Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

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Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by Litasmomma on Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:49 PM

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Hello everyone, I have been reading all of you postings for the last year and I have not wanted to post anything with the fear that if I do I will have to accept the fact that my vet is not crazy and my dog, Lita, does in fact have bladder cancer. Now, I must accept this and deal with it. My Little Beautiful Lita is a silky terrier. She is so sweet and loving. She was diagnosed in the early stages back in December 2012 when I thought she had a uti or bladder infection. She kept trying to pee and very little was coming out. The vet did an ultrasound and told me Lita had a growth in her bladder that he felt was TCC. I was devastated and immediately starting crying. After all, she was only SIX YEARS OLD!! The vet said he wanted to test her urine for infection so I took Lita back home. Now I buried myself into the internet doing tons of research and that's when I found this sight. The next day the vet told me to return to discuss so I went back armed with all the information I could find. I decided on Poroxicam treatment and antibiotic therapy (Clavamox). No chemo, no surgery, nothing else. I spent Christmas thinking it would be her last and lavished her with toys and treats. The last year had been pretty uneventful but once the incontinence started I knew it had to be advancing. I starting buying doggie diapers and again everything was pretty uneventful. We celebrated another Christmas together and and again Lita was lavished with lots of toys and treats. We'd been pretty blessed to have her another year especially after all the horror stories I had read about dogs living just a few months. I had been giving her the antibiotic and Piroxicam faithfully and I was feeling like maybe she would be that one dog that would defy the odds and not let TCC take her life. Then it started... March 20th 2014 - Litas diaper is filled with red blood and her vagina is dripping blood. I start to panic and I rush her to the vet. He does an ultrasound and now her tumor is 80-85% filling her bladder and is starting to completely block the urethra. The vet takes me into the back where he shows me the ultrasound and tells me we only have a few days to a week left. I felt like he ripped my heart out. I told him I wasn't ready to put her to sleep so he increased her antibiotic, added tramadol to her pills and told me to prepare for her imminent death. Lita still acts ok and happy but I am starting to see that this is taking its toll on her. Now she stopped peeing blood but is peeing out stringy mucus. I'm so distraught and people look at me like I'm crazy because I love this dog so much. I keep praying that God will give me a sign when I should put her to sleep but she still seems so alert and she is eating like a pig. My family and I have decided that as long as beautiful Lita is still eating and able to poop and pee without any obvious signs of pain we will not euthanize her. I am just having such a hard time with this. I am heartbroken...

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by sue1234 on Sun Mar 30, 2014 01:15 AM

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I'm sorry about your beautiful Lita. I understand how difficult this is. We had a chocolate lab, the love of our life. She was actually my husband's hunting dog, but she was so much more. She got cancer. We didn't put her to sleep when we should have, my husband just couldn't do it. She suffered. She was still eating drinking etc, but she hurt. That was our selfishness. I made the appointment for the vet when he was at work and told him when he got home. He admits now he was wrong and let it go too long. Fast forward about 12 years. I bought him a new dog for his birthday. My husband was diagnosed with bile duct cancer in September. At the same time we realized his girl was sick. I took her to the vet and he said she had cancer. Within about a three week period my husband and my dog both had cancer. I don't know how to say this, but please don't think because she's still eating and drinking she doesn't hurt. Cancer is very painful. Really keep an eye on her, if she seems uncomfortable, it's time. We had Di put to sleep right away. The vet said she had less than two months, Bob said he wouldn't do to her what he did before. I'm really sorry, believe me, I get it. She's a member of the family. Sue

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by Litasmomma on Sun Mar 30, 2014 02:39 AM

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Thanks for your reply, Sue. I am so sorry for your losses. This has been so hard because she's so young. Other dogs I've had to put down have been from old age and now I'm faced with this horrible situation. I just have such a hard time picturing me in the room while they put her to sleep while she is still so alert. Anyway, I know I will get through this but it has definitely been terrible to deal with. Thanks again.

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by Baileysmom97 on Thu Apr 03, 2014 03:44 PM

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I think the right time comes differently for everyone.  Just watch her carefully...you will be able to tell if she's in pain or really uncomfortable.  Mine was such a fighter for so long, that I needed to give her every opportunity to bounce back.  I still feel guilty that I was the one who had to make that decision.

As long as Lita is reasonably comfortable and eating, I would let her be.

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by Febester on Thu Apr 03, 2014 04:24 PM

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Hug her, hold her, let her snuggle up as long as you can.  My princess Febe left 12/31/13 after suffering from tcc.  I still think we let her go too soon.  I've read a wonderflul book that has helped me and it says - The decision you make at the time is right for that time.  If this makes sense then you will know not to second guess the decision later but we all do - to soon or waited to long.  Lita needs you and that is what counts.  Yes, wow, 6 years is not enough.  Bless you and your family.

I sent the above as a private note but Bileysmom you make me realize how important it is that we all know we did our very best. Febe too would bounce back.  On October 30 the doctor told me she was in pain.  No more surgery's chemo, just pain meds.  Two days later she pranced and ran around 2 football fields. And, she bounced back in November and again in December.  She tried to nip the doctor that was giving her the shot to relax her.  It was horrible.   I still feel terrible about making the decision to let her sleep while she was still fighting, eating and drinking. Then I remember we started hearing conjestion in her lungs, she had to get an enema to poop just a few days before.  She already had a stent put in. 

We should not feel guilty for loving our pets enough to let them go.  It's just hard.  I pray that Lita gets many more days of love from her family and friends.  She is totally a cutie pie.

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by sue1234 on Thu Apr 03, 2014 04:56 PM

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Lita's mom, how is your girl? I thought of you the other day. My husband is going to buy me a puppy. It was actually his idea, he has brought it up several times. He wants me to get a bigger dog that we can train for a security dog. He wants to do it while he can help. 

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by Litasmomma on Tue Apr 08, 2014 06:21 AM

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Well everyone the bleeding has started again. Her attitude is good but she wasn't as hungry today and she has those large blood clots again in her diaper. Did anyone else experience their dog peeing out large blood clots. She still doesn't seem like she's in a lot of pain but I fear the time is drawing closer. I'll keep everyone posted and thank you all for your encouraging words. I really appreciate it and it comforts me knowing I'm not alone in this fight for Lita.

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by Febester on Tue Apr 08, 2014 05:12 PM

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She sounds like such a fligher. Keep her warm. I hope that you are able to talke her out for short walk and let her enjoy some special treat.  My princess never had any bloody discharges (except when she was at the vet's and they poked around).  She had a stent put in which allowed her to pee. In the end  cancer blocked her ability to poop and was moving toward her lungs. 

We are so lucky to have our pets.  They love us forever and ever.  I pray Lita can go peacefully surrounded by the ones she loves. 

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by sue1234 on Tue Apr 08, 2014 06:45 PM

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I'm so sorry about Lita. It's getting close to time. Please don't let her suffer.

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by billyj on Tue Apr 08, 2014 07:30 PM

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Comfort her and let her look at u and know u r there for her.One of my dogs actually waited for me to get home from work....Laid down with her head on my leg and passed.Just 15 minutes after I got home.They need us!!

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