Sally’s tumor on her foot broke the skin when it grew too large. She was not a candidate for surgery to remove it because of its location and the need to remove all of the tumor and even more tissue to have clear margins. Amputation was what was recommended, but that would not work for Sally. We believe she would have never walked again if we chose that route for her treatment.
Instead, we chose to let it grow and then just keep it bandaged. She was already 12 when it began growing, and she also has end-stage kidney disease. The tumor has not diminished her mobility even when it erupted. However, her kidney disease is wearing her down. Lucy made it 13 months with a huge fungated wound on her left shoulder.
We just want others with pets to see how that with a few minutes and some simple supplies almost anyone can help keep a fungated cancer wound on a dog from becoming infected. Follow your own veterinarians advice for treating your animals. This is just what worked for us in this unique situation. Be advised we do not represent ourselves to be anything other than pet parents who love our animals and do the best that we can to care for them. This should not be construed as medical advice. It is just to show that there are options to euthanasia.
“In a randomized controlled trial of primary prevention, no cardiologist would want to be compared against a good physical trainer or nutritionist. We would get trounced.” —Dr. John Mandrola (quote from Medscape.com Heartwire news article titled PARADIGM-HF: Some Say, ‘A New Day in Heart Failure’ Published January 12, 2015)
Primary prevention refers to steps you take to PREVENT diseases. In this case, heart disease. What I learn from Dr. Mandrola’s quote is that if cardiologists went up against those who teach people how to exercise and eat right, the cardiologists would lose as far as preventing heart disease is concerned.
That is because people who go to trainers and nutritionists learn and follow through with diet and exercise choices that end up drastically preventing occurrences of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer, even if they have risk factors. People going to cardiologists—and most other physicians—are looking for them to FIX their problems as they occur rather than PREVENTING them from happening in the first place.
It is true that EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS. Try a little bit every day to make single or multiple choices toward better food options, less quantity and moving more. I try according to my own personal abilities each and every day I am given now. I can’t do anything about the days and years that have passed or exactly what I may do tomorrow. I can do something about today. So far that has helped me lose over 110 pounds.
Before the weight loss my blood pressure was climbing and my cholesterol was at the point my doctor was discussing with me the possible need to take a statin to lower it. I went back to lacto-ovo vegetarianism before the weight loss and my cholesterol dropped. I credit the weight loss with helping me with so many other problems. It appears that exercise is improving my HDL and LDL cholesterol numbers, and it is helping with further weight loss. It is working for me.
As always, talk to your doctor before making any medical choices of any kind. Medical Disclaimer.