Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

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RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by loulourocks on Mon Mar 30, 2015 11:44 AM

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On Mar 16, 2015 3:15 AM Litasmomma wrote:

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.

Hi Litasmomma

My 15 year old staffie Jade also has this terrible cancer and i just dont know what to do. I am in the same position where she is eating and drinking. One this that is bothering me though is that she is doing a low bark when she urinates which makes me think there is pain. She has lost control of her bladder and pees wherever she is standing. Her poop is very small which is unusual. I just dont know if its time. The whole "You'll know" thing really bothers me. What if i dont know? She has been diagnosed now for about 4 months and has had no treatment.

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by Litasmomma on Tue Mar 31, 2015 07:41 PM

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My Lita used to do the same thing when she would pee. That low bark I will never forget. You will know and she will tell you when it's time. She will stop eating and you'll notice her diapers are not as full as they were. She will eventually stop drinking as her kidneys shut down and she will refuse even her most loved food and drink items. She will also not be able to poop anymore and may even yelp a little when trying to push. I even had Lita on a stool softener from the oncologist and it did help for a month but eventually the cancer will win and nothing will work anymore. Honestly, I didn't think I would know either and I kept having nightmares that she would start yelping in pain really loud and not stop and I would have to rush her to the vet in the middle of the night and put her to sleep all while she is screaming and yelping. This never happened, thank God, but it was a fear that I lived with as we got closer to the end. But you will know when it's just too much for her to fight anymore. She will let you know.

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by KeagansMom on Sat Apr 04, 2015 07:05 AM

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Wow I am so greateful to have come across this board! Finally a group that understands how utterly devastating it is to watch your little one suffer through these horrible cancers. My 5 year old Keagan, was diagnosed on Tuesday March 31 with a more severe form of bladder cancer, one that affects only 0.5% of all dogs. One that we could have decided to do a very aggressive surgery with quite a few risks...one of them being that she could end up worse than she is now. Not a great prognosis. I'm hoping to speak with an oncologist next week and get my baby on medication so she can live out her life as happy and comfortable as possible. I am in tears (ok completely sobbing) thinking about the day that comes when I have to let her go. I have personally been through a lot of hurt, loss, life changes, pain and completely overwhelmed for the past few years and she has always been by my side without fail - always brings happiness wherever she goes. I can't imagine the way things will be without her.  I can't imagine holding her and witnessing those last breaths on her last day. It's more than I can take. 

She has been peeing blood on and off for about 6 weeks, we just thought it was a UTI but after the ultrasound and CT Scan it showed these horrible growths right at the enterence of one of the ureters into the bladder. She is still eating and drinking, but having problems defecating, something I know I have to keep an eye on. We are trying just a small amount of a miralax type thing to help with this. The cancer has not spread outside of the bladder as of yet so we are hopeful to have my puppy for a while longer.

I've been given very vague estimates as to how long we can expect to have her, maybe a few months? I with all of my heart hope for more. I'm hoping the oncologist may be able to buy us a bit more time.  We have decided agains the surgery and I'm unsure about chemo.

This is such a heartbeaking thing to happen to such a beautiful, perfect, incredibly loving dog. In addition to everyone's stories on here. 

It's amazing to find a community going through the same trials and understands how devastating it is to watch your best friend suffer so badly.

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by Litasmomma on Sat Apr 04, 2015 08:03 AM

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Hi Keagans Mom, I'm so happy that we can be here for you during this incredibly difficult time. Please let me know how it goes with the oncologist. Read through all my posts as I documented all the changes and issues me and my Sweet Lita went through battling this disease. If you have any questions or need an ear to stretch I am here for you. Litas Mom, Jennifer

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by everley on Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:24 PM

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On Apr 04, 2015 7:05 AM KeagansMom wrote:

Wow I am so greateful to have come across this board! Finally a group that understands how utterly devastating it is to watch your little one suffer through these horrible cancers. My 5 year old Keagan, was diagnosed on Tuesday March 31 with a more severe form of bladder cancer, one that affects only 0.5% of all dogs. One that we could have decided to do a very aggressive surgery with quite a few risks...one of them being that she could end up worse than she is now. Not a great prognosis. I'm hoping to speak with an oncologist next week and get my baby on medication so she can live out her life as happy and comfortable as possible. I am in tears (ok completely sobbing) thinking about the day that comes when I have to let her go. I have personally been through a lot of hurt, loss, life changes, pain and completely overwhelmed for the past few years and she has always been by my side without fail - always brings happiness wherever she goes. I can't imagine the way things will be without her.  I can't imagine holding her and witnessing those last breaths on her last day. It's more than I can take. 

