Living la Vida Loca!
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Brooklin, Ontario
Dogs Name: Sugar Dec 31/18 Coco RIP Apr 16/09 to Dec 21/18
Titles: Heart healer
Dogs Age: Baby boy
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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!!
Kin's Sweet Revenge aka Sugar December 31/18
Coco Loco RIP April 16/09 to December 21/18
Last edited by Coco Loco; 09-09-2017 at 08:15 PM.