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"I'm Not Looking for Cancer"

That's a pretty broad generalization and, it's not always true. Sometimes cancer just jumps right out at you. On palpation, during exam, or on the bloodwork. Xrays and such sometimes reveal cancers.

Any time a pet is sick and the symptoms are even a little ambiguous, cancer jumps onto the list. But, practically-speaking, it's incurable.

Wait, what?

Yeah.... *ALL* cancer is treatable. But that's semantics. For $7,000-$24,000 they can treat your dog's cancer.

(We never said a single thing about 'extending life' or 'curing it'.) You have to listen carefully to the 'small print' in their words.

I am a BIG fan of diagnosing and treating the "treatable" diseases. Disorders you can actually fix. I love that. But once we know that there are no more 'treatables' on the rule out list - - don't you think it's time to stop pouring revenue into the effort? And so I say "I don't spend time or money looking for cancer." Because there's no point, practically-speaking.

But sometimes the BEST way to diagnose cancer costs the LEAST.

Sometimes there's a symptom or disorder and there's only three things it could be:

For example: Infection, Inflammation -or- Cancer.

You can spend $21,000 on the obligatory Neurology Department referral and rest of the sampling, imaging and biopsies needed to track down neoplasia in a pet - OR you could treat the first two problems and if THAT fails, all you have left is cancer*.

Yeah, that depends on being RIGHT about the "only three possibilities" thing.

But, when a dog is hobbling along at 15 to 17 years old and you want to give him a chance to have a treatable disorder, without spending twenty one thousand dollars at a Vet Franchise to rule out cancer -- there's this.

Did you know that cancer is on the rule out list for EVERY SINGLE DISORDER OR SYMPTOM A DOG OR CAT CAN HAVE? Yep, there's a way cancer can cause everything: From itching to coughing to limping to restlessness at night, from diarrhea to frequent urination.

And as a result; some franchises will take that ball and run all the way into the end zone: Ruling out cancer in the lymph nodes and synovial fluid of a dog with an obviously broken toe.

So I don't spend time or money looking specifically for cancer although sometimes I'll spend a buck to biopsy a skin tumor or lymph node to give the owner odds-of-survival.

As an example: I'm looking at a case of anemia in a dog. Not enough red blood cells in there, and it's not losing or destroying [loss or lysis] the cells. So it's either not making the cells due to a treatable condition, or cancerous bone marrow replacement of red-cell-producing cellular precursors.

A bone marrow biopsy is very expensive, time consuming, accomplishes no health benefit to the animal, and is uncomfortable. Plus, results can be ambiguous. Or, you can spend less money on a little bloodwork, and treating the SURVIVABLE possible causes, and if they work, guess what: It wasn't bone-marrow-cancer.

*When all treatments fail: Are you sure it's cancer? Nope. But we gave treatments for all the treatables, so that even if you admit you have not proven cancer you HAVE proven the disease isn't treatable. Haven't you.

Oxyfresh has been around a VERY long time and still hasn't been surpassed. I love the water additive. I recommend it's made fresh daily with distilled water, and for bad mouths - double strength. Always safe. this will NOT dissolve tartar but it will kill germs, reduce pus and infection and keep teeth from getting "bad" if they're not already. Kit includes gel and brushes.

Oxyfresh complete dental kit.

BABYLTRL Dog Cone Collar for After Surgery, Soft Pet Recovery Collar for Dogs and Cats, Adjustable Cone Collar Protective Collar for Small Medium Large Dogs Wound Healing

Anymore these days companies are NOT making cones that are long enough to protect feet, OR stop head shaking. You really just need a cone. And this is the most important part - YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO FIX IT TO THE COLLAR because NO CONE is tight enough to resist a back foot pushing on it. And they'll do it! (Buy The Right One on Amazon)

Something else I found for my dog "Ajax" that's cool:

Sporn Dog Halter STOPS "pulling and tugging" NOW. (Link)

This is what I use now, with my dog Ajax. I used to use the Gentle Leader, but I didn't like including his face in the thing. Now, this just goes around his chest and he DOES NOT PULL ANY MORE. It's great! Amazon.com has it.

Dog Canine K9 Knee Stifle Brace Wrap

Labra Dog Canine K9 Knee Stifle Brace Wrap Metal Hinged Flexible Support Treat ACL CCL Luxating Patella Cruciate Ligament Sprain Strain Tear Injuries

I couldn't get behind these until this one came out. It has a strap that keeps the thing from sliding down. THAT strap has a strap that keeps the thing from rolling down off the dog's rump. And the whole thing does NOT wrap around his weiner area (which would have been fine for a female dog of course) so this one has THREE key engineering points.

Buy the proper knee brace and put it on tight! 

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