Wednesday, April 20, 2016


Absolutely, NEVER in my wildest dreams did I EVER think these words would come out of my mouth.....

My dog has CANCER

I could barely say it yesterday and I can hardly say it now! Saying those 4 words just takes the wind out of my sails. I sat and cried all night long. Rolf and I are devastated.

We received the news yesterday on the biopsy done on Lily's eye lump.

Carcinoma. The big C is the big C. Cancer. Carcinoma.

The dermatologist we met with yesterday agreed with our regular vet to break the news to us since the results just came in. She was very gentle giving us the news.

I still can't believe I am typing these words. It all seems like a dream. A bad dream at that!

Let me tell you the rest of the story of our trip to the dermatologist. It all ties together.

It took over 2 hours to get to the dermatologist. Traffic was horrible and the only one happy was little Muffin. She loves the crate bcuz she knows she will get a good nap in.

We met with the wonderful doctor who just also happened to be the owner of the practice. Everyone there was fantastic and treated Lily with kindness and compassion. They even gave both Lily and Muffin squeaky toys to keep them occupied in the exam room.

After a very through exam and talking to us a lot about our environment, food, etc. they took Lily to the back to run a lot of tests.

She has bacteria and yeast on the bed of her nails (which explains the nibbling of the feet and toes.) She has bacteria on her belly and also on her back. The question is, what type of bacteria is it. They took a fairly large, deep skin scrape off of her back and are sending it out to the lab for testing. Since all medicines have not worked so far, we need to identify the exact type of bacteria. We will hopefully have the results within a week.

In the meantime, Lily will take 1/4 Ketoconazole pill once a day for 30 days then 3 times weekly. This is an antifungal medicine.

Bathing with Malaseb shampoo 3 times a week for 2 weeks then cut back if the skin is clearing.

Douxo pads/wipes between the toes and vaginal area daily for 14 days, then 3 times weekly.

Quadritop daily for 14 days in the vaginal area then 3 times weekly.

She also received an anti-IL31 injection for the itching. It is supposed to work on the immune system.

Lily will also be put on an antibiotic once the bacteria is identified. The dermatologist at this point is thinking it is environmental (plants, grass, pollen, etc.) Won't know for sure until all results are in.

Lily was such a good girl for the doctor. We go back in May for a follow-up. Our bill was $604.11. (I better buy a bigger supply of pencils to sell!)

Anyways..... The dermatologist is connected to the eye specialist and share the same reception area. We made an appointment with the eye doctor while we were there. We will see him the same day we have our follow-up with dermatology.

We know that Lily will require surgery to remove the cancer. But at this point, that is all we know about it. We don't know if the cancer is contained or if it has spread.

In the meantime, I'm going to love my girl harder if that's even possible. She is my girl, my baby, my love. You know how that is..... she is my EVERYTHING!

Just have to throw myself on my sword one more time.....



  1. Oh dear, I am so sorry to hear this. Receiving news about the big C is news no one wants to hear. I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers for a speedy removal of that lump!

  2. Kim you and Lily are in our prayers. You are the best momma in the world and she knows that, love her from all of us. Deb and pugs

  3. Casey's Momma here. I know exactly how horrible and terrifying that diagnosis is. Just breathe and take it one day at a time. She's still with you, so enjoy it!! Make the most of every day you have together, and don't give up hope that it may be the treatable kind.

  4. Oh little Lily Belle! My heart sank when I begin to read. I am praying that your eye cancer has not spread and that the medicines for the itches will work wonders! I can imagine the way Mom and Dad are feeling. �� please get well.
    Jane and Sambo

  5. We are so sorry to read this post. The "Big C" is every pet owners worst nightmare. We will be sending POTP and big hugs to you.

