Canine Bladder Cancer (tcc)

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RE: Canine Bladder Cancer (tcc)

by CocoTheBeagle on Mon Jun 18, 2018 09:06 PM

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Hi Bree,

Sorry to hear about Daisy. I hope that the second round of antibiotics clears her symptoms and it's not something more serious. 

I may have misunderstood your post but by irregularities in the bladder what did he mean? Did he see signs of a tumor? And then what would be different with the second ultrasound?

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer (tcc)

by Bree26 on Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:32 PM

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He didn’t really say. He said it could be tumors or blood clots. And that’s what he wants to check for during the second ultrasound. But I would think any difference would be apparent. I’ve had ultrasounds for various reasons and the doctor was always fairly certain what they were looking at.

RE: Need advice

by sonshine on Tue Aug 21, 2018 02:54 PM

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Hi, my Maddie also TCC is probably on her last month ?? we’ll see. Based on her experience, ask your Vet to do a urine culture. You’re description of Precious’ symptoms are similar to Maddie’s. In the beginning she had 2 different UTIs the worst being E.coli " target="_blank" rel="nofollow">E.coli " target="_blank" rel="nofollow">E.coli " target="_blank" rel="nofollow">E.coli . The other cleared up but aside the TCC we’re battling the E.coli " target="_blank" rel="nofollow">E.coli " target="_blank" rel="nofollow">E.coli " target="_blank" rel="nofollow">E.coli with Meropenem. According to the Specialty Hospital Physician, E.coli " target="_blank" rel="nofollow">E.coli " target="_blank" rel="nofollow">E.coli " target="_blank" rel="nofollow">E.coli will only respond to Meropenem. The downside is, it could become immune to the only med that will treat it. ?? for your fur baby. Blessings Terri Hegedus

Tcc diagnosis staffy bladder/urethra lining

by Lissie135 on Wed Aug 22, 2018 04:40 PM

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Hi there, 

My girl has been diagnosed with tcc in the lining of her bladder and all the way along her urethra. They said they've never seen it come down so far. She's about 8. I'm devastated. At this stage I've opted not to pay for pharmaceuticals which may give her an extra 50 days, with the risk of harming her kidneys in the process, based on how much stress it is for her to go to the vets and to have blood drawn regularly.

She isn't weeing blood, she is just weeing frequently when she is outside. 

I am however open to natural approaches, and have read a bit on graviola, has anyone had success with this or any other natural remedies to either slow the process?

When things start to go downhill and I can see she is in pain, I will end it. I'm not up for keeping her around just for my own sake, and I believe she will let me know when she is ready. 

Am open to all and any advice. 

Thanks in advance. 

Lissie, a heartbroken furbaby mum. 

RE: Tcc diagnosis staffy bladder/urethra lining

by Chloebeaglemom on Wed Aug 22, 2018 05:52 PM

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I think you have made the right decision. My beagle was only 9 & was diagnosed with TTC. Not realizing there was really no cure for this, we did the chemo off & on for 6 mo. She hated going to the vet. She lived for 8 mo but I put her through a lot. Looking back, I would of settled for 3 or 4 mo without all the stress I put her through. Maybe some can help with natural stuff to help but your doing the right thing. Many have put their pets through so much just to keep them longer. Do what’s right when the time comes.

RE: Tcc diagnosis staffy bladder/urethra lining

by Lissie135 on Wed Aug 22, 2018 07:46 PM

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Bless you. 

She is such an anxious girl, and I just have this gut feeling that if I put her on any medication she would cop the side effects. Even car rides get her worked up, except for the 5 minutes it takes to get to my mums house, and she knows the way so that doesn't stress her too much these days. 

Please don't take it the wrong way when I say about treatments would be just for me holding onto her for my own sake, it's everyone's individual decision, and realistically I just don't have the money either. 

