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!