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06-18-2014 12:11 AM
Katerlena I remember reading this very touching thread in 2009 about Bobo and his Mom's battle with hemangiosarcoma. I lost my own precious boy a year later @ age 10 to this insidious disease. Its apparently common in Golden Retrievers also.
06-17-2014 08:46 PM
alydbaby I didn't vote, only because Maia is my first GSD and she hasn't even been brought home yet.

I did lose my black Labrador, Casey, to hemangiosarcoma (she was about 13) just at the beginning of this year. It absolutely broke my heart- just like everyone else, she seemed fine throughout the day and then at night took a turn for the worst out of nowhere. She collapsed, and we had to physically carry her to the car and into the veterinary office. Putting her down was probably the hardest decision we ever had to make... even my dad was in tears. We'd had her since she was small enough to fit in our hands, saying we were attached is an understatement.

My heart goes out to anyone whose suffered the loss of their companions to this horrible disease.
04-14-2014 10:29 PM
asja Boris died in 2008, at almost 12. He lived three weeks after surgery to remove his spleen.
04-14-2014 09:45 AM
Casey 2011
Kaiser 2012
They were both 10 years old
04-14-2014 07:54 AM
Originally Posted by jocoyn View Post
Toby in 2008, Cyra in 2012, Grim in 2013
Oh wow, that is so sad! I can't even imagine.
04-13-2014 09:55 PM
Toby in 2008, Cyra in 2012, Grim in 2013
04-13-2014 09:30 PM
kess&ellie I lost Ellie on February 25th of this year. She had turned twelve last December.

I took her to the vet in late January because her neck and throat were swollen. The vet suspected puncture wound or insect bite, but even with prednisone, the swelling didn't completely go down.

On the Monday, she wasn't herself. She didn't get up to greet me when I got home so I knew something was wrong. My husband dropped her off at the vet the next day for them to take x-rays and I was to pick her up after work.

When I got there they told me there was a huge mass on her spleen and that she was bleeding internally, although not too bad at that point.

Never did it occur to me that I would have to euthanize her that day. We didn't suspect cancer but the vet feels the swelling had something to do with it. It totally took me by surprise. I couldn't even take her home for the family to say goodbye, but felt it was the right thing to do. I did not want her to suffer.

I miss her and I, too, had no idea it was so common.
04-13-2014 05:45 PM
Double Ott
Originally Posted by slade View Post
I lost my dear girl Ursa at the age of 10 to hemangio. She was in great shape and had hardly shown signs of aging or slowing down. It happened very suddenly. It is an awful disease.
I didn't mention it but Radar seemed fine and didn't show any signs of slowing down or being ill. It also happened very suddenly. Our Vet told us that she wouldn't make it very long before she outright collapsed from shortness of breath caused by the bleeding into her chest. It was a very painful decision to make. But it was the right thing to do for her.

04-13-2014 04:46 PM
slade I lost my dear girl Ursa at the age of 10 to hemangio. She was in great shape and had hardly shown signs of aging or slowing down. It happened very suddenly. It is an awful disease.
04-13-2014 04:44 PM
Originally Posted by Double Ott View Post
We lost our little girl, Radar, 2 years ago. She seemed fine in the morning. Later in the afternoon we noticed she was much different. The next day we took her to the Vet. She was bleeding into her chest. The following day we had her put down before she collapsed from it.

She was 11.

Thank you for posting this. I didn't realize this was so common.

Sorry to hear you lost Radar, RIP
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