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Sally Update

 

If you follow me on on twitter or insta you may already know that Sally isn’t doing so well. We’ve known for a few weeks now that she has kidney disease, but a week and a half ago we found out she also has cancer. It’s spread quite a bit, and isn’t treatable. The kidney specialist (who also found the cancer) wanted to keep treating the kidney disease aggressively, and at first I was on board, but this past weekend changed my mind. 

First of all, Sally does not like the KD food. She’d rather go hungry than eat it. It also seems to upset her tummy. Second, she had a hot spot which quickly became infected. Badly. And if we were treating the kidney disease, we wouldn’t be able to give her painkillers. I started to feel like I was making her situation worse by treating the kidney disease.

We saw a wonderful ER vet on Sunday morning (for the leg infection) who took the time to sit with me while I cried and helped me work through it. The conclusion I came to is that the kindest, best solution is to stop treating the kidney disease and help Sally enjoy whatever time she has left. Let her eat food she ENJOYS. Let her take some painkillers, especially while her leg is infected. Let her stay home on the couch where she’s comfortable rather than dragging her around town for ultrasounds and kidney tests. 

In my gut, I know that the cancer is going to take her before the kidney disease. If the kidney disease were the only issue, of course we’d fight as long as we could. But I don’t think it’s going to matter. I don’t know how much time we have, but I know I want it to be good time- so this little girl is going to be spoiled and loved on as much as she can stand. She’s going to get dog treats for breakfast and peanut butter for dinner. Belly rubs and ear scratches. Whatever she wants, because I love her more than anything. 

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  • Cindy Whitehead September 12, 2017, 9:46 am

    A loving and difficult decision has been on behalf of your beloved pet. It is our duty to make these tough decisions with as much love and compassion that we can muster for our lovely fur family members. I think that quality of life wins over quantity every time and I believe that with every tail wag and adoring look from Sally, that she will be saying thank you and I love you. I am sending love and light to you and to Sally.

    • Barb September 12, 2017, 10:12 am

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I completely agree about quality versus quantity. It’s just so hard to know sometimes what they’re feeling πŸ™

  • Aimee B. September 12, 2017, 11:53 am

    Oh, Barb, my heart truly goes out to you! Such a heartbreaking situation. I know the pain. If I were in your shoes it’s the exact decision I would have made for any one of my babies. You’re such a loving mom to Sally and have made the best decision for her. She will spend her days feeling loved and pampered. I think that’s a beautiful gift. Sending you both lots of love and hugs. <3

    • Barb September 15, 2017, 7:15 am

      Thank you for your kind words- it helps to know that other animal lovers feel it is the right decision

  • Angie September 12, 2017, 12:16 pm

    I am so sorry you are going through this. I am glad you are trusting your instinct, you know what’s best for her. I am so glad she has you in this part of her journey <3 HUGS

    • Barb September 15, 2017, 7:16 am

      Thanks-I need all the hugs I can get πŸ™‚

  • Kathy September 13, 2017, 6:56 am

    ☹️ this makes me so sad but I know you definitely didn’t make this decision hastily. Comfort to both you and Sally. I can only imagine how difficult this is πŸ’“πŸ’“πŸ’“πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸΆπŸΆπŸΆ

    • Barb September 15, 2017, 7:13 am

      Thanks Kathy πŸ™‚

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