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On Mar 22, 2019 12:18 AM mellen wrote:

Thank you all so very much for all of the support.  The information that you all posted/post has helped immensely.  I know we made the right decision - it's just that our hearts are broken...((((HUGS))))

I’m so so sorry. You have done everything you could for Gracie. Only 16 weeks ago We had to make the same heart wrenching decision. We miss and think of our beautiful Shadow every day but know we had to let him go. Thinking of you xx

On Feb 10, 2019 8:38 PM mellen wrote:

Hi everyone! I am so sad to hear all of these stories but find comfort in knowing we are not alone in our journey. On 7/27/18, our female weimaraner, Gracie was diagnosed with TCC.  She's 11 years old and has been a Type 1 diabetic for 3 years and she was always predisposed to UTI's.  So when she had accidents and blood in her urine we just figured it was another UTI.  The vet put her on antibiotics and then all was good until a few weeks later it was back.  This time he suggested we do an ultrasound.  We did and they found a tumor in the trigone area.  The radiologist and our vets agreed it was TCC based on the ultrasound.  They put her on Peroxicam, sucralfate and femotidine (Pepcid AC).  She's also on insulin (Vesulin) 2 x a day for the diabetes.  We had a repeat ultraound in October (3 mos after diagnosis) and as expected the tumor has grown.  In December she started to have an increase in blood in the urine...real blood - red and thick.  Her urine sample came back negative for bacteria.  So the "temp" vet (our normal one) was on vacation and they didn't put her on anything - just told us to monitor her.  Then over another weeks span it got worse..stringy and mucosy with clumps of clots in it.  She seemed uncomfortable but did not have a loss in appetite or change in behavior.  So I went back to the vet and they gave us antibiotics just to try it out in case the sample was skewed...WOW! Her urine cleared up, she was doing great! And then she finished the round of meds and it came back.  So they put her on antibiotics indefinately.  None of us understand why that is helping but it is..at least with the clots, stringy, bloody urine.  She still has a tinge of blood, pinkish and is doing well for the most part.  Some nights are horrible...she can't get comfy and has to go out several times a night (45 mins- 1 hr 15 mins).  Its difficult on us but she still acts like she's not in pain and has an appetite.  It has been a roller coaster for sure.  I came to this thread because I was trying to find out what to expect.  And that is probably one of the most frustrating parts of TCC in dogs.  It's not the same for every dog and you don't know what to expect.  Our vet is amazing and just a few weeks ago they (husband and wife team) told me to simply enjoy the time we have together because you will know when it's time.  And that is pretty much what everyone else says.  I guess when she stops eating and/or is in pain we will have to make that choice.  I feel guilty saying that I just hope she passes in her sleep when it happens so I don't have to make the decision.  But chances are slim that it will end that way - at least reading all of these posts.  Anyway, I don't know if this helps anyone but maybe if you see the increase in blood, clots and stringy, mucousy bloody urine - ask your vet about antibiotics. (Clavomox)....it's working for us (for now).  In the meantime, hugs to all of you and your furbabies. 

So sorry to hear about Gracie. It’s a horrid condition. We sadly had to let our Shadow go in November - 6 months after diagnosis. He was happy and pain free right to the end. As others have said on here, you will know when the time comes. With Shadow, he started passing much thicker clots and then couldn’t pass urine at all. This was over a period of a day. he had energy and a great appetite right to the end (he was very spoiled and ate better than we did!) The hardest thing I’ve ever had to do but I knew the time had come and I didn’t want him to have any more distress. We miss him so much. I hope you have much more time with her - Give her loads and loads of cuddles and enjoy every minute. Helen x
Oh yes the irony but so glad to hear that you're doing well. Shadow's perkier today and we've just enjoyed a game of football in the garden ??
Thank you Everley - that's so helpful- my biggest fear too is that there will be a crisis and he will be in distress. He's barking for titbits now so no sign of lethargy at the moment - I'm afraid he's being very spoilt at the moment x
Sorry I can't figure out how to respond to each reply on my phone but I am so grateful for the replies. It's so helpful to hear from you, who have been through this x
Thanks so much for your reply. He's been back with the vet today as now passing blood in his stools. Still bright and happy - the vet thinks this is due to the Loxicom treatment - so they've stopped it. Seeing how he goes over the next 24 hours. So glad that you were with Tessa and it sounds like she wasn't in distress. I just don't know when to call my son home from university- Shadow went to each and every one of his football matches when he was growing up and is his absolute best buddy. I know he'll regret it if he doesn't say goodbye ??
Our wonderful 12 year old Cocket Spaniel, Shadow was diagnosed with this horrid disease 4 months ago and is being treated with Loxicom. He's been doing great up until the last week or so but now passing lots of clots and having frequent accidents in the house, which he never did before. He doesn't seem to be in any pain, is still loving his food and wanting to go for walks. The question which I haven't really wanted to ask is how did those of you who have lost your beloved pets, know when the time was right? My son who's has been his best buddy for 12 years has just left for university and although he knows, is in denial. People keep telling me that I will know, but what I really want to avoid, if possible is a situation where he is distressed and in pain and that his best buddy doesn't get to say goodbye ??
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