Small trial suggests the scans might help, but experts aren't so sure
by sadiemagoo on Wed Feb 01, 2012 07:38 AM
My beloved Sadie was diagnosed with bladder 2 years ago. It has been a long journey but she has overall handled it well. We never did chemo, only rimadyl, an antibiotic, and mytoki oil which is a mushroom oil packed full of Vitamin D that we placed over her food.
I'm sure as with all cancers there is a progression. The vet said I'd know when it was time. We did have a biopsy done a few weeks ago and an ultrasound. That only confirmed that the tumor is taking up 80-90% of her bladder, and growing in her eurethra, not great news. The other organ functions were all still good.
She is straining more and more and it seems painful. Blood present always, and lots of accidents, now on the furniture, in addition, to all over our rug. If anyone can relate to this type of behavior and can provide some guidance I'd appreciate it.
We went on a walk today she did great, but now seems so uncomfortable, I'm assuming b/c of the pressure of the tumor.
I believe in quality of life and it has been a very emotional journey. I know this board is probably for discussing cancer in people, but for me, it was like a lifeline to find someone else that has gone through this. I appreciate any insight anyone can share.. this disease is awful
by gabriella68 on Thu Feb 02, 2012 01:41 AM
I'm sorry to hear that your pup has TCC, I know how tough it is to deal with everything that goes with it.
i wanted to suggest that you check out the main page for the canine TCC because there are literally thousands of messages up there about treatment options and personal experiences that will hopefully help you. You could repost your question there too so people could directly respond to you.
This is the link to the canine bladder cancer page:
..or you can navigate there by clicking on 'pet cancer' on the left hand side of the 'cancer' page, then click on the question with about 2000 responses!
Hope you'll find some help and support there.
All the best to you and to Sadie.
by gaelforce on Tue Apr 03, 2012 01:47 PM
Hi - my girl had similar and once the tumour completely blocked her passage of urine we had surgery done where she had a tube inserted and which we could empty for her. The surgery is complicated but she did so well from it. Unfortunately it is pretty much well documented that infections - e coli etc are the problem and keeping those at bay is really hard.
However we have no regrets about having the operation performed. We had even more w extra time with our girl and it wasn;t just getting through the day it was real quality time where she could run again and play albeut carefully and for that I will always be grateful.
by sidney1 on Sat Mar 16, 2013 10:52 PM
Our 11 yrs old English Springer Spaniel (ESS) was diagnosed with TCC in November 2012. She has been on piroxicam and tramadol. Unfortunately, the last ultrasound on 3.12.13 showed the tumor has grown and it taking up 60 % of her bladder and the bladder walls are ever thickening. The tumor cannot be surgically removed because it will seed our through her body. She is currently passing blood and clots and our Vet said we might see June, but no promises. So, we are taking each day as a blessing. We have two younger ESSs, both females too, and they are being very attentive to Sidney.
by blacklabluvr on Mon Apr 22, 2013 12:50 PM
My female Black Lab Samantha was diagnosed with bladder cancer at age 13. I decided to not have surgery even though the Vet pushed me. She has been on Piroxicam only for the entire time. She is periodically on Baytril when blood shows up in her urine. When outside she strains constantly but only drips. For some reason she will just squat and pee a huge pile when she is in the house. This happens even after she has been outdoors for long periods. She has started having accidents on the furniture in the daytime when I am out so I have had to cover the couches with plastic. A lot of the time she acts as if she is "lost". She stares at us. I get up during the night at least 4 times and am just about exhausted so may try some sort of doggie diapers. Is there a drug to stop the urge to pee but will still let her pee when she needs to?
by blacklabluvr on Mon Apr 22, 2013 12:58 PM
I have a female Black Lab who was diagnosed with bladder cancer when she was 13. She has only been on Piroxicam. She will be 15 in August so she has done pretty good. I am curious what you use for the incontinence. My dog will wake me four times during the night to go out and then come in and pee on the floor right in front of me. I suspect she is getting senile but I refuse to put her down. She is strong and as long as she is eating and walking she will live. I have had to have two of her sons down, one from kidney problems in '09, one from unknown causes in 2010 and my male yellow lab in 2011(her husband) died on his own here one night. I have one more black lab who turned 13 in April who has Laryngeal Paralysis which we are managing. It is hard to give in and let them go. I have my little doggie cemetary in my side yard with little solar lights. I refuse to put another dog to sleep until there is no other help. What else do you give your dog for medication? Samantha still eats really good. Her appetite is no problem.
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