Bladder Cancer in Dog

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Bladder Cancer in Dog

by cotonwestie on Wed Sep 30, 2009 12:00 AM

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My almost 15 (later in October) year old Westie was diagnosed with UTI back in March, 2009... he did not have an MRI, X-ray, or other diagnostic treatment.

However, he was treated for a UTI for blood in his urine with Baytril, had urine analysis done, no blood for a while, then went on Clavamox, had another urine analysis.

Then in July he was peeing bright red/dark red blood. Even had accident in house which he never did. Had another urine analysis in July, so we did have the X-ray, and MRI under sedation. Diagnosis was bladder cancer. Was told that the tumor could be removed but part of the bladder would have to be removed too and he would then be incontinent. Plus the tumor could grow back. We opted at his age to not put him thru the surgery. 

 He is running, eating, chasing airplanes, going on walks, doing everything normal for an older dog that he normally would do. He also sleeps a lot during the day when not outside with us. 

My question is this... He will go for several weeks without peeing any blood at all, then he might pee blood for one or two days. Then go again for 2-3 weeks with no visible blood. I say visible because I am sure there is microscopic blood cells in his urine all the time. 

Has anyone ever had this happen with their dog diagnosed with Bladder Cancer ? 

He is not on any medications except for SynovG3 for his bones and hips, and Salmon Oil for everything else. 

Any thoughts or ideas?

RE: Bladder Cancer in Dog

by skeeter499 on Wed Oct 07, 2009 12:00 AM

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On 9/30/2009 cotonwestie wrote:

My almost 15 (later in October) year old Westie was diagnosed with UTI back in March, 2009... he did not have an MRI, X-ray, or other diagnostic treatment.

However, he was treated for a UTI for blood in his urine with Baytril, had urine analysis done, no blood for a while, then went on Clavamox, had another urine analysis.

Then in July he was peeing bright red/dark red blood. Even had accident in house which he never did. Had another urine analysis in July, so we did have the X-ray, and MRI under sedation. Diagnosis was bladder cancer. Was told that the tumor could be removed but part of the bladder would have to be removed too and he would then be incontinent. Plus the tumor could grow back. We opted at his age to not put him thru the surgery. 

 He is running, eating, chasing airplanes, going on walks, doing everything normal for an older dog that he normally would do. He also sleeps a lot during the day when not outside with us. 

My question is this... He will go for several weeks without peeing any blood at all, then he might pee blood for one or two days. Then go again for 2-3 weeks with no visible blood. I say visible because I am sure there is microscopic blood cells in his urine all the time. 

Has anyone ever had this happen with their dog diagnosed with Bladder Cancer ? 

He is not on any medications except for SynovG3 for his bones and hips, and Salmon Oil for everything else. 

Any thoughts or ideas?


 

Hello there. I just found this site and your question. My dog was diagnosed 2 days ago with bladder cancer. He has a tumor in his bladder the size of a baseball. Yes, he has a large bladder. Giant breed Malamute, 7 years old. He has all the same symptoms as what you mentioned in your question. There is nothing that can be done for him. Biopsy is out of the question as the cancer will just spread. The Vet gave me Novo-Meloxicam. It is an antiinflamtory. It is meant to make him more comfortable but there is no guarantee. But, just after 2 days on Meds he seems to be much happier. It is no cure but it will give us a bit more time together. Maybe a month, maybe a year. Good luck to you and your doggy.

RE: Bladder Cancer in Dog

by cotonwestie on Wed Oct 07, 2009 12:00 AM

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On 10/7/2009 skeeter499 wrote:

 

On 9/30/2009 cotonwestie wrote:

My almost 15 (later in October) year old Westie was diagnosed with UTI back in March, 2009... he did not have an MRI, X-ray, or other diagnostic treatment.

However, he was treated for a UTI for blood in his urine with Baytril, had urine analysis done, no blood for a while, then went on Clavamox, had another urine analysis.

Then in July he was peeing bright red/dark red blood. Even had accident in house which he never did. Had another urine analysis in July, so we did have the X-ray, and MRI under sedation. Diagnosis was bladder cancer. Was told that the tumor could be removed but part of the bladder would have to be removed too and he would then be incontinent. Plus the tumor could grow back. We opted at his age to not put him thru the surgery. 

 He is running, eating, chasing airplanes, going on walks, doing everything normal for an older dog that he normally would do. He also sleeps a lot during the day when not outside with us. 

