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With Fozzie, it was about 8 weeks from the time he started manifesting any symptoms until his death at age 9. The only symptom he had was loss of appetite. We didn't think anything of it at first, because he was a dog that got tired of his food once in awhile, and we had to switch it up. It continued, so we took him to the vet. He was found to have an elevated temp and a slightly elevated white count. We went back and forth with 3 or 4 different antibiotics, and some Cerenia thrown in for nausea when it was needed. All along, our vet told us, you could do an ultrasound, but it won't change the outcome, so it's up to you. Anyway, at the very end, he was put on prednisone, but was still taking his daily walks. He had lost about 12 pounds at this point. No more than a week into the prednisone, he collapsed and died on our living room floor of a bleed in in his spleen and liver. By the time I realized his gums were a pale grey color, it was too late. I never thought I'd have to watch my precious furbaby go this way..
With our first golden, Gallagher, he was pretty healthy for a 12 year-old boy, aside from some arthritis. We had a small child at the time. One morning, I happen to be outside with him when he peed. He peed blood. We took him to the vet, and decided to let them do exploratory surgery on him. His spleen had ruputured, and there was cancer throughout his belly. We sent him to the Bridge while he was still under, so we didn't get to say goodbye.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that it is never easy, no matter how you go through it. I would say that loss of appetite in any dog should be a major red flag.