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Old 10-24-2012, 05:45 AM
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I have braced myself for this day for so long

I have braced myself for this day for so long as Tia is now 12.
The vet thinks Tia has cancer

She developed a lump on her side (muscle) which has increased significantly over the past month or so. We thought that it was just another fatty tumor. However apparently it is full of blood and it is growing. The vet thinks that it could be hemangiosarcoma.

The thought of her suffering is unbearable. I have no idea what to expect. I am wondering if it is safe to let her jump out of the car?

She has a history of partial seizures, panting and feeling hot to the touch. We are wondering how this all fits together. She does sometimes talk out of the blue. Other than this she is not miserable or lethargic. She loves to go on walks and her sparkly personality still shines through.

Can anyone offer any insight of what we might expect?
What do you wish someone told you when you first found out?

We have just put an order in for some Yunnan Biayoa and tumeric/curcumin.
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:37 AM
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I am so very sorry for the news about Tia.
Is she eating and drinking?
Is her breathing o.k.
Did he give you any idea what to watch for.
Where is the tumor?

My hubby and I have have lost two dogs to hemangiosarcoma. We did exploratory surgery on Snobear, but the cancer was on his liver, so we chose to say Goodbye to him while he was under anesthesia. With our Smooch, who was almost 12, they thought she had hemangiosarcoma or lymphoma. She had gagged up some blood and didn't want to eat. Smooch seemed to be having trouble breathing and did not go upstairs anywhere. She was sick about 2 wks. and the vet thought she was suffering because of her breathing, so Ken and I were with her as she crossed the Rainbow Bridge.
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Thanks Karen. She seems to be breathing and eating fine.
The lump is on her side with likely muscular involvement.
The vet said that a bleed could happen quickly anywhere at anytime, probably in 3 months.

It so hard to see such a sweet life end like this.
Now I jump at any sound or movement she makes
The unknown is the hardest part.

Gosh that must have been so incredibly heart shattering for you
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I know exactly how you feel!! Is there someone at home with Tia most of the time?
I'm glad that Tia is eating and drinking and eating fine!

P.S. The only way Ken and I can get through losing our babies, is to adopt another. We now have Tucker and Tonka (picture in the pool).
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We both work but our end of year holidays are in sight.
I ended up getting another golden after our cat passed. It sure does help you through the tough times by keeping you distracted. Fur buddies are great healers.
I don't think that this will happen this time around though.
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Glad you have another dog!
There are MANY people on here who have lost their dogs to hemangiosarcoma.
There are a few that have lived for some time with it-they had surgery and chemo, radiation.
Our biggest fear was our Snobear bleeding out while we were gone and as you said, we could not bear to think Smooch and Snobear would suffer at all.
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So sorry to hear this news! As many others here, we have dealt with this. Our Toby was diagnosed when he was 11. Following his ultrasound, the vet came out with tears in her eyes and told me to take him home and make him happy. He had a wonderful 3 months and we lost him just after Christmas. I look back at this as a gift though it was hard to do that at the time. So many lose their dogs unexpectedly but we knew it was coming and had the time to appreciate him to the fullest and make him extra happy every day. I'm sure he felt changes but he never knew he was dying until the end. So sorry for your diagnosis but I hope you can have some wonderful time with your girl until the end comes.
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I am so sorry to hear of Tia's diagnosis. I will keep her in my thoughts.

My Reno has been battling hemangio for 16.5 months......there is hope!!
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I'm so very sorry to hear this news! You're all in my thoughts and prayers ♥
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