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Thanks for asking Christa.

Tia is not doing very well
She continues to go down hill with hind leg weakness yet her eyes are so bright and alert. This is more than just arthritis. Her uncomfortable heat intolerance makes things 100x worse. She is a strong willed girl so this is very confusing for her

We fed her fillet steak and roast chicken yesterday which she loved. Her tummy is grumbling today so it may have been a mistake

I am very thankful that she can still get up and go about her business but I wonder how much longer that will last. Her eyes tell me that she refuses to give up and that she has no intention of going anywhere.

Over the past 6 weeks we have fallen in love all over again which I did not think was possible. I constantly check on her and she looks to me for comfort which intensifies our tight bond.

I hope things are a lot better at your end and that you have noticed some improvements or at least some extra sparkles in your pups eyes.
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Thanks for the update, Doug.
Tia sounds like a fighter! She knows that you are not giving up on her either, what a fantastic bond!

My pups are fine. Toby is doing really well with the magnetic collar, he has not been limping. I have not put the collar on Thunder as much, but he is doing good. Right now, everybody is curled up and sleeping. It is warm here for December, about 19 degrees Celsius or 67 degrees Fahrenheit.

I hope your vet can come up with something to help Tia with her arthritic pain and weakness.
Please give her an extra hug from me and I am keeping your sweet girl in my thoughts.
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Have you checked into acupuncture or laser therapy for Tia?
Here is a link that explains laser therapy a bit.
Two clinics offer it now in the adjacent town and I am considering it for Toby, if he gets worse. I have heard good reviews about laser therapy.

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Yes we tried acupuncture but didn't see any improvement.

The laser therapy looks amazing. I doubt that it is available here Tia is only expected to live for another month if that so it may not work out for us

We believe her leg weakness has more to do with a loss of blood from the tumor rather than the usual arthritis which we have been dealing with for the past 5 years.

Thanks for your kind thoughts
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Just catching up on this thread. My heart aches for Tia and her family. May you all hold on to the love and may Tia transition peacefully. It is all we can hope for when dealing with our heart dogs being so ill. God Bless Tia and her family during this time.
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Doug, I am so sorry about Tia's prognosis, but you never know. Goldens are fighters, don't count her out yet.
I do so hope for the best for your little girl and she has more quality time left with you!

Hug that sweet girl of yours from me and the furry boys
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Doug - I'm thinking of you and Tia ((Hugs))
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THANKS guys!!

Just to clarify for anyone reading this in the future who has a pup with hermangiosarcoma and craves info like we do from our understanding Tia ihas experienced a couple of ruptures of her tumour this causes overall extreme weakness especially in her back legs. It is very intense when this happens as she can become weak and can fall and needs to lie down flat. During this time her eyes are bright and aware. We try to give her lots of water along with her YB insurance pill. Her gums do go pale but Tia's gums are usually pale anyway. After a few hours (when some of the blood is reabsorbed) she is able to get up. By the next day she is her usual sunny self and is fully mobile. Most dogs with this kind of cancer do not get a second chance however apparently episodic bleeds can happen but will eventually get worse. Our vet has confirmed that there is nothing we can do when this happens only to watch, wait and prepare ourselves.

Over the last week and a half she has gradually become slow on walks even though she has a bright smile on her face so we take her to cafes for valuable mental stimulation as a compromise. Last month we bought a dog ramp so she could get into and out of the car without any bumps. However Christa was right to warn us about the car as we believe this caused her last bleed. Tia loves car rides and visits all over the city as we take our goldens with us where ever we can but now this cannot happen anymore

Our vet has also gently suggested that we need to start thinking about the option of putting her to sleep as we cannot predict her final moments due to the possibility of seizures. However, there is also a possibility that she could go peacefully on her own. At this stage Tia continues to give us plenty of tail wags and smiles despite the couple of times where she has crashed and recovered. She has is larger than life character and lets us know that she wants to get back to normal. It is difficult to let her go when her eyes are beaming with life.

Tia is usually very keen to see what we bring out of the kitchen but today she has passed her breakfast so once more we shall watch and wait and reassess the situation moment by moment.

Thanks again for your kind thoughts
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Aw, Doug. You're such a good dad, and she's such a good girl.

Our hearts and prayers go out to you and Tia during this incredibly tough time.
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It has got to be so hard when she looks at you, still full of life, but her body does not cooperate. I am so sorry. I guess I did not realize her condition is that dire.
I do hope that when her time comes, she will die peacefully in her sleep, at home, loved. She is a special girl.
Cherish every moment you have left, I am sure she appreciates everything you are doing for her and she is lucky to have you .

Sending more hugs Tia's way.
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