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My doggie has cancer

I’m devastated. Spleen tumor. 50/50 chance it’s malignant and she’d die soon. Even if it’s benign she’s at risk of rupture and hemorrhage. My vet is saying that it’s ok to wait for a week but I’m anxious and I’m thinking of asking them for emergency surgery.

I’m devastated. She’s only seven.

by Anonymousreply 89Last Tuesday at 5:35 AM

You see how devastated I am I had to say it twice.

by Anonymousreply 109/12/2020

So very sorry! Sending hugs!

by Anonymousreply 209/12/2020

Thanks R2. :(

by Anonymousreply 309/12/2020

So sorry, OP. I've been there myself and I know what you're going through. I join R2 in the hugfest.

by Anonymousreply 409/12/2020

It's not cancer if it is not malignant, by definition. Hopefully. A week will make no difference. Listen to the vet. Good luck.

by Anonymousreply 509/12/2020

Aw. That sucks.

by Anonymousreply 609/12/2020

We had a dog who had the same kind of issue (turned out to be benign) but had to undergo a major surgery at the age 11 since her spleen tumor was roughly the size of a football. She lived for another 5 happy years after that, so things may not be as dire as they seem right now, OP.

by Anonymousreply 709/12/2020

I always tend to look at things from a really dark perspective. So my mind goes immediately to the worst case scenario. I’ve been dealing with depression, anxiety and addiction for years and she was a great help to try and fight it to be there for her. All I can think about is how hard I will crash if she goes.

I’ll try to keep a more positive outlook. Thanks all for your hugs

by Anonymousreply 809/12/2020


by Anonymousreply 909/12/2020

I'm sorry, OP.

by Anonymousreply 1009/12/2020

I lost my dog to this exact thing when she was 11. Didn't even know she had it until the evening she died. Also was going to go through with the surgery (vet said it might extend her life for 3 months but there was a good chance she would die during the op), but when she was under I kind of came to my senses and ended it there. I'll always regret that she suffered (I just thought the slowing down was aging), and I think you should keep that in mind when making a decision. The urge to keep them here is SO strong, the hope is so real, but when they're gone you will regret it if you let them suffer. Not advising to have your dog put down, finding out if tumour is malignant or not would be useful (because if it isn't, surgery is an option), just relaying my experience.

I wish the best for you and your dog friend. Wish we could let them know how much we love them.

by Anonymousreply 1109/12/2020

Sending positive energy your way, and your dog’s. My last dog had a mass on his spleen that was thought to be a tumour but it turns to be benign.

by Anonymousreply 1209/12/2020

Been there and it sucks.

by Anonymousreply 1309/12/2020

Just curious, does any of you feed your dog/dogs with tap water?

by Anonymousreply 1409/12/2020

Yes regarding tap water. But we had to switch our dog to home made dog food (the mixture of ground beef, rice, and powdered shark cartilage, I think) after that major surgery, per vet's recommendation.

by Anonymousreply 1509/12/2020

I only give my dog purified water, never tap. I live in a country where tap water is suspicious to say the least.

by Anonymousreply 1609/12/2020

Awful, OP. Wishing you and your pup the best.

by Anonymousreply 1709/12/2020

I'm really sorry and hope that she will be okay but if she isn't don't make her suffer because you don't want to let go.

by Anonymousreply 1809/12/2020

R11 was coming to essentially type the exact same thing

by Anonymousreply 1909/12/2020

Sending you and your sweet girl lots of love. Stay strong.

by Anonymousreply 2009/12/2020

Hope all will be well

by Anonymousreply 2109/12/2020

Sending you a hug and some hope. Please check in and let us know how it’s going. I’ll be watching this thread because you and your dog friend matter to me.

by Anonymousreply 2209/12/2020

I am very sorry, too. I hope there is hope, but, if no nope, then peace.

by Anonymousreply 2309/12/2020

I'm so sorry OP - consider yourself hugged

by Anonymousreply 2409/12/2020

btw OP what is your dog's name?

