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A doggy tale

Written by Huib, published Friday January 5th, 2018

Shortly before Christmas my dog Mats suddenly started developing a large growth. When the vet saw it, the first prognosis was a very aggressive cancer that would kill her within two weeks. This dark suspicion was confirmed by lab results last Friday, shortly before New Year. I had but one option left: to prepare for the decision to put her to sleep, when it would be needed.

Well, that seemed to be the final cord in what has turned out to be her seventh and most shitty year ever. It started in spring, when she ate poisoned meat that was meant to kill the dog of my dear friend Peter in France. Due to very quick reflexes and some reckless driving I managed to get her to a French vet in time to give her an antidote.

At the end of autumn she suddenly started limping and was in a lot of pain. I remembered she had two tick bites the week before and started to suspect a Lyme infection, which was supported by a PCR test. Somehow veterinarian knowledge about and diagnostics for Lyme are more evolved than the medical ones for humans.

I also switched my router back from 5G to 2,4, as first experiments with the 5G network seemed to affect animals big time. Together with my vet we started treating Mats for Lyme, both with antibiotics and with Chinese herbs and homeopathic medicine. It worked; within 5 weeks she was her happy, normal self again.

However, in the following weeks I still remained worried about her udder or teat. As the tissue was soft, my vet did not want to provoke any cells by sticking needles in it. So he advised me to keep it in check and to spot for any signs of hard tissue myself.

When that hard tissue did show up weeks later, it rapidly progressed to the size and shape of a small rugby ball. My own vet, who is practicing holistic medicine, advised me to go to a colleague. By the time I got the next appointment with this allopathic vet, the prognosis was dire. Even oncologists, who are favourable to operate any other cancer, advise against operating this type of cancer, as it will come back with a vengeance afterwards.

They wished me a few last days of quality time, in which we could have a fitting goodbye of our time together and told me when I would need to take a decision to prevent a miserable ending of her life.

The severity, speed and seeming hopelessness freaked me out completely. I decided on two things: to try and use natural means (curcuma en CBD oil) and to organise the best days of her life, if these were to be her last ones. Meanwhile my body decided to start vomiting, have diarrhoea and to not stop crying for 4 days. It reminded me of the process the widow of my deceased friend Lex went through.

While I was enjoying seeing Mats chase kite-surfers on the beach, dig out rabbits in the park, getting lots of love and dog biscuits from all the people who love her – with me using a family-sized pack of tissues at a rapid pace – I also started reflecting on this process and the valuable parts of it.

Last Tuesday, after hearing that the progression of her tumor suddenly halted and that days suddenly turned into weeks, I decided to write something about this turbulent process in a series of short articles. Topics could be mourning, dealing with insecurity, trusting your instincts, friendship and cooperation. This was the first.

05 January 2018 

drs. Huib Kraaijeveld

In: Blog Inspiration Lyme Mats a Dog

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Anne Fierlafijn, MD, Belgium

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Kenneth Liegner, MD, USA

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