Activities For Dogs With Cancer

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Introduction

Just like humans, dogs can also become victims of the big “C”. Unfortunately, cancer can take a toll on dogs and can become fatal over time. The good news is that there are a number of treatment options that your dog can undergo (such as chemotherapy) and there is a high chance of survival, particularly if the disease is detected early. Furthermore, dogs can continue with most of their usual routines even when going through treatment. Despite the good survival rate among dogs, it is still best to prepare for any possible outcome. If your best furry friend has cancer, the best thing you can do is help them live a full and happy life.

Photo Shoot

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
1 - 3 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Props according to theme
Activity description

It is every dog owner’s wish to have their best buddy by their side for as long as possible. Sadly, cancer can cut a dog’s life - and time with their owners - short. The next best way to keep your dog’s memory with your forever is through a collection of photographs. With the age of technology, it is sometimes easy to disregard the value of a physical photo album. Still, nothing beats having a collection of images that you can keep with you, one that you can always look at when you are missing your dog. A photo shoot with your pooch is a great way to retain memories with your pooch even when they are long gone. 

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Hire a photographer
While taking regular photos on an everyday camera is an option, the best way to get the nicest and most creative shots is to let a professional photographer take over and do all the work for you. Find a photographer in your area and ask about rates, themes and other relevant information.
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Prepare for the shoot
Once you lock in a date for your photo shoot, prepare all the things you might need. This includes props, outfit/s and all other things that need to be included in the shoot. If you have a certain theme that you want to do in your shoot, be sure to dress your dog up in accordance with this theme.
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Create an album
While a Facebook album might be easy and convenient, nothing beats an actual photo album that you can keep as a reminder of your pooch. Buy some scrapbooking materials and, using the images from your photo shoot, create a photo album. You may also choose to have your favorite photo framed and put on display in your home.
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Doggy Party

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
2 - 4 hrs
Items needed
Dog-safe Cake
Snacks and water
Treats
Activity description

Whether it is a birthday party, going away party or simply a get-together, organizing a doggy party is a great way to bring all the people who love you and your dog together in one event. It is astounding how much family and friends regret not being able to say goodbye to a pet after they are gone. By throwing a party for your dog, your loved ones can show up, come together and shower your pooch with love and affection. A doggy party is also a good excuse for your furry friend to get stuffed in cake and treats. 

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Make the preparations
Planning a party for your dog is similar to planning for a usual party. First, you need to choose a date and venue for the party. You may even opt to have a theme for your dog’s party. Then, create a guest list of who you want to invite. In doing so, you will then have an idea of how much food and drinks you will need for the party.
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Set up for the party
Once the plans are finalized, go shopping and buy all the supplies and items needed. Additionally, send out the invites to the respective parties. In case you decide to hold the party outside of your home, make sure to book the venue ahead of time. Then, on the day of the party, start setting up and preparing before the guests arrive.
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Have a blast
Once everything is set up and good to go, bring your dog to the venue and have some fun with your loved ones. Make sure your dog gets a doggy cake to celebrate the occasion. It would also be good to invite other canines so that your dog has some playmates in the party.
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Road Trip

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Easy
24 - 72 hrs
Items needed
Food
Water
Leash
Medicine (if any)
Activity description

When you discover that your dog has cancer, you immediately think of creating a bucket list to make sure that your dog lives life to the fullest. No bucket list would be complete without a road trip. What is great about going on a road trip with your dog is that, within the trip, you can do several other things, cover multiple destinations and make a number of stops to try various activities. Road trips allow your dog to take in new surroundings and discover new sights. In addition, this one-of-a-kind trip will allow your dog to create memories with you, ones that will last a lifetime. 

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Plan your route
When going on a road trip, planning is important. This route does not need to be overly detailed; a general idea of where you want to go or what you want to do will suffice. One crucial part of planning the route is making sure that there are some accessible veterinary clinics in case of emergencies.
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Pack up your stuff
When you have made and finalized your plans, pack up your stuff and get ready to hit the road. Some of the essentials for a road trip are a first aid kit containing both your and your dog’s needs, enough food and water to last throughout the trip and a leash for your dog. If your dog is taking any sort of medication, don’t forget to stock up for the trip.
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Head off on an adventure
When all your stuff is packed and you are good to go, get on your car with your pooch and head out to drive. Make sure that you have enough gasoline depending on how far you are going or how long you plan to be on the road. Stop every now and then to enjoy the surroundings and views. Don’t forget to go on bathroom breaks as well.
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Eat Ice Cream

Dogs generally love to eat and sweets are no exception. Take your dog on an ice cream date and let them enjoy a sweet treat. There are plenty of ice cream parlors that allow customers to bring their dogs along with them. Just make sure to choose a flavor that has no adverse effect on your dog, such as vanilla. 

Cuddle

Dogs are known to relish in physical contact and are especially fond of cuddles. If your dog has cancer, there is some uncertainty on how much time they have left in the world. Constant cuddling is a way to make your dog feel loved. It also helps you get as much quality time as possible with your pooch.

Conclusion

Having your dog suffer from cancer is perhaps one of the most painful things you will ever have to go through as a dog owner. However, instead of sulking, you should instead put in the effort to make fun memories with your beloved pooch. Just remember that, even with all the fun activities ideas you want to do, what is most important for your buddy is the time you spent together.