February 27, 2011 2:47 PM Subscribe
What happened as your dog died of cancer?
posted by Ashley801 to Pets & Animals (28 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Last week, after being brought to the vet for a cough, my dog was diagnosed with terminal cancer and estimated to have a few weeks to a few months to live. Even though his cancer has spread around his body (they think it started in his spleen; there are also tumors in his lungs and elsewhere) you’d never know he was sick other than the cough – he still wants to eat (a lot), go on walks, chase cats, roll over for belly rubs, etc.
I asked the oncologist what to expect as the cancer progresses. The oncologist, although spectacular in all other ways, seemed to have some kind of sensitivity training where he began to speak in platitudes. He essentially said that my dog will just become more and more listless and uninterested in life and eventually we will know it is time for him to go. He seemed really resistant to talking about less pleasant things.
Frankly, it would be really great if that were the case but somehow I don’t think that’s all that happens? For example, my dog’s cough has gotten slightly worse and more frequent, and sometimes he seems to lose his breath for a few moments after a harder burst of coughing. I have a hard time believing there will be no expressions of distress to watch out for before he reaches the point of being listless.
What happened as your dog died of cancer? As in, what symptoms arose? Were there expressions of distress? What were the signs that things were going downhill fast or about to go downhill fast?
Bonus question: Have you ever had lung cancer or other lung disease that caused you to cough? If so, would a cough suppressant make you feel better or worse? The oncologist has offered it, and I’m not sure whether to accept, because for me, cough suppressants don’t take away the sensation that I want to cough, only my ability to do so. And it’s really unpleasant to feel like I have to cough but not be able to.