  6. OMD, we are so very, very , very sorry to read this! How heartbreaking! We will cross our paws that it has NOT spread and that surgery can take care of it.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  7. So sorry to read this. All paws crossed for things to go well.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

  8. I am devastated to read this. POTP and hugs. Be strong and give Lily extra love from us.

  9. We are so sorry to see this - sending tons and tons of pug prayers and POTP
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  10. I am so very sorry to hear this. Adenocarcinomas of the eyelid glands are locally invasive and harmful but are not known to spread elsewhere throughout the body and there are other types that are also super slow spreading. We are praying for the best possible news for the future. Barkley had a malignant one removed and lived many more years.
    Hugs and wags and LOTS of POTP

    Abby Lab's Mom LB

  11. I am so very sorry to hear this. Adenocarcinomas of the eyelid glands are locally invasive and harmful but are not known to spread elsewhere throughout the body and there are other types that are also super slow spreading. We are praying for the best possible news for the future. Barkley had a malignant one removed and lived many more years.
    Hugs and wags and LOTS of POTP

    Abby Lab's Mom LB

  12. Dear Kim, Rolf, LILY, and Muffin...
    OMD we are SOOOOO sorry to hear all of this... We know that Lily Belle is getting the BESTEST care POSSIBLE and that she is Loved and those things will make a HUGE Difference with both conditions.... WE ARE HERE FOR YOU.
    Sending POTP and TONS of STRONG DACHSHUND VIBES >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> and have Crossed Paws...

  13. so terribly sorry to hear this news!! Praying it is contained and treatable...sending tons of POTP!!! DakotasDen

  14. I think those words were as tough to read as they were to write. Cupcake and I will say prayers for both your babies to have speedy and complete recoveries. And for wisdom for the doctors, courage for you, and magic of medicine. That about covers it, except for happy, healing thoughts coming your way. Hang in there.

  15. We are sorry to hear about all Miss Lily's problems. We are keeping our paws crossed that the docs can figure out how to make her better.

  16. You have so much love and POTP coming from us! Hugs to you!

  17. I have a struggling Internet connection but it got strong enough for me to finally read your post. Sending lots of prayers and POTP (all 32 paws in our house are crossed) that this will lead to a total and complete recovery and the "C" monster will exist no more. Also sending lots of hugs.

  18. I hope with all my heart that it's contained and will be cured by being removed. You have potp coming to your from all over the globe!

  19. OMD, no!!! Holy crap. Lily Belle, I am sendin' you tons and tons of POTP and healin' vibes and AireZens!!!! I got my paws crossed real tight for you!!(yeah, it makes it hard to walk, butts you are worth it gurl!!!!) And, lots of {{{hugs}}} for you peeps. lots and lots of hugs...
    Ruby ♥

  20. We are sending lots and lots of POTP in hopes they can remove it all with surgery!!

  21. So sorry.
    We send our love and prayers
    Linda & Jeff

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  23. Lily you and your family are in my prayers. I pray that the cancer is just in the eye and you will be well in no time. Know that you are loved and a lot of prayers are coming your way.
    Love you
    Aunt Audrey and her doxie girls,

  24. We are sending you all much love and more love and more love after that.

    Tootsie and I will concentrate on POTP.

    Oh, Kim. I'm so very sorry.

    You're in our hearts.
    Renee & Tootsie

  25. Kim w just put up a POTP for you all. You may get to it here
    We are so very sorry...Lily Belle has you and Rolf in her corner fighting so we know she is in good hands.
    Give both the girls a hug from me and whisper in their ears that Madi is sending kitty kisses
    Cecilia and Madi

  26. Keeping you all in my prayers.

    Aroo to you,

  27. I am sending a million prayers,, and then another million

  28. Oh heart goes out to you have been through SO much...I am sending lots and lots of POTP for
    Lily and you all. Also sending you hugs and strength. Man, I feel so bad for you. I sure do hope this vet can help Lily...

  29. I am sending tons of AireZen and POTP to you, Lily Belle, and a big huge for your mom♥

    Love ya lots♥

  30. I am so sorry...but I know Lily is strong enough to get through this!

  31. Hello. I just read that you need some POTP and now I understand. We are sending you our love and strength to help beat the Big C. ♥ Stay strong, Miss Lily.

  32. This is not the news we hoped for. I'm glad that Lily might finally get some relief from the itching and scabs but the C news blindsided me. I was hoping it was a worm. BOL! That was just a joke. I hope it made you smile. I will keep Lily in my prayers. *ear licks* Noodle

  33. Such sad news. We send Healing Pawkisses and purrayers for Lily, and hope she can fight this terrible disease <3 <3 <3
    Soft Pawkisses to comfort you <3


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