The last thing you want to hear is that your dog has cancer. It’s a diagnosis all pet owners dread. It’s one of hopelessness, of sadness, and defeat. You may assume your dog will die tomorrow, but that’s not always the case. As in people, each diagnosis is different and not all of them are death sentences. However, you’ll still need to know what the best way is to deal with the situation if cancer does arise. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to keep calm, understand the diagnosis of your dog, and take action to maintain your piece of mind.
1. Approach the journey with hope
The importance of a positive mind is crucial during times of distress. Doctors can give you their best educated guesses, but it’s been seen many times in dogs and humans that they outlive their prognoses. Instead of living under a cloud of fear and impending doom, it’s important to live with hope and joy no matter what could or might happen. Doctors can provide advice, but ultimately it’s not up to them when a dog passes on.
2. Talk to an oncologist
Veterinarians are extremely knowledgable, but just like with humans, you wouldn’t get your cancer treated by your family doctor. Oncologists have access to the latest and most relevant information, as well as technology for the best treatment for your dog’s diagnosis.
3. Talk to other pet owners who have been through a cancer diagnosis
It’s always comforting to talk to someone who knows exactly what you’re going through. It would be beneficial to sit down and talk to another dog owner who’s pooch has been through or is currently dealing with cancer. Since they’ve been through it, they can give you firsthand information on what to expect. You can also ask your oncologist if there are cancer support groups in your area.
4. Consider adding a wellness program
Once your dog is diagnosed and you have decided on a treatment plan, it may be beneficial to also add a wellness program. A health regime and diet to increase your dog’s immune system can only help, not hurt. For example adding protein and natural supplements can help your dog’s diet. Visiting a canine nutritionist who can walk you through a specified diet tailored exactly to your dog’s needs will prepare you to feed him the best way possible.
5. Don’t mourn the living!
No matter what happens, it’s important to enjoy every day you have with your precious pooch. Life and death are just that, a part of life. We must take the good with the bad. Don’t waste the life part, because there will be plenty of time to grieve years from now when your pet passes on. Take this diagnosis one day at a time, be grateful, and appreciate the life that’s left in your furry friend.
A cancer diagnosis for your dog doesn’t have to be the end of the world. Although it may be emotional and uncertain, it’s still something you may have to deal with one day. Many dogs, just like humans, outlive their diagnoses. With a healthier diet, positive attitudes, and the right oncologist their chances are even higher. Armed with these tips, we know you’ll be able to make the best possible decisions for treatment and wellness programs for the life of your dog. If you are interested in learning more about helping your dog age in the best way possible, download our free eBook by clicking the image below.