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5 Steps to Coping with the Diagnosis of Canine Cancer

This hour of our blogathon is sponsored by Janis Lindenberger, in memory of ALL her Angel babies. Many thanks for your donation, Linda.

Wow, we’re halfway there! Eight hours down, eight to go and I feel great. The dogs are napping (because they are lazy) and we’re sitting here on the mountain waiting for the rain to come. I want to extend a warm thanks to everyone who has shared their stories about their dogs and dealing with canine cancer. They are so heartwarming and I really do appreciate your thoughts. THANK YOU!

A common theme throughout my experience with Hugo’s cancer is the emotional toll it took on our family. As I’ve mentioned, Hugo didn’t know that he was sick so he continued life pretty much as he always had. But, for people I think its much more difficult to come to terms with the situation. There are a few things that you can do to help prepare yourself for a future with cancer.

  1. Create a Support System. Talk about the diagnosis with your vet, friends and family. Let them know your concerns and about how you are feeling. Research online groups where you can talk about your situation with people who are going through a similar experience. I found that getting my feelings and worries out in the open helped me realize that I wasn’t alone.
  2. Get Your Finances in Order. The last thing you want to be dealing with is how to pay for treatment. Talk to your vet about your financial situation and ask about payment plans. Be honest about what you can pay for. Make sure that you understand treatment costs and what payment options are available to you. If you have pet insurance, find out what it covers so that you fully understand what you’ll be responsible for and how to file claims. If you need to secure a bank loan, do it as soon as possible. And if you are experiencing financial hardships, look into foundations and nonprofits who help pet owners with unexpected vet expenses.
  3. Educate Yourself. Educating yourself about the type of cancer you’re dealing with, treatment options and how to care for your dog will help de-mystify the situation and help you take control.
  4. Trust Your Decisions. You’re going to have a lot of decisions to make regarding all aspects of your dog’s life. You know your dog better than anyone, so trust yourself when making these important decisions.
  5. Keep Your Chin Up. It’s easy to fall into an emotional spiral. Your dog senses when you are sad or anxious, so it’s important for your dog that you stay upbeat and cheerful. Take the time to be with your dog without thinking about cancer. Your dog is with you now – enjoy that time.

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