Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

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by Trix08 on Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:34 PM

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Thank you very much this does help. Gives me a better idea of what to be watching for. Most of the time she seems comfortable. Lately she starts panting when she has to pee and then is fine when she comes back in. Few episodes of nausea and vomiting but doing better now. Eating and drinking still. I feel blessed I still have her. Some days not as good as others but we both are fighting hard. I cherish each day with her.  

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by roseL on Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:39 AM

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I am so glad to have found this thread. I had to put my 11 year 3 month old schipperke Boo down the beginning of this month. He was diagnosed 18 months prior quite by accident. He had hurt his leg and through a series of complications with his liver enzymes he had an ultrasound that showed the spots on his bladder near his prostate. We opted for 4 rounds of chemo to see if it did anything and the mass stayed the same. The oncologist assured me that stablizing the disease was equally important and kept telling me about a woman who did 19 reatments on her dog. The four we did bankrupted us so any more unfortunately was out of the question and as they continued Boo seemed to have longer bad reactions so we opted to keep him on previcox for the duration. He was a big panter partly because of his breed's disposition and partly due to his assumed cushing's disease. He was happy and perky up until this August when he went for his regular check up. He passed with flying colors and seemed well enough at the time to have his dental done, something we'd put off for years due to his age and liver issues. He was at that point having some difficulty with his bowels but at the time it seemed normal for him, he had a bad digestive system his whole life and often was irregular. Two weeks later the blood in the urine started and he was put on antibiotics and given probiotics for his bowels. It took the whole two weeks for the antibiotics to improve and his bowels just got worse and he strained more with smaller results so back we went for a combination treatment of two different antibiotics that made him terribly ill. The vet said if this didn't work we could do an x-ray or ultrasound to see if it was more than just and infection and after a week of him being unable to tolerate the meds I called back to find out my vet left the practice and it was an upheavel to decide on what vet to take  hm to for follow-up but we were lucky to find a vet we knew at another office for him. She and the staff were wonderful, she too just lost a dog to cancer and she understood our situation emotionally and financially. Our old vet left excellent notes and she worked with us to schedule an ultrasound and since he could not poop and was refusing food often since the double antibiotics she even checked him to see if he would hold up until the ultrasound almost a week away. He had a clean bill of health as far as his lungs were concerned but she had a feeling the mass had increased and that this is what was causing all the issues. I had that gut feeling as well and when I took him home from his check up to wait for the ultrasound I saw for the first time that he was truly uncomfortable and I had been in denial. He had some happy days that week but he began to isolate and sleep more as his straining to pass anything contunued with little result. An antibiotic shot helped with the blood in the urine but by that time he was hardly able to pass anything. The ultrasound confirmed my fears and we scheduled his appointment for euthanization for the weekend of Oct 7th. I loved him up like never bedfore and took him for his last walk with me the Thursday before. I have to have a knee replacement so my partner usually walks him and both Boo and I were exhausted and in pain when we got back but I was so happy to have that walk with him. I planned to do it again on Saturday but he was in such pain that day and isolating he was not at all interested. I doubt myself and am so angry at myself that I did not make the connection in August that what was happening was all cancer related but I think my timing was about as right as it could be even though it is never right. I am heart broken in ways I never imagined possible with his loss and trying to feel grateful for the 18 month since diagnosis we had but it is so hard to loose a member of the family that is such a source of uncondiitional love. This forum has been such a comfort in letting me know that I am not the only one struggling with this dreaded disease. Old dogs die that's a fact of life and it is so difficult but this cancer is a cruel way to go. Sending love to all of you and you beloved pets. Thank you.

Rose

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by semtchr on Wed Oct 25, 2017 03:21 PM

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Oh Rose, my heart goes out to you on the loss of your beloved Boo. I agee that this cancer is a cruel way to go. I too did not see that my Kenzie's leg pain was related to the cancer. Be gentle with yourself because like most of us on this site, we just don't know this disease and we go by what out vets tell us. I remember that last walk too. It was the day the vet agreed to come to my house to help get her to Rainbow Bridge. You gave so much love to Boo and that love helped him stay with you for those 18 months. I pray that the special love you shared with Boo and the memories you have of your sweetheart will comfort you. 

