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Rebel -- Decisions, Decisions

First, thanks to all for the thoughts, prayers, and supportive words. We have our family and friends rallying around us, but there is something unique about us bully owners.

We had really four choices for Rebel's hemangiosarcoma:
-Surgery and chemo--Best outcome would be 6 more months. The vet wasn't confident he would even make it off the table. He is 10 and I just don't want him to have a major abdominal surgery and then chemo for such poor returns.
-Chemo only--Slow the growth; outcome maybe 2-4 months. This would would be one a day a week in the vet's office. We'd have to leave him for 8 hours and he would need an IV each time. I just didn't want him to waste a day a week away from home and his sister.
-Palladia--Slow the growth; outcome 2-3 months. This is oral medicine given every other day. Most common side effects are vomiting and diarrhea. You can hold/skip doses according to how he is feeling.
-Nothing--He would probably n be comfortable until the end which could be 2 weeks - 2 months.

We decided to go with the Palladia. We are at peace with this decision. Nothing is curative at this point and we are hoping the Palladia will make him more comfortable and give us a few more weeks with our baby.

Once given the options and seeing the effect on his quality of life vs quantity of life the decision was rather easy. He started Palladia today, so let's hope he is one of those whoe tolerates it well!

Cory's picture

Thats the best choice based on love an concern

You love him an want the best out come possible an with the least pain involved, bottom line you made the best choice based on love an caring for him, I pray that you have a long an lovely time with him an he feels no pain, my thoughts an prayers are yours at this heart wrenching time.

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Cory & Penelope

The best decisions

are the ones that come from the heart. Good luck and give the patient a hug from me.

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Lynn King CPDT-KA

ArchimedesMommy's picture

awww......we will be praying for Rebel, and your family....

Meaty and Sophie and my hubby and I are all very sad to hear about all of this (just read all your posts)

----we offer MANY,

MANY ((( hugs ))).....Only wish we could give them to you in person, of course!!!   This Palladia sounds

like it might be a wonderful (errr, I mean---wonder-BULL)  thing for sweet Rebel.....more (( HUGS !!!))  

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Our sweet Archimedes "MEATY" Bones (or as we say...boneSHHH!)    ---born 11/28/08---- our first bullllyyyy!!!

And  SOPHIE  Bubbles *Rapscallion*   (LOL!) ---born 4/3/11----our second bulllllyyyy!!!!  

Sophie's very first day home with us....awwww........May 2011.......tooo sweet for words!!!

amandalee27's picture

Thank you

Thanks to all! We will keep you update on our journey. Today was Rebel's 10th Birthday and we did it right! I posted pics on the main forum.