I'm 54 years old. I'm 6'3" and 275lbs. and I cry like a baby every day. I wanted to put that out there for any of you that might be feeling self conscious or embarrassed about the flood of emotion that overcomes us every day.
I have a 13 year old chocolate lab who was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma about 2 months ago. It had spread too far for surgery, and given the benefits (1 year at most), and the financial burden ($10,000)Radiation and Chemo were not an option either. Suffice it to say that if he were a much younger dog with his whole life ahead of him, we'd have made a different choice.
We have been doing everything we can to help him maintain the best quality of life we can for him. Sadly he has dropped over 14 pounds as he has gotten sicker. I was determined not to sit idley by and watch him wither. I was told by our vet to look into Satin Balls: basically home made high protein, high fibre supplements you add to their food. I scanned many recipes on the net and came up with one that has put back on 5 pounds and my boy can't get enough of.
10#’s Ground Turkey, cooked until no longer pink and cooled
1 dozen hard boiled eggs, chopped
1.5 cups Vegetable oil
1.5 cups Molasses
1 8 oz. block of cream cheese
1 large container of Peanut Butter
1 whole jar Wheat Germ
1 medium sized container Oatmeal (uncooked)
2 large scoops Vanilla Whey Protein powder
1 whole box Total Cereal
You will need a very large pot or 2 to mix all this stuff. makes a lot, but goes fast. Don't be afraid to taste it...it's not bad, and it will give you a nice shiny coat! Mix everything together and store in Tupperware containers in the fridge. I give equal amounts of this mixture along with his regular amount of food. Trust me he will eat it without hesitation. It has everything a dog loves (except bacon).
God bless all of you pet people. We all share the same love and sadness that was part of the deal we made the day we brought these wonderful beings home. Our sadness is the price we pay for all the love and joy they freely gave us.