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RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by mellen - Yesterday at 12:14 AM

I can't believe the difference a week makes...we took her in on Monday to discuss the fluid build up with the vet and she had gained 3.6 lbs.  Gracie has been having black tarry, mucousy stools on and off for the last three days and she has been vomiting.  Her appetite has been lacking a bit.  

Anyway, we returned today to get the fluid drained and she gained another 4 lbs. in that short period.  So we were hopeful that it may help her be more comfortable.  The vet stopped the procedure and said she hit solids and that it wasn't all fluid in there but assumed to be tumors spreading in her abdominal cavity.  She then discussed euthansia with us.  

So we have an appointment to say goodbye tomorrow.  My hubby bought a t-bone steak for her tomorrow.  I'm heartbroken but know we are making the right decision.  Just this afternoon she is seriously struggling with walking even.  

Today is one week shy of 8 months since diagnosis.We are going to her so much.  I'm praying that by some miracle she passes tonight in her sleep but know if she doesn't - she will be waiting for us in heaven after tomorrow.  :(.....

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by mellen - Tuesday at 10:53 PM

Hi Jsmerdy! How is your pup?  How did she do while you were away?  We are going through the end stages right now ourselves and there are so many ups and downs.  Just started some new symptoms with blood in her stools and bloated belly with fluid.  She is on the stomach protectants.  We stopped the peroxicam and are seeing the vet tomorrow to get her belly drained and talk.  Her appetite has been not so great but still in pretty good spirits.  The vet said she did not seem to be in any visable pain so we are just spoiling her and hopefully she goes on her own without us having to put her down. Anyway, hope your furbaby is doing well.   

Hi Everley and thank you...so I found out it is a build up of fluid.  The cancer is progressing.  She does not seem to have any discomfort.  She stretches out and looks relaxed.  When her belly is palpitated - she does not show any signs of pain.  So we are pretty sure she's still not in pain.

 Last night she was up three times so it was a tough night.  But I don't know if that is because she didn't eat in the morning and we dialed her insulin back - sometimes that takes days to get her body back in sync.

Her stool is normal other than straining a bit.  No blood in it - firm and wet (sounds gross - sorry! lol)...My hubby took her for a walk today and said she was very active and enjoyed it.  We had a beautiful sunny day here and when they returned from the walk she took a long nap in the sunshine.   Praying she continues to be comfortable.  Thank you again for your reply. I guess this is just another thing to add to the list of end stages symptoms. =(      <3

Good evening!  Over the past week or so we have noticed that Gracie has had a bit of a bloated stomach.  Some days she has no appetite and others she is ravenous.  We had at least 4 feedings last week that she was not interested in.  So my hubby made a vegetable, bison and beef concotion that we mix with her commercial food and she has really enjoyed it.  She normally has pretty loose skin on her belly but we have noticed that she's been bloated - like her belly is full but we know there is not much in there.  Has anyone else noticed that with their pups with TCC?  Thank you.... <3

Hi JoeIndy,
I am so sorry to hear about your pup!  I am somewhat new to the Cancer Compass website but there is a super board here that is titled CANINE BLADDER CANCER FINAL STAGES.  There is a lot of information on the board about what to expect.  There are some that have had their beloved pup die naturally and others that had to put them down.  My weimaraner, Gracie was diagnosed 7/27/18...she is a fighter and doing ok for now.  She has good days and bad days.  I'm not sure that there is a normal progression.  With our dog she started having accidents but we thought it was a UTI...she got frequent ones because she's a diabetic.  So we didn't think much of it until our vet suggested an ultrasound.  We put piddle pads out for her because she has accidents.  We have a waterproof mattress pad that we got through amazon (actually we have several) that we put on the bed for her.  And when she started bleeding and leaking we put tried both disposable diapers and cloth ones that have a maxi pad in them.  For now she's been doing well on the accident and leaking side.  We switched her peroxicam from morning to night instead.  That seems to have helped in our situation for her (and us) to get a few hours of uniterupted sleep.   I feel so bad for her because I know she does not want to pee in the house but it just happens - she truly can't help it.   Sending prayers and hugs to you guys...it's a horrible disease.  

RE: Canine Bladder Cancer Final Stages

by mellen - February 10 at 8:38 PM

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. 

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