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April has cancer :'(

I can't believe I'm writing this, but my April girl has cancer. I took her in to the vet today because she wouldn't eat her breakfast (highly unusual as she usually inhales her food in minutes). They did bloodwork which showed her to be anemic and a low red blood cell count. He sent me to their other clinic (they have 3 locations, but only one with an ultrasound machine) to get an ultrasound and try to figure out whats going on. The ultrasound showed a huge mass in her abdomen. The vet said it is so big she can't see where it is originating from, her spleen? her liver? She told me my option is surgery, which is risky in itself but especially since April is already anemic. The tumor could rupture during surgery and spill cancer cells all over her insides. Or it could already have attached itself to her other organs making it impossible to remove. Or if surgery goes well, it could always grow back. She sent me home to take the day to think about it. Waiting for my husband to get home from work so we can discuss it. I assume we will try the surgery. She is only 8 years old and comes from a great breeder. This is what stinks about goldens-no matter how good the breeder or how much they try, cancer still happens. Thing is, you kinda tend to think it only happens to other people's dogs until it happens to yours. Feeling very devastated right now, prayers appreciated!



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Oh no no no.

I'm so sorry to see this pop up.... and I'm hoping because of her age, surgery isn't just a good option - but recovery is successful and complete after.

It sounds like it's the spleen....

Please talk to Barb @hotel4dogs . I think she's in your area and she successfully had a splenectomy done on her previous old boy who was older than April. I hope she can help!

When we went through this last with my Danny - I opted for surgery immediately because waiting any amount of time was uncomfortable/painful for him and it risked rupture.

He died the next day from a blood clot post surgery - so where you have this done and the experience of the surgeon and care team is a huge deal to me if I ever go through this again. I hope not, but with this breed it's unfortunately always an issue when they get older.

Danny was 12. I think a much younger dog has a chance at handling the surgery well.

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I can't even say how sorry I am. Please know I'm thinking of you and wishing you peace with whatever decision you arrive at. I hate this.


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I have been through this with an eight-year-old dog, and have some inkling of how you're feeling. I'm so sorry you have to go through it too. I wish you peace as you travel this path with her.

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I am so sorry to hear you and she have to deal with this. Try hard NOT to think about how things could go wrong, but instead think about it going right. She's young- and I'll be praying it will be splenic and easily removed, along w the spleen. That's a best case and once it's out it's gone and it's what I am putting my mental energy towards.
If it is splenic- she's probably anemic because it's slow bleeding and she'll bounce right back quickly once that tumor is gone. Give her a big hug from me. I'm going to imagine her in that litter Nancy took along to the dog show in 2011 that I got to cuddle on when handing over MB to her @ the rest area in Chattanooga...

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I am so sorry to read this. I think Golden's have an ability to capture our hearts in a way few people could understand. Prayers are sent!
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Oh no. I am so sorry to hear this. I will be praying for wisdom, peace and healing. I HATE THIS!


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I definitely support you on your decision for operation. I went through the same and it has been almost 2 years since the operation. Her mass was also that big that did not fit into the screen. Keep calm mentally, keep her calm aswell ( not much activity till operation please), anemia is normal at this stage. All will go as it is supposed to be. Whatever happens, you will be giving both to April and yourself a second chance and you both owe it to eachother. I am debtful to universe for each day she is still alive. Hopefully, all will go well and you will be still taking walks with April the next May
PS: Forgot to add you that her huge mass was also benign but a friend went through this aswell . Hers was malign but no metas till now))
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I am so sorry. Sending you virtual hugs and thoughts for peace and comfort.


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I'm so sorry. If you choose to do surgery, I hope the removal is clean and she bounces back. She's young enough to do it.

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