Join Date: Jan 2013
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My Buddy was just diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma
Buddy is my almost 7 yr old golden, he is truly my best friend and been by my side through everything. On Xmas day, I noticed a sudden change in his behavior, enough to scare me into thinking he had bloat or something serious, and I rushed him to a 24 hr vet clinic. In less than an hour, I learned that Buddy had a tumor in his spleen which had just ruptured, causing internal bleeding. This was the cause of his sudden behavior change. The next 15 minutes changed my life, I was given so much information, my head was spinning and tears were streaming down my face. Buddy has been such a healthy, happy dog! How could something happen so suddenly to his health?
My mom and I rushed him to a fully staffed full-service vet hospital, where he was admitted immediately. After an am ultrasound, it was confirmed 2 tumors in the spleen, 1 ruptured, and no other detectable tumors had spread. The liver came back clean. The splenectomy was underway. Buddy went thru surgery like a trooper and has been home now the last 5 days doing very well. I got the call last night from the vet that the tumors were malignant hemangiosarcoma. Through everything, I thought removal of the spleen would cure the cause of the tumor. What I didn't pick up on was that if malignant, my sweet Buddy would have a short time left with us. The vet said 3-6 months without chemotherapy, and that I would have a meeting with an oncologist during his staple removal in another week.
I have been in total grief and shock since the call last night. I cannot stop crying at the thought of the loss of my sweet precious golden Buddy. He is so young and has so much living left to do! I don't know how to cope with this pain, it's all just too much. How did everyone start working through it?