Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

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RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by Trix08 on Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:53 PM

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I gave Trixie her first Piroxicam about 3 hours ago. She has been taking a nap for about an hour. I appreciate all your helpful hints and all of the hugs. With her being on an antibiotic and tramadol too I worry about her having nausea and vomiting. This is very overwhelming.

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by ChicasMom on Fri Mar 31, 2017 02:07 PM

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On Mar 30, 2017 11:53 PM Trix08 wrote:

I gave Trixie her first Piroxicam about 3 hours ago. She has been taking a nap for about an hour. I appreciate all your helpful hints and all of the hugs. With her being on an antibiotic and tramadol too I worry about her having nausea and vomiting. This is very overwhelming.

Hi,  I haven't replied in years on CC but here goes...

Chica was only given 6 months when first diagnosed (transitional cell bladder cancer, inoperable).  I researched and found that the disease "could" be managed, researched more, found an animal oncologist and started her on Piroxicam and MISOPROSTOL. 

"Why has my veterinarian prescribed this medicine?

Misoprostol is used to treat or prevent stomach ulcers, especially when they may be caused or aggravated by non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Misoprostol helps the stomach protect itself against acid damage. It also decreases the amount of gastric acid produced by the stomach. This medication may be used for other conditions as determined by your veterinarian."

This is really the short version, BUT I think you would like to know.  There was another med that was used by some other mom's/dad's on this site, I forgot the name and don't have the heart to slog through all the beginning posts...again.

Every good day with your pet is a gift...sometimes you have to actually FIGHT for that gift...but it's worth it.

Fight hard and love Trixie with all you've got, but still KNOW that this ugly disease will win...don't let it win easily!

ChicasMomForever, Lynn

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by LoMonaco12 on Fri Mar 31, 2017 03:00 PM

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Keep some bland food on hand.  Dogs are like humans, when their tummy gets upset they too need bland food.  You can boil chicken breast to have at the ready. It also freezes well. 

Another good tip is to have dog diapers.  I started with the disposable ones on line but they get expensive so I bought these on amazon.  They have different brands for male or female.

Wegreeco

Wegreeco Brown Black Male Dog Belly Band (Pack of 2) - Washable Dog Diapers for Males

I have 4 of them as my Lovebug Stuart cannot hold it anymore.  I buy the generic mens guards and place one inside this diaper.  Much less expensive and it has saved my furniture and carpet.  

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by Trix08 on Fri Apr 07, 2017 05:28 PM

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The surgery and Piroxiam seem to be helping. Trixie is not peeing as frequently. No more bloody urine. She still needs to go out in the middle of the night once. I am following the advice of everyone's helpful hints. Boiling chicken is a great idea along with watching her diet closely. Reading back on everyone's experiences has helped a great deal too. Thanks again.

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by HOwebman on Sat Jun 24, 2017 02:41 PM

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Just looking for a little advice. My 10 1/2 male sheltie Angus was diagnosed with non operable TCC about a month ago. He is on Piroxicam. His appetite is very little compared to being a little piggy before. We are seeing dark red blood spots on the floors about the size of nickles. He strains to pee and have very small orangish bowel movements. We have tried boiled chicken, turkey, baby food and no luck. They gave us something to increase his appetite, but it seems to be a struggle to get him to eat anything. He is no where close the the happy. run around pup were used to. Seems to just want to sleep alot

I'm thinking that the time is very near, but don't want to be to hasty in our decesion. Just thinking about the quality of life issue. 

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by Trix08 on Sun Jun 25, 2017 10:35 AM

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Hi. I am going through the same situation. My dog has been on Piroxicam for about 3 months. I started her on Pepcid AC and most of the time her appetite is good. When she starts getting nauseated for a long period of time I taked her off the Piroxicam for a few days. It is so hard on their GI system. The little breaks seem to help. On days when she won't eat much I give her small amounts of yogurt. It has been a trial and error as far as what to do. Reading through the previous discussions really helps. My biggest fear is not knowing when to make the right decision. So far her pain level is pretty well controlled.

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by scootersmom on Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:55 PM

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I'm sorry to hear about both your babies. I had a beagle with TCC. She passed away abou a year ago. Shortly after finding this thread I found a group on Facebook. There are many pet owners there with different backgrounds. Are either of you on Facebook? The groupi is called dog transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) bladder cancer. I'll check back but if you are interested my name is sarah Yates. I would be happy to send an invite.

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by LoMonaco12 on Fri Jun 30, 2017 09:46 PM

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I am sorry to hear about your fur baby.   We lost our Stuart this year to TCC.  My fear was the same, when will we know. 

When the time came I had no doubt what so ever it was time.  First sign for us was very little urine.    Within 24/48 hours he slowed way down, looked like he did not feel well at all and lost his pep.  Stuart was eating and drinking still.  The night we put him down, he was clearly in  pain.  When I picked him up he snipped at me.  He snipped at my husband for barely petting him. He then began to pant.  Panting is a common sign they are in pain.  There was no other reason for him to pant other than pain.  Our vet told us when the time comes you must act fast or he will suffer terribly so we did not hesitate after the snip at us and constant panting. 

I hope this helps you.  Hugs!

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by LoMonaco12 on Fri Jun 30, 2017 09:47 PM

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Hi Trix08

We lost our Stuart this year to TCC.  My fear was the same, when will we know. 

When the time came I had no doubt what so ever it was time.  First sign for us was very little urine.    Within 24/48 hours he slowed way down, looked like he did not feel well at all and lost his pep.  Stuart was eating and drinking still.  The night we put him down, he was clearly in  pain.  When I picked him up he snipped at me.  He snipped at my husband for barely petting him. He then began to pant.  Panting is a common sign they are in pain.  There was no other reason for him to pant other than pain.  Our vet told us when the time comes you must act fast or he will suffer terribly so we did not hesitate after the snip at us and constant panting. 

I hope this helps you. So sorry you and your dog are goign through this. Hugs!

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by everley on Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:14 PM

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On Jun 25, 2017 12:55 PM scootersmom wrote:

I'm sorry to hear about both your babies. I had a beagle with TCC. She passed away abou a year ago. Shortly after finding this thread I found a group on Facebook. There are many pet owners there with different backgrounds. Are either of you on Facebook? The groupi is called dog transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) bladder cancer. I'll check back but if you are interested my name is sarah Yates. I would be happy to send an invite.

Scootersmom, I just saw your PM from 2 years ago. I sent a reply. I lost my girl last year too. I would love to hear back from you on how it went for her and you.

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