She has been peeing blood on and off for about 6 weeks, we just thought it was a UTI but after the ultrasound and CT Scan it showed these horrible growths right at the enterence of one of the ureters into the bladder. She is still eating and drinking, but having problems defecating, something I know I have to keep an eye on. We are trying just a small amount of a miralax type thing to help with this. The cancer has not spread outside of the bladder as of yet so we are hopeful to have my puppy for a while longer.

I've been given very vague estimates as to how long we can expect to have her, maybe a few months? I with all of my heart hope for more. I'm hoping the oncologist may be able to buy us a bit more time.  We have decided agains the surgery and I'm unsure about chemo.

This is such a heartbeaking thing to happen to such a beautiful, perfect, incredibly loving dog. In addition to everyone's stories on here. 

It's amazing to find a community going through the same trials and understands how devastating it is to watch your best friend suffer so badly.

Hi Keagan's mom. I am SO sorry about your baby. My girl was diagnosed in Jan. 2014. Her tumor is inoperable. I never believed in putting a pet thru chemo as I have seen how sick it makes humans. But lately I have seen more and more posts that depending on the type of chemo, the pet can actually do very well and not be sick. I wished I had known that a year ago beause I would have looked into it. So do talk to the oncologist and see if your baby would be ok going thru those treatments. I put Tessa on 5mg of Peroxicam and it hasnt appeared to make any difference as far as shrinking the tumor. I have not had an ultrasound done since last July. At that time the tumor had grown since the previous one and it was too hard to see its progression. She hates going there anyways so I figured I would stop going and go by her actions on how the tumor is doing. She has blood in her urine on and off since Oct of 2013. But in the beginning of Feb it got pretty intense. She began peeing just blood. It lasted a few hours. Then stopped. Then again exactly a month later it happened again. Only this time it lasted about 3 or 4 days. It was very depressing to watch. I felt like crying every time it happened. She on the other hand, still acted totally normal. Her appetite has always been intact. We were thinking the bleeding would happen again this week since its been a month (weird how its like a cycle but shes spayed so?) but thankfully, no bleeding at all has happened since that last bought. She was also peeing clots and has from time to time. Sometimes they are grey in color (super weird). She cant seem to hold it very long so when she feels the need to go, she goes right where she is. I have covered the couch with trash bags and put pee pads on it and covered those with sheets. I dont want her to feel different and not be allowed on the couch so I just water proofed for her. I have pee pads all over the house and she will do her best to go on the nearest one. Needless to say there is a lot of laundry and trash all time. But she is worth it!

I too think about the dreaded end and wonder when it will be and how it will go. Like you I can NOT imagine my life without her. She will be 12 in June and I never thought she would see last fall but here she is still happy and her quality of life intact.

My vet didnt give me any type of timeline either and has been very pleased that over a year later, actually 15 months today from disgnosis :) she is still here and doing good. Like I said I dont know the porgression of her tumor as I have chosen not to look at its ugly form on ultrasound anymore. I just go by how she acts and how she feels.

My vet said the bleeding is normal and will happen but she will not bleed to death. She can become aneamic if it gets too heavy. My vet says the tumor will eventually cause an obstruction and that Tessa will get very sick very fast (ugh) and thats when the nightmare day will be. I feel like each day is a blessing and I also feel like each day is one day closer to the end. It is VERY hard having a terminal pet. I have not dealt with this before.

If you have any questions. Please ask.

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by HoneysMom on Wed Apr 29, 2015 03:34 PM

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I just wanted to thank all of you for providing me with all of this information. My fur baby Honey has been going through this as well. Beginning in May of 2014, she starting urinating blood which was diagnosed as a UTI. After being placed on antibiotics, the blood wasn't gone and that is when they found a large tumor on the bladder wall. They immediately diagnosed as TCC, and we began the mourning process as we knew that there was nothing we could do. After much research, I urged my vet to put Honey on a daily anti-inflammatory, and with one pill a day, she has successfully survived. 

However, she has begun showing a lot of weakeness in her hind-legs, and we don't know if this is from her frequent and prolonged squatting and trying to urinate or if this is another symptom of the cancer. We believe it could be the tumor pressing on the nerves innervating her hind legs, or it could be metastasis. We are hoping and praying for good answers, but we are so nervous because we love our girl and don't want her to be in pain. Will we truly know when she's ready to move on? And how did all of you cope with your precious pets leaving this world?