I just really hope she holds on for a couple more months. Here's the real tear jerker. Vaski came into my life when I was in a very depressed place for the first time in my life at 21, I rescued her by chance from a woman who's husband I was helping get his stuff (they were being divorced and it was messy) she declared the dog would be shot and I immediately put her in my car despite how ugly I thought she was and the scars and what not she had on her.

She turned into my healing dog. She sat with me when I was suicidal, knew how to comfort me when I was sad. Last year I turned the corner and am finally depression and anxiety free. Next month I'm going into hospital for 2-3 weeks to come off xanax, and it's almost as though she was sent down to be with me and me with her, and now that I'm finally better her time is up. I rescued her, but she has saved my life several times. Some say they think about their kids and that stops them from taking their lives, well in my darkest moments she is what has stopped me. I'm just gutted.

Sorry, I'm going on. I knew this time would come, I just thought it would be years away. At least she's still happy, herself and pain free say the vets. Although, it does make me cry more when I cry about it and she cuddles me to comfort me, so bittersweet! 

RE: Tcc diagnosis staffy bladder/urethra lining

by Guinessgirl on Wed Aug 22, 2018 08:31 PM

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In my experience, the anti inflammatory helped decrease frequency of pee and within a month her kidneys started to fail. I used piroxicam. I tried thc drops and some holistic and homeopathic approaches with no luck.

RE: Tcc diagnosis staffy bladder/urethra lining

by sonshine on Thu Aug 23, 2018 04:08 AM

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Sorry to hear that! We’re on the same boat as you! Our Maddie is also 8 years old, Tweenie Doxie & we’re devasted!!

RE: Tcc diagnosis staffy bladder/urethra lining

by Lissie135 on Thu Aug 23, 2018 04:57 AM

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Oh no. Its awful. 

I had to take my girl back to the vet this morning for an ear infection, and I jurlst cried the whole time we were there. Just couldn't stop thinking what will be. And it didn't help that the vet asked me when I intended on starting medication. And when I gave her my reasons for not giving her the medication, she pushed it more and more. I felt so judged. 

RE: Tcc diagnosis staffy bladder/urethra lining

by fenway617 on Fri Sep 21, 2018 07:48 PM

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My story with my sweet boy does not have a happy ending but the journey was all great.  As we just went through it all I thought I could share our highs and lows to help others. He was diagnosed with bladder cancer in August 2016. The symptoms were minimal, some pinkish blood once in a while so we had tests done then an ultrasound and received the bad news. Out vet said it wasn’t great news so we went online looking for hope all we read was grim timelines of 6 months is the range to live with this, maybe 9 months at best and it won’t be great quality of life. So we read about this Proxicam drug and went to Tufts Vet Hospital and met with an Oncologist who didn’t offer much more hope but said Proxicam with a chemo would give him a fighting chance to prolong his life but she said we were still looking at probably no more than 9-10 months. Our options were Proxicam with a drip chemo meaning we’d have to drive once a week 75 min each way to Tufts, drop him off for the day. He hates car rides and we were told the side effects were not good with the drip chemo. Option 2 was Proxicam and an at home pill chemo once a day, not as strong as the drip but almost no side effects so we went that option. 1 month became 2 months then 3 months then 4 months etc….. he lived almost 2 years after being diagnosed before passing away last month at 15 years old. And all but the last week was a great quality of life. Now there were some bumps in the road, a few UTIs, a clot in his bladder that initially looked like the tumor had really grown that he had to pass which he did. We did bloodwork every 3 months because Proxicam ca wreak havoc on the kidneys. After about 16 months the Proxicam started impacting his kidneys so we had to stop using it altogether. He lived the last 4-5 months with no cancer treatment and he still walked every day, ate, played and loved life. The last week he rapidly went downhill, tough time walking, no eating or drinking so we knew it was time. I miss him every day but so happy for the time we had with him.

So the lesson is, don’t give up. Look for options. We were told at time he was diagnosed not to expect him to last much beyond a few months and he lived 2 years. It was the best two years ever! The journey was long, highs and lows but we got through it. If anyone has any questions feel free to ask.

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