I have always been very open and honest about the struggles that I have been going through with my 4 year old beagle, Jack. He was diagnosed with Lymphoma in December of 2011. I was faced with the decision to either A) put him through chemo therapy treatment or B) keep him as comfortable as possible until it is his time to go.
Even though they only anticipated him living another 8-10 months with the chemo, I decided to go through with it. He was only 3 years old at the time of diagnosis so I wanted to at least try. I had adopted him just a few months before he was diagnosed and, from his skiddish demeanor, I could tell he didn't live a pleasant life before I adopted him. I wanted him to have SOME fun in his life.
So we started the chemo and, within just a few months, Jack was in remission! He was a big fat happy-go-lucky pain in the butt hound dog that, eventually, outlived the 8-10 month life expectancy!
Early in January, our vet felt some lymph node swelling and did some blood work. That is when we found out that Jack was starting to slip out of remission. We ended up switching up his treatment medications and Jack is back in action... back in remission! GREAT news!
While it has been an extremely expensive ride, I have to thank Dr. Cheryl Distajo from Orchard Road Animal Hospital in Montgomery and Dr. Tiffany Leach from Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove. Without both of them, I would have gone crazy with all of this by now!
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