Comments on Euthanasia Was Best Answer for Dog With Hemangiosarcoma

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Scorpy   Menifee, CA

5/31/2016 6:13:19 PM

Hi
everyone.
A couple of weeks ago my nine year old yellow lab couldn't get up no matter how much we tried to coax her. This little girl normally acts like she's still a three months old puppy! We immediately rushed her to the vet who did blood work and an X-ray, then based on those results an ultrasound. He called us to say she had a mass in her stomach and she was haemorraging. We gave consent to operate, which, bless her heart, she survived. The vet had to remove her spleen and said there was a tumor on it and he was sending it out for
testing.
I have been hoping against hope it wasn't cancer but today, taking her for a checkup, the vet showed me the biopsy results.....hemangiosarcoma. I couldn't take anything else in and he didn't offer up any
treatment.
Since being home, as you do these days, Google became my best friend and after reading about this really evil aggressive cancer I am contemplating letting my darling girl cross the rainbow bridge now rather than her have another hemorrhagic experience. Right now she's back to her old self (acting like a 3 month old) but it's only a matter of time.....a very very short
time.
This will be my second lab I've lost in 3 years to this vile
disease.
Thinking of you all out there having to make this really hard decision as well as those of you who have already said adieu.

Incredibly sad and heartbreaking times

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Sam   Los Angeles, California

3/10/2016 3:35:50 PM

My beloved dog was diagnosed July 2014 with dermal hemangiosarcoma. He had legions removed and they have returned. He is 11 years old and I dont know if i want to be in and out of vets putting him through surgeries to remove them. He is otherwise healthy and active. I am trying to decide if having the surgeries is worth the trauma of the surgery and recovery to my sweet
dog.
Anyone with any advice?

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Sandra   Dorset, International

1/2/2016 3:20:57 PM

Just reading your stories I think I know what I must do now. I am so sorry for you all and understand the terrible pain you are feeling. My 12 yr old lab Tilly had shown these signs for about 4 weeks, the vet thought she may be in pain due to her deteritian of hips, shoulders ect. Last week she started on gabipenton and continue metacam. Last night she collapsed and was unresponsive, went straight to emergency vet or did echo confirming blood around her lungs, a tumour. They did a emergency drain to remove the blood surrounding her heart, frusimide and vetmedin. Today she is a little brighter but dreading it happening again, I was hysterical at the vets and have cried all day. My own vet coming mon and think I know what to do. So sad and heart wrenching

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Eve   studio city, California

11/27/2015 2:35:13 PM

A week ago today, my beautiful little man, the love of my life , Tabasco, (maltese) was running and jumping around like a puppy. He was 12 years and 4 months old. I had always prided myself on how healthy and amazing he was and fed him organically. About an hour after lunch he came over to me and gave me the strangest look ever and then wanted to go outside away from me hovering over the grass in a strange position. Of course I made an emergency vet visit and after 4 hours there, i was sent to a specialty group where they could take an echo cardiogram and ultrasound. We arrived there and he was collapsing and vomiting. The Cardiologist came back within 10 minutes and told me he had Hemangiosarcoma, and that even trying to remove the fluid was terribly risky because the tumor was where they would put the needle to drain the fluid. I was given the most hopeless prognosis and was in horrifying shock. I had to make the decision to take him back home only to die within hours or days. After almost fainting, I got a hold of myself and remembered that I made a promise to myself and to him, that I would never ever let him suffer. I held him in a dimly lit room and watched him peacefully drift off to sleep after a quick injection. I have never known such pain and I actually do not know how to go on without him. He was literally attached to my body at all times. The only thing that is giving me any sense of will right now is that there are others out there who have gone through or are going through the same thing. i have never known such love and the loss is unbearable.

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WILLIAM   QUINCY, Massachusetts

