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Coco Loco 09-09-2017 09:11 PM

Coco update
 
Hey all

I haven't been on here in ages but thought I would post an update on Coco. She is now almost 8.5 years old and doing well.

About a year ago Coco wiped out while running in the house. She cried and screamed like I had never heard before. She jumped into my lap and cried. We went to the vet and she luckily didn't have any tears or breaks. She was given pain meds and anti inflammatory meds. The only thing she had was a swollen bump on her right rear hock which did stump her vet.

We watched the bump and it slowly grew. We got her checked out and was told it was nothing to worry about because she was older now and old dogs get lumps and bumps.

A month ago my husband took her in for a check up and they did another cytology on it. A few days later it erupted and became our living nightmare. Her results came back inconclusive. It could be a sarcoma or it could be a trauma related injury. It was now a bleeding mess that we had to wrap everyday and keep her from chewing the bandage off. I don't do well with this gore but my hubby can now wrap a bandage like no ones business!! It got infected and she was put on antibiotics.

We got referred to a surgeon because it had to be removed. The surgeon told us she definitely had cancer and needed an amputation asap. We were stunned and shocked. I cried for days .

We went for a second opinion and they said the same thing. Or I could put her to sleep! I cried more and my hubby kept bandaging. I got her results myself and spent hours googling medical terms and was conflicted because the results emphasized about a trauma related injury.

I was going to do the amputation because I thought that was what I had to do because the surgeon kept pushing it. I finally spoke to the surgeon one on one about my fears of the aftermath of an amputation, her age, our coping, her coping, etc. I asked him if he could do a full work up on her with xrays, blood work, ultrasound because I feared she had cancer all through her body. I asked if her tests did not show cancer if he remove and debunk as much of the growth as he could because I didn't care about dirty margins and all that stuff when I just wanted my old girl to live as happy as she could for the rest of whatever her life would be. These vets had convinced me she was going to die soon of cancer!

He agreed and last week she had her surgery. She has no other masses in her body, blood work was excellent for an old girl ( I attribute that to all her years as a raw fed dog but I digress), the growth was removed with clean margins and the biopsy came back benign!

She is recovering well and does not want to take it easy which hasn't been easy for me. But I've got lots of chews and she can go for short leashed walks so we're making the best of it.

Sorry for the novel but for my own sanity I needed to write it out to let it go. I thought my dog was dying and if I hadn't pushed and advocated for her she would either be a tri-pawd or been put to sleep!

Moral of the story....we are their voice and don't be afraid to listen to your intuition and go with your gut if something doesn't sound right. I am not a vet but I know my girl and I knew she still had lots of life left in her!!

Rosemary 09-09-2017 09:36 PM

Oh, man, that had to have been a horrible experience. Glad she is on the mend.

Coco Loco 09-09-2017 09:49 PM

It really was horrible. I keep telling all the vets that she had never touched the growth or bothered with it so how on earth was it cancer. It was mind boggling.

And meanwhile everyday I came home to her smiling in her cone and dying to go running off leash at the pond. I was like how the hell is this girl on deaths door??!!

Bluedobie 09-09-2017 11:15 PM

So glad Coco is on the mend. I can imagine how horrible it was to hear the dire prognosis. Good for you for going with your gut and standing up for your sweet old girl.
I pray she heals fast and has many more quality years ahead of her. [emoji2]


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melbrod 09-09-2017 11:21 PM

What an awful thing to have to deal with. Making decisions when none of your choices seem very good is so tough. Sounds like you made the right one.....here’s cheers for Coco, and continued healing for her.

And hugs for you guys.

Coco Loco 09-09-2017 11:44 PM

It really was like being in the twilight zone. My husband and I kept thinking we know dobes are stoic but besides the bleeding mass, Coco was still the exact same dog. We were like how is she dying of cancer?

The vets really got in our heads. I was going to amputate and was looking at prosthetic limbs and other mobility devices....preparing to take a second mortgage if necessary. :grin2:

My hubby was trying to be macho and cry in the bathroom but thinking euthanasia was the right decision because he was concerned about how she would be after the amputation. And I went crazy anytime he brought this up!

She is recovering well and will be ok once she is all healed up and we will have many more walks to the pond to watch the heron, the beavers, the ducks and the geese. And to just enjoy life together.

Thanks everyone for allowing me to vent and to get rid of this negative energy. I really needed to discard it.

melbrod 09-10-2017 12:06 AM

Discard at will. That’s one reason we’re here. :)

ECIN 09-10-2017 07:26 AM

Wow - What a story ! A females gut instinct is a very powerful thing - sometimes - Sure am glad this had a happy ending !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!

Give Coco a ear rub from ECI !

dobegal 09-10-2017 09:09 AM

OMG, thankful that Coco is mending

ECIN 09-10-2017 09:16 AM

Moral of the story....we are their voice

That statement came from the heart right there ! Also very true !

SieYa 09-10-2017 06:05 PM

So very sorry to hear what you've been through but great news that everything seems to be on the right track.

Love and nose pokes from the crew.

Coco Loco 09-10-2017 06:23 PM

Thanks so much everyone for the support. I feel a great weight has been lifted.

I am so grateful for more time with my very good girl.

eegreen 09-10-2017 08:58 PM

Wow, glad you kept asking and all is well! Wishing Coco a speedy recovery.

ellierose 09-11-2017 08:52 AM

Wow. Your experience sure brings back memories for me. I agonized over an extremely similar situation with our girl. All said and done the lump was benign also. I am so glad you followed your instincts and everything turned out well. I wish your girl a speedy recover.

flaminscotch 09-11-2017 09:01 AM

Very happy to hear that Coco is feeling better.
You have been through so much. The emotional roller coaster is draining.

