Cancer Is Sneaky

Hope settles in for the night.

Last week we learned Hope’s lymphoma was not in remission, but we are hopeful we may be entering another one.

Hope began to snore loudly last week. We had gone to a chemotherapy schedule of every other week, but she needed to see the oncology veterinarian as soon as possible because of this new development.

The vet said Hope’s throat felt thicker, but inside her mouth her remaining tonsil was fine, and she couldn’t feel the node in Hope’s back leg. She had good airflow through both nostrils.

A discussion with the doctor after the exam led us to get a blood test to see if we could do chemo that day. Hope’s white count was fine, and we changed her chemo drugs to one that had worked well previously, hoping the cancer wasn’t wise to the medication already.

After a few days, Hope’s snoring eased. Now Windy, who had been de-barked by a previous owner, snores louder. Last night, Hope didn’t snore at all.

We have an exam and chemo tomorrow, with possibly a CAT scan to see what is going on inside Hope.

With cooler weather, Hope has been enjoying longer walks and looking out the window and barking at children, squirrels, rabbits and birds. With a good appetite and all the treats she wants, her weight is good. She has had hair loss, but we tell her she is enjoying her summer haircut.

Please keep the prayers coming. Thank you.


About daysofourdogs

I have owned dogs nearly all my life. Many different breeds, mutts, rescues, and foundlings have found their ways into my heart. I have two dachshunds and a miniature schnauzer now. I hate puppy mills and want them wiped from the face of the earth.
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