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My 13 yr old weenie dog has cancer

Discussion in 'Woof Memorial Critter's Corner' started by BobRicks, May 4, 2005.

  1. BobRicks


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    Feb 19, 2001
    NE Texas
    Just got home from a vet specialist who told me he thinks that my sweet little 13 yr old weenie dog has incurable cancer of the lining of the chest cavity. She has been breathing hard for about 4-5 days, and I took her to my vet this morning who took X-Rays and said that her chest cavity appeared to be full of fluid. He recommended seeing a thoracic vet specialist, so this afternoon I drove about 90 miles to see this specialist with my X-Rays in hand. After he looked at the X-Rays, he said it was pretty serious, but he wanted to do an echocardiogram to check her heart and other internal organs. All internal organs were fine, and he said that the only other cause of fluid build-up in the chest cavity was from something not good. I about fell off the chair when he told me that. He took a sampling of the fluid in her chest cavity, and when I saw the sample, my heart just sank. It was very bloody, and I knew what he was going to tell me next. He says he is almost positive, but will send the sample off to a pathologist to confirm.

    The news hit me so hard, I broke out into a cold sweat and felt like I was going to pass out. Had to sit down with my head between my legs, put a cold wet rag on my head, and drink cool water for about 10 minutes before I felt I could get up and drive the 90 mile trip back home.

    The whole bummer of this is that other than the cancer, she is in great shape for a 13 yr old dog. No problems with heart, lungs, or liver. Just this cancer.

    I don't know how much longer she is gonna make it, and when the time comes that she is laboring to breathe and it appears that she is getting uncomfortable, I will do what I need to do and put her down. Won't know the results of the lab work until Monday.

    Until then, keep me and Sophe' in your prayers if you don't mind. I feel like I am gonna need them.

  2. MrsKitty


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    Mar 23, 2003
    Bob, you got it :)

    Spend as much time as you can with Sophe.

    ;w ;w

  3. G20man32904

    G20man32904 Deceased

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    May 26, 2003
    Melbourne, Fl
    I truly feel for you, Bob
    Hang in there partner, you gots lots of friends here.
  4. vinnyd

    vinnyd Senior Member

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    Jan 17, 2003
    I love my dog too. I know how you feel. My pal Elliot is nearly 13 and I worry about him all the time. I spend more on vet bills (shots, exams and such) than on my doctor! They are truly "Best Friends." I wish you, and Sophe', all the best.HTH
    Vinny D
  5. ATL Peach Girl

    ATL Peach Girl ♥Meezers♥

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    Apr 9, 2002
    The Peach State!!
    Bob Ricks........

    I am so sorry to hear have given that pup a great life......and I trust you will know when the right time to say good bye is.......

    Lord have heart is with will never know. I hate the fact that our beloved pets don't live long enough and 13 years is just "not enough time" just isn't.

    Bless your heart.......these are going to be tough days ahead my friend.......I am thinking about you, and her......;1 ;w

    edited to add: be sure someone, your wife, a friend, your dad, anyone goes with you to the vet. When I lost my 2 year old siamese Joshua last summer I was ALONE at the vet......course I did not know I would have to make that was SO, SO damned hard being alone.......I sat in the car and bawled afterward........
  6. SouthernGal

    SouthernGal What's Up Dox?

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    Jun 18, 2004
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    I don't know what I'm going to do when I get this kind of news on Sassy Red Delight (my weiner). My parents have a 14-year old one and she's looking pretty bad right now. I've just got to believe that putting either of them down rather than watching them suffer is the best thing to do.

    Poor Bob. Sending good thoughts for you and Sophie.