(Closed) Anyone have/had a pet with lymphoma or other cancers?

posted 9 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
363 posts
Helper bee


I haven’t had that experience. My heart goes out to you.  These types of situations are never easy.

I have a dog (3 yeard old pug) and 2 cats that are 10 y old.  One of my cats has lost vision in one of his eyes…and his health seems to be slowly deteriorating over time.  I don’t want to think about it to much, but I know that I’ll have to make “that choice” at some point, just not sure when it’ll be.  But I’m hoping I’ll *know* when the time has come. I think I will “choose” to do it when my pet is suffering, and the health keep deteriorating.

Sorry I can’t be much help 🙁

Post # 4
601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My cat had cancer. I never found out what type but it was hard. I gaver her pain pills for about 5 months before we had to put her down.

Post # 5
10849 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m so sorry. I know how hard it is. My darling Mr Smee was diagnosed with a large tumor beside his heart just over a year ago. We had to have him put down in December, so it was about 10 or 11 months between diagnosis and the final days. It was really hard. We didn’t do chemo or anything like that because I just felt it would be too hard on his little body, and surgery would have been too invasive since the tumor was in his chest. He was on a regime of anti-inflammatory pills and antibiotics, although for the most part it was the anti-inflammatories (Prednazone). It worked really well for him and he had a great quality of life with those.

The end came very quickly though. Darling Husband was home for lunch one day, and Smee happened to walk past us as the table. I noticed his belly looked distended and Darling Husband agreed and said I should take him to the vet that day (very unlike DH). I had hoped maybe he just had a lot of gas or it was some side effect from the prednazone since otherwise he seemed okay, maybe just a bit slower. It turned out his abdomen had filled with fluid. They drained it and hoped it wouldn’t return, but within 48 hours it was just as swollen again and I had to have the vet come over and put him to sleep. It was horrible. I could tell though that he was uncomfortable and it would have been unfair to ask him to have his belly drained every couple of days, so we did what we thought was best for him. The vet said that what mostly likely happened was that the cancer had spread to other organs and that they were basically shutting down one by one which was causing the fluid build up. We had the fluid tested the first time around but no conclusive results came out of it. It’s sort of a mystery, but at the end of the day I had to do what was best for his quality of life.

I still miss him every day. I’m not sure I’ll ever stop missing him to tell you the truth. Having a good relationship with our vet and the technicians at her office made it a lot easier to go through so much with him. If I had to leave him there overnight I felt so much better knowing the people there cared about him just as much as I did. The only other advice I would tell you is to just follow your gut and pay close attention to the little things. Our vet initially gave Smee a weekend to live, and we got 10 fantastic months together instead. I wasn’t about to give up on him and I’m glad we went down all the avenues we did to keep him healthy for as long as we could!

Post # 6
63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My dog was diagnosed with lymphoma right around Christmas.  It came up overnight, and hit hard; all of his nodes were swollen, although it hadn’t yet infected his organs or bone marrow.  We had several chemo options, but they all ran about $7000-10000, and would likely only give him 3-6 months.  We opted to go with prednisone to keep the swelling down.  On the prednisone, he did very well, and the swelling stayed down for a while.  And then one day it just stopped working.  It was one month from diagnosis to final vet visit.


I’m so sorry that you’re going through this.  If you want to talk to someone, or ask any questions, feel free to message me.

Post # 8
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My parents much beloved cat had Feline Leukemia. She was only 2 years. They chose not to put her down which they now regret. She was obviously in pain and the day she actually died my dad said it seemed like it took her hours until she finally stopped breathing. It was very hard on him to watch.

Post # 9
10849 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

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@Sunshining: Our stories are so similar! Smee had lost some weight but he’s always been a slender cat, so I didn’t really take much note of it. He was also vomiting a lot but he’s one of those cats who vomits and has a lot of hairballs anyways. I had talked to my vet about it a few times and she couldn’t find anything wrong, so we just thought that was the way he was. He started vomiting twice a day, so I took him to the vet yet again, and that’s when the did the ultrasound and x-ray where they found the tumor. I think he must have had it for a very long time, but that all the symptoms just sort of fit into his “normal” temperament so we didn’t think it was anything too strange for him. 

Honestly, I don’t think there’s a time that ever feels “right” when it comes to letting go. You’ll just know when you have to do what you have to do. I’m sorry sweetie. Big ((hugs)). Feel free to PM me if you need to chat, I know exactly what you’re going through.

Post # 11
4023 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Our family dog got cancer when he was about 12 or 13. He got a really bad tumor on his lung, and whenever he would lay down, he couldn’t breathe. My dad would have to sit up at night and hold him so the he could sleep and breathe. That was when we decided to make the decision to put him down. It was the worst thing in the world, but living in that pain was not worth it for him. We didn’t want to make him suffer just becuase he wanted to hold on.

One of our cats got feline leukemia too, and that was horrible. She started to puss out of her eyes and nose and ears and mouth. My mom made the decision while we were at school to take her in and put her down. It wasn’t fair to make her suffer with that.

I am sorry you are having to go through this. It is so hard.

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