Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

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RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by bellacoco on Mon Aug 22, 2016 01:30 PM

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bellacoco how will I know if there is anything that can shrink the tumor he is 10 years old and is taking tramadol and rimadyl. How will I know when it is time to put him to sleep. I just lost a yorkie in March and another yorkie 2 years ago when I was going through chemo for cancer. I am just devestated!

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by bellacoco on Mon Aug 22, 2016 01:32 PM

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My yorkie has bladder tumor which is cancer

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RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by bellacoco on Mon Aug 22, 2016 01:32 PM

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On Aug 22, 2016 1:32 PM bellacoco wrote:

My yorkie has bladder tumor which is cancer

PLEASE READ ABOVE

bellacoco how will I know if there is anything that can shrink the tumor he is 10 years old and is taking tramadol and rimadyl. How will I know when it is time to put him to sleep. I just lost a yorkie in March and another yorkie 2 years ago when I was going through chemo for cancer. I am just devestated!

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by Litasmomma on Mon Aug 22, 2016 07:07 PM

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I'm so sorry you are having to go through this.Tell your vet to prescribe Peroxicam. It helped Lita and slowed the growth of the tumor.

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by everley on Mon Aug 22, 2016 07:33 PM

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On Aug 22, 2016 1:32 PM bellacoco wrote:

On Aug 22, 2016 1:32 PM bellacoco wrote:

My yorkie has bladder tumor which is cancer

PLEASE READ ABOVE

bellacoco how will I know if there is anything that can shrink the tumor he is 10 years old and is taking tramadol and rimadyl. How will I know when it is time to put him to sleep. I just lost a yorkie in March and another yorkie 2 years ago when I was going through chemo for cancer. I am just devestated!

bellacoco - 

I am so sorry you are going through this again with your baby. I lost my sweet girl in March as well. I was just like you and worried how I would know when that time came. There are several symptoms that can occur that I was always watching for. It is pretty common that they will get an obstruction from the tumor and are unable to urinate. This is an emergency and you will need to take him in immediatly. He will try to go but will not be able to so watch him closely. Another sign is of course loss of appetite. My Tessa ate anything and everything in her path so we knew when her eating habits changed that the time was near. In my case she actually passed away at home on her own and I was right there with her. She had been sick all day and I knew I was going to have to take her in the next day but she decided it was her time that night. I am still not quite sure what took her but the weeks leading up to it she ate less and less and lost a lot of weight and just seemed to not feel well. She was still going on short walks and was able to urinate. I think her body just shut down from losing so much blood all the time and then not eating so having little to no nutrients to help the enimia. I just think her organs began failing. It was heartbreaking and 5 months later I think about her EVERY day. She was on Peroxicam and I am not sure whether it helped or not but she lived 2 years and 2 months after being diagnosed. I also had her on Frankinsence oil 2 x a day with her food.

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by alleykat on Thu Aug 25, 2016 06:30 PM

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i am so sorry everyone is going through this.. but i have to say having this discussion board is a little comforting to know you all are real people dealing with the same issues and are able to communicate.

so charlie has been on his prioxcam for a little over a week now.. his strain has gotten much better however now the stream that he has is basically blood.  his diaper is filling up and leaking blood after two hours of wearing it and starting yesterday i noticed clots in it.  i spoke to the vet covering for his vet today and he said it is just the progression of this horrible disease.  he is still spry and playful.. insatiable for food and water doesnt even describe how thirsty and hungry he is.  ..he is still not crying but he is def sleeping a little bit more.

..am i doing the wrong thing??? is he in pain and i just cant see it or want to see it??? he still jumps on me when i get home and rolls around looking to play then goes to lay down in his new "bed" i have created out of his favorite blanket right in front of the AC.  i just feel horrible and have now fear of anemia being on the table with the amount of blood that is coming out of him.

i am sending all you fur parents that are dealing with this sooooooo much love and hugs and all positive vibes.. this really sucks.

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by everley on Thu Aug 25, 2016 11:31 PM

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On Aug 25, 2016 6:30 PM alleykat wrote:

i am so sorry everyone is going through this.. but i have to say having this discussion board is a little comforting to know you all are real people dealing with the same issues and are able to communicate.

so charlie has been on his prioxcam for a little over a week now.. his strain has gotten much better however now the stream that he has is basically blood.  his diaper is filling up and leaking blood after two hours of wearing it and starting yesterday i noticed clots in it.  i spoke to the vet covering for his vet today and he said it is just the progression of this horrible disease.  he is still spry and playful.. insatiable for food and water doesnt even describe how thirsty and hungry he is.  ..he is still not crying but he is def sleeping a little bit more.

