Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

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RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by everley on Sun May 03, 2015 06:22 AM

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Hi Scooters mom. My Tessa is a beagle too. They are my favorite breed. I'm sorry to hear of Scooters mass. I never did find out if Tessa's is cancer or not. But it most likely is. It didn't really matter because either way the meds were going to work or they weren't.  I didn't want Tessa to be put thru chemo or harsh drugs either. I just want her to have the best life possible.  She strains when she urinates, meaning she seems to keep trying to go after she already has or will drip. There has been blood in her urine several times over the past 15 months,  which is what lead me to take her to the vet in the first place. Vet did an ultrasound right away and it was a tumor not a UTI. sigh. She still has great quality of life so Scooter could too. Keep us posted. 

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by Litasmomma on Sun May 03, 2015 06:49 AM

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Hi Everley,

I'm so happy to hear that Scooter is still doing good. I was just reading through my past posts and I want to thank you so much for helping me keep this blog alive. I really think that we can make a difference by sharing our stories and experiences and know that none of us are alone. It's so crazy but as I was reading through my past posts I actually started to cry as I was flooded with all the emotions I went through and, obviously, still go through as this disease affected our lives like no other because it literally is a waiting game and it completely consumes you. As a result of Lita's passing I now volunteer at a Beagle Rescue at least twice a month. Believe it or not, I rescued my new little Silky Terrier, Athena, from the Beagle Rescue as they pulled her from a high kill shelter here in Las Vegas. I have also rescued a little wire haired terrier as well. I have really tried to keep Lita's Legacy alive and had it not been for her passing I would never have met the amazing people at the Beagle Rescue and gotten involved in supporting and helping such a important cause. Anyway, I just wanted to give an update and share and to let you know that I am here and doing ok. Take care Everley and please keep me posted. 

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by HoneysMom on Sun May 03, 2015 11:14 PM

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Hi everyone, so things with my sweet baby are not looking great. We took our girl to the vet, and they diagnosed her with a severe UTI that was causing her a lot of pain and causing her to limp and avoid putting weight on her hind legs. They put her on a strong antibiotic about a week ago, but it does not appear as though it is working. She still is not using her back leg, and it's almost as though one of her legs is no longer working. It looks as though she has gone lame in that one leg. 

We are just so unsure of what will happen next, because she is not able to walk around like she used to anymore. We are sending prayers up for our sweetie, but she is eating less and less and just having a lot of trouble. Did any of you experience something like this?

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by semtchr on Mon May 04, 2015 12:45 AM

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Hi HoneysMom,

Yes, my sweet Scottie MacKenzie went through the same thing. Is Honey in pain? Kenzie was in so much pain, you could not touch her anywhere near her back legs. I found a vet that treated her with a cold laser. Although she would be in some discomfort during the treatment, by the end of the session she would be walking normally. It would last about 2 days and then she would not want to walk again. I bought her 6 treatments, but Kenzie only used 2 and then she stopped eating. The vets told me she might have arthritis, but I knew it was the tumor. I hated that the walks that she so loved and we did every day was something she could no longer do. I pray your Honey can get passed this and you have the gift of more time together. Kenzie has been gone for a year now and I would give anything to walk with her one more time. Give Honey kisses for me! 

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by HoneysMom on Mon May 04, 2015 11:49 PM

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Hi everyone, 

I hope you are all doing well this evening. We took our baby girl to the vet today, and we got some surprising news. She has torn her ACL, so her lameness is from that and not the tumor. We are relieved, but this opens our situation up to a whole new set of issues!

Because she has a terminal illness, we do not think that surgery would be a viable option because we do not know if the disease has spread, and the vet says that sometimes, opening them up creates more problems than it solves. We're planning on getting her a brace and the vet is optimistic that with strong anti-inflammatories, our little girl will be able to rest and rebuild her own ligament with scar tissue!

Thank you all for your support! Lots of love to you all.  

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by everley on Mon May 04, 2015 11:56 PM

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Hi Lita's mom, my beagle is named Tessa, Scooter belongs to user Scootersmama, I know it gets a little confusing on here. It makes me sad that there are so many of us!

I love that you work at a rescue! I am not sure I could do that. I would want to keep them all. Congrats on the rescues that you adopted.

Tessa is still doing good. Each day is a gift.

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by scootersmom on Tue May 05, 2015 12:41 AM

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How long ago was Tessa diagnosed and how did you find out she had TCC?

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by Litasmomma on Tue May 05, 2015 04:44 AM

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Sorry about that Everley! I'm so happy that Tessa is still doing good. Yes everyday is a blessing and I know you cherish each and every one!

Please keep me posted and God bless your little beagle!!

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by scootersmom on Wed May 06, 2015 12:08 AM

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I haven't had a chance to pop back in yet.  The vet called yesterday afternoon to tell my the cytology report from the traumatic catheterization shows TCC cells....cancer.  I thinkn I knew...I think the doctor was trying to prepare me for it.  I think it's easier for me to handle because Scooter isn't showing any signs of anything except for a UTI but now she's on a antibiotic and that was gotten better.  

I have been drowning in research and trying to figure out next steps.  We have an appointment with an internist to get all the options.  I am thinking chemo isn't an option, mostly because it only buys months, no remission or a cure.  The next week or so will be tough until we make a decision.  Appreciate your support...

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by Litasmomma on Wed May 06, 2015 12:56 AM

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Hi Scooters mom. I remember when I got that news. I was grasping at anything to believe it wasn't that but, like you, I already knew. Please research Perdue University. At the time Lita was going through this I read that they were making some progress to help prolong life and improve quality of life for dogs with TCC. I will pray for you and Scooter. Litasmom
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