(Closed) My Golden Retriever has Lymphosarcoma :(

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

We chose not to with our dog…she had bone cancer at age 14, as well as early stages of hip dysplasia and cataracts.  At her age, the vet said we could do chemo if we wanted, but it would likely not buy her more than six months to a year.  It didn’t seem worth it to put the dog through chemotherapy if it wasn’t going to improve her quality/quantity of life.

ETA: Hit Post too soon!  I also wanted to say that I am very sorry you’re going through this.  I hope the prognosis from the oncologist is good.  

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Sunshine1810:  I have no idea, but I had a friend of mine lose her cat to cancer and it was just heartbreaking. 

When I was about 16, our 2 year old Rot was diagnosed with parvo.  We got an opinion and they said there was nothing we could do.  The morning we were walking outside to take our dog to put him to sleep, our neighbors girlfriend was in town from Ohio who happened to be a vet and came over.  We told her the story, and she told us an option that was MUCH cheaper than what we had been told.  We decided to do it and Nibbles lived 12 long years.

There’s always hope.

Best of luck to you and your baby.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Our Golden got cancer when she was 6 or 7 yrs old. I believe it was thyroid cancer. We just noticed a lump on the side of her neck one day and it was not good after that. This was a family dog when I was in high school. We could not afford the treatments and everything. I think we tried surgery and some kind of pill for awhile but the cancer was way too aggressive. Her quality of life went down quick so we had to put her to sleep 🙁 I hope yours has a happier ending. I know it is tough.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Oh hun I am so sorry.  I hope that the cancer isn’t too aggressive.  My family dog had cancer, but she was 14 at the time.  I’m so so sorry ((((hugs))))

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

How did the meeting with the oncologist go?  I hope the news was promising!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Ohhhh I am so sorry to hear that!!!  Honestly, just get the opinion of the vet.  You don’t want to make the dog suffer either.  The vet will tell you the possible outcomes and how likely he will be to overcome this with treatment, and how it will make him feel, and whether he believes you should do treatment or just make him comfortable.  It’s such a shame since he’s only 5, how horrible for you, take some sick time if you need, I would be a mess at work 🙁

Post # 12
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Helper bee

I am really sorry to hear this. It is really a devastating diagnosis to hear. One of the vets I work with is going through chemo with her boxer for the same thing. On the plus side, he is having little to no ill side effects so far and is older than your pup, so it’s not always horrible. I hope you got some more answers and information from the oncologist you were meeting with.

One of the blogs that I love is pawcurious.com; it’s written by a vet and a good read, but more importantly she had a golden who was also diagnosed with lymphoma. Unfortunately he passed away, but it might give you some comfort knowing you are not alone in facing this tough situation. She did a few posts about it. I wish you the best while you go through this; we are all here for you!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I had to put my Golden Retriever down 2 weeks ago. 

She was my heart dog and saved me from deep depression years ago.  She went to stay with my mom when my dad passed.  She got her out of bed everyday.  She was so special. 

In October the vet said she had arthitis.  2 weeks ago, she couldn’t really walk so back to the vet.  They did an xray and she had bone cancer.  They said they could amputate the leg but it would only give her 3 months.  She was 11.  I made the decision right there, and now I can’t get over it.  I held her and stayed with her.  I told her I was doing it because I loved her and she had been in pain long enough.  I feel bad that we didn’t get her xrayed earlier.  its heartbreaking.  I planned to have her in my wedding pics.  Any suggestions how to honour her on my day?

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper

@Sunshine1810: Curious how your pup is doing with treatment? I am so sorry and hope for the best, my heart breaks when this happens.

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