Having a pet with cancer is such an emotional roller coaster. We are very fortunate to still have Molly with us today, but I am writing today with a very heavy heart. A good friend of mine had to rush her 9-yr-old golden Emma to the vet yesterday morning. Emma wasn't acting herself and seemed to have trouble breathing. An ultrasound quickly confirmed their worst nightmare: Emma had a large tumor near her heart. Due to the size of the tumor, the vet suspects it was there for awhile and it had just ruptured. They made the very difficult decision to put Emma down. The pain was too great for her and they couldn't bear to watch her suffer.
I have learned to appreciate each and every moment with my special four-legged friend. I feel so fortunate that we were able to catch Molly's cancer as early as we did and get treatment started right away. This morning we had our monthly checkup with Molly's oncologist. Her latest ultrasound came back with an enlarged abdominal lymph node. Her oncologist wants to continue monitoring it with monthly ultrasounds. We are hoping that her continued use of Palladia will help keep it in check. More updates to follow...
In the meantime, Molly continues to be the world's most spoiled dog. Long walks, lots of belly rubs, and an endless supply of ice cubes (her favorite treat!). She recently got her summer shave haircut and last week I bought her a new toy. She's been prancing around the house like a new pup, so I think she's in good spirits :)