Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Land of the Chupacabra
Hi, I've been reading another thread about this here. My Jasmine, 10 1/2, is very vocal, and has been for a couple months making deep groaning noises at times when she lies down, as if something is uncomfortable for her. She's clingier. She's also been "hiding" in the yard, something my last shepherd did shortly before death. While I thought that a physical "imbalance" between her left and right sides was due to her arthritis, dysplasia, and spondylosis, I became suspicious of that as well. She is also having intestinal issues, problems with diarrhea that I associated with her love of getting into the bathroom trash when she can, eating cat poop outside when she can, and/or her food (so I changed it). Luckily (?) she had it in the house one day recently, and I noticed blood in it. I knew I had to get her back to the vet.
I took her in for x-rays. She has a huge tumor on her spleen and the vet believes it is hemaniosarcoma.
I'm not sure that I want to put a 10 1/2 year old dog through surgery. What I'm reading on the Internet is disturbing. They're saying dogs generally die 6 - 8 weeks after a tumor is found? Odd...when I think of her behavior and other things over the past year, I would think that the tumor started to grow about a year ago. Possible?
I'm going to gather information and call the vet next week to decide how we will deal with this. Any info you can share would help. Thank you!
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