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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Michael Scally MD, May 5, 2011.
Sorry for your loss man. I can't even fathom what my life would be like without mine.
Sweet Emma [9 February 2019] She was diagnosed at this time with cancer.
We just had our older dog at the vet yesterday. She was getting bloated and felt hard in the stomach area. Cushing disease.
All the best. It is hard when your pet is ill. They are so giving.
They are, aren't they? Appreciate the well wishes
There’s no such thing as a time when everything should be okay, no script, no right or wrong way to grieve. People do weird shit. I haven’t been able to delete my dad’s phone number from my favorites; I also saved a pair of his leather loafers. One day I’ll delete the number and give the loafers to Goodwill. But I’m not ready to let those things go yet. It’s a process.
Lol, big ol block head
Dear ‘Sweet’ Emma,
Thank you for deepening my understanding of love, affection, devotion, happiness, …. We were together a short time – 21 months – yet spent that time near one another almost 24/7.
On those times I ran errands it was a joy to see you at the window waiting for my return and hearing your bark as I opened the door. You were always there to welcome me home, always.
If I was at my desk, you lied next to my chair. If I was lying on the bed/couch, you were beside me on your bed. Every waking moment was spent by my side. Or, you placing your head upon my knee or the couch and looking directly into my eyes.
Your hips made it unable for you to jump on the bed/couch. So, we would share your bed and I would say I Love You while kissing you on your head and nose. These were magical moments for me, and I thank you for allowing me into your world.
Patrizia & I are eternally grateful for the events that brought us together. On that special day when walking Zoe & Tristan, you crossed the road and came up to me with that loving look you have. There was no turning back. Life had changed in the most wonderful and joyous way.
We are tearful/crying. It is hard to know you are gone physically, but you will never be gone from us in spirit/memory. We Love You.
Emma had HSA. She was diagnosed in February 2019. She passed away almost to the day one year later. We miss her.
[OA] Batschinski K, Nobre A, Vargas-Mendez E, et al. Canine visceral hemangiosarcoma treated with surgery alone or surgery and doxorubicin: 37 cases (2005-2014). Can Vet J. 2018;59(9):967–972. Canine visceral hemangiosarcoma treated with surgery alone or surgery and doxorubicin: 37 cases (2005–2014)
The purpose of this retrospective study was to determine survival times and prognostic factors of dogs with visceral hemangiosarcoma (HSA) treated with surgery alone or surgery and doxorubicin. Medical records from 2 hospitals from 2005 to 2014 were searched for dogs with histopathologically confirmed visceral HSA. Data relevant to patient demographics, tumor characteristics, and outcomes were abstracted.
The most common primary organ affected was the spleen; however, primary tumor location had no influence on prognosis. Twenty-three dogs were treated with surgery alone, while 14 dogs were treated with surgery and doxorubicin.
There was a significant difference in survival times between dogs treated with surgery alone and with surgery followed by doxorubicin (66 days versus 274 days). Dogs with stage I tumors (196 days) had a longer median survival time (MST) than dogs with stage II (117 days) and stage III (23 days) disease. The overall MST was 179 days with a 1-year survival rate of 29.2%.
Canine Splenic Hemangiosarcoma
Canine Splenic Hemangiosarcoma - Metropolitan Veterinary Associates
Hemangiosarcoma (HSA) of the spleen is a devastating cancer that affects many dogs. It is a cancer of the vascular epithelial cells (cells lining the blood vessels) that comprises roughly 7% of all cancer in canines. This tumor can occur from any site of the body that’s vascular but the most frequent locations in dogs are the spleen (40-50%), right atrium/heart (10-25%), and the skin (15%).
Hemangiosarcoma of the spleen is the most common cancer of the spleen in dogs. Approximately two thirds of dogs with masses of the spleen will have a cancerous tumor and two thirds of those cancerous tumors are HSA. Recent studies have found that 63-70% of dogs presenting with spontaneous hemoabdomen (blood in the abdomen from a non-traumatic event) have HSA of the spleen.
Splenic HSA is highly aggressive such that it grows rapidly and is highly metastatic, meaning the chances of it spreading to other locations of the body at the time of diagnosis is very high (80%). This tumor can spread to anywhere in the body due to its close proximity to blood vessels (i.e. liver, lungs, brain, organs in the abdomen).
Unfortunately, we do not know what causes or predisposes animals to develop this type of cancer but it is believed to have some genetic predisposition as German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, and Labradors are overrepresented.
Most dogs presenting with this cancer are brought to their veterinarian by their owners on an emergent basis due to a range of nonspecific clinical signs such as: decreased appetite, weight loss, lethargy, increased/labored breathing, swelling of the abdomen, and acute collapse/weakness.
These clinicals signs are due to the major hemorrhage that occurs when the mass in the spleen ruptures and subsequently bleeds. It isn’t uncommon for these episodes of weakness or collapse to be transient over a period of days or weeks due to the rupture of the mass and theorized reabsorption of the blood in the abdomen.
Surgical removal of the splenic mass by removing the entire spleen (splenectomy) is the primary method of treatment for almost all dogs with HSA of the spleen. Unfortunately, due to the aggressive biological nature of this tumor, prognosis for dogs with this tumor is poor even in the face of surgery and adjunctive therapies.
With surgical intervention alone, the median survival time (median survival time is defined as the time period where 50% of patients are still alive; this means however that 50% of the patients are not alive at that time period) varies between one and two months. Survival times may vary depending on the stage of the tumor at the time of treatment.
“The rain will stop, the night will end, the hurt will fade. Hope is never so lost that it can't be found.” ~ Ernest Hemingway
Some deer in our woods this morning. Happens a few times a week, kinda cool. Three of em, one buck. Blaze was enjoying watching them with me
Beautiful girl. Cherish the memories.
I have always believed the world would be a better place if people were more like dogs. They see and understand things in ways we will never totally understand.
Totally agree and also: they move on quickly when shit happens, live in the moment, don't take things personal and are loyal to a fault. They love unconditionally and are always there for you.
Dogs being man's best friend is a total understatement.
Newest addition, with my Kelpie.
Also my Kelpie going full Lenny on the cat.
All of our pets must be loving the time they have with their owners, comparative to waiting for us to get home from work lol
The hairy babies..
Beautiful dogs. I absolutely love German Shepherds. Sociable, loyal, strong, athletic, smart and protective of their family. The last Shepherd I had was such an amazing dog. Ace was large for a Shepherd - upwards of 120 lbs. lean. He was so full of life! I currently have 3 dogs and some day in the future I will get another German. My profile pic is one of my current dogs. He is also truly amazing, along with my other two. My Golden Retriever is like a big kid, such a great personality. And my Rough Collie looks like Lassie. She is super intelligent but a very strong herding instinct attached to that breed.