While TANOVEA™-CA1 (rabacfosadine for injection) canine lymphoma treatment can help combat a dog’s cancer, the disease nevertheless can cause him discomfort and take a toll on his energy level. In addition, lymphoma treatment itself can sometimes amplify the feeling of lethargy. Dogs that aren’t feeling 100% can lose interest in the things that have always given them and their owners joy — activities like fetching a ball, playing tug-of-war, or retrieving a treat from inside a toy. In addition, out of concern for our dogs’ healing process, there is often a desire to encourage our dear pets to just take it easy and rest.
In order to give your dog the best chance of fighting their cancer, it is important to maintain a happy medium between being fully active and completely sedentary. There are many things you can do to improve your dog’s quality of life while ensuring he doesn’t overtax his body.
The Same Games – Only Modified
While your dog is undergoing canine lymphoma treatment, try using some of these strategies to lift your pet’s spirits – and yours:
- Resting fetch. Just because your dog may not be up for sprinting across the yard after a ball doesn’t mean he can’t enjoy the same feeling of success in the house. Sit in front of his bed and move a ball from hand to hand in front of him. Then roll it from side to side. Then bounce it back and forth. When he is clearly engaged and tracking the ball, send a roll or a gentle bounce in his direction so he can latch onto it. Gauge the distance to match his energy level.
- Toned down tug of war. While your tug-of-war matches may have been epic battles in the past, that’s not an option now. However, you and your dog can still enjoy the concept. Some gentle tugging before you concede victory to your worthy opponent will surely leave her feeling proud of her accomplishment.
- Simplified searching. If your dog has always enjoyed searching for treats that you’ve hidden around the house or yard, you can still play this game. The modified version might just be figuring out which of your closed fists it is in. No exertion, but the same sense of mystery and resolution.
- Laughing with him. According to some animal experts, dogs have a vocalization that is similar to a human laugh. And there is anecdotal evidence that mimicking a dog laugh can make your canine companion feel more at ease.
- Treat-hiding toys. This activity can take place with a recuperating dog in almost exactly the way it does with a healthy dog. However, where you might put a treat into the toy and then leave the dog to figure out how to extract it, in this case you could sit with her, provide encouragement, and if need be, get the treat out for her.
The Healing Power of Joy
We’re not aware of any scientific studies on the effect of happiness on healing in dogs. However, there can be little doubt that experiencing some joy delivers a positive boost. So, as TANOVEA™-CA1 (rabacfosadine for injection) canine lymphoma treatment is fighting your dog’s cancer, it’s also a great idea for you to be taking steps to improve your dog’s state of mind. And you may find it does wonders for you as well!