Coco's condition sounds similar to my Chaos. We ended up having her entire front leg and shoulder removed in an attempt to stop the cancer, and give her a chance to live. Kay had her surgery when she was 9.
Considering where, you live, I imagine you went to Caledon for the operation. "Dr.John" is an old friend.

The entire situation is overwhelming. I understand everything you have been going through. If you want to chat anytime, send me a pm, Colleen

dax0402 09-11-2017 03:24 PM

So happy to hear good news. Wishing for a speedy recovery Coco!

Coco Loco 09-11-2017 07:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by flaminscotch (Post 3875825)
Very happy to hear that Coco is feeling better.
You have been through so much. The emotional roller coaster is draining.

Coco's condition sounds similar to my Chaos. We ended up having her entire front leg and shoulder removed in an attempt to stop the cancer, and give her a chance to live. Kay had her surgery when she was 9.
Considering where, you live, I imagine you went to Caledon for the operation. "Dr.John" is an old friend.

The entire situation is overwhelming. I understand everything you have been going through. If you want to chat anytime, send me a pm, Colleen

Thank you Colleen. It really is like ptsd when you are agonizing over what decision to make when none of them seem especially positive.

We went to the Toronto Emergency Vet Hospital in Scarborough. They have been very thorough since I had my one on one with the surgeon and because I had done my research and articulated myself well he agreed to try it my way and I am so thankful that I spoke up and did not agree to the initial recommendation especially since she does not have cancer throughout her body as we were led to believe.

I have such respect for those who do the amputation and make it through the recovery process. I am a strong woman but I don't know if I could have coped with it to be honest.

puptalk 09-12-2017 02:36 AM

Don't get rid of the neg energy! I would be so pissed of at the vets!!!! Benign!! Put it in the proper place so you can bring it up next time you get medical bad news and challenge it so you get proof that is certain and indisputable! I have had exploratory surgery done because I didn't agree with vet!!!! It wasn't nothing and it saved her life! I still am hostile to the idea professionals are perfect. The simple truth is they are not vested in the animal and they are like mechanics sometimes, and don't do therir own due diligence to rule things in or out. So, it's up to us to isist. So sorry for your dog's suffering and she's lucky to to have you both.

ZenChari 09-12-2017 09:58 AM

Thank you for being Coco's advocate, and congrats on the great outcome!!!

I'm a big fan of second (and sometimes third) opinions for certain things...you saved her limb, and probably her life also (I've BTDT myself, MISDIAGNOSED with breast cancer years ago - and glad I didn't have the recommended bilateral mastectomy).

Our babies are our world and we should alway go above and beyond, like you did, to protect them.

Time to do a happy dance now! :2smile:

TNfisher 09-12-2017 10:42 AM

Wow, what a story. Good thing you stuck to your guns even after a 2nd opinion, which is where most people would have given in. Glad to hear Coco is ok and on the mend!

Coco Loco 09-12-2017 08:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ZenChari (Post 3876345)
Thank you for being Coco's advocate, and congrats on the great outcome!!!

I'm a big fan of second (and sometimes third) opinions for certain things...you saved her limb, and probably her life also (I've BTDT myself, MISDIAGNOSED with breast cancer years ago - and glad I didn't have the recommended bilateral mastectomy).

Our babies are our world and we should alway go above and beyond, like you did, to protect them.

Time to do a happy dance now! :2smile:

Omg. That is horrible that you were misdiagnosed and you did not opt for the recommended treatment. Thank God that you didn't. You too listened to your intuition which we always should but it is hard when the medical professionals who know much more than us are recommending something. You feel like who am I to question their knowledge and expertise.

But sometimes you just have to!!

Coco was itching to go to the pond today so we did although she remained fully leashed. She was still content to smell the grass and take in the sights.

We will definitely be running and dancing when these stitches are out!!:grin2:

Coco Loco 09-13-2017 10:40 PM

The bandage is off and she is healing very well. Next Wednesday the stiches will be removed and we can finally return to normal!

sandy2233 09-14-2017 10:57 PM

Professionals are not perfect. Always champion for your pets. And if your vet won't do something you feel is right for your dog, get someone who is willing to listen.

Coco Loco 09-15-2017 05:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sandy2233 (Post 3877554)
Professionals are not perfect. Always champion for your pets. And if your vet won't do something you feel is right for your dog, get someone who is willing to listen.

Great advice Sandy. This is exactly what I did. If the surgeon would not have agreed to try it my way i would have found someone else. When my intuition told me something was not right I was prepared to search all over my province to find someone who would listen to me. My husband and I discussed looking to the US if necessary because it was not about the money (which believe me we spent a lot to save her leg and we are blessed to have been able to do this ), it was about what was best for her.

I would have sold all my belongings or taken all my equity out of our house if I had to. I made this commitment to her when we she joined our family over 8 years ago. And those who remember our story will remember I never wanted a dog!! But I fell so hard for her and I have been so lucky to have this girl in my life.

Thanks again everyone for the kind words. They are truly appreciated!

Coco Loco 09-20-2017 10:19 AM

The stitches are out but she licked one little part that is still a bit red so no off leash running for another week and still has to wear the cone when she's home alone.

But we are getting there!! :laugh:


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