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Hi everyone,

My old gal Sydney (13 1/2) is in need of prayers & good thoughts. I just found a large growth on her upper gumline last night. I am taking her to the Vet first thing on Monday morning. I had noticed a change in the way her breath smelled, but I only just checked her last night. I feel terrible for not seeing this sooner! I am usually good about checking her regularly. Her appetite, activity and behavior haven't changed. She is acting fine & her mouth doesn't seem to hurt. I have taken a picture, but I will have to post later since I am at work right now.

I feel that I am in for some bad news, but I'm trying to stay positive.
Good thoughts please!
Kristina
 

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Ah, Kristina. I hope Sydney is ok. My first dog had that and it ended up being an infection that was easily treatable. Hopefully that's all it is with Sydney.
 

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Warm thought and prayers are headed your way!
 

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Praying that everything is ok with Sydney! (((hugs)))
 

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Thank you all for the good thoughts. I am posting a picture of the growth.
(also her teeth are very overdue for a cleaning!)



I'll let everyone know what happens on Monday.
Kristina
 

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Will definitely keep Sydney in my prayers. Hope it's nothing serious.
 

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Update/Re: Sydney needs good thoughts

Well, everyone, it is not good news today. Not only is the growth in her mouth most likely malignant, but the area in her lungs that was observed in Aug '07 has doubled in size. She has also lost weight. I feel so sick over my Sydney-girl today! She is still in great spirits and is not showing any symptoms, but it's only a matter of time. So I will be spoiling her as much as I can. On the way home I bought her 2 McD's hamburgers...her favorite! I'll be awaiting bloodwork results which should be in tomorrow. I guess the good thing is that the lung mass is slow growing, but I think the oral mass will be her problem. It is at a high probability of bleeding and causing trouble. Right now surgery doesn't seem to be feasible.

Please keep Sydney in your thoughts and prayers. My goal is to keep her happy & pain-free as long as I possibly can.

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Kristina,

I am SO sorry to hear about Sydney's lungs and the mass in her mouth.

Please give her a big hug for me. I hope she continues to feel well.
 

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Have lots of fun in your time with her - chase squirrels, eat hamburgers, roll in deer poo. You're in our prayers.
 

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I'm so sorry Sydney's trip to the vet didn't turn out as we all hoped and prayed it would.

I agree, spoil her rotten, continue to enjoy your time spent together, and I'm hoping and praying you'll be able to keep her happy and pain free for a long time.

Sending lots of hugs & kisses to Sydney!!!
 

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Kristina, I'm terribly sorry. As the others have said, spoil her rotten. And be gentle with yourself. You're going through a difficult time. Don't overbook yourself and do all the usual crazy things that we usually do to ourselves during day-to-day life. Just try to take each day and enjoy the small miracles of life with Sydney. Spoil BOTH of you!

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Re: Update/Re: Sydney needs good thoughts

Thanks everyone. It's helpful to know that others can sympathize with our situation. It means a lot!

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Awww...I am so sorry that this was the news. I agree with all the others-spoil her and you. Not that we have any doubts that Syndey hasn't had it pretty darned good all along.

Also, they are doing a lot more with pain management/hospice type care for dogs earlier, so I thought I'd give you this link:
http://www.vet.cornell.edu/pain/

Please take care. XOXO to Sydney-she has the best face.
 

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Sorry to hear that. My sister's Golden had a kidney removed due to cancer a few years ago. They only expected him to live a few months and he lived over 2 years. Ended up dying of something else. Spoil her and just enjoy her.
 

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Thanks. Thank you for the link on pain management. My Vet left a message earlier and he said her bloodwork came back excellent. So that is a bit of good news as it doesn't seem that any major organs are compromised at this point.

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Well, yesterday Sydney was't feeling too good. The growth in her mouth has doubled in a week & she was lethargic yesterday. I took her to the Vet last night (they stayed late for me) and her temp was 106! We decided to give IV steroids and antibiotics and she got about 700ml of fluid subQ. This morning she feels a little better, but she hasn't bounced back, she does still have her appetite. My Vet was warning me yesterday that her time is very short & I might have to make a decision in the next day or so. This just breaks my heart! Sydney is my one of a kind, best dog ever!
Thank God my Mom is in town visiting & she is taking Sydney for a recheck this morning to see if her temp has come down. I am at work, but if I need to I will be leaving to go to the Vet office. I really am hoping & praying that I can have my Sydney a little while longer.

Please say a prayer for her.
Thanks everyone,
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At this time last year I was in a very similar situation with my Niko. The vet gave him a few days, but Niko hung in there until mid-August. He had such a strong will to live. I miss him every day.

I'm sending good thoughts for Sydney.

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Kristina, I am so sorry for what you and your brave Sydney are going through. The senior years can be so heartbreaking.

I will be thinking of you and Sydney.
 
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