by Anonymousreply 2509/12/2020

(((Hugs OP)))

Been through this. It’s heartbreaking

by Anonymousreply 2609/12/2020

Her name is Fiona, named after Fiona Apple (who coincidentally is a big dog lover) R25

by Anonymousreply 2709/12/2020

Thanks for all the good vibes everyone, I will keep you updated once I know more.

by Anonymousreply 2809/12/2020

god bless you sweetheart

by Anonymousreply 2909/12/2020

Get well soon, Fiona. *hugs across the world*

by Anonymousreply 3009/12/2020

Thanks for answering OP and know you are getting lots of love from DL

by Anonymousreply 3109/12/2020

My Boxer Jackpot is nearly 11 and that's old for a Boxer. He's got tumors all over so I know how you feel. He just sleeps most of the time, but he's still eating!

- R21

by Anonymousreply 3209/12/2020

I would like to see all of the good pups

by Anonymousreply 3309/12/2020

R14 Filtered water. I used to buy bottled water but bought a pitcher filter when the pandemic hit.

by Anonymousreply 3409/12/2020

OP, I think it's fair to say we are here for you... I'm sorry this is happening to you.

by Anonymousreply 3509/13/2020

That's awful, OP. Hug your pup extra from me.

by Anonymousreply 3609/13/2020

So very sorry OP. ((()))

by Anonymousreply 3709/13/2020

So sorry, OP. I wish you and your good girl nothing but good health and peace.

by Anonymousreply 3809/13/2020

I visited my vet today to get her blood work before the surgery. We talked a little bit about what to expect. She said that due to the size of the tumor she suspected it is malignant. She also said that in her experience, an overwhelming majority of spleen tumors are cancerous. She basically tried to make me have a more realistic outlook and not get my hopes up. But, she also said we’ll know for sure after the biopsy results and then we’ll see if chemotherapy is an option to extend her life.

Fiona is in good spirits, so the vet also told me there’s no need to rush any decisions or start thinking that it means she’ll be gone soon. Overall I feel a lot of comfort because she gave me a balanced, realistic idea of what to expect.

by Anonymousreply 3909/14/2020

Going through it now with my Westie. Surgery 2 1/2 years ago followed by on and off chemotherapy. Although every six week check up finds that it’s not totally gone, it is under control. He’s happy with a wagging tail for a lot longer life than I first imagined when I heard the news. Don’t give up hope.

by Anonymousreply 4009/14/2020

All the best to you and Fiona, OP. I'm sending positive vibes your way, for what it's worth.

by Anonymousreply 4109/14/2020

Aww, I’m so sorry about this, OP. I know how frantic you must feel. Sending strength to you both.

by Anonymousreply 4209/14/2020

My doggie has cancer, too, OP. Hope you can take yours to a specialist.

by Anonymousreply 4309/14/2020

I'm sorry, OP. I hope your dog will be ok and that surgery will give you more years.

by Anonymousreply 4409/14/2020

OP, wait for the test results and give her as much love and care as possible between now and then and do the same for yourself.

It’s going to be OK. Just stay in today.

by Anonymousreply 4509/14/2020

A friend once said to me that perhaps God gave us dogs, with their short lifespans, to remind us how precious all life truly is.

by Anonymousreply 4609/14/2020

Hugs OP. You and Fiona stay strong!

by Anonymousreply 4709/14/2020

That’s so awesome. I’m happy to hear your doggie is chugging along :) your story does give me a little bit of hope. Thanks

So sorry to hear that, R43.

by Anonymousreply 4809/14/2020

^^ Thanks. My dog is ill witb bone cancer. He'll die soon but we've had a year and a half since diagnosis with just radiation which was suggested by a DL vet. Very grateful for that.

