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Thank you for your very thoughtful description of what happened to your sweet golden.

I too have just gone through this and my dog Buddy had very similar symptoms. The back leg weakness, Rimadyl and Gabapentin, given for suspected muscle pull. Buddy had a raised white blood cell count and the vet thought to send him to a specialist to see if he had lymphoma but he was cleared for that and was eventually diagnosed as having degenerative myelopathy. He collapsed suddenly with difficulty breathing and when seen at the emergency vet, we were told immediately that hemangiosarcoma was suspected. Turned out that he had a large tumor in his heart that had burst. We had the blood drained around his heart but it came back shortly. We had to put him to sleep that night and have been extremely heartbroken ever since. It was so sudden and I have been going crazy trying to think of what I did to cause this to happen to my sweet dog. He was almost 13 which is a good age for a male golden but I still feel that he was stolen from me like a thief in the night! I am so sorry for everyone that has gone through this. I pray that there is some kind of work being done to help detect and prevent this horrible disease.
 

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For my Buddy, it came out of nowhere. He had just had his bi-annual senior check up and everything looked fine, except his liver enzymes count was a bit elevated. I had noticed that he would pant profusely after his walks and just a couple of weeks before his passing, his back legs would give out. Vet wanted to test him for Cushings. The day of his collapse, he was perfectly fine and had gone on his regular morning walk. In the afternoon, he went out to do his business and upon returning he saw a cat and chased it. He walked back into the house and he would always follow me. I turned around and Buddy was not next to me. I retraced my steps and found him lying in the kitchen unable to move. I immediately called the vet and they had me check his gums which were pink. They recommended that we head to ER if he was still unable to get up. It was like his back legs simply gave out and he panted profusely again. We headed to the ER a couple of hours later and learned that he had a tumor in his heart which had burst which caused him to collapse. They drained the blood which brought some comfort to him. Details of the event are still fresh in my mind, now 3 months later. Buddy was 13 years old and truly this blindsided me.
 

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Susan,

You and I seem to have had very similar experiences with the sudden collapse due to the heart tumor. My Buddy left me on July 22nd. So about three months ago. I just think that hemangiosarcoma is an awful cancer. I am so sorry for your loss. I know that living without them is the hardest part. Prayers for you and Buddy.

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Susan,

You and I seem to have had very similar experiences with the sudden collapse due to the heart tumor. My Buddy left me on July 22nd. So about three months ago. I just think that hemangiosarcoma is an awful cancer. I am so sorry for your loss. I know that living without them is the hardest part. Prayers for you and Buddy.

Janet
Hi Janet! Yes, we do have similar experiences and same Golden name! My Buddy went home on July 19. Hemangiosarcoma is such a horrible horrible disease - I was in such a shock as I have never heard of it until now and I have been researching it since then. My prayers go out to you as well. It's a lonely time, but I have been watching Ziva's puppies and enjoying them.
 

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I too had a similar experience. My just 5-year-old, Brinkley was fine on the Friday before the 4th of July. Woke up Saturday, didn't want to eat, but otherwise fine. By Monday night, he couldn't breathe and we had to make that awful decision. It was also cardiac hemangio. It was the day after his 5th Birthday! We are still in shock after more than three months. My heart goes out to anyone who has been thru this.
 

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I am so sorry that you lost your sweet Brinkley this way. It is so hard because they are here one minute seemingly fine and then they are gone. Shocking is the right way to describe it. I pray that all of our sweet goldens are in a better place running happy and free together. Hugs - Janet
Thank you. I am sorry about your furbaby as well. I'm sure they are having fun at the Bridge.
 
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