11/18/2015 4:14:27 PM

SHARON , I JUST WENT THROUGH A HEARTBREAKING 3 MONTHS AFTER LOSING MY SOPHIE . SHE HAD HER BLEEDING REMOVED THE END OF JUNE AND WAS GIVEN ABOUT 2 MONTHS , SHE LIVED 47 DAYS . SHE WAS 13 DAYS SHORT OF TURNING 9 YEARS OLD . SHE WAS GREAT AFTER THE SURGERY TILL THE LAST 6 HOURS . THE WAS COLLAPSING AND TOO WEAK TO DO HER REGULAR WALK . I KNEW WHAT WAS COMING AND TRIED 3 DIFFERENT TIMES TO WALK HER WITH HER SUPPORT HARNESS ON , IT WAS NO USE , TIME WAS RUNNING OUT AND I HEADED FOR THE VET BEFORE SHE WOULD EXPERIENCE ANY PAIN. SHE WAS EATING TREATS AND ACTING REAL HEALTHY WHICH MADE ME QUESTION WHAT I WAS DOING , BUT DEEP DOWN I KNEW I HAD TO ACT . IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN AN ADRENALINE HIGH , SHE HATED HER TRIPS TO THE VET . THE END WAS COMPLETELY PEACEFUL AND I 'VE SPREAD HER ASHES TO 16 PLACES WE USED TO GO . I'M 70 YEARS OLD AND HAVE NEVER KNOWN LOSS OR PAIN LIKE THIS . I LOVED HER WITH MY WHOLE BEING , WE WERE TOGETHER 24/7 . WHEN HER HEART STOPPED MY HEART BEGAN BREAKING . THE HURT WILL NEVER GO AWAY . I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST SUSAN AND MAY WE ALL MEET AT THE RAINBOW BRIDGE WITH OUR BEST FRIENDS . RIP ALL YOU LOVING PETS , WE'LL BE ALONG .

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sharon   Livermore, California

10/10/2015 8:11:41 PM

I just made the heart wrenching decision to compassionately euthanize my Bo. He was a 12 1/2 yo Newfie/Retriever mix. He was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma on Thursday. Over the past few months he's been slowing down. Our walks have been getting shorter and shorter with him getting easily fatigued. He's been having heavy breathing for several months, but was diagnosed with "old dog lung" 2 years ago. At that time I switched him to a raw diet... and poof.... I had a new dog! His breathing improved... well everything improved on the raw diet. But the last few months he's just seemed tired. Thought it was arthritis pain and was giving supplements for that. Thursday he came in from his morning outside and looked like he was having a stroke... sudden collapse, pale gums. He was diagnosed with a pericardial effusion at the emergency vet. They drained the fluid and he perked up enough to come home. He had a hemangiosarcoma in his heart, and I was told he had 12 hrs to 1 month... I spent the rest of the day, and Friday just giving him love and treats. I was resolved to not let him get to the collapse stage again, so decided to compassionately euthanize him on Sunday. Well, come today he was getting weaker, and breathing heavier, so with no home vet able to come to the house I took him back to the emergency vet. They did an absolutely beautiful job helping to ease his discomfort. I held him close..... It was a bitter sweet goodbye.

In the week before this happened I was having a gut feeling that his days were numbered. I would have given anything to have had more time with him, but chose his comfort over my need to have him even one more day.

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donna   Howell, New Jersey

10/8/2015 9:05:41 AM

@sandra I am going through the same thing at the moment. My 10 y/o golden won't move. ate a little today. was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma three days ago. Don't know if I should have the fluid drained or put her to sleep. can't stop crying

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carol   little silver, New Jersey

9/12/2015 9:23:19 AM

I lost two corgis to hemangiosarcoma. I will always feel guilty for agreeing to use aggressive treatment. For one of my dogs that included amputation of his front leg (the doctor originally thought it was a nerve sheath tumor), chemotherapy, which caused him great suffering, and a horrible bleed out in the end. He was a wonderful dog and friend for 11 years, and I let him down in the end. I am haunted by the poor decisions I made (with the help of the doctors who probably need more classes in medical ethics at vet school), but like Kristine above, I have learned my lesson. I would never allow a dog I love to suffer like that again. So please, don't feel guilty for letting your dog go peacefully.

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Sandra   Hopatcong, New Jersey

8/3/2015 6:52:03 AM

I just euthanized my dog for hemangiosarcoma. He was fine one minute and then couldn't walk. I took him to the vet. She said that he had fluid around the sack of his heart. This was due to a tumor that ruptured from his right atria. She also said that he had a mass on his liver. I was overwhelmed with all of the information the doctor was giving me. I didn't know what to do. She was talking about draining the fluid, seeing a cardiologist and giving him chemo. She said the prognosis is poor. If he lived it could be weeks to months. Reading on line, the prognosis stated that with surgery he could live 1-3 months and with chemo possibly 5 to 8 months. I didn't want him to suffer. I had the doctor put him to sleep. I have been questioning myself if I made the right decision. I wonder if those few months could have been spent loving him. I don't know. I just feel like my heart is broken. I hope my dog knew I love him. I hope that I didn't let him down.

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mick   CINCINNATI, Ohio

5/15/2015 10:14:41 AM

My dog was just diagnosed with cancer of the spleen. The vet says that how long she'll live is unknown but that she'll eventually bleed out. I have asked if it's painful and was told "no". He recommends putting her to sleep as it will be hard on me to watch when she starts bleeding internally. She's overall doing fine particularly considering she's old. I'm really torn as I'd like to let her die at home whenever the time comes(months?)