All the best to you and your doggie.

by Anonymousreply 4909/14/2020

Decades ago when people didn't spend tens of thousands at the vet, our vet told us that our 16 year old cat was losing weight because she had a grapefruit sized tumor in her abdomen which probably cancer. She could die during an operation. He predicted she had three months to live at most without the operation. Since the cat was in no pain, eating and was going about her normal life. Our plan was to leave her be, if she started experiencing pain we would put her down. I'd still do it like that. However, three months later she had gained back the lost weight. The cat lived another four years and died at the ripe old age of 20.

by Anonymousreply 5009/14/2020

Pet insurance has been fantastic for us.

by Anonymousreply 5109/14/2020

I actually just yesterday had a psychic give our dog a reading and it was fabulous. Our dog told the psychic certain thing that the psychic would have NO way of knowing and told us what she needed from us now. She knew she was sick but was not ready to go just yet. She also did not want to return to the cardiologist we took her to the last time because he wasn’t as nice to her as the woman was. It was very interesting and she told the psychic how much she loved us and wanted an additional bowl of water left out for her. I’m so glad I did that for her.

by Anonymousreply 5209/14/2020

OP, I'm so sorry. Our beloved dog had an hemangiosarcoma, which forms in the lining of blood cells. It often appears in the spleen, liver, and heart. It's more common in some breeds, such as the Golden Retriever. I had never heard of it before his diagnosis.

It does not cause pain until it leaks, and then it will be painful until the body absorbs the fluids. A hallmark sign is a dog who shows symptoms, then miraculously recovers only to repeat the cycle again.

Our boy was very healthy and had just had an excellent physical with blood work and x-rays a month before he died.

It's a fast cancer. They offered chemotherapy, but after seeing my vibrant boy suffering, I just couldn't ask him to endure anything else for us. I'll never forget the look in his eyes when he was hurting and couldn't tell us what was wrong.

My reprieve is knowing that he didn't suffer long. Once we knew what was going on after the first episode, we made arrangements to say goodbye. He recovered the night before euthanasia, which was heartbreaking in its own way. I wanted more time.

It's a comfort knowing that he had an excellent quality of life, right up until the end.

You can't ask for more than that, realistically, but that doesn't mean it doesn't hurt like hell losing them.

Dammit, OP. I'm sorry for your worry and hope your dog has the very best outcome.

I'm going to go cry now for my sweet dog, for you, and all the other people going through this.

by Anonymousreply 5309/14/2020

She really is young, OP. I hope there's a better explanation than malignancy and you get more years together.

by Anonymousreply 5409/14/2020

My sweet thoughts for you,OP. There's nothing worse than saying goodbye to a sweet loyal friend. Many of us have been there.

by Anonymousreply 5509/14/2020

That's awful to hear, R53. So sorry for your loss.

My dog, apart from the vomiting, has not really shown any symptoms. The vet says the gastric discomfort might be because the tumor is pushing against the organs. I hope it hasn't ruptured and isn't bleeding already.

by Anonymousreply 5609/15/2020

^^ can radiation not help?

by Anonymousreply 5709/16/2020

I'm so sorry to hear about your doggie best friend. I have no advice. All I can do is send hugs your way.

by Anonymousreply 5809/16/2020

Thanks everybody for all the hugs and good vibes. Tomorrow's the big day. I'll update when she's out of surgery and I know more.

R57 I will know if radiation / chemo is an option after the biopsy results are in.

by Anonymousreply 5909/16/2020

Keeping my fingers crossed, R59, and wishing really hard for a positive outcome.

by Anonymousreply 6009/16/2020

We're pulling for you, Fiona.

by Anonymousreply 6109/16/2020

All the best from Colorado.

by Anonymousreply 6209/16/2020

M'Lynn, you're in my prayers, honey.

by Anonymousreply 6309/16/2020

what kind of dog is Fiona?...

are her issues in particular to the breed she is?...

by Anonymousreply 6409/16/2020

I had to have both of my beloved dogs put down on the same day 12 years ago, and it didn't occur to me to whine about it to strangers until just now, for comparison's sake.

People are immature, selfish, lack self-respect and certainly lack respect for strangers.

