It’s been a while since since I’ve done a little dog update and my social media has been swamped with people asking how my dear pooch is doing.
For those unaware, Fergus was diagnosed with a rare nasal tumour in October last year. The tumour was eating away his nasal cartilage and threatening to push into his eye and/or brain. Since then, Fergus has undergone a month of Radiotherapy at The Animal Health Trust in Newmarket and, thankfully, the prognosis is looking good. Last week an MRI scan showed that the tumour was smaller and they expect it to continue to shrink over the next six month. They’re even discussing surgery options which could give him a significantly prolonged time frame.
This is more than we could have hoped for as, on diagnosis, we feared he wouldn’t be with us come Christmas. His fur has also started to grow back and he doesn’t seem to have lost the ginger eyebrows that we were told would grow back grey. The ginger bits are Fergus’ trademark – although I’m sure he would still be just as adorable with grey bits instead of ginger.
Radiotherapy for dogs isn’t as awful as it sounds. They use a much lower radiation dosage for dogs than they do humans and so the side effects are less severe. They sedate the dogs to keep them still and direct a laser beam to the infected area. This causes hair loss and some damage to the surrounding area. For Fergus, this meant that his mouth got quite sore towards the end of his treatment and he was reluctant to eat hard food. He was perfectly happy, however, with tinned tuna and salmon, mashed potato and chicken pieces. Basically, any food that he could swallow without needing to chew.
Thankfully, this only lasted a week or two and he’s now back destroying whole chews in seconds.
He’s also being terribly spoilt; getting lots of walks and many, many, many treats.
Top of his list for treats are these oh-so-smelly Catch, Grain Free Salmon cookies. They’re pungent, which in Fergus’ books means delicious. They’re made from Salmon and potato and are high in protein and completely grain free. He’s also been trying the Catch Salmon, trout and sweet potato dog food. Both are available from PetShop.co.uk who offer a refillable bowl discount when you take their subscription service to have regular deliveries of your chosen food.
There are mixed thoughts on a grain free diet for dogs and, like humans, it suits some digestive systems more than others. Fergus copes better with a little bit of grain in his diet so, when it comes to products like this, I tend to make sure to introduce them slowly to his diet, mixing with his existing food and adding some of his favourite substitutes like rice to the mix – he really is a spoilt puppy!
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