My dog has cancer. Am I hurting him if I spoil the heck out of him the next few months?
Full details: Charley
is a coton de tulear, 9 years old. He had a mass in his spleen that ruptured and was bleeding into his abdomen, which required emergency surgery Friday. An ultrasound and exploratory work revealed no problems with his major organs, although he had additional cancerous nodules and evidence of the illness in his tissue. So he's got some time left with us--not a lot, but enough to make it worth our while and have some fun. He's already got his spring back in his step.
I fortunately don't know from cancer, or sick dogs. How relevant is the dog's health and diet to his ability to stave off the disease? We obviously want to keep him healthy as long as we can, and I assume that a healthy body means better ability to ward off illness just as it does in humans. But I'm also inclined to give my pup an outsize share of bones and peanut butter and things because, well, life is short. (He's obsessed with food, more than your typical food-obsessed canine.) Should we pursue dietary and exercise changes? Or is it OK to just give him all the greenies he can find?
Note that everything I'm finding online re pet diets and cancer refers to lymphoma, which my dog does not have, to the best of my knowledge.
(Related for curious parties: this Ask MeFi post
is helpful prep for later on, although it's extraordinarily depressing.)