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Old 10-20-2008, 12:54 PM
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Since becoming involved in my local golden rescue. I have heard many cases of goldens getting cancer. Is this common to all dogs or especially goldens? Does anyone have any experiences/advice to share?
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Old 10-20-2008, 12:57 PM
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Cancer is very common among goldens, and I recall reading that it is the #1 killer of goldens. My Gage died of cancer in January; by the time he showed symptoms, it was too late and the cancer had spread throughout his body. Hemangiosarcoma and lymphoma seem to be the most common types, but there are, sadly, many other forms that can take our beloved dogs.
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I have lost two goldens to cancer...one at age 13 to hemangiosarcoma and one at age 2 to soft tissue sarcoma...when I was having Harry (my 2 yr old) treated at a radiation/chemo facility in Massachusetts, I met by far more golden retrievers and their owners than any other breed. We went for 16 days in a row and every day it seemed a new golden came in for the first appointment....their is a man who lost his pup to cancer (not a golden though) and he is walking from Austin TX to Boston MA to raise money for canine cancer research...I hope it's okay to post the link...my Harry and also Barkley's names are on the shirts he is wearing. Harry passed away after the start of the walk. Luke (the guy walking) started his walk on March 16 (one year from the recall last year). I will be in Boston to meet him....talk about "putting money where your mouth is"...he is trying to make a difference!
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I have lost two goldens to cancer...one at age 13 to hemangiosarcoma and one at age 2 to soft tissue sarcoma...when I was having Harry (my 2 yr old) treated at a radiation/chemo facility in Massachusetts, I met by far more golden retrievers and their owners than any other breed. We went for 16 days in a row and every day it seemed a new golden came in for the first appointment....their is a man who lost his pup to cancer (not a golden though) and he is walking from Austin TX to Boston MA to raise money for canine cancer research...I hope it's okay to post the link...my Harry and also Barkley's names are on the shirts he is wearing. Harry passed away after the start of the walk. Luke (the guy walking) started his walk on March 16 (one year from the recall last year). I will be in Boston to meet him....talk about "putting money where your mouth is"...he is trying to make a difference!
http://www.2dogs2000miles.org/
Wow, what an awesome thing to do. I think I'll make a memorial pledge in Gage's name. Morris Animal Foundation is also involved in canine cancer research.
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cancer is common in goldens & many other purebred dogs. I lost both of my Dalmatians to it, one at age 4 & the other at 5.
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It's true...I lost Tanner to a fast acting cancer He was full of tumors and it was too late. They never diagnosed it but I already know it was that cancer that comes in the form of a lot of tumors and spreads so fast that one day they're fine and the next, boob, they're really sick and rushing to the vet He died a few days after during surgery because they tried to see the tumors and they were so bad and twisted around his organs that I told them to put him down....
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I was talking with one lady here in WI about her dog having cancer. She said they took a part of one of her organs (kidney I believe) and sent it to a study they are doing at Harvard University on cancer in dogs.
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I just lost my, almost 9 year old , Lyndi about 2 weeks ago to hemangiosarcoma of the heart.
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I just lost my, almost 9 year old , Lyndi about 2 weeks ago to hemangiosarcoma of the heart.

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The Vet who owned the Rehab facility I brought my two to, trained in Norwalk CT. It is where many cancer treatments are done in our state. Although another center has opened up. He felt bad having to tell me that most of the dogs he saw come in for treatment, were Golden Retrievers.
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