheless. Sadly his lack of optimism was right on. That darn tumor started growing back within less than 2 weeks.
Tomorrow we go to The Blue Pearl animal hospital in Grand Rapids (an hour away) to see an oncologist. We’ve used The Blue Pearl before with Chief, our 9-year old yellow lab mix. He ended up with Wilson’s Disease at the age of 4, had his gall bladder removed, had to get all of the copper out of his system by using chelating agents (medicine ordered from a Canadian pharmacy, as it was less expensive there, but still very expensive). It’s 5 years later and he’s doing great, he gets very expensive Liver Function food, and a liver supplement about 4 times a week. They were very thorough, very knowledgeable, and very good at what they do. I’m so grateful we have this amazing resource within an hour of our home.
So we’ll take Hank there tomorrow and put our pups life in their hands. I don’t know much about cancer in dogs, but I do believe in the power of prayer. So if you find it in your heart, please say a little prayer for my buddy Hank tomorrow at 2 pm our time. We really have come to love this pup, he’s brought life back into our aging Chief , who was depressed after losing our black lab Ebony last winter. He makes us smile constantly, laugh a lot, and occasionally say his name with a harsh tone (hello, that was my coffee table you chewed on).
We’ll always choose to do what’s best for Hank, not what’s easiest for us. This may require some strength, so we could use a few prayers as well. Thank you all ahead of time for your words and intentions to God.