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by everley on Wed Oct 25, 2017 04:00 PM

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Sweet Rose I am so sorry to hear about Boo. I lost my girl a year and a half ago. All of us here feel like you and I too feel a sense of guilt. My girl passed away at home. Our heart goes out to you and the loss I know you feel. I also found this thread incredibly supportive. I was lucky enough to find it soon after Tessas diagnosis and I read every entry on this that I could. It was very helpful to read what others have been through. Thank you for sharing your story. I know its hard. Hopefully you find comfort in knowing that Boo is at peace now. Hugs.

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by Litasmomma on Wed Oct 25, 2017 06:40 PM

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Hi Rose. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us and I am so sorry for your immense loss. I had no idea when I started this post a few years ago it would grow to be such a comfort to so many. It’s so amazing to read about the bravery and selflessness you and all of us have experienced with this horrible disease. It truly brings out the best and worst in each of us as we fight and pray and tell ourselves it’s not true but then in the end we second guess and somehow blame ourselves. This disease is absolutely horrible and I truly feel we all do the best we can, especially in the end. You are such a wonderful Fur-Mommy and you did the most selfless thing we can ever do and that’s letting go and allowing them to no longer be in pain. Thank you for sharing your story of Beautiful Boo and letting everyone know they are NOT alone. I think about my Sweet Little Lita everyday and I know she’s running free and waiting for me at the Rainbow Bridge. Hugs and Prayers, Jennifer Lita’s Fur-Mommy

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by roseL on Wed Oct 25, 2017 06:57 PM

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Thank you so much for these kind words, I wish I had found this site sooner, I see some things people tried that I had no idea about. I know Boo was at the end there was nothing to do that would have made a difference at this point. But I hope our stories can help others keep their beloved pets healthier and happier longer.

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by roseL on Wed Oct 25, 2017 07:00 PM

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I am so grateful to find this forum, thank you so much. I found you a few days before I took Boo in for the last time. This has been such a comfort. I think of everyone on this site and I know this has been an awful experence for everyone and I hope we all find healing and remeber that our fur babies are always in our hearts.

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by everley on Wed Oct 25, 2017 07:06 PM

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It really is a great support page. Our stories are all very similar and it helps to hear what other people did and tried. We ALL have the same goal and wanted the best for our babies. Just know you are not alone and we all understand how you feel. You will now get notifications when new members post on here asking questions and needing advice. Its hard to hear their heartache and remembering that same fear I had when Tessa was diagnosed. But somehow its very helpful to talk about it and give information even now that she is gone. I think you'll find that to be true too. 

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by scootersmom on Wed Oct 25, 2017 07:14 PM

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I remember reading each and every post here when my girl Scooter was diagnosed. I found all of this very helpful. I am sorry for your loss. I do hate that this cancer doesn’t treat our babies well. They are incredibly strong though.

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by donita on Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:25 AM

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We just got the diagnosis a couple weeks ago, after multiple UTIs not clearing up/peeing in the house. This forum has the most  information I have found and I so appreciate it, all the while my heart breaks for all of you and me and my little furface, Muffy. I thought we were in the final stages but now that I've read all of these posts, I realized that we're just at the beginning. There's been no blood in her urine yet and she seems to be feeling okay. She's almost 17 so it's hard sometimes to know   what's the cancer and what's just age.  This is the first year she's ever been cold... It used to be she never wanted a sweater or coat for outside unless it was under 20 degrees,  now she's cold every morning when it's under 50. She's on piroxicam only and will get a two-week antibiotic shot next week.I don't know anything about the other drug that's stomach protector but she doesn't seem to be having any nausea and she's eating like a little pig.  I knew that with her age something would be   coming that ended her life, but  I never imagined this.

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