Hi! I am new to this site and wish I had found it sooner. I have a Pem, Faye, who is a little over 6 1/2. This past December, she started having diarrhea, which became bloody, and we thought it was stress-induced because my husband and I just switched up our schedules so that we could take our two kids out of daycare. The vet put her on some antibiotics and a bland diet and that seemed to do the trick. Well, this past week has been awful. I noticed that she seemed a bit lethargic and no longer greeted anyone at the door. Then she stopped eating. She preferred the Cheerios my kids would drop on the floor. Then we noticed that she would only open one of her eyes halfway. My husband checked her to see if she poked it or got something in it, but it looked okay. Then a couple days later, it was both eyes, so my husband took her to the Vet. The vet said she had conjuctivitis and some of her lymph nodes were swollen and gave us a list of things to watch out for over the next couple of days (vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst). Well, the vomiting started and we took her straight back to the Vet. She did some blood work and took an aspirate of one of her lymph nodes. She said the blood work was fine, but the aspirate was not. It's getting sent to a specialist to verify the results and we won't know 100% for a few days. She said all of her lymph nodes appear to be swollen and her spleen is probably enlarged, which is why she's throwing up. She also thinks her lungs are probably effected as well, but has to confirm that with x-rays and other tests. She told us to put her on a bland diet. She didn't do x-rays because our vet bill was already up to $500, and that didn't include the day before with the pink eye. So, my question is: has anyone gone through cancer treatments with their Corgi? Only now after some research have I learned how quickly lymphoma takes over a dog. Our vet said that chemo might get us 6 months to a year or two. We don't want to be selfish and prolong her pain and suffering. We also can't exactly afford cancer treatments, so we feel selfish about that as well. We truly love our little Corgi. She has been the best little dog anyone could ask for. We're going to miss her terribly either way.
Thanks for listening,