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My Dog just diagnosed with Cancer -

Post by Dakota Swede » Thu Jul 19, 2012 3:05 pm

Feeling really bad.

My 4 year old Vizsla was diagnosed with Lymphoma this morning.

I'm kinda a tough old guy - but the tears were flowing down my cheeks in the vets office.
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Post by jcbuttry8 » Thu Jul 19, 2012 3:16 pm

Man, truly sorry to hear about that. It is never easy to think about loosing such a good friend. Good luck to you both.

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Post by Cajun Casey » Thu Jul 19, 2012 3:49 pm

I hate to hear that. We lost one at eight to lymphoma. It is an evil disease, We opted for no aggressive treatment.
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Post by displaced_texan » Thu Jul 19, 2012 4:08 pm

Sorry to hear about that. I worry about it with my male because of his bloodline...
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Post by Georgia Boy » Thu Jul 19, 2012 4:09 pm

Very sorry
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Post by mcbosco » Thu Jul 19, 2012 5:25 pm

Same here, sorry

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Will be thinking of you

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Post by ezzy333 » Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:33 pm

Tough one at that age especially. You are in our thoughts. May God give you the wisdom and the strength to do what you must for the good of your pup as I know he will..

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Post by Sharon » Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:43 pm

I am very sorry to hear that. Any dog lover knows what you are going through.
I remember the day I was told my 5 year old fully trained GSp had gone blind.
The tears flowed for me too.
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Post by RoostersMom » Fri Jul 20, 2012 12:13 am

Dakota, so sorry to hear this. Those velcro dogs can really grab your heart! Absolutely no shame in being emotional about your dog - more people should care so much.

I wish this wouldn't have happened to your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you struggle through this.

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Post by Ghosted3 » Fri Jul 20, 2012 12:38 am

Dakota Swede wrote:Feeling really bad.

My 4 year old Vizsla was diagnosed with Lymphoma this morning.

I'm kinda a tough old guy - but the tears were flowing down my cheeks in the vets office.
Any chance on treatment? Sorry I am not too familiar with this form of cancer. I really hope the best for you, your family and your dog!

Corry

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Post by Dakota Swede » Fri Jul 20, 2012 6:50 am

Treatment for dog cancer has apparently come a long way - but not far enough.

My 4 year old female Vizsla had runny eyes for a few days. It was time for her shots so I brought her into my local vet. As she was being examined I commented that the lymph nodes under her jaw were also swollen. The more my vet checked her over the more she frowned.

She took a swab and tested, found high white blood cell counts. Referred us to a Sioux Falls vet the next day. That clinic tested and confirmed the Lymphoma.

My understanding - Vet suggested I could send her to the U of Minnesota or the U of Iowa for aggressive treatment. Cost of $2000 to $5000+. MAY put her into remission for 6 months. Vet said all it would do is remission - the lymphoma almost always comes back. We may put her on steroids to reduce some of the swelling, but that has its own side affects. Have to think about that one. Mostly we are going to keep her here at home where she is loved.

Here is the kick in the "bleep" - she is active and happy - but the vet said she expected the cancer to take her not in months, but in weeks. It is going to go fast.

Four years old and coming into her prime as a great pheasant dog. A couple AKC titles. Looked to breed her this summer but decided to wait until her next cycle in December - daughter was really excited about puppies - glad now we didn't - she would have been pregnant with cancer. More so she is a great friend and pet - whole house was shedding tears yesterday.

She was out in the yard this morning pointing blackbirds. Wish it was pheasant season so I could take her out for one last hunt. :(
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Post by RoostersMom » Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:24 am

I read a good article on giving your dog a "perfect day". It involved doing everything that the dog loves to do - everything just for them that day. I wish I'd had that opportunity to do that for our 10 yr old GSP we lost this year. A good friend of mine lost her EP to stomach cancer last month and she did the "perfect day" with her girl - she told me it helped her and the family to let go when the time came. They did steak and ice cream, bought a few pen reared birds and let her point and retrieve... took a long walk....let her sleep on the bed, etc. So sorry to hear about the diagnosis!

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Post by VizslaGirl » Fri Jul 20, 2012 11:36 am

Tears in my eyes as I read this. So sorry, cancer is so sad, especially at such a young age.
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Post by kninebirddog » Fri Jul 20, 2012 12:23 pm

So Sorry ..Wish there were some words to say that would ease the pain of the news and what is to come :cry:
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Post by NC Quailhunter » Fri Jul 20, 2012 1:12 pm

Sorry to hear this. I will keep you and the pup in my prayers.
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Post by crazyboy » Fri Jul 20, 2012 1:49 pm

I'm so sorry, shes still young :(

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Post by SpinoneIllinois » Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:10 pm

Very sorry to hear this. A good man once told me, "If you've never cried, you've never loved."

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Post by Ghosted3 » Sat Jul 21, 2012 12:27 am

Nothing but love to you and yours during this time. Saddest thing about good dogs is that they never live long enough. Hopefully you have tons of fond memories to reflect on.

