Since learning Bella’s diagnosis, I’ve had some major writer’s block. When I started this blog, I thought I would just be writing about the things I have learned about the breed from being around them and from research. I didn’t realize that within my first few posts, I would be talking about Bella having cancer. It’s changed so much. Every time I’ve sat down to write another post, I couldn’t find the words to say.
Bella is doing so much better. The oncologist said she had clean margins so her prognosis is good. For now, we just have to monitor her. It was hard to listen to her cry those first few days and to see how much pain she was in.
I fully understand how she was feeling. I’ve had several surgeries, my most recent one was in March 2016 for a labral repair on my right hip. Those first few days were hard. The day of and the day after were so disorienting. I react poorly to anesthesia and morphine so I had a hard time coming off both of those. I was sick, tired, and in a lot of pain. I imagine it felt a lot worse for Bella since she had 3 surgeries in one go. It just goes to prove that dogs feel things the same way that humans do. The way Bella was crying, there was no doubt that she was in pain, and we couldn’t explain to her that it would get better. We couldn’t tell her that the first few days are the hardest.
She made it through her recovery. Bella is now back to playing with Misha and acting like the queen of the world (which she is and don’t try to tell her any different). The incision site on her shoulder is healing up nicely. We have been putting a healing salve on it which has taken out the tightness in her skin. It’s made of all natural ingredients and essential oils and is handmade by mom who extensively researched ingredients that are safe for dogs. I will have details in another post on how you can purchase some for your dog!
We have been researching cancer in dogs. We found a great post about 10 warning signs of cancer in pets. It’s great knowledge to have. The earlier you can catch cancer, the better the chances of your dog getting past it. Now keep in mind, the only sign we found in Bella was the lump, and the one that we found wasn’t even the problem.
Another thing we have been researching is dog safe sun screen. While we may think what is good for us is good for them that just isn’t always the case. Human sun screen has too many chemicals and even the organic ones might have ingredients that can be harmful to dogs. Once we have a formula that works, we will give more information on that.
So please, keep checking your dogs for lumps and bumps every time you pet them. It’s the best way to give them extra love and affection and to keep an eye on their health.