Get Your Dog Care Questions Answered by Experts
Yes they said it was a spindle cell sarcoma and no, it has not spread according to blood tests and scans.
As a general rule of thumb, sarcoma can spread rather quickly. At our clinic, we tell clients that a dog with a confirmed case of sarcoma has, if left untreated, a life expectancy of about 12-26 months from the time of diagnosis. Of course, we can TRY to extend that with chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy, however in an older dog that time would be drastically reduced.
Because this is such a common neoplasia, there is a ton of information out there to help you understand what is going on:
That being said, just like humans, every dog is different and of course, if you're not sure how to procced, then it might be a good idea to ask your vet for a referral to a veterinary oncologist. I think if this were my dog, I'd ask for the referal. They'll run even further testing to ensure that this is, in fact, sarcoma. Once you get a second confirmed diagnosis, you can figure out how to treat this and which course of action is best for your dog.
Sadly, just like in humans, there aren't any holistic 'cures'. However, some people swear by the canine cancer diet. You can read more about it here:
You're already doing a great job of supplementing your dogs nutritional and health needs. Hopefully using the cancer diet as well will give you more time with your companion.
I hope this helps.
Can you suggest anything more that I can do. I was hoping to receive information I didn't know about. Thanks. Zoe
Yes I am looking for holistic options. You might be able to help me on this question: is Evening primrose oil (Omega 6) OK for Snow? Henry Osziki says use it, in his book on cancer, but the dog cancer website says avoid it. Thanks.