Submitted by Lara W.
We just found out that our beloved girl Tela has Malignant Histiocytosis. She is a sweet mixed breed dog. We brought her home when she was a puppy and she has been the best, smartest, sweetest girl. My husband and I got her when we were in college and she has been with us for 11 years. Through marriage, babies, everything!
She has never had any medical problems aside from contracting Lyme disease a few years ago which we treated with antibiotics. Within the last year, as she is getting older she likes to sleep on her bed most of the day, but has been quite healthy and still today acts that way!
However I had begun to notice a few bumps and lumps, which our vet told us to expect as she gets on in age. But 3 days ago I noticed that a large lump appeared on her chest over night. I took her to the vet for a ‘checkup’ and the vet took some fluid samples from the lump. Minutes later my vet returned with the terrible news.
We have opted not to operated or treat this cancer because Tela is an old dog and the surgery would be very traumatic for her. We would rather enjoy the rest of the time that we have with her without putting her through that. I feel torn about this decision but after reading many stories on your site I feel like I am making the right decision.
Thank you to you and everyone else for sharing their stories.