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Well, crap. Tell me about canine lymphoma

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  • #81
    Originally posted by Simkie View Post
    I went and visited and Riana is bright and does not seem to be distressed or depressed.

    The belly ultra sound was ... surprising and discouraging, with a lot more disease than we'd thought from the radiograph.

    We are giving her 24 hours to respond (or not decline) and will then re-evaluate about the difficult decision that none of us want to make.
    Sorry to hear this Simkie. I had the same thing happen - thought he was doing OK and then the ultrasound showed masses and lesions. Still had some good days after this - hope you guys do too.


    • #82
      Jingles for you both. This is never easy.


      • Original Poster

        I have her here at home. She is not any worse, but she is also not much better. She is eating a little bit, which is encouraging. They were able to pull about 300 ccs off of her chest.

        We are going to watch her closely. Hopefully, she responds to the l-asparaginase (which should make her feel better) and her white count is good enough to go straight to the doxorubicin on tuesday.

        She does not seem distressed and she seems glad to be home. I am really, really going that the l-asparaginase works soon.


        • #84
          Oh, I'm so hoping you have some more good time left with your girl. I'm glad you got to bring her home.


          • Original Poster

            We put Riana down last night. Her breathing had gotten worse throughout the day. I didn't feel it was fair to hospitalize her again.

            She had a good day here at home with us, and my vet came to the house and put her down in the living room, surrounded by people who loved her.

            Cancer sucks.


            • #86
              Originally posted by Simkie View Post
              We put Riana down last night. Her breathing had gotten worse throughout the day. I didn't feel it was fair to hospitalize her again.

              She had a good day here at home with us, and my vet came to the house and put her down in the living room, surrounded by people who loved her.

              Cancer sucks.
              I'm crying now. I know how you loved her. And so did she.

              I'm so sorry.


              • #87
                Oh crap. I wasn't expecting this when I came to check in. Dang it.
                Hugs to you.


                • #88
                  oh Simkie, so so sorry.
                  Save lives! Adopt a pet from your local shelter.


                  • #89
                    I am so sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathies

                    I lost my Irish Setter to this horrible disease a few years ago. He was my heart. My companion. He got sick very fast and went from a vibrant, fun loving animal to one that panted and struggled to breathe in a matter of 2 months. We made the decision to let him run across the Rainbow Bridge when he no longer wanted to jump into the truck and ride along with me one morning. He let us know he was done.

                    You made a heartbreaking choice for your companion, but you eased her suffering and freed her. She will be waiting for you in that green pasture.


                    • #90
                      Oh no. So sorry Simkie.


                      • #91
                        I'm so sorry Simkie.


                        • #92
                          I am so very sorry for you. Hugs, and wishes for you to be at peace with your decision.


                          • #93
                            Im so sorry to hear that Unfortunatley when the cancer has already metted to their chest there isnt much anyone can do. Glad you had her at home for another night, and spent as much quality time with her. Sounds like she had a wonderful family who cared for her so much, and ultimately made a selfless decision before she became to distressed. Hugs to you.


                            • #94
                              I am so sorry and sending hugs your way. I've done this twice now... and yes, cancer sucks.


                              • #95
                                I'm late to post, but you have my heartfelt condolences, Simkie. I know how difficult it must have been to go through the whole process, but thank you for sharing it on here so that others may learn as well. Your precious girl may be gone but she will never be forgotten.


                                • #96
                                  Simkie, you already know this, but you did a Good Thing. The most important thing she knew was that she was Loved.
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                                  • #97
                                    I'm sorry for your loss Simkie.
                                    "We're still right, they're still wrong" James Carville


                                    • Original Poster

                                      Thank you all for your thoughts. It's been hard getting used to not having Riana around. If there is any silver lining to her cancer, though, it's that it progressed very quickly from "feelin fine!" to "it's time" and I have no doubts that I did the right thing for her.

                                      Does anyone have a good idea on how to display her collar? It's a Quillin raised leather collar with a curved name plate in the middle of it. It does not lie flat and the hardware is directly under the plate if it's buckled. I've seen some very nice shadow box ideas with collars that are FLAT, but I'm not sure how best to do something like that with her collar.


                                      • #99
                                        I am so sorry to read your post Simkie. You did the right thing. Cancer completely and totally just sucks.

                                        For the collar I was thinking of a shadow box, or there are side/coffee tables you can display things in. Perhaps you could do something in one of those and prop it like jewelry or rings are sometimes propped? Another idea is to have a really nice photo of it taken, and put it in a multi-photo frame with pics of her too.

                                        ((hugs)) to you from someone who knows exactly what you are going through. I still see my Shelby in the clouds some days - really do. When I feel down or miss her the most, I look up and see clouds that resemble her head or her body running...strange I know, but I do. They are smiling down from us in their heaven, I just know it. Take care.


                                        • To the OP I wish you the best of luck regardless of what decision you make. It is clear that this dog is more than a simply pet but is truly a part of your family. Please keep us updated as you find out more information.