Go Back   Pet forum for dogs cats and humans - Pets.ca > Discussion Groups - mainly cats and dogs > Dog health - Ask members * If your pet is vomiting-bleeding-diarrhea etc. Vet time!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old February 6th, 2004, 11:35 AM
laura sangster laura sangster is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Calgary
Posts: 4
Unhappy Canine Cancer

My 5 yr old Springer Spaniel has swollen lymph nodes and has been drinking lots of water and therefore urinating a lot. He has also had a dry cough recently.
He is prone to sores on his underside and ears and suffers from epilepsy.
My vet took some blood and urine samples, which came back with high calcium and high white cells as well as a high temperature.

Could this be anything other than cancer?
Does chemotherapy work well is dogs or just prolong the agony?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old February 6th, 2004, 08:08 PM
wAggie's Avatar
wAggie wAggie is offline
Chocolate
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Poznan
Posts: 1,894
what did the vet say?
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old February 9th, 2004, 08:44 AM
laura sangster laura sangster is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Calgary
Posts: 4
Vet said don't waste time on more tests - start chemo.
Chemo could give him another 9 - 18 months. Disease will come back.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old February 9th, 2004, 09:44 PM
wAggie's Avatar
wAggie wAggie is offline
Chocolate
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Poznan
Posts: 1,894
wow... I'm sorry to hear that.

if there's other means of curing this cancer... get another vet's opinion...


Good Luck!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old February 10th, 2004, 08:51 AM
laura sangster laura sangster is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Calgary
Posts: 4
Thinking of trying the chemo - despite the cost. This may be just delaying the obvious, but I can't not do it. He is only 5 years old.

Thanks for your support.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old February 10th, 2004, 11:34 AM
Luba's Avatar
Luba Luba is offline
Sadie's Chefomatic
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Ontario Canada
Posts: 7,303
Can I make a suggestion please.....through experience of my own dog with cancer...

I suggest before you start any treatments that you have an ultrasound done as well as chest and abdominal xrays. They will shave your dogs tummy and do a complete ultrasound. They'll be able to tell where any tumours are, the size and if they can take a biopsy.

TRUST me! If they see your dog is riddled with tumours that are affecting major organs, you'll be able to make a worthy decision at that point. It would not be fair to have your dog go through horrible treatment if you know what the outcome could be.

Please invest in the xrays and ultrasounds.
PLEASE!

Big hugs
__________________
Cats only have nine lives because they stole them from dogs!Teehee
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old February 10th, 2004, 11:55 AM
1john44's Avatar
1john44 1john44 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 170
As awful as it is to think about "doing nothing" sometimes that is the best. If there is no hope of the dog every really being healthy agian, and he will not have a good quality of life, then the best thing to do is make him as comfortable as can be, and when the time comes have him put to sleep. I had to do this to my grandfathers dog, and it was the hardest thing in the world. But there was so much wrong with her, that to fix one thing, wouldhave only caused her more pain, and she still had the other problems. I cried for days, but now, I sleep well knowing I didn't make her suffer because of my emotions!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old February 10th, 2004, 01:06 PM
laura sangster laura sangster is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Calgary
Posts: 4
Luba and John,

Thank you for the advice. I know in my heart the chemo will only delay the disease. The vet has told me that it will come back faster and more aggressively. He also said dogs do well with chemo. Not really offering much advice - only stating the facts. Perhaps John is right. I need to think some more about everything.

Thank you.

Laura
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old February 10th, 2004, 01:08 PM
1john44's Avatar
1john44 1john44 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 170
Good luck in your searching. I know that what ever way you choose it won't be easy, but I will be praying for you and your dog!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Forum Terms of Use

  • All Bulletin Board Posts are for personal/non-commercial use only.
  • Self-promotion and/or promotion in general is prohibited.
  • Debate is healthy but profane and deliberately rude posts will be deleted.
  • Posters not following the rules will be banned at the Admins' discretion.
  • Read the Full Forum Rules

Forum Details

  • Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
    vBulletin Optimisation by vB Optimise (Reduced on this page: MySQL 10.00%).
  • All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:27 AM.