Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

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RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by Pennyrae on Sun Jul 06, 2014 09:08 PM

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I am so sorry to hear about her passing, I heart and prayers go out to you. I am typing this to you from our church. I know our two little girls are playing together in heaven. as I am typing this I am listing to a song by Robin Mark it is called the King of love and it talks about Heaven is my home. It is from his Liberation Praise album. My email israymondcheetham@frontiernet.net. I would like to send you a picture of something that happened here at our church the Sunday after Penny went home to be with the lord.

You are good mom your little girl had the best life. It will get better hang onto the good memories. I still miss my little girl and at night i am sure I can hear her snoring. My face is wet with tears for you. I'm gald to have met you on here and one day we will meet in heaven walking our little ones.

Take care

Ray

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by Amelia227 on Wed Aug 20, 2014 02:17 PM

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My 10 year old sheltie Butch was diagnosed with bladder cancer Feb. 20, 2014.  He has had 5 chemo treatments and is now taking a chemo pill everyday.  He has never stopped peeing blood or huge bloodclots but my husband and I have tried everything to save his life.  I has now broken through the bladder into his skin and has a huge tumor next to penis.  He is on deramaxx and tramadol for pain.  He sometimes acts like a puppy.  His oncologist says he has a few weeks to a few months to live. She in uncertain to the exact amount of time he has left.  It is August and for six months we have cried ourselves to sleep.  Every morning I wake up and run to see if he is okay.  Last night he vomited all of his food which scares me.  I want to be home with him every minute until he is no longer here but I have to work.  This is torture not knowing if he will need to be put down today, tomorrow, or next week or next month.  I sit in work praying so hard for him, but my prayers are just not working.  I search and search the internet for some kind of miracle to save him.  Our hearts are so broken, I have never had to go through this with any other shelties we've had, it was usually a quick event ( no that it makes it any easier).  This waiting is just awful.  How does this happen to our loving boy.  HE is so good.  Everyone at the vet's office loves him.  If anyone can help me please reply to this.  I will do anything to save his life.  

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by semtchr on Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:46 PM

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My heart goes out to your sweet Butch but especially to you as Butch's Mom. The pain of waiting is so devastating that at times I could hardly stand it. I can't tell you what to do for your dear Butch, but this is what I did for my Scotty, MacKenzie. I chose not to do chemo because of cost and my vet could only give me 30% chance of it working. Kenzie was on Piroxicam to slow the tumor growth and Misoprostal to protect the stomach. I gave her milk thistle to support the liver and cranberry extract to support her bladder. I cooked her organic chicken or beef with lots of organic green vegetables (the basic cancer diet- no carbs). To keep her spirits ( and mine) up we did something she loved to do everyday. Her favorite place to go was Petsmart where she saw all of her dog and people friends. I think it helped her to get all that love and attention every day. Every night before we fell asleep I would tell Kenzie the story of how we "met". When I cried I did it away from her and tried to keep everything light and fun. Kenzie lived for almost 2 years from diagnosis. The bladder tumor went to her back and she could not walk far without pain. I did find a vet who did cold laser treatments on her back and leg which would give her a few days without pain. She ate right up until the night before she passed and her weight was the same as the day she was diagnosed. Several months before she died my vet agreed to come to my home so all the people she loved could be with her when she passed. Kenzie passed away peacefully in my arms under our old oak tree. She let me know when it was time to let her go and Butch will let you know too. So whether Butch has a day, a week or months to live be sure he lives it well. Spend every moment you can together because now when I look back those moments are what I gets me through the day. Bladder cancer is a horrid disease because it's unpredictable. I pray that you and Butch have much more precious time together. Hugs to you both!

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by Litasmomma on Thu Aug 21, 2014 03:30 AM

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I am so sorry to hear about your little Butch and my heart goes out to you. I hate bladder cancer and I wish they would find a cure. My beautiful little girl fought so hard right up until the end. When my Lita was diagnosed I took her to the vet because she was peeing more than usual. I was devastated but I swore on that day that I would do anything to make her life amazing. I would make her steak a couple times a week, gave her holistic food, treats, vegetables and bought her any toy she wanted. I always took her anywhere I could and held her every night and told her how much she was loved. We went through so many ups and downs and a few times I thought I was going to lose her but when it was her time I knew. She stopped eating and drinking and her tumor got so big it blocked her urethra. She was just so tired and I could tell she was done fighting. She lived for 1 year and 7 months from the day she was diagnosed and was just 8 days shy of her 8th birthday. She was on Peroxicam and Clavamox upon her diagnosis and she wore diapers for her final 9 months. Towards the end the vet Oncologist changed her medication to Metacam since her tumor was getting bigger and she also put her on a stool softener because the tumor was invading the space in her colon. We did not do chemo because this type of cancer does not typically respond to it. I still cry and I still miss her everyday. I ask god to give her a kiss from me every night. She is forever in my heart and I know she is waiting for me at the Rainbow Bridge. Like your little Butch, everyone loved Lita and she was such a good girl. It seems that bladder cancer attacks the best dogs and does not discriminate. Please just spend every moment you can with Butch and make him as comfortable as possible. I know you said he's on Tramadol but I'm not a fan of this drug. I tried giving it to Lita and it made her very loopy. Your little Butch loves you more than you'll ever know and he trusts you to make the best decisions for him and from what it sounds like you are an amazing owner. Trust yourself and keep me posted. I will pray for Butch and I'm here if you need me.