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Post by To my own drum » Sun Jul 22, 2012 7:58 am

That is so sad. I had a dog with that cancer and I too decided that the least agressive treatment option was for me. She made it almost four months more and the only thing I would have asked for is to not have her get the cancer in the first place. She gained about 10 pounds with the extra treats and the steriods but it gave me time to get closer to accepting her loss.
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Post by cptn » Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:24 am

My sincerest condolences. It is so hard loosing a pup, and my heart breaks for you and yours.
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Post by briguyz71 » Sun Jul 22, 2012 9:46 pm

Been in your shoes brother, lost a very special Wire to caner a few year ago. Still tear up when I think about him. Prayers sent for you and your family.

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Post by bwjohn » Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:16 pm

always bad to hear, but there is hope have you seen the cover to Gundog mag this month. It is a Vizsla named Bart, had a leg amputated due to cancer and still finished master hunter. Do not know how far along your dog is, but you may have him for a while longer.

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Post by Byrdgirl » Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:37 am

This whole thread hurts my heart and brings tears to my eyes. Sending good mojo your way.
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Post by Ruffshooter » Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:29 am

Swede:
So sorry to hear of this. If she can GO to shoot preserve and let her have at it.

Your Pup and you are in our thougths and prayers.
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Post by rkappes » Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:03 am

So sorry, very sad, breaks my heart. I feel for you. Cherish the memories.

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Post by Leadhead » Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:34 pm

I’m very sorry to hear this, take comfort in the fact you provide the best life for her, and that all dogs go to heaven
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Post by Onk » Sun Jul 29, 2012 8:50 pm

That truely sucks man! Very sorry!
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Post by kumate » Tue Jul 31, 2012 3:00 pm

I am so sorry, I lost my las gsp at 10 to lymphoma. The steroids did buy some time, he rebounded and i really loved him up during the time when he was on a upswing. Prayers for ya

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Post by Dakota Swede » Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:08 am

15 days.

Lady was diagnosed with cancer just 15 days ago.

Put her on the steroids. They shrunk up the lymph glands. She ate well. Walked and ran and hunted on the 2 mile bike path.

Got extra spoiled and extra loving.

Ten days of steroids, and when they ran out the cancer showed back up with a vengeance.
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Day 13 - Lymph nodes swelling - walked with me - she didn't feel like running

Day 14 - Just wanted to lay in her bed. I couldn't believe it could go this fast.

Day 15 - Wouldn't eat or drink. By afternoon couldn't raise her head and was rasping when she breathed.

Would just wag her tail and push her paw at me.

Have a wonderful vet who came to the house. I had my hand on her head and held her paw as the vet gave her the shot.

Bawled like a baby as I dug her grave.

Have tears in my eyes as I write this.

"bleep" Cancer.
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Post by ezzy333 » Sat Aug 04, 2012 10:00 am

Now is the time to cry. Tomorrow is the time to remember all of the good times. And the third day is when you can start to rebuild. You can do it.

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Post by Cajun Casey » Sat Aug 04, 2012 10:23 am

I am sorry for your loss. You did a beautiful job of saying goodbye. Thank you for letting us be with you.
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Post by jwnissen » Sat Aug 04, 2012 2:26 pm

I consider myself a really strong man who doesnt cry, but I have to be honest, reading this made me tear up. Sorry for your loss and am not looking forward to the day I have to deal with this.

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Sorry for your loss

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So sorry for you.

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Post by frosso » Sat Aug 04, 2012 5:16 pm

Heartbreaking. I can't stop crying over this thread. Praying for you and your family. God bless.
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Post by Petra » Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:12 pm

This story breaks my heart, that was quick. I feel fortunate that I hopefully will have the 4 mo. that my vet gave me on my GSP Petra , 7 years old, I have discussed her ACL surgeries on this forum. Monday found out about her cancer . She was my fix my heart dog when my 9yr old GSP died in my arms of heart failure, she even came with a heart patch on her side. I will not deny her anything, so nothing will change, and I will go hunting with her every minute that I can. The only thing that she ever did to annoy me was her temper tantrums that she throughs when I had to start limiting her time in the field so she would not cripple herself, what I wouldn’t give to be able to her her yelling at me from a half mile away for another 7 years. She has been a joy to be with . Enjoy your dogs this hunting season . Toni

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Post by SubMariner » Wed Sep 12, 2012 3:09 pm

Byrdgirl wrote:This whole thread hurts my heart and brings tears to my eyes. Sending good mojo your way.
Can't add anything but a "me too" to this.

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Post by RoostersMom » Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:28 am

So sorry for your loss. She sure sounds like she was a great dog. This just really sucks. My thoughts are with you, I've been there recently myself - and it's so darn hard. You gave her your best and you'll remember her with love - that counts.

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Post by Red » Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:13 pm

I consider myself a really strong man who doesnt cry, but I have to be honest, reading this made me tear up.
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Post by Elkhunter » Fri Sep 14, 2012 2:53 pm

I lost my 10 year old GSP last December, it was rough. It gets better though, the pain fades and all you remember are the good times.

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Post by Ruffshooter » Sat Sep 15, 2012 9:18 am

Very sorry for your loss:
Glad you were able to spend a little more time outside with your buddy.
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