Today is 3 weeks since I put my Best Dog Ever to sleep because of cardiomypathy. I have been grieving furiously since and am fighting an impending depression episode. My energy levels are at a minimum doing what I can to keep my remaining pets loved and cared for.
Next in command after Hailey's passing is Isabelle, my 7 year old greyhound. She has started limping in the last week on her right shoulder. I am very aware of what the likely diagnosis is...osteosarcoma. I am freaking out. I cannot lose another hound. My heart cannot take it!
I know I am jumping the gun, we still need to go to our appointment and get xrays. But I am a nurse and need to know as much as possible before I get to the vet's or I feel out of control about what decisions to make (I trust my vet to do the right thing medically and ethically but not neccessarily in my best financial interest). My research is not reassuring. I googled "osteosarcoma and greyhounds" and the first result is a letter from the President of the National Greyhound Adoption program. He describes Izzy to a - 7 year old or older, limping sporadicatally, get better, limp again. He talks about euthanizing before it becomes too painful. The next site I went to goes over statistics, from England but close enough. Osteosarcoma accounts for 22% of all deaths in greyhounds.
We are going to the vet friday. Back to the place where I started to lose my Happy Healthy Hailey. I haven't been back yet and am dreading this trip. If Izzy has cancer now, I am not sure what I will do.
Thanks for listening. My husband is telling me not to get ahead of myself and I know I shouldn't but I have such a bad feeling about this.