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by Subar on Sat Jun 07, 2008 12:00 AM
by ethellu on Sun Jun 08, 2008 12:00 AM
Hi, I'm sorry I don't anything about pancreatic cancer in dogs, but my beagle hand pancreatitis twice and was very ill from it. Now, at 13 years old, she was just diagnosed with tcc ( bladder cancer ) and given about 2 months to live from the vet. I can't believe this as she had no symptoms until Monday and then the straining on urination with little output was her one symptom. I took her to the vet the next morning and she told me based on the urine sample and rectal exam, but did an ultrasound to be positive. My heart is broken as this pet has seen me through the worst of times including the death of my daughter from a car accident and has never left my side once. And she always has to be next to me wherever I am. I don't ever want to put her down, I don't know if I can. She is wetting all over herself right now until the medication takes effect. I have been washing her bottom like a baby, I don't want the urine to harm her skin, I've been changing her blankets every hour and rewashing them and mopping the floor. Giving her any food she wants. She's always been spoiled, now whatever Lucy wants, she gets. Even thinking of putting her down, I've been crying non stop. Anyone have any experience. I have two other beagles named Ethel and Rikki so they still keep me occupied. Thanks.
by spanielmom on Sun Jun 08, 2008 12:00 AM
by Gentleannie on Mon Jun 09, 2008 12:00 AM
Hi there! I am so sorry for your bad news and the pain you are in right now.
If you are seeing an improvement in your baby already, then perhaps she is being treated for a UTI as well (as a nurse, I am sure you know more about this than I do). Very often the symptoms from that infection are worse then the symptoms from the TCC. Once you can get the infection under control, your Lucy will be feeling much better.
As for the time, she has left...there are many dogs on this board who have outlived their initial diagnosis. Maybe she has two months and maybe she has more. As long as she can produce urine, you can have hope.
The thing that I want you to do is to try to not worry and waste any of your precious time with her. When my Annie was first diagnosed, I was beside myself with grief. I thought every day was going to be her last and I missed out on many good days I should have enjoyed. Now every morning we wake up and are overjoyed to see each. I never miss a chance to pet her or talk to her or tell her how pretty she is and I still try to spend as much time with her as possible (and her sister has benefitted from all this extra attention as well)
Annie is now heading toward 3 1/2 years of survival since her diagnosis. We have been incredibly lucky and incredibly blessed.
I wish you all the best.
by ethellu on Mon Jun 09, 2008 12:00 AM
by Dogowner on Mon Jun 09, 2008 12:00 AM
I was in your same situation until about a month ago, my lovely Sade (beagle) was diagnosed April 7th and almost a month later May 9th she was at peace. TCC is an ugly situation, we saw no huge signs nothing to be alarmed about, a few urine stains here and there, but then all of a sudden lack of interest in daily activities and just withdrawing altogether. We had her on all the major stuff. but the peroxicam hurt her digestive tract and she stopped barking and we all know beagles love to bark, you don't know how much I would love to hear that bark at this point! Our oncologist did not like the peroxicam because of all the side effects, try the alternatives, say "no" to the surgery, because of the location, one slip of the hand during surgery and it will spread all over (seeding). Just a note we stopped all meds her last week, to give her some peace, she was just worn out from fighting everyday. Sade was with us for 9 years and went through a number of things with us, love your pup with all your might and let them know you love them each day. It will be tough, but you owe her that, they come into our lives with dignity and let them leave with it. I'm still heart broken and I miss her deeply, but I know my wife and I made the right choice, she's barking, playing and hogging the covers just like she used to do, waiting for her masters to play once again.
by soccermom on Mon Jun 09, 2008 12:00 AM
I am very sorry to hear that your furbaby is going through this. In many ways, I wish I hadn't read this post. Since February, we have had to put two of my little girls down and although they didn't have cancer (or at least we don't believe so) it was an extremely difficult time. Precious, our cocker mix, was 18 years and 10 days old when she needed to rest. We felt that she had a good life, but it is still so overwhelmingly hard. 5 weeks later, we had to put KC, our first beagle down. She had a stroke and it was so hard to watch her struggling to walk, missing her bowl, falling down, not being able to go to the bathroom, etc. I am crying now as I type this. It does get better, but it is still hard. I felt even worse because my babies had been there for me every step of my cancer journey. When I was undergoing radiation treatments (rectal cancer) in the summer of '06 and I would nap on the living room couch, Precious or KC were always close by. Our furbabies love us so much. All of you struggling with this have seen first hand how devastating cancer can be. I often wondered what I would do if any of my babies got cancer. I don't know that I would want to put them through the chemo or the other treatments. It's so hard. Love them now and know that when the time comes and if you decide they need to rest, you will be sparing them pain and suffering. It was hard and was particularly difficult on my other two babies at home (both beagles). Please just love them, take pictures of them, small videos, anything. Get locks of their hair, brush them, talk to them, cuddle them-just love them. Visit rainbowbridge.com, but be prepared for a good cry.
Good luck and please accept my sincere sympathies. Reading your posts brings back memories of my little girls.
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