New TCC diagnosis - what should I expect?

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New TCC diagnosis - what should I expect?

by JoeIndy on Fri Mar 08, 2019 03:33 AM

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My pup is almost 11 and was just diagnosed with TCC. He has typical more frequent urination, straining, blood, etc. Most everything I’m finding online discusses symptoms, treatments, etc. but virtually nothing about what to expect going forward. He’s undoubtedly my best friend and I’m heartbroken but I’m also trying to be logical in thinking things through. He started Piroxicam today but already peed twice in the house right in front of me (which he never does). My question is...Is there a “normal” progression I should expect? How quickly can incontinence become an issue?

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by ZippyBeta on Sun Mar 10, 2019 07:53 PM

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Sorry to hear about your new diagnosis, my Gyn was 11 when first diagnoised too. All dogs are different some live longer than what the Vets tell you. There is a good Facebook Group      Dog Transitional Cell Carcinoma (TCC) -Bladder Cancer, with lots of info. Make sure you add a stomach protectorant to prevent stomach ulcers caused by Piroxicam and always give it on a full stomach.

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by mellen on Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:50 AM

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Hi JoeIndy,
I am so sorry to hear about your pup!  I am somewhat new to the Cancer Compass website but there is a super board here that is titled CANINE BLADDER CANCER FINAL STAGES.  There is a lot of information on the board about what to expect.  There are some that have had their beloved pup die naturally and others that had to put them down.  My weimaraner, Gracie was diagnosed 7/27/18...she is a fighter and doing ok for now.  She has good days and bad days.  I'm not sure that there is a normal progression.  With our dog she started having accidents but we thought it was a UTI...she got frequent ones because she's a diabetic.  So we didn't think much of it until our vet suggested an ultrasound.  We put piddle pads out for her because she has accidents.  We have a waterproof mattress pad that we got through amazon (actually we have several) that we put on the bed for her.  And when she started bleeding and leaking we put tried both disposable diapers and cloth ones that have a maxi pad in them.  For now she's been doing well on the accident and leaking side.  We switched her peroxicam from morning to night instead.  That seems to have helped in our situation for her (and us) to get a few hours of uniterupted sleep.   I feel so bad for her because I know she does not want to pee in the house but it just happens - she truly can't help it.   Sending prayers and hugs to you guys...it's a horrible disease.  

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by JoeIndy on Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:56 AM

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Appreciate the information. I’ve found the Facebook group very informative too. So frustrating to see them suffer from this when their behavior and happiness is otherwise normal.
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