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I am so sorry you and Shadow are going through this horrible cancer. It's been 5 years since my Scotty passed and I can pinpoint three things that signaled the time right before she passed. First she stopped sleeping with me and instead stayed on a blanket by the kitchen door. Second she completely stopped eating and third she could only walk to the end of the driveway before having to go back to the house. Three months before she passed I spoke with my vet about having her pass at home so there would be less stress for Kenzie and so I could make the arrangements with a clear head. It does not sound like Shadow is at the end so let him eat, play and take all the long walks he wants with you. When it is time you will sense that something with Shadow is different and that is how you will know. Then it might be time to let your son know so he can say good-bye. This is a gut-wrenching process so for now I wish you much, much more time to share love with your sweet Shadow. Bless you both!

Oh Rose, my heart goes out to you on the loss of your beloved Boo. I agee that this cancer is a cruel way to go. I too did not see that my Kenzie's leg pain was related to the cancer. Be gentle with yourself because like most of us on this site, we just don't know this disease and we go by what out vets tell us. I remember that last walk too. It was the day the vet agreed to come to my house to help get her to Rainbow Bridge. You gave so much love to Boo and that love helped him stay with you for those 18 months. I pray that the special love you shared with Boo and the memories you have of your sweetheart will comfort you. 

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! 

My heart goes out to your sweet Butch but especially to you as Butch's Mom. The pain of waiting is so devastating that at times I could hardly stand it. I can't tell you what to do for your dear Butch, but this is what I did for my Scotty, MacKenzie. I chose not to do chemo because of cost and my vet could only give me 30% chance of it working. Kenzie was on Piroxicam to slow the tumor growth and Misoprostal to protect the stomach. I gave her milk thistle to support the liver and cranberry extract to support her bladder. I cooked her organic chicken or beef with lots of organic green vegetables (the basic cancer diet- no carbs). To keep her spirits ( and mine) up we did something she loved to do everyday. Her favorite place to go was Petsmart where she saw all of her dog and people friends. I think it helped her to get all that love and attention every day. Every night before we fell asleep I would tell Kenzie the story of how we "met". When I cried I did it away from her and tried to keep everything light and fun. Kenzie lived for almost 2 years from diagnosis. The bladder tumor went to her back and she could not walk far without pain. I did find a vet who did cold laser treatments on her back and leg which would give her a few days without pain. She ate right up until the night before she passed and her weight was the same as the day she was diagnosed. Several months before she died my vet agreed to come to my home so all the people she loved could be with her when she passed. Kenzie passed away peacefully in my arms under our old oak tree. She let me know when it was time to let her go and Butch will let you know too. So whether Butch has a day, a week or months to live be sure he lives it well. Spend every moment you can together because now when I look back those moments are what I gets me through the day. Bladder cancer is a horrid disease because it's unpredictable. I pray that you and Butch have much more precious time together. Hugs to you both!

My heart goes out to you Lita's Mom. Lita fought so hard to stay with you. I believe their spirit never wants to leave us. You will see your dear, sweet girl again. I have to believe that or I would not want to go on without my Scotty girl who passed from TCC this past April 14. Mornings and nights are the hardest because of the routine necessary with this cancer. You did everything possible for Lita and you made her life with you the happiest it could possibly be. I truly wish you peace and comfort in the memories you and Lita shared together.

I'm so glad Lita is doing so great! You are a wonderful Mom to Lita as well. Peroxicam and Misoprostol to protect the stomach kept my Mackenzie going for almost 2 years. Just keep supporting Lita's immune system. Kenzie took milk thistle and cranberry extract, along with probiotics. She was on the cancer diet with lots of chicken, beef, salmon and veggies (no simple carbs or sugar). It sounds like Lita wants so much to be with you. Celebrate each and every moment. The joy you feel when you're with your baby is so worth it

After the ultrasounds to diagnose TCC, I did not have any additional ultrasounds so I don't know if the cancer had spread. My vet said it would likely spread to the lungs first. I hope your Lita does not have TCC, so keep us posted after your appointment. Fingers crossed!

Lita sounds like an amazing girl! Looking at the date of your post I think our girls were going through similar things at the same time. My Scotty Mackenzie started having large clots which was so upsetting to see. She was having trouble walking and I knew it was the tumor pressing on a nerve in her back. As long as you think Lita is comfortable and eating then hang in there with her. She will let you know when she's in pain. Mackenzie was crying out when I touched her back leg, then she refused food. The vet came to my home and my sweet girl passed peacefully under our old oak tree on Mon. 4/14/14. She was 13 and fought TCC for 2 years. I will pray and send good thoughts to you and Lita.

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Bladder Cancer
Alternative Treatments, Cancer Nutrition, Cancer Treatments

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