..am i doing the wrong thing??? is he in pain and i just cant see it or want to see it??? he still jumps on me when i get home and rolls around looking to play then goes to lay down in his new "bed" i have created out of his favorite blanket right in front of the AC.  i just feel horrible and have now fear of anemia being on the table with the amount of blood that is coming out of him.

i am sending all you fur parents that are dealing with this sooooooo much love and hugs and all positive vibes.. this really sucks.

hi alleykat - 

NO you are not doing the wrong thing. Tessa started having bleeding a whole year before she passed. They would come and go so we referred to them as bleeding episodes. I will warn you the bleeding can get pretty severe much like a bad period. We lined the house with pee pads because she also began leaking urine. So the pads would catch all the above. It would just leak out while she slept or laid down. I beleive the leaking began in Nov and she passed in March. Her bleeding would last anywhere from just a few light pink urine spots once in a while to even a week of heavy clotting. It was awful to see and VERY disheartening because I knew it meant the tumor was progressing. However, just like your Charlie, her personality and spirits were very much normal. She was happy, eating food like normal and acting like nothing was wrong. So that is what we focused on and just handled the crime scene as it came. We wanted her to have the best life possible and live as long as she could without suffering. I do think the bleeding cause her to be quite aneamic so I out spinach in her food for what that was worth. Anemia will also make them abnoramally thirsty and hungry as well so let him have all he wants (within reason). Tessa never ever cried or whimpered so I dont think she was in pain from the bleeding but then again she was always a trooper so she could have had some pain and I wouldnt know. Just  keep a very close on eye on charlie, invest in diapers or pee pads and spoil him all you can. This disease is ugly and no dog deserves this. It sounds like you are doing all the right things for him. As long as he is happy that is all you can do. I too found this board very helpful when I was going through this. Happy to help anytime. Hug Charlie all you can. :)

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by Litasmomma on Fri Aug 26, 2016 06:09 AM

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Hi alleykat,

I am so happy that I started this page back when my little girl was experiencing these symptoms. We all go through the same see-saw of emotions with this disease and it sounds like you are an amazing mommy to your llittle Charlie. I completely agree with Everley. The disease rears it's ugly head the same in all the dogs that are unlucky enough to have it and you are doing everything perfect. Continue to spoil him with whatever he wants and I promise you will know when it's time. I never believed it but I knew when the time came. It's not a certain symptom or something to look for, I can only explain as this: you know when you start to see them giving up and they may stop eating or drinking or going to the bathroom. It's not typically an 'oh no, I have to rush him to the vet and put him to sleep because he's in so much pain' kinda know either. Their bodies just slowly give up and it's typically very gradual and it's then that you will know. Please keep us posted as we are all a little family on here and truly care about what you are going through. 

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by LoMonaco12 on Mon Nov 07, 2016 07:45 PM

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We have a cairn terrior that is just over 11 years old. He was diagnosed with TCC a year ago. It was 25% of his bladder but the back end so no blockage. We opted out of surgery and chemo. We wanted quality of life for him.  Allot of surgeries ended in the cancer spreading and since he is a dog and cannot tell me how the chemo is effecting him we put him on the peroxicam. That made him very sick so he had less than 1/10th of what we were told to give him. However I did put him on a strict diet of homemade food. Protein and vegi's. Gave him lots of love and prayer too.  We added flax seed oil to his food and included cottage cheese each day. It was a cancer diet I found. No carbs as carbs feed the cancer. At first the tumore shrunk. That was about 4 months later. We did switch meds so he would not be so sick as well.   Then in August about 10 months later we had more testing at it was at 80% of his bladder. Now 12 months later Stuart is in his final stages.

I highly recommend you get doggy diapers.  I found mine on Amazon.  I used mens adult pads inside of them as well.   It allowed us to enjoy Stuart being in the house as much as possible as well as monitor the amount of urine.  His urine is very little now with allot of blood. He still eats well and drinks.  Wags his tell and tries to show us how happy he is.

We know he only has a few days or weeks left but everyday is a good day that urine flows.   The moment it stops we will send him to doggy heaven. It is a very painful death otherwise.  

Hugs and love to all of you going through this.   It is hard.  Stuart lasted a year or more so far without surgery or chemo.   Just make the most of every day you have with your fur baby.   

Take Care,

Terri

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by Litasmomma on Mon Nov 07, 2016 08:20 PM

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Terri, Thank you for posting this. I'm so sorry that your little boy is going through this. I know that a lot of people still read this posting and it helps them get through this horrible ordeal. God bless you and your little boy for many more days together. You sound like an amazing mom. Litasmom
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