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I'm so sorry for the loss of your beloved Tess. Losing her at such a young age and so suddenly, is so tragic. Hemangiosarcoma steels so many golden lives. RIP sweet Tess,

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So very sorry for your loss of Tess, she was absolutely beautiful. You must be heartbroken Unfortunately these things don't have symptoms and when they finally do it's too late. She is free from her pain now and will always be with you in spirit. We understand your pain as many of us have lost beloved Goldens in the rainbow bridge section. Run free sweet Tess.

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Hemangiosarcoma is a tumor of endothelial cells (cells that line blood vessels). The tumor is common in many different dog breeds, including Golden Retrievers. When the tumor affects the internal organs, common sites include the spleen and the right atrium (the smaller chamber of the right side of the heart). The tumor is not painful and the animals usually have no symptoms at all until the tumor ruptures. Since it is a vascular tumor, when the tumor ruptures, it tends to bleed excessively. If the tumor is on the spleen, the blood collects in the abdominal cavity (hemoabdomen). If the tumor is in the right atrium, the sac surrounding the heart (pericardial sac) fills with blood, preventing the heart from pumping normally.

Although without a necropsy (the veterinary version of an autopsy) you may not know for sure why your dog died, from what you have described, hemoabdomen secondary to hemangiosarcoma is possible. Other diseases of the spleen, including splenic hematomas can also cause hemoabdomen. As previously mentioned, usually there are no signs of a problem before the tumors rupture. Sometimes animals may have an episode of abdominal bleeding that is not fatal, in which case they may seem tired or depressed for a few days, but usually the first sign of a problem is sudden collapse of the affected dog.

I am very sorry for the loss of your Golden. I hope this information helps to put your mind at ease.
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Thanks so much everyone for your support. Can anyone tell me if this Hemangio cancer could have had any symptoms that i should have known about? She was a healthy dog and at every vet checkup, she always had a good strong heartbeat. This is why it was so shocking to us. Pic of Tess attached.

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I am so terribly sorry for your sudden loss. I do think your vet is right, there was probably a tumor that ruptured. The vast majority of the time there are no symptoms there is a problem that you can identify beforehand. Unless you had an xray prior to this for some reason and were lucky enough to find the tumor.

Losing them this way is shocking and unfair. I am truly so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful girl.

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I am so sorry about your shocking loss. 6 is way too young.

It is very common not to have any warning signs what so ever with this cancer, it will not even show up in blood work. One day the dog is healthy and happy as can be before becoming suddenly weak. May people here have been in your shoes. I was described to me that it was possible to look away for a brief moment and she could be gone. There is very little you could have done even if you had known. Invasive surgery would may have extended her time but not by a lot. This is a very aggressive and common cancer in goldens.

Our case is different as we have a visible tumour that is growing before our eyes. The mental torture has been more than difficult. We have watched her bleed internally and recover only to have it happen again and again. Each time she has bounced back and is her completely normal sunny self. However we know that this is only temporary. We must prepare ourselves as she could have severe difficulty with breathing or have a seizure from the shock of a massive bleed. We are on tender hooks knowing that our time with our beloved girl is limited and we could be thrown into crisis mode at any moment. I am constantly watching her breathe and checking up on her to make sure that she is ok. It is difficult to leave the house without worrying.

As hard as it is to lose your sweet girl in such a shocking manner I hope that you know that you are have been blessed with a relatively quick passing which should not be taken for granted. She did not suffer in pain. I have been reminded that animals leave their body before feeling any distress. The emptiness you feel would have happened even if you had known. Please release your unfounded guilt, you did not wish this on her and there is nothing you could have done. You did well to bring her home to a place where she felt safe and sat by her side.

Please know that Tess has returned to the beautiful and loving place that she came from where she learned about pure love and joy and is being pampered and loved by the angels who are celebrating her homecoming. To lose a golden buddy is massive for those left behind. I wish you all the very best in your healing.

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I am very sorry for a sudden loss of your Tess. It is just shocking to think how your life changed within 3 hours only. My deepest condolences to you and your wife.

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I am so sorry for your loss!
I lost two goldens fairly sudden years ago. At the time, all vets were saying lymphoma, but I am also suspecting hemangiosarcoma instead.
It is especially horrible when the loss is so sudden and of course, you want answers.
Again, I am so sorry!
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I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending cyber hugs and healing thoughts.

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So very sorry for the loss of your beautiful girl. RIP Tess.

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So so sorry for your loss! . I would have done an autopsy just to know what it was... why did you choose not too can I ask?
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