Small study showed high accuracy but hurdles remain, two experts said
by life-of-riley on Tue Mar 22, 2011 08:57 PM
Hi...I have been reading posts on this board for a couple of weeks and just decided to join. My Beagle Riley was just diagnosed with TCC Feb. 18. My husband and I cried for 2 days straight...and I still cry almost everyday. Riley's story is very similar to all the other beloved TCC dogs I've read about on here. My husband and I went to Florida in January and left Riley with my friend and neighbor for the week. On the day we were to came back, she told me she noticed blood in Riley's urine in the snow that morning. I was of course alarmed but thought it was probably just an UTI (which he had never had before). We took him to the vet the next day and they did a urine culture which was inconclusive but they put him on antibiotics. He was on antibiotics for a total of 17 days and still had some blood in his urine so my vet did an xray which showed nothing so he scheduled Riley for an ultrasound at an emergency vet and that was when they told us he had a 3 1/2 cm tumor which is most likely TCC. He was started on Piroxicam and we immediately changed his diet to a low-carb, high protein homemade one. Also giving him a supplement called NuVet, fish oil, cottage cheese/flax oil, and an herbal preparation for TCC from Robert McDowell in Australia. He did well for about 3 weeks but is having a really hard time lately. He started sitting weird and acting uncomfortable and now has a lot of lameness and limping. He has had difficulties with back/hip pain in the past so we're not sure if he could be dealing with that or if the cancer has spread. I have been giving him Tramadol for pain since the leg/hip pain started. His blood work looked good just 2 weeks ago when they checked for any adverse effects from the Piroxicam. I am heartbroken and confused. Has anyone else experienced their dog having pain in the leg/hip area with TCC? It's only been a little over a month since his diagnosis and I was so confident he would be doing better than he is...he seems to have gotten worse so quickly. Any info/ideas would be appreciated. My heart goes out to each and every one of you going through this with your sweet dogs, it is so difficult. Thank you!
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