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Hi Cathleen, I'm really so sorry to hear about Baxter. If they were able to remove 90% of the tumor, you may have Baxter for quite a while longer. My angel departed 4 weeks ago. She had her surgery in January and the vet gave her 2-3 months. She lasted 8 months under my conditions that she still wanted to eat, still wanted to play and wasn't in pain. Up until the very last day, other than needing to pee every couple of hours, she met those conditions. Some thoughts on medicine: The piroxicam didn't seem to help and made her very finicky. We had her on it for 4 weeks and then an ultrasound showed the tumor continued to grow. So we switched her to a low dose of prednisone. It has very strong anti- inflammatory results which we suspect helped keep the tumor down but also opened up the urethra and kept her kidneys in check. Right up to the last day, her kidneys were fine as was her liver. But her bladder started to get distended and that was the beginning of the end - about a month longer. So, for Maggie, who weighed 21 pounds, she got 3-4 mg of prednisone in the morning along with 2.5mg of tramadol (a mild pain killer) and a pepcid. I also put her on the graviola - thank you to this board! - which knocked out any blood in her urine. My vet also recommended glucosamine - 250mg twice a day. Trader Joe's and others sell a liver flavored tablet which was no problem to feed her. We also had her on fish oil - one capsule per day. The latter items were to keep things well-lubricated and the glucosamine was supposed to help create mucus in the bladder. Oh - and one other item - there is an herbal vet supplement called Urinary Bladder Support. It had cranberry, uva ursi, etc. and she got that once per day. The only items I could see worked were the prednisone which shortened the length of her pees; and the graviola which definitely did clear up blood in the urine. The rest were all part of the mix and something must have worked since she lasted so much longer than the vets every expected. This is a rotten cancer but it really didn't seem to cause pain - I think it was harder for me to watch her struggle to pee or wait 2 minutes to pee than it was for her. She never cried or squirmed until the very last day. Again, my thoughts and best wishes are with you. If you ever want to talk or get more advice, please drop a note. I miss my baby girl more than I can say but I know she was happy to stay with me and her sister as long as she did. (Maggie was 10.) God bless. Gregg
Susan, I hope that Diva is still with you. I'm sorry that I just found your email as I scour the internet for some help. My Westie - Maggie - was diagnosed with TCC in January and we did have a "debulking" performed. The cancer had spread to her urethra and starting to climb to one kidney so they weren't able to get it all. Maggie has been on and off Piroxicam for some time. At 20 pounds, her dose was 2.7mg. We had it specially formulated for her by VetCentric. It is hard on the stomach. Every morning Maggie receives a 10mg Pepcid to eliminate any stomach problems. Even so, she only takes the Piroxicam for two weeks at a time and then we switch to Metacam which is a milder form. We just started her on Prednisone to help with what appeared to be uncontrollable attempts to urinate. It has helped a great deal. She is also taking Tramadol - a mild non-narcotic pain reliever to help with the urge. It's been 4 months and every day is a guess. I don't put a lot of faith in the Piroxicam - as it wasn't made for this problem - but we give it to her with our fingers crossed. I wish you all the best.
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