Cue the Frauen to play herd-comfort. Yet again.

by Anonymousreply 6509/16/2020

OP, I am so, so sorry... I'm pulling for you and Fiona here in NYC.

by Anonymousreply 6609/16/2020

Bully for you, R65

by Anonymousreply 6709/16/2020

She's out of surgery! They didn't find any other tumors or evidence that it had spread so that's good news. Now we wait for the biopsy results to see what we're dealing with. One more time thanks everybody for your support, except R65! : )

by Anonymousreply 6809/17/2020

Thanks for letting us know! So far, it's looking a lot more positive. We'll hope for the best.

by Anonymousreply 6909/17/2020

R65 You'd HAVE to whine about it to strangers, because a vile, bitter cunt like you clearly has no friends.

OP, glad to hear about the promising news......

by Anonymousreply 7009/17/2020

OP, that's wonderful news! I hope the biopsy results are favorable.

by Anonymousreply 7109/17/2020

Best news I've heard all day. Happy for you,OP.

by Anonymousreply 7209/17/2020

Wonderful news, OP.

by Anonymousreply 7309/18/2020

Hello all! I have wonderful news! The biopsy came back negative! When the doctor called he said "I have good news" and my heart soared. Turns out it was just a "hemangioma" so it's not cancerous at all. Fiona didn't even realize but my family and I were happy as hell. Now we have to take extra care of her because she'll be living without a spleen but it's nothing compared to cancer. Thank you so much to everyone who supported us and kept us in their thoughts. You are awesome. Fiona says "hola" and "gracias". Yes, she speaks Spanish. '

by Anonymousreply 74Last Monday at 10:03 PM

, god bless u both. she will be fine.

by Anonymousreply 75Last Monday at 10:19 PM

Allow me to introduce Fiona. (yes she's a frenchie. please don't talk about how awful the breed is right now, I understand. let us enjoy this happy occasion).

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by Anonymousreply 76Last Monday at 10:19 PM

Aw fantastic news, OP. Every day's going to be a celebration now. Here's wishing you both all the best.

by Anonymousreply 77Last Monday at 10:20 PM

thank you R75. I'm so happy!

by Anonymousreply 78Last Monday at 10:21 PM

So happy for you and Fiona💜

by Anonymousreply 79Last Monday at 10:38 PM

Thank you R79. You can't imagine how elated I am. Once she recovers from surgery I'll take her out to the countryside and have her run around and chase squirrels. We have lived through so much together and she's always been at my side.

by Anonymousreply 80Last Monday at 10:51 PM


by Anonymousreply 81Last Monday at 10:55 PM

Sweet, R81

by Anonymousreply 82Last Monday at 11:29 PM

Wonderful news, OP! I'm so happy for you and for Fiona. Hearing about this has made my day.

by Anonymousreply 83Last Monday at 11:47 PM

Thank you Lucy! It made my day too. I'm so happy I get to share the good news with "strangers" on the internet. I really appreciate it!

by Anonymousreply 84Last Monday at 11:50 PM

Great news OP! You should celebrate(Covid proof of course).

by Anonymousreply 85Last Tuesday at 12:22 AM

yes R85! I had some wine and my Fiona got some (unsweetened) peanut butter. She went crazy.

by Anonymousreply 86Last Tuesday at 12:55 AM

Chemotherapy/radiation for dogs? Health insurance....for dogs? Isn’t that kinda selfish? To put an animal through that? Not to mention aren’t there children that require that kind of care that can’t access it? Lol the indulgence. And its a French bulldog. Because of course it is. R65 is the only person on this thread with a shred of self respect.

by Anonymousreply 87Last Tuesday at 1:11 AM


Fiona, you're a beautiful girl and DL loves you!

by Anonymousreply 88Last Tuesday at 5:10 AM

Sylvia you're the sweetest! I am aware of my frenchie's challenges and I've done everything I can to keep her healthy. Thanks for your support :))

by Anonymousreply 89Last Tuesday at 5:35 AM
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