Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

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RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by everley on Thu Mar 14, 2019 04:33 PM

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Mellen. I'm sorry. This isn't something that I experienced. Is she pooping regularly? She could be constipated from the meds. I certainly would ask the vet what it could be.

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by mellen on Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:41 PM

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Hi Everley and thank you...so I found out it is a build up of fluid.  The cancer is progressing.  She does not seem to have any discomfort.  She stretches out and looks relaxed.  When her belly is palpitated - she does not show any signs of pain.  So we are pretty sure she's still not in pain.

 Last night she was up three times so it was a tough night.  But I don't know if that is because she didn't eat in the morning and we dialed her insulin back - sometimes that takes days to get her body back in sync.

Her stool is normal other than straining a bit.  No blood in it - firm and wet (sounds gross - sorry! lol)...My hubby took her for a walk today and said she was very active and enjoyed it.  We had a beautiful sunny day here and when they returned from the walk she took a long nap in the sunshine.   Praying she continues to be comfortable.  Thank you again for your reply. I guess this is just another thing to add to the list of end stages symptoms. =(      <3

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by everley on Fri Mar 15, 2019 03:24 PM

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On Mar 14, 2019 11:41 PM mellen wrote:

Hi Everley and thank you...so I found out it is a build up of fluid.  The cancer is progressing.  She does not seem to have any discomfort.  She stretches out and looks relaxed.  When her belly is palpitated - she does not show any signs of pain.  So we are pretty sure she's still not in pain.

 Last night she was up three times so it was a tough night.  But I don't know if that is because she didn't eat in the morning and we dialed her insulin back - sometimes that takes days to get her body back in sync.

Her stool is normal other than straining a bit.  No blood in it - firm and wet (sounds gross - sorry! lol)...My hubby took her for a walk today and said she was very active and enjoyed it.  We had a beautiful sunny day here and when they returned from the walk she took a long nap in the sunshine.   Praying she continues to be comfortable.  Thank you again for your reply. I guess this is just another thing to add to the list of end stages symptoms. =(      <3

Well the fact that she is still happy and in good spirits is really all that matters at this point. I have not heard of the fluid retention before so yes, that is one more thing to learn about this process for others.

Dont worry about being gross here (or at least with me). I am glad she is doing well despite the challenges.  Spoil her rotten. You're doing all you can and you're a great pup parent! 

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by mellen on Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:14 AM

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I can't believe the difference a week makes...we took her in on Monday to discuss the fluid build up with the vet and she had gained 3.6 lbs.  Gracie has been having black tarry, mucousy stools on and off for the last three days and she has been vomiting.  Her appetite has been lacking a bit.  

Anyway, we returned today to get the fluid drained and she gained another 4 lbs. in that short period.  So we were hopeful that it may help her be more comfortable.  The vet stopped the procedure and said she hit solids and that it wasn't all fluid in there but assumed to be tumors spreading in her abdominal cavity.  She then discussed euthansia with us.  

So we have an appointment to say goodbye tomorrow.  My hubby bought a t-bone steak for her tomorrow.  I'm heartbroken but know we are making the right decision.  Just this afternoon she is seriously struggling with walking even.  

Today is one week shy of 8 months since diagnosis.We are going to her so much.  I'm praying that by some miracle she passes tonight in her sleep but know if she doesn't - she will be waiting for us in heaven after tomorrow.  :(.....

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by Litasmomma on Thu Mar 21, 2019 01:13 AM

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I am so sorry... My thoughts and prayers are with you... 

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by everley on Thu Mar 21, 2019 03:26 PM

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On Mar 21, 2019 12:14 AM mellen wrote:

I can't believe the difference a week makes...we took her in on Monday to discuss the fluid build up with the vet and she had gained 3.6 lbs.  Gracie has been having black tarry, mucousy stools on and off for the last three days and she has been vomiting.  Her appetite has been lacking a bit.  

Anyway, we returned today to get the fluid drained and she gained another 4 lbs. in that short period.  So we were hopeful that it may help her be more comfortable.  The vet stopped the procedure and said she hit solids and that it wasn't all fluid in there but assumed to be tumors spreading in her abdominal cavity.  She then discussed euthansia with us.  

So we have an appointment to say goodbye tomorrow.  My hubby bought a t-bone steak for her tomorrow.  I'm heartbroken but know we are making the right decision.  Just this afternoon she is seriously struggling with walking even.  

Today is one week shy of 8 months since diagnosis.We "" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://diagnosis.We " target="_blank" rel="nofollow">diagnosis.We are going to her so much.  I'm praying that by some miracle she passes tonight in her sleep but know if she doesn't - she will be waiting for us in heaven after tomorrow.  :(.....

Oh hun my heart us breaking for you. I know exactly how you feel and how much this hurts. I also hope she passes on her own but if you do have to make that decision remember you are doing this FOR her not to her. I hate this disease and I am so so sorry you have to go through this. THinking of you and Gracie. I beleive they are all waiting for us and we will meet again.

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by everley on Thu Mar 21, 2019 03:27 PM

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And ironically enough yesterday (3/20) marked 3 years for losing my Tessa :( 

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by mellen on Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:18 AM

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Thank you all so very much for all of the support.  The information that you all posted/post has helped immensely.  I know we made the right decision - it's just that our hearts are broken...((((HUGS))))

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by Helenpatricia on Fri Mar 22, 2019 02:03 AM

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On Mar 22, 2019 12:18 AM mellen wrote:

Thank you all so very much for all of the support.  The information that you all posted/post has helped immensely.  I know we made the right decision - it's just that our hearts are broken...((((HUGS))))

I’m so so sorry. You have done everything you could for Gracie. Only 16 weeks ago We had to make the same heart wrenching decision. We miss and think of our beautiful Shadow every day but know we had to let him go. Thinking of you xx
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