Our Black Lab, Tank could use some good thoughts as he deals with lymphoma. He’s been in and out of the vet since we got him in September. We got some good news around Halloween saying he didn’t have cancer. In the fall, he got an infection in his neck with a lump that grew very fast. It was tested and it had come back not cancer from the lab. We were ecstatic. Then he had to go in yet again because we noticed blood in his urine. Back to the vet he went where he had a bad tooth that had to come out and an odd issue of a thick bladder from an infection. Our vet said it was uncommon in dogs but he had seen it before. Then Christmas Eve his neck lymph nodes swelled up enormously. Sooo back to the vet he went where this time he was diagnosed with lymphoma. Our vet was just as crushed as we are. Since Tank is in there all the time and he’s so sweet. I think his words were. . . I don’t understand why these things happen to the nicest dogs. I have dogs that come in here that are horrible.
If you’ve had the chance to meet Tank he’s kind of life changing. I’m not just saying that because he’s my dog. He’s wiser, sweeter and so well behaved. We’re hoping Tank stays strong till Spring so he can enjoy the pond because swimming is his absolute favorite. I think he would give up a scoop of food for a good swim.
He’s on prednisone now and from here on out. His swelling has gone down immensely and thankfully he seems to not know he’s sick yet. His energy is normal and he’s still eating like a horse. Bruce and I are heartbroken but I also feel lucky to have him for as many days as he wants to be here with us.
Here’s some around the farm pictures of Tanky in the last week or so…