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I love my dogs.... but always said I would not keep them alive for myself. I would let them go peacefully to the rainbow bridge. 2010 has been a tough year for us..... elder issues.... slipped discs... and the list goes on. Our non grey Joiya was diagnosed with cancer last night and I spent the whole day in doggy cancer ward. She has a 80:/: chance of beating so we are going to have surgery tommorow.... what I ask myself is am I letting her live for me or for her..... she will be a month recovery, no play, no ball and just sitting quiet....

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Guest FastDogsOwnMe

How old is she? Breed? Location of cancer? Only you know your girl. If she still wants to do all those things, she must be a spirited girl who wants to live. hugs...

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80% chance is pretty dang good. If given that option with one of my hounds I would have to take that chance

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How old is she? If you're comfortable doing the surgery, those are pretty good odds.

Sending lots of good thoughts out to Joiya and you.

Please let us know how she's doing.

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My boxer had a mast cell tumor on his tail; we amputated his tail. The healing was rocky, and we ended up getting a second surgery, but he healed and was 100% after that. I will be thinking of you and Joiya tomorrow. :grouphug

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How old is she? Breed? Location of cancer? Only you know your girl. If she still wants to do all those things, she must be a spirited girl who wants to live. hugs...

 

She is only 8..... lab/collie.... we got her off of the side of the road and took her to a vet immediatly... she was about 6-8 weeks old. she is still so playful.

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How old is she? Breed? Location of cancer? Only you know your girl. If she still wants to do all those things, she must be a spirited girl who wants to live. hugs...

 

location of cancer is hind,.. our vet said he would operate but best chances were the first cut, done by a specialist

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Is she losing a limb? That mix and her age and zest for life, she will do great if I had to guess. Dogs do pretty good missing a rear leg, as they have the majority of their weight on their front end.

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My springer had a mast cell. We removed it, got clean margins and she died of old age. My Geena girl. She was 16 when she earned her wings :wub:

 

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Is she losing a limb? That mix and her age and zest for life, she will do great if I had to guess. Dogs do pretty good missing a rear leg, as they have the majority of their weight on their front end.

 

thank you so much for the positive.... I needed that :) First in is the best from what we have been told from the surgeon... no amputation just a hole the size of a softball... which made me immediatly call my regular vet, and reget my decision....

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Guest Adrianne

I think it's human nature to second guess our decisions, especially in matters such as this. I think sometimes about the choices I made for my Wilbur, and, if I could, there is one point in particular to which I would return and choose differently. Sadly, I couldn't see into the future before making my decisions, and I can't return to the past now that they're made. So I take comfort, as you should, in knowing that I made my decisions out of love for this dog. I considered his health, his personality, the odds of recovery, and all information I had at the time. I tried to be unselfish, and I did let him go when it was time--even though every fiber in my being wanted to hold on to him and keep him with me.

 

I personally think you've made a good decision, and I wish a smooth and speedy recovery for Joiya. It doesn't sound like you're doing this for selfish reasons, and she has a lot working in her favor. Don't live in "what if" because it can drive you crazy.

 

 

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Those are very good odds with cancer. At only 8 years old, there are many good years left in a pup so I don't think you are necessarily doing this for yourself. Remember all living beings wish to live, otherwise they would not survive period. I hope everything goes well with the surgery.

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80% chance is pretty dang good. If given that option with one of my hounds I would have to take that chance

 

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eta: I think there's a huge difference between squeezing every single possible second of life out of a dog, regardless of the quality of that life simply because the human can't deal with letting go versus the treatment of a medical condition with a good prognosis. Esp at the young age of 8.

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Guest SusanP

Like you, I'm conservative about what I'd put my dogs through in the name of a few extra months. But from what you say, this is not an unreasonable surgery to do, odds are good, and your dog is young. personally, I'd go for it. Zippy has had malignant tumors removed twice in the last 4 years or so, and she's still going strong at 12.

 

Were they able to determine that it has not spread anywhere?

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There is a drug that can be used for mast cell tumors in dogs. Is your vet aware of it?: Palladia from Pfizer

 

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Guest kydie

Luck to your pup, My GSP had mast cells removed last December, that's it just removed, nothing else, He is 7 years old, vet gave me the options, I voted surgery, nothing else, Vet said if they did not come back to the same spots or show up anywhere else He got it all June 28th will be 6 months, all is well, so far so good, :goodluck I feel the same way as you, as long as they can eat, pee, poop, walk, and have pain control, that is all that I can ask as they age, i will continue to care for them,as long as they can have their dignity, and pain control, keep us posted

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Guest tinams8

My dog has a mast cell tumor towards the back of her thigh when she was 20 months old. They took out a softball sized chunk also and although they warned me, I did not understand how the recovery was going to be. So I understand why you are hesitant. That said, they got clean margins and she is now almost 10. She has lumps now that might be mast cell but they are on her rib cage and I do not want to put her through surgery that would cut into her rib cage. They have not changed much over the past year and I am hoping they will do nothing for a couple more years. :hope

 

It's a hard decision. Ii would look into Palladia for sure. I hope your girl is ok.

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Joiya got bumped for surgery today, we brought her in and I got a call around noon to come back and get her - they had too many emergencies so she is rescheduled for Tuesday. My Vet never said anything about palladia - I will discuss with them. We are just so emotionally drained that I slept most of the afternoon today. But my pup is home with me, we will have a great weekend and then I leave monday for work (something I can't get out of) My inlaws are going to come up and take her in and care for her while I am gone.

 

Thanks all for sharing your experiences :) It is great to see that so many others have fought it and won!

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Guest TeddysMom

Boxers are famous for having Mast Cell tumors and all the surgeries we had done were successful unless whomever had them before rescue waited too long and they had spread too far to get clean margins. I would have no problem getting the surgery done.

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