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by Litasmomma on Thu Aug 21, 2014 03:38 AM

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It's so beautiful that we are all on here supporting each other. This piece of crap disease is HORRIBLE and it takes our babies away from us too early and gives them no chance of long term survival. I wish they would find a cure for TCC so we could stop all the suffering. So sad.

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by Sallysmum on Thu Aug 21, 2014 08:07 PM

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Hi there,

My heart reaches out to yours, as i do know what you are going through.....We lost our Sweet Girl "Sally" who was just ten in May just past to this cruel disease. Sadly there is no cure as much we would like it to be so when it gets to this stage,We have to let them go, however much it breaks our hearts, I still think could i have done anything else for her clutching at straws....but the answer is sadly no,icould not let my little girl suffer,but it broke my heart to let her go....and still does.I think of her about 100 times a day &  have her ashes and photo on my Mantle piece and speak to her every day.I try to find comfort in that i got to say a final goodbye to her and told her how much i loved her and always would. And she gave me a lovely little side ways glance with a waggy tail she always did....and that is my final memory of her. A lovely one not one where she was so devestated by pain and i know i made the right desision for her.....not for me. Make lovely lasting memories of your time with Butch as it is a comfort when you replay them back in your mind.....Please be strong and do what is best for him , i know it's devestating but you will be glad when you look back that you did. Thinking of you at this really sad time in your life. xx 

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by everley on Wed Mar 04, 2015 09:16 PM

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On Mar 29, 2014 11:49 PM Litasmomma wrote:

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...

Hi there - I see it has been a year since you posted this but I am hoping you have some advice or insight. My beagle Tessa was diagnosed Jan. of 2014 and she has begun having blood in her urine and its even becoming just blood and no urine sometimes. I just don't know what to expect and I dont know what to do. We are going to get her diapers because she goes fairly often and its where ever she is at the time (couch, floor, doggie stairs, etc) so we think its time she wears one. But the blood is SO disturbing and its making me sick with worry. Any knowledge you have would be much appreciated. I just feel desperate.

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by Litasmomma on Fri Mar 13, 2015 12:03 AM

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Hi Everley,

I am so sorry to hear about your beagle. This disease is so horrible and unfortunately you are just in the beginning stages. I wish I could tell you this gets easier and that there is a chance she will get better but with this type of cancer there is no cure. My Lita wore diapers for over a year and sometimes, especially towards the end, it was nothing but blood that would come out. I researched this cancer for hours everyday and I even, at one point, convinced myself that she would be different somehow and beat this if I just hugged her a little tighter or loved her a little more but, as I stare at a picture of her right now, all the pain just rushes back into me and I still have the vision of when I had to put her to sleep because the tumor in her bladder had become so large that she could no longer poop and she could barely urinate anymore. The only advice I can really give you is to never get angry with her for anything she does and give ger lots of treats and anything she wants to eat (except chocolate, etc) and keep her comfortable on medication. Have the vet put her on antibiotics daily for the rest of her life to prevent any secondary infections. Piroxicam worked on Lita at helping slow the growth of the tumor and it gave us more time with her. I also gave her probiotics to help her stomach still keep the good bacteria. Towards the end, I was making her steak every night and making trips to Starbucks at least twice a week for a puppicino (whipped cream) until, finally, she didn't want to eat anymore. We were lucky that we caught this disease early on so we were able to prolong her life longer than others who found it too late but, in the end, we still had to say goodbye and accept the inevitable. I miss my Lita everyday but I only try to remember all the fun we had together and not the cancer. Since her death, I have also adopted another silky terrier from a rescue and she is amazing. It was funny but about a week after I adopted her, she was sitting on my lap and looked up at a large canvas picture we have of Lita on the wall. She was actually 'talking' to it and making funny noises while looking at it. This lasted for about 10 minutes! That was the only time she has ever done that but I swear that my little Lita was telling her to please help us accept her death and to protect us and she does, too.  