My question is this... He will go for several weeks without peeing any blood at all, then he might pee blood for one or two days. Then go again for 2-3 weeks with no visible blood. I say visible because I am sure there is microscopic blood cells in his urine all the time. 

Has anyone ever had this happen with their dog diagnosed with Bladder Cancer ? 

He is not on any medications except for SynovG3 for his bones and hips, and Salmon Oil for everything else. 

Any thoughts or ideas?


 

Hello there. I just found this site and your question. My dog was diagnosed 2 days ago with bladder cancer. He has a tumor in his bladder the size of a baseball. Yes, he has a large bladder. Giant breed Malamute, 7 years old. He has all the same symptoms as what you mentioned in your question. There is nothing that can be done for him. Biopsy is out of the question as the cancer will just spread. The Vet gave me Novo-Meloxicam. It is an antiinflamtory. It is meant to make him more comfortable but there is no guarantee. But, just after 2 days on Meds he seems to be much happier. It is no cure but it will give us a bit more time together. Maybe a month, maybe a year. Good luck to you and your doggy.

Sorry to hear about your Malamute too... our Westie is quite happy and frisky and plays and runs and eats as if there was/is nothing wrong.. that is what is so weird about this. He is not on any special medications. 

Good luck to you too. 

 

RE: Bladder Cancer in Dog

by trtldov13 on Fri Dec 04, 2009 02:40 AM

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My 13 1/2 yr old beagle was diagnosed with TCC back in June.  He had been having recurrent bladder infections for aprox 5 months at the time.  His tumor is in the bladderneck area and as of now is not blocking his ability to urinate, but it cannot be removed.  I work for a vet clinic, and after some research my vet put him on piroxicam.  It is an anti-inflammatory which in many cases has prevented the tumor from growing and in very few instances has actually caused some shrinking of the tumor.  We also give "Alex" cimitidine (tagament) over the counter to keep the meds from burning his GI tract.  He has tolerated both very well and neither are expensive drugs.  He has lived almost a year and is still going strong.  He does have recurrent bacterial bladder infections from time to time, generally every 2 months or so.  We give him a round of Clavamox and it resolves.  I would definately talk to your vet about the piroxicam/cimitidine.  It has helped us so much.  Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it has also helped "Alex" with mobility.  He will even play with the 2 younger dogs in the house and is even jumping in the truck again.  Every case is different, and the size of the tumor, location, ect. can affect prognosis.  I hope this was helpful. 

Lesley

RE: Bladder Cancer in Dog

by NilsaM on Tue Apr 20, 2010 06:17 PM

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I was wondering how Alex was doing?  I have a 12 year old beagle who was diagnosed with TCC (2cn) and we started him on a new diet, herbal supplements and proxicam.  I pray this works.

 

 

RE: Bladder Cancer in Dog

by lozza on Tue Apr 27, 2010 05:32 PM

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my dog has bladder cancer the vet said i have got to tell him next week if i am going to have my dog put to sleep but i really dont want to but i dont want my dog to be in pain neither i really dont what to do

 

RE: Bladder Cancer in Dog

by lozza on Tue Apr 27, 2010 05:37 PM

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do you think my dog could live quite a normal life even with the tumor tasha is only 6 years of age she is a lovley dog i really dont want to have her put to sleep any advice people might have for me i would be very happy to here it

 

RE: Bladder Cancer in Dog

by Sue_in_SD on Tue Apr 27, 2010 08:42 PM

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Hi to all!

Regarding Tasha.....how advanced is her cancer?  I would definitely not put her to sleep if she is still able to urinate okay.  There are drugs that can keep her going for a while longer.  My Willie has been on them for almost two years now.  Can you take her to another vet for a second opinion??

Typically dogs with TCC do well with piroxicam, stomach protectors and pain meds if needed.  If you read through my other posts or the other threads on this site, you can get an idea of what kinds of treatments are available to help prolong the life of our precious dogs!

Sue

RE: Bladder Cancer in Dog

by lozza on Tue Apr 27, 2010 08:52 PM

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dont know for sure how long she as had it but i was told today it is a large mass  they are going to open her up next week and see if they can remove it they said they can take just a querter of her bladder away but know more than that iust hope it is better news next tuesday for her i would hate to be without her

 

RE: Bladder Cancer in Dog

by Sue_in_SD on Tue Apr 27, 2010 09:06 PM

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It's great if they can remove the tumor.  Then she can go on the meds to help keep it from reoccuring.  I'll be thinking of you and hoping for a successful surgery!

Sue

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