Final Stages of Canine TCC

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Final Stages of Canine TCC

by AnnieRae12 on Thu Jun 22, 2017 07:36 PM

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Hello folks!  I am new here, have read lots of old posts and wanting advice/opinions on when to let go.  Our 12 year old Jack Russell Basset, Annie, was diagnosed in April with TCC after being treated for four months with antibiotics for UTIs.  Ultrasound showed the tumor was located in her urethra and she was prescribed 2.5 mg of Peroxicam.  We saw an immediate improvement which lasted about two months.  She is getting us up every hour during the night to go out, doesn't want to lay in our laps or in the bed with us anymore, pretty much back to what she was going through before the Peroxicam except she is still eating.  Last week we noticed she was squatting long periods of time many times in a weird way, moving really slow, leaking a lot, panting at times and doesn't seem to care about eating.  She will eat eventually after a little encouragement.  Trip to the vet last Thursday with an x-ray showing the tumor had taken over 90 to 95% of her bladder and it was pushing on her colon allowing very little room for veces to pass through.  Vet said we were nearing the end.  Prescribed 100 mg of Gabapentin once a day, increased Peroxicam to 3 mg.  The medicine change has helped her to relax some, but it is still obvious that she is uncomfortable and straining terribly.  We do not want her to suffer, but do not want to put her down too soon.  It is so hard to let her go with her still meeting us at the door, tail wagging, jumping up on chairs, couch and our bed, eating all of her food once she decides to eat and going for short walks.  She tires quickly and we usually have to pack her back home.  Any advice or opinions?

RE: Final Stages of Canine TCC

by ZippyBeta on Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:26 PM

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You will know when its time, when she doesn`t eat at all,when she doesn`t meet you at the door, when she doesnt jump on the couch. When there is no more enjoyment in the things she enjoyed. Watch when she stops peeing or is panting most of the time. Cherish each day that you have left.

RE: Final Stages of Canine TCC

by AnnieRae12 on Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:34 PM

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Thanks ZippyBeta! We are enjoying all the time we can with our sweet Annie. I appreciate your reply!

RE: Final Stages of Canine TCC

by jackieteresa on Wed Jan 09, 2019 05:34 PM

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On Jun 22, 2017 11:34 PM AnnieRae12 wrote:

Thanks ZippyBeta! We are enjoying all the time we can with our sweet Annie. I appreciate your reply!

hi ,just wondered if annie is still with you ?our  dog has tcc & its taken up all the bladder,she is off her food exept for a little at a time but not like she was,we feel she is nearing the end or final stages ?

RE: Final Stages of Canine TCC

by ZippyBeta on Wed Jan 09, 2019 08:16 PM

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Sorry to hear about your girl. zis she on any medications? Sometimes you have to be alittle more creative with the foods to get them eating again too.

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