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by everley on Fri Mar 13, 2015 03:52 AM

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On Mar 13, 2015 12:03 AM Litasmomma wrote:

Hi Everley,

I am so sorry to hear about your beagle. This disease is so horrible and unfortunately you are just in the beginning stages. I wish I could tell you this gets easier and that there is a chance she will get better but with this type of cancer there is no cure. My Lita wore diapers for over a year and sometimes, especially towards the end, it was nothing but blood that would come out. I researched this cancer for hours everyday and I even, at one point, convinced myself that she would be different somehow and beat this if I just hugged her a little tighter or loved her a little more but, as I stare at a picture of her right now, all the pain just rushes back into me and I still have the vision of when I had to put her to sleep because the tumor in her bladder had become so large that she could no longer poop and she could barely urinate anymore. The only advice I can really give you is to never get angry with her for anything she does and give ger lots of treats and anything she wants to eat (except chocolate, etc) and keep her comfortable on medication. Have the vet put her on antibiotics daily for the rest of her life to prevent any secondary infections. Piroxicam worked on Lita at helping slow the growth of the tumor and it gave us more time with her. I also gave her probiotics to help her stomach still keep the good bacteria. Towards the end, I was making her steak every night and making trips to Starbucks at least twice a week for a puppicino (whipped cream) until, finally, she didn't want to eat anymore. We were lucky that we caught this disease early on so we were able to prolong her life longer than others who found it too late but, in the end, we still had to say goodbye and accept the inevitable. I miss my Lita everyday but I only try to remember all the fun we had together and not the cancer. Since her death, I have also adopted another silky terrier from a rescue and she is amazing. It was funny but about a week after I adopted her, she was sitting on my lap and looked up at a large canvas picture we have of Lita on the wall. She was actually 'talking' to it and making funny noises while looking at it. This lasted for about 10 minutes! That was the only time she has ever done that but I swear that my little Lita was telling her to please help us accept her death and to protect us and she does, too.  

Hi Lita momma - thank you for the reply.  The solid blood in Tessa's urine did stop (thank God) but it lasted a good 3 days. She has blood in her urine since the beginning. But it's usually pink so we are used to that but this was disturbing. So far it has been the first week of the month. It first happened in February and then last week. So April will be a test. She doesn't act any different. Her quality of life thus far, remains completely intact.  I decided not to get any more ultrasounds since last July when the tumor proved to be growing.  It was too disappointing and she hates going there.  

So not that I want you to relive the loss of your sweet Lita, but I am curious of how the end was. You said she could poop, so did that cause major issues or was she constipated for a few days? You also said she stopped eating. Was this sudden?  How was her demeanor at that time? Lethargic, not wanting to go on walks? I don't want Tessa to suffer and my vet says it will most likely cause an obstruction of the bladder and that they get really sick, really fast if that happens.  She is never home alone for more than 2 hours and we are very on top of her situation.  We never get mad at her for anything.  She's such a perfect sweet girl there's never a reason to ;) but we don't make a fuss over her accidents. I still let her on the couch whenever she wants because I don't want her to feel different. I just want to know what to watch for. Everyone keeps telling me I will know when it's time but I love her so much and would never let her suffer. Thank you for talking to me. I love the story of your new baby talking to the picture of Lita. I agree that was a conversation between them about you and her life with you. I would treasure that memory.

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by Litasmomma on Mon Mar 16, 2015 03:15 AM

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Everyone told me the same thing, you'll know when it's time. But I always had a hard time believing I would know that as well. Lita was so spunky and full of energy and I couldn't imagine putting her to sleep, but, once the end was close I realized they were right and I did know. It was getting harder and harder for her to poop and it got to the point where I would be outside looking up at the stars while she was struggling to go that I would ask God "just one more time please help her poop" and then she would. Then there were the big globs of blood mixed in with her urine, which was just dripping out constantly. The tumor got so large that I could see the lump down by her vagina I knew the time was getting close. And finally she stopped eating and drinking and I knew the tumor was finally blocking her urethra and not allowing urine to pass. As soon as I saw this, I made the appt. to put her to sleep because I knew if I waited her kidneys would shut down and then she would begin to suffer and I wasn't going to let that happen. The whole thing was a slow process in the begin but it progresses quicker in the last 3 months. You will know when it's time, trust me. I don't wish this disease on my worst enemy and it's not going to be easy but you will get through it. Just concentrate on the time you spend together and shower her with all the love you have.
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