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Louise   Sarasota, Florida

4/12/2015 9:07:21 PM

My rescue Rottie, Buddy, aged 8, was diagnosed with hemangiosarcome shortly after I became his Mommy. The oncology vet said that she would not operate on him - that this type of cancer is not painful - to take him home and make him comfortable until he passes. She said he had days to live. 18 months later, I took Buddy back to the vet. She was amazed that he was still alive and told me the same thing - take him home and make him comfortable...2 and a half years later I finally decided to euthanize Buddy after he could no longer walk and I realized that he was becoming uncomfortable. My precious Buddy lived over 4 years with hemangiosarcoma. He loved his life and really wanted to live. I've never seen anything like it. He still had a heart appetite on his final day, It was one of the hardest things I have ever done and my heart feels like a rocket blew threw it. I'm so devastated at the loss of my sweet Buddy.

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Kristine   San Diego, California

4/12/2015 8:45:07 AM

My daughter and I made the decision two days ago to let out beloved 13 yr old GSD go after being diagnosed with an acute, life-threatening rupture of a splenic hemeangiosarcoma. We felt that the stress of surgery and chemotherapy so WE could have her 3-6 more months would have been unkind to our sweet girl. We learned our lesson last year with our other dog who had meningioma. His last few weeks were miserable and not what he deserved. My heart has been broken twice in 12 months, but I know I did right by my girl. Prayers for all who have made the same humane decision.

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Athena   Liberty, Missouri

3/20/2015 2:48:08 PM

RE:
CJ

I understand the heartache you are going through on deciding what to do with your child's pain and suffering. When I learned that Copper had Hemangiosarcoma last Friday, I fell to my knees and sobbed. Both of his doctors had no hope for recovery and said that his suffering will only worsen. He had one day long episode two Sundays ago (the emergency visit led us to see the oncologist last Friday) and then a short episode three days later in the morning.


After the oncologist appointment, I struggled with the same decision. Did I want to gamble with his life? How long will it be till his next episode or worse...what if I come home from work and he died a painful death. The episodes that they experience are painful. They are caused by one of the tumors exploding and then they have internal bleeding until their body absorbs the blood. But new cancer cells are formed again. This specific cancer spreads through their body quickly. Unfortunately, in most cases it is detected too late for treatment.


We made the tough decision to say our final goodbye to him Wednesday the 18th (My Grandmother's birthday who has been gone since 2008). During his last few days, we gave him his favorite human meals, went swimming, hiked through the woods, played in parks, and his entire family gave him so much love.


I haven't stopped crying since last Friday when we learned he had cancer. I miss him so much the pain in my heart is unbearable. I still talk to him as if he is still here. Copper's collar is on my nightstand, his toys are in the same place and so are his beds...till I'm ready to move them or donate them. The urn and keepsakes are ordered and I will receive his ashes next Tuesday.


This decision was the hardest thing I have ever had to do in my life including mourning my best friend of twelve years. Ultimately, I didn't want to watch him go through the painful episodes or come home finding out that he died alone. I decided to say goodbye to Copper as he fell asleep on my lap. I sobbed, I prayed, and I sang to him as he drifted away. His doctor cried with us.


I love Copper so much. He was the greatest soul that has ever come into my life. We went on many great adventures together and he loved me unconditionally. I am thankful that he chose me to be his best friend 12 years ago this
month.

I hope my experience has helped you to make your decision. My heart is with you. I wish I could tell you it gets easier, but it doesn't. You can find grief counseling in your area if the pain is too much to bear. I am actually leaning that
way.

With
sympathy,

Athena

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Cj   Venice, Florida

3/20/2015 10:33:18 AM

Our 10 airedale was diagnosed 3 weeks ago. He has had several " episodes" that last anywhere from 5 hrs to 10hrs-then snaps out of it ready to play,eat, take walk, and his all-time fav-car rides. Last thurs we thought was the end, but he came out of it and chased and played like a puppy. As I write, he has been in an episode since 4am this morning. My husband and I are really torn as to when is the right time to put our Boomer to sleep. Any in-sight would be greatly appreciated.

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Athena   Liberty, Missouri

3/14/2015 6:26:42 AM

Yesterday, we learned that Copper has Hemangiosarcoma. Last Sunday, he was very ill. He was shaking, would not lie down, would not eat, and he was vomiting. We rushed him to the hospital where we learned from an X-Ray that his liver was enlarged and had pushed his stomach aside.


During his appointment with his general doctor, she recommended taking him to an oncologist for an ultrasound. That afternoon, we learned from the oncologist that my best friend of 12 years has Hemangiosarcoma of the liver, kidney, and possible spleen. The tumor is so aggressive that surgery will not remove it all.


