with Rich and somehow found his way into our bed beofre the sun came up each morning.
In August on a week long trip to Pennsylvania, we thought he was stung in the eye by a bee. Once Rich arrived home with Tanner and I got a good look at him, things seemed really off and they ventured to the Vet. We were expecting an infected eye, a dose of antibiotics, and the usual $200 Vet bill. Instead we found that our seemingly healthy 8 year old dog had cancer.
Devastation set in at our house, what a shock that in mere days our healthy dog was literally dying. We had a choice to make and we thought that we would let him go as long as we could before putting him down. The next week we met with our Vet about his prognosis, expecting the only solution to be chemotherapy at Penn in Philadelphia with a hefty bill, we were ready to turn down long term care. It turned out that the cancer had an 80% treatment rate and the Vet could do the treatments in his office with little side effects. The cost however was not inexpensive, but would be spread out over five months. What would you do? It is a tough choice to make especially once the doctor explained that in two weeks the cancer would spread and he would start to shut down in front of us. We had the emergency savings and Rich could handle the weekly visits to our Vet. Tanner is our family member so we are working on saving him. The chemotherapy seems to be working and it is not disruptive to his energy level at all! The cost is high but we decided more time with our dog was worth more than a week at the beach, so the money went to Tanner. At least now we can know that we did everything we could to give him the best shot at life and for that I am thankful!