|11-10-2013 04:56 AM|
Working in an emergency hospital has definitely given me quite the experience with this particular cancer. We see it more often in goldens than any other breed, however GSD seem to be up there too in who gets it. It really is a nasty disease, and it doesn't just get the spleen, it can get the heart and we actually removed a subcutaneous one on a dog the other day! I am so sorry to hear your boy has it, especially so young! I'm used to seeing dogs over 7 come in with it.
This past march we lost our old golden to it. I should have known better, but where I work we have SO much luck with getting dogs through the procedure, even ones who have signs that the cancer has spread. With the spleen I have seen many dogs have a few months with their families. My little brother goes to school back east so we figured that we could try to see if he could make it. I should have known when there was a nodule in his lungs. And I visibly saw the target cell lesions on his liver. Still I trust that surgeon with all that I have.
Sadly even with the very best care that there is - and some of the most amazing people I work with at his side - Grizzly died 3 days post-op in the midst of a blood transfusion. We still aren't completely sure what happened there, but I know everyone I worked with tried their hardest, and my wonderful nursing director was right at his side, crying as much as I did when my mother called me at 5 in the morning.
That was the longest work day in my life.
I truly hope the very best for you and your boy. There are some options you can try. I know my boss did chemo with his golden immediately after he removed his ruptured spleen. Shadow is still kicking it and being just as naughty as ever, months later. He's actually getting toward a year out now I think and he is still going! Some dogs can beat the odds. I sincerely hope your boy can for you. <3
|11-10-2013 03:41 AM|
Much too young. I'm so sorry to hear this
We have a sticky dedicated to those that have been lost to hemangiosarcoma....
|10-22-2013 05:29 PM|
|dawnlisa||thank you all for your kind words and advice and similar stories. its comforting to know we're not alone in this. Vet had a look and rinsed his abdomen and did not see any visible sign of spread when she removed his spleen (9days ago) so im hoping this means we have longer, though the vet says its imposible to say, 2 weeks to a couple of months i will keep you updated when im not spoiling him.He is very happy at mo and i hope he stays like this for as long as possible|
|10-22-2013 04:12 PM|
This is the story of my boy...
|10-22-2013 03:19 PM|
|Saphire||I'm not sure where you live but I have several packages of Yunnan Baiyou left. Your welcome to them, just let me know where to mail.|
|10-22-2013 03:02 PM|
I'm so sorry to hear about Gus's diagnosis of hemangiosarcoma ... it's a terrible disease that runs rampant in our breed, he's so young!!!
Advice? Pray for a miracle, enjoy every second you can spend with him, take lots of pictures, and come here and talk when you need support. Hopefully he'll be one of the miracle dogs who will live to a ripe old age.
I've lost four to this dreadful disease ... Echo ... Bo ... Ringer ... and Kelly.
|10-22-2013 01:30 PM|
I'm so so sorry.
I lost one of my Italian Greyhounds to hemangiosarcoma about 4 years ago. I don't believe he was in pain either. He just died in his sleep, with his little feet crossed, very peaceful.
|10-22-2013 11:52 AM|
Wow, four years old is just heartbreakingly young! I am sorry to hear you have this diagnoses.
I lost my 8.5 year old GSD, Jackson, to hermangiosarcoma last year. We had no idea he was sick. He literally went from playing fetch with my oldest son to being dead on a gurney at the emergency vet...all within 30 minutes. What happened in between was horrible and something I will never be able to forget.
|10-22-2013 09:51 AM|
So sorry. Many thoughts for you and Gus.
We went through this last July, our boy had just turned 9. Happy and healthy one week,saying good bye the following.We had the week to say our good byes, we took time from work so he was never alone, special meals(steak),put the futon mattress on the floor
and slept with him.
We monitored very closely. Then the morning came that I had to make the call, my husband just couldn't, but understood it needed to be made.
It was a decision made with all the love in the world........He went in peace with my husband holding him.
Many thoughts for you and Gus....
|10-22-2013 09:48 AM|
|My5dogs||I am so sorry way too young.|
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