The oncologist predicted that Copper will only have one to two months of life without treatment. With treatment, he would have 6 to 8 months of life. My wife and I made the most difficult and heartbreaking decision to say our final goodbye to him this coming Wednesday. We are making the most out of these last few days with my best friend. He has been my living guardian angel for the last 12 years of my life. I am not looking forward to Wednesday morning, but I'm trying to stay strong. I don't want him to suffer in pain. I love him so much.

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Angela   Elgin, Oklahoma

1/25/2015 5:56:03 PM

My 8 year old chow chow/husky mix was diagnosed with this in October 2014. It was a complete shock to my partner and I. In September, he became finicky with his food which he had done in the past so I did not think anything of it. However, I noticed for several weeks he would barely eat any of his food. Then one night I rolled him over on his back and noticed a swollen belly. The next day we went to our vet where they confirmed a mass was over his spleen and liver. We were sent to a specialist who later confirmed our dog had hemangiosarcoma. We decided to take him home that day so we could love on him and get the closure we needed. We tried to keep him comfortable and gave him the dr prescribed

prednisone. He had good days and bad days. The final evening was very hard we had scheduled earlier in the week to put him down on Friday. Ironically, Thursday evening was very tough for him as he threw up several times and did not want to come in from outside. I prayed to God after I heard him wimper to please not let him suffer through the night. After that prayer Diego slept soundly all evening??????. The next morning we took him to the vet and my partner and I stayed with him through the euthanasia. The euthanasia process was so peaceful and comforting and somewhat of a relief. Our boy was no longer in pain and although we did not immediately decide to put him down we were able to cherish our last days with him. It might sound selfish but I do not regret keeping him a few days after receiving the diagnosis. This was the hardest thing I ever had to do in my adult life but as a dog owner you will know when it is time to send your beloved pal to rainbow bridge and I truly believe I will see him again one day.

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Cynthia   Seattle, Washington

12/27/2014 7:26:13 PM

To Hope
Chalmers,

Is Cooper still
here?
My dog was just diagnosed and we are
devastated.

Thank you for
sharing.

Cynthia

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Bob   roswell, Georgia

12/20/2014 1:19:41 PM

I buried our Golden Lab today after having her put to sleep yesterday. I will spare you the details of what we've been going through the past few days but I will implore you to take action if this is what your pet is facing. I am shocked at how aggressive this disease is!! From the "early" signs of tiredness and vomiting to the procedure yesterday...only 14 days!! All I can say to anyone who reads this is...Don't Delay. If you suspect hemangiosarcoma, or certainly if your vet tells you that's what it is, it's only a matter of a few weeks. And the life your dog will have of left without "treatment" (which is rarely effective) will be filled with excruciating pain. They may not show that they are in pain but you need to know that they are. From what I can gather, this disease is terminal, quick and painful. Your pet deserves better...euthanasia is the best solution...otherwise you're only delaying the inevitable. Sorry to be so blunt, I'm just sick to my stomach right now and happened to find this site where I could offer my experience. Cherish the time you have with your pets, and record as much of it as you can.

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Rachel   rockford, Illinois

7/21/2014 1:12:32 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. In 2011 after having just turned 8 years my Pembroke Welsh Corgi passed away in his sleep three days after being diagnosed with a baseball sized hemangiosarcoma on his spleen. Only a month prior we had neutered him (he was a retired show dog at that point) to help relieve him of anal fistulas. During the neuter the vet did not notice anything we needed to be concerned about. Three days before Thanksgiving we took him to the vet as he had been very lethargic and even had two seizures. The doctor gave us the bleak prognosis, said he had around 3 months left at best, and sent some mophine home with us to help if he was in pain. Three days later my poor baby boy went to bed and never woke up. His father also passed away around 10 years of age of this same horrible cancer. His father was a heavily health tested top winning show dog. Hemangiosarcoma is a silent killer and I only wish we had known his fathers fate sooner so that perhaps we could have avoided the heartbreak of losing out handsome sweetheart far too soon.

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Liz   Milford, Connecticut

7/14/2014 10:31:45 AM

My dog is going through this right now. Same exact thing as the poster. We are debating putting him down today. He is lethargic, not breathing well, eating on occasion, not showing interest in most things. I am so heartbroken. This is the first time I have had to do this and it came as such a shock (the diagnosis). Since it had already spread we knew the verdict was terminal but we got an extra month with him than what the vet said originally. The worst part is that sometimes he has bouts where he acts like himself so it makes the decision even harder. I'm so torn. Help.

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