Thank you for your help, love to all of you

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by everley on Wed Apr 29, 2015 04:16 PM

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On Apr 29, 2015 3:34 PM HoneysMom wrote:

I just wanted to thank all of you for providing me with all of this information. My fur baby Honey has been going through this as well. Beginning in May of 2014, she starting urinating blood which was diagnosed as a UTI. After being placed on antibiotics, the blood wasn't gone and that is when they found a large tumor on the bladder wall. They immediately diagnosed as TCC, and we began the mourning process as we knew that there was nothing we could do. After much research, I urged my vet to put Honey on a daily anti-inflammatory, and with one pill a day, she has successfully survived. 

However, she has begun showing a lot of weakeness in her hind-legs, and we don't know if this is from her frequent and prolonged squatting and trying to urinate or if this is another symptom of the cancer. We believe it could be the tumor pressing on the nerves innervating her hind legs, or it could be metastasis. We are hoping and praying for good answers, but we are so nervous because we love our girl and don't want her to be in pain. Will we truly know when she's ready to move on? And how did all of you cope with your precious pets leaving this world?

Thank you for your help, love to all of you

Hi Honey's mom. I am so sorry you are going through this. I am blessed to say that I still have my girl and the cancer has not taken her from me...yet.

What kind of anti-inflammatory is Honey on and why didnt your vet recommend Peroxicam? My Tessa is on 5mg of Peroxicam a day and I also give her 2 drops of pure Frankincense essential oil (by doTerra) and she is still here 15 months after TCC diagnosis. I have to say she is doing really well considering she has terminal cancer. Like your Honey, she too urinates frequently and hovers there a long time or even walks around the pee pad dripping trying to either finish going or she just doesnt know her bladder is empty. Aside from not wanting to lose her, I think the hardest part is not knowing what SHE feels. I have no idea if it hurts her when she urinates or any other time. Ugh.

Her quality of life certianly seems in tact though. You wouldnt know she has anything wrong. Although she is 12, she has pep in her step and acts normal. Everyone on here that has lost thier baby says I will know when it is time. They all say there is no doubt. I am doing my best to trust in that advice. I dont want her to suffer but I would never want to cheat her out of a life that isn't over by making that wreched decision too soon.

I would do some research on the Peroxicam and then talk to your vet and maybe even get a second opinion on the meds. Also research the Frankincense oil, there have been alot of good things on the oil vs cancer.

Feel free to ask any questions. We all feel your pain.

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by Litasmomma on Wed Apr 29, 2015 08:14 PM

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Hi Honey's Mom. I'm so sorry that you and Honey are going through this. I have an ache in my heart that has never left since I had to put my Sweet Lita to sleep. She was my little baby and is now my forever angel. I promise you that you will know when it is time to say goodbye. I didn't believe it either and my biggest fear was the tumor suddenly causing so much pain to her that she would start yelping and never stop and I would have to rush her to the vet in the middle of the night to euthanize her. But, slowly, she told me when it was time. She stopped eating her favorite foods and in the end even stopped drinking. Her eyes were sad and she was tired and I could see that it was time. I did everything I could for her and I know I made the right decision at the right time. Please enjoy every single second you have with Honey and shower her with love and when the time comes you will know. Hope and prayers sent to you and Honey. Lita's Mom

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by scootersmom on Sat May 02, 2015 02:20 AM

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Hi everyone..my name is Sarah and I have an 11 year old female beagle named Scooter. I just read through all the posts. I may be jumping the gun, but we believe Scooter may have bladder cancer. There is definitely a mass in her bladder and it's pretty large. They used a catheter today using a "traumatic catheterization" procedure to draw out urine to test for cancer. To date, Scooter acts totally normal and the only reason we are finding this out is because she had a UTI that didn't go away the first time. We decided to do a urine culture and when the vet took her back to get urine directly from the bladder, she was using the ultrasound machine to guide the needle. Well, she never got that far because instead she found a mass. Reading other posts here, go along with what our vet said. It was too dangerous to draw out the urine that way. She shows no symptoms except she is peeing more due to the UTI. I will find out in a day or two if it's definitely cancer. I have a really good relationship with our vet and she believes she does. It's always devastating no matter what. I think my biggest challenge will be deciding what to do next. She mentioned the piroxicam and other alternatives with chemo drugs. If we did that she would refer us to a internist or oncologist. Here's one thing I know....I don't want scooter to go through the ups and downs of cancer. I want her to be as pain free and as comfortable as possible. I will be back here to let you know the final results. Thanks for listening.

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by Litasmomma on Sat May 02, 2015 05:34 AM

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Hi Sarah,

Prayers sent your way for you and for Scooter. Please keep all of us posted and I am here if you need me.

Lita's Mom, Jennifer

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