Though guidelines suggest screening starts at 50, researcher says it's premature to change them
by ebulldoglover on Sun Nov 18, 2012 03:15 PM
I rescued Brandi at 11 years old in February of 2011. She was in a horrible stste of health. However with a new home- made diet, glucosamine, fish oil and coconut oil, she blossomed. By the fall of 2011 her coat was shiny she was at a good weight very mobile and just one happy dog. Then I found the lump behond her elbow. She underwent surgery to remove a fast growing fatty tumor. Because the incision was so long, and the location one of high stress, it failed 3 times. For four months Brandi wore t-shirts and a thunder shirt to allow the incision to close on it's own. By sping 2012, she had littke to show for the ordeal but a little pucker in the skin. Then she began to develop what I was told were a series of bladder infections requiring more and more expensive antibiotics, (the last was $600.00 for 21 days), sterile urine samples, ultrasounds, x rays and blood work. She worsened. I finally took her to a different clinic. That doctor immediately reccomended a scope of her urinary tract. Brandi had a small amount of blood in her urine, but more importantly was becoming blocked. The first vet swore that she had just a bladder infection and if I would just find a way to get the $600.00 antibiotics, all would be well. The second vet was immediately alarmed and not on that tract at all. I brought Brandi in for the procedure and she never came home. The vet called and said that she was so blocked with tumors that there was no treatment. I asked that she not be woken up. I am heartsick still. I only had her 22 months, but loved her deeply. We are grieving still. Her sister, rescued at the same time, was lost. Bladder cancer can present as so many other things. I thought that I was doing the right things for her and trusting the first vet. In hindsight, all that antibiotic money could have paid for the cytoscopy months before and saved poor Brandi a lot of needless suffering. It seems that there are treatments, but what I kept reading and feeling was that there is little hope long term. We love our animals so much, sometimes more than humans and it is our decision when to let go.
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