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Comment by Patricia on June 12, 2014 at 1:27pm

Purr-Dee isn't sick but has lost quite a lot of weight with the aging process. He's eats a lot more soft food now rather than the dry stuff, & he's a little snarky at times.

Give Molly a tummy scratch or something for me, Melinda.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 12, 2014 at 12:49pm

Comment by sk8eycat on June 12, 2014 at 11:23am

Mindy, I've been thinking of you and your Molly, and remembering what we went through with Jerry-Cat last year.  He also had a squamous cell carcinoma on his jaw, but was determined to keep on keeping on.  MUCH too long! 

The vet gave him an Rx for trans-dermal Prednisone cream that I could rub inside his ear (instead of trying to shove a pill down his throat), and it seemed to help for a while.  But I kept him too long, and had months of guilt afterwards.  He was such a loving cat, and beautiful.  The vet told me that cats and dogs with white or pale-colored fur, are much more likely to develop that type of cancer from exposure to the sun. 

Last month's issue of The Pet Press had an article on treatments by a veterinarian oncology specialist...I didn't even bother to read it.  Too painful, and how the *bleep!* do you explain to an animal that something as ghastly as chemo might help.  Just might.

We went through that with my Mom in 1984, and it did work, but she was aware of the risks, and gave her consent.  Animals are different.

Keep Molly as comfortable as possible, lavish love on her, and I think she will tell you, in her own way, when it's time. 

Having access to a mobile vet helps enormously.  We had one 20 years ago, and she was wonderful, but after serving in Bosnia with the Army K-9 corps, she'd had enough of everything, came home and sold her practice (to someone I didn't like much), and retired.

Comment by booklover on June 12, 2014 at 10:43am
Beautiful picture of you and Plinius, Chris!!!! Thank you for sharing that. <3
Well the vet called with the blood-test results, and it's a little better news I guess? She thought Molly wasn't feeling well because of the growth on her jaw, but it turns out Molly also has Chronic Pancreatitis! That sounds bad, but completely switching her diet to low-fat should greatly improve her quality of life, at least for a while. The vet is hoping Molly will be able to have a good summer with us. That would be wonderful to have a couple of extra months. If she shows pain though, I won't hesitate to call the vet.
Comment by Plinius on June 12, 2014 at 8:34am

What a beautiful rose, Joan! Thinking of you all, people, dogs and cats.

Comment by Plinius on June 12, 2014 at 8:05am

Mindy, I can't stop myself from posting a picture of my friend Plinius, who died of jaw cancer. We brought him to the vet on the first day that he showed pain, and kept thinking if that was not late..

Comment by booklover on June 12, 2014 at 7:58am
Joan, I forgot to say Cary's Peace Rose is beautiful!
Comment by booklover on June 12, 2014 at 7:56am
Thanks Randy and Joan.:) I love Mastiffs Randy! Give your Molly a hug from me. ~ Mindy
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 12, 2014 at 7:51am

Mindy, very sad news about Molly. I am so sorry. 

Patricia, I love the name, Purr-Dee! Sorry to learn of her decline.

On the other end of the life-cycle, Randall, your Molly grows into adulthood chasing butterflies. The circle of birth, development, decline and death occurs throughout time bringing joy and sorrow. My thoughts are with each of you today. 

Cary's photo of the Peace rose in his garden taken June 10, 2014. 

Comment by Randall Smith on June 12, 2014 at 7:26am

Mindy, reading about your Molly makes me want to love my Molly more. She's a one year old mastiff (mostly). Loves to chase butterflies. Sure am sorry about your dog and your sadness.

 

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