When is the right time?

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When is the right time?

by xShareBearx on Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:51 PM

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Hello all,

I'm new to this forum and have been doing a lot of research on bladder cancer in dogs. I have a little chihuahua mix who is about 10-12 (he was a rescue, so unsure of his exact age). He was starting to have accidents in the house early last year, so we took him to the vet and he had numerous tests done to him (many UAs, blood tests, urine culture, etc) and even a contrast done (he was put under anesthesia and they injected this clear liquid into his bladder through his urethra and xrays were taken to see if any tumors showed), and nothing came up. The only thing that indicated something was off was the red blood cells that were detected in his urine, but not visible. He was placed on piroxicam for a while after being on numerous different antibiotics for possible UTIs, the symptoms weren't diminishing. In about July, we finally did an ultrasound (while none of the doctors thought he had cancer because he wasn't showing any signs of discomfort, not peeing straight blood, just no symptoms besides frequent urination), and sure enough, the tumor was there. His tumor is blocking his right ureter, so his right kidney is enlarged. He was placed on Chlorambucil and Piroxicam, and it is now April.

I'm wondering if now is the time to say goodbye to him :( As much as I don't want to, I've noticed that his straining has gotten worse. Yes, pee will come out, but he will stand and strain for about 3 minutes and not have a steady stream. He will grunt and groan sometimes too. Still eating and drinking and happy to see me when I come home, but I know I can't be selfish. He wears male wraps as well, and despite using baby wipes and AD ointment on him and rinsing his belly off and baby powder/corn starch, he's developed ulcers around his belly that will not heal due to the diapers. He pees throughout the night so I either wake up to 4-5 puddles of pee around the room or to the smell of a soaked diaper that's wrapped around him. A lot of times when he's walking he'll stop, sit down, and start backing up with his head down trying to lick his penis area because something is uncomfortable, so we aren't able to take him on walks anymore. I really hate to let him go, but I know he is uncomfortable despite still eating/drinking and wagging his tail and acting happy.

Is it too soon? Or should I let him go before it gets any worse?

RE: When is the right time?

by ZippyBeta on Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:08 PM

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Sorry to hear about your boy, If you are on Facebook join the Canine TCC-Transitional cell carcinoma - Canine Bladder Cancer                                                                                 Lots of information there and caring members.

If your boy is not on a stomach protecterant I would advise. Piroxicam can cause stomach ulcers. 

RE: When is the right time?

by carolrene9 on Sat May 05, 2018 04:48 PM

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I am strugging with this same question.  Our minpin is 14 and he was diagnosed with a large bladder tumor in November.  Everything is pretty much the same as yours.  Frequent urination, sometimes it will be a lot, but other times he seems to struggle and nothing comes out. He will often bounce a little bit to get the stream started. There are times when he will go 4-5 times an hour, and he will sometimes use the pee pad we've put down but often doesn't really try so we're constantly cleaning up urine.  I actually just ordered him some wraps because I'm at my wits end. I love him but I know it can't be comfortable for him to be going so often.  He also seems to be fairly content and is eating and drinking well. It's a rough decision. (Our boy also has fused discs in his spine which cause other problems and this adds to our worry as well.) 

RE: When is the right time?

by ZippyBeta on Sat May 05, 2018 08:00 PM

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The reason why they have to pee alot is the mass in the bladder mimics a full bladder even when they are empty. Try not to let him know you are not happy about the mess. Are you giving any suppliments? Eating & drinking is good.

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