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Old 04-02-2014, 03:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Rough Weekend. Possible hemangiosarcoma

This weekend I was out of town for my niece's bridal shower.

My husband called me at 11am on Saturday to let me know that our 10 year old GSD, Sascha, wouldn't get up, was panting hard, and had pale gums/tongue.

He got her to her vet immediately, and they had him take her to the ER. I was able to cut my trip short and get home that night. I got the only flight out and had to endure a 2 hour delay which was torture.

Turns out her spleen had some tumors that began to bleed. Vet said we could do emergency surgery and there is a 20% chance she might not have the malignant type of cancer.

Since she'd been in PERFECT (and I mean perfect) health, we were completely stunned.

We opted for surgery, and she's doing so much better now. They did find some suspicious nodules on her liver, but the vet said she'd never seen a node like that in the 1000 of these surgeries she's performed.

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We are waiting for the pathology to come back (2 more days...) and my heart is so heavy.

I watch her like a hawk, I am so nervous she is going to collapse.

She is our first baby, and has helped my husband and I raise our two kids.

I'm dreading going out of town. I have my nieces wedding in April & another trip in May. Both are short & close to home, (2 hour flights) but I am TERRIFIED to leave her side. I have no idea how long we will have with her.

This cancer is stupid. I'd like to kick it's you know what.

My kids are devastated. They are young (6 & 9) but this is their girl. They play with her. The dog comes with me to the bus stop.

I know there's not a lot we can do. I'm just looking for support, and if there is any advice out there, I would love to hear it.

My heart goes out to anyone who has lost their dog to this sudden, aggressive, and devastating illness.
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My heart goes out to anyone who has lost their dog to this sudden, aggressive, and devastating illness.
And my heart goes out to you. I have lost 2 to this cancer over my lifetime of having GSDs, the most recent just last December. I feel all your pain, your worry, the shock from the symptoms that seem so sudden... I hope your girl is okay and you enjoy her for more years.

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I hope it works out OK.
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Old 04-02-2014, 04:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You have my sympathy. I have never faced this terrible disease and hope I never have to do so.

My best suggestion is to live like a dog--in the moment and enjoying each and every second without worrying about the future.

Best of luck you and your family,

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My best suggestion is to live like a dog--in the moment and enjoying each and every second without worrying about the future.


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Best thing I could have heard today. Thank you Michael.

Thanks to everyone.
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Many, many people here have lost dogs to hemangio. You can do a search for other threads. I am so sorry you are going through this. I pray that the pathology comes back with good results. Please keep us posted on Sascha.
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Old 04-02-2014, 05:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I am so sorry...this is the hardest part of owning a GSD I hope you get some good news back!
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Sending positive vibes your way. Hope everything turns out alright. I too lost my first GSD to a horrible oral cancer, and I know how terrible it can be. God bless and keep Sascha well.
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Hope its something else, we've lost two to hermangiosarcoma. Sorry you are having to deal with this.
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Hope she beats it.....I have had a couple with this.....I know of a dog or two who has done well after surgery too....

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