Fight K9 cancer

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After losing our sweet Mouta (pictured here) on August 11, 2008 to cancer, my husband and I are still missing her terribly. She was diagnosed in February 2008 with a sarcoma in her spine. She was a trooper through the pre-diagnosis stage, when we initially thought she had a herniated disc in her spine, to the end. When aggressive steroid treatment only brought her from a stage 4 (almost no hind leg movement to a low stage 2...walking with assistance) we knew it was time for further testing. We drove 90 minutes away for her to have more test...a myelogram, which in turn led to surgery and the diagnosis of cancer. It was no doubt that we would pursue further treatment for her because out of the 4 pup-a-lups (my husband's term) she was our special baby...the calm in the eye of the storm, I always said. With the 4 dogs and cat, Mouta was always laid back and just really loved life. She was the ONLY one who could be off leash in the front yard and not run off 100% of the time! She LOVED being with us too much to venture off.

I did tons of research, talked to anyone who would listen, read everything I could find about cancer in dogs. And there's really not a lot of data out there. One of the deal makers for me when the subject of radiation treatments was discussed was that every question I asked about the success, the risk, the prognosis for Mouta was answered pretty much the same.."We don't know. There's not much data out there because most people opt for euthansia with the cancer diagnosis due to the cost of treatment." I felt that if by treating Mouta there was the slightest chance that we could have her in our lives a little longer and get her healthy again, it would be worth it. We had just bought a new house...I wanted new furniture, but you know, 'things' can can't. I still don't have the furniture, but we did have Mouta for 6 more months. We celebrated her 10th birthday with a cookout and I even baked a birthday cake for the dogs (you know there are lots of recipes online for homemade dog treats..even cakes!) When she finished her radiation treatments she was acting like a puppy again, not like the 10 year old that she was by then.

So, I started this group as a memorial to our Sharmouta. Anyone who has been through this, or who is facing this is welcome!

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Murphy's mast cell tumor 9 Replies

Started by Lynne Gunn. Last reply by Andrew Hicks Feb 5, 2012.

Taz' mast cell cancer 25 Replies

Started by Cathy Turnipseed. Last reply by Jill Stout May 1, 2011.

Holistic Veterinarians 2 Replies

Started by Lori Lotts. Last reply by Lori Lotts Sep 28, 2010.

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Comment by Kelly Meyer on January 12, 2012 at 12:41pm

Hi Andrew,

Firstly, congratulations on the pregnancy news!  What a joy it must be to bring a child into the world!  All my children have four legs! ;o)

Secondly, I'm so sorry that Abby has developed a mass too!  Seems really unfair that you are having to deal/worry with this again!  Daisy had a mass that came up seemingly over night too--it was benign and Dr. felt it was being held in by muscle tissue and then finally worked its way through which made it seem like it popped up over night!  I truly hope this is the case with Abby too and that it is just a fatty, benign tumor--that is what I will pray for Abby! 

Please keep us posted on both Abby and your wife!

Try and hang in there Andrew!♥

Comment by Deborah on January 12, 2012 at 6:29am

Congrats on the baby Andrew and my thoughts and prayers are with you that this scare will be nothing!  Yes unfortunately we all understand what you are going thru!

Comment by Andrew Hicks on January 11, 2012 at 5:30pm

Guess that was supposed to be "thanks" or "thank you" instead of "thanks you" ... Oh well ... you got the message.

Comment by Andrew Hicks on January 11, 2012 at 5:29pm

Thanks you Jill and Ellen.  Been doing a bit of research and while it is obviously scary, it's obvious that whatever it is, we're dealing with a very different situation to Gilbert's situation.  Gilbert's cancer was probably one of the worst that a dog can get because of the nature of it being detected late and how aggressive it normally it.  Even though this lump has literally seemed to shoot in a day, I'm hoping that whatever it is, we've noticed it early enough and can treat it in the best way possible and have a good outcome in the end.  Kinda just wish we could go to sleep, wake up and it's all gone ... but I don't think that will be happening.  Anyway, I'll keep you informed.  Really appreciate the support.  I knew I had to let this forum know as soon as I heard because you understand what goes through the mind and how emotionally difficult it is.  Thank you!

Comment by Jill Stout on January 11, 2012 at 4:38pm

Andrew, you can count on all of our support. Prayer coming your way. Congratulations on your new baby to be--prayers coming your way for a happy and healthy pregnancy and the perfect delivery of you baby girl or boy.

Special hugs to Abby-and to you--keep the faith and please let us know what the doctors say tomorrow.

Comment by Ellen Slater on January 11, 2012 at 2:00pm

First off congratulations on the pregnancy.  I know how heartbreaking infertility can be, I struggled through 10 years of unsuccessful treatment.  I am now hoping to someday adopt.  I am thrilled that things worked out for you.

I am so sorry about your Abby, I felt sick when I read that you may be facing this horrible disease again.  I will pray for you all.  I am hoping that since it sounds like the lump came up kind of suddenly, that it is something else.  We are all here for you as always. Please keep us posted.

Comment by Andrew Hicks on January 11, 2012 at 1:04pm

Hi All,

Sorry to have been scarce of late.  Lots been going on.  Happy news ... my wife is pregnant with our first child after 7 years of trying and successful IVF treatment which started in September.  Just returned from travels to New Zealand to visit family over the holidays.  Not so happy news ... We have a health scare with our Abby.  Came home from work yesterday and felt a big lump on her neck.  Took her to the vet this afternoon and they're concerned (possible mask cell tumor) and sending us to a Specialist.  We have an appointment with Upstate Veterinary Specialists tomorrow afternoon with one of the oncologists.  These are the same doctors where Gilbert was under care.  We just can't fathom the thought of Abby now getting sick and needing any cancer treatment.  When I told my wife the news, she had a mini meltdown and I just told her that everything would be OK.  I pray and hope that everything is OK.  My wife is 18 weeks pregnant now and it's been such a journey getting here.  And Abby is her special baby now.  Of course, you can understand that she can't be under any strain now.  Please keep our Abby in your thoughts and prayers this evening and tomorrow.  Let's hope it's nothing serious and can be treated in a very mild and moderate approach.  I'll keep you updated.

And before signing off ... Happy New Year to all of you too!  I hope 2012 is a happy year for everything and a healthy year for all our pawed babies! 

Comment by Ellen Slater on January 2, 2012 at 12:06pm

Here's to a happy healthy New Year for All!

Comment by Kelly Meyer on December 27, 2011 at 11:48am

Little late to the game--have been so busy and exhausted!  I hope everyone had a VERY nice Christmas!  Mine was so nice!  I just love spending time with my family, and Christmas is the one day of the year that my WHOLE family is together!

Blessings to all for a GREAT 2012!


Comment by Jill Stout on December 25, 2011 at 5:04am

Merry Christmas to all of my friends (and even to those who are not!). I pray that this Christmas will being laughter and peace to everyone and healing to those that are fighting this dreadful disease. Our prayers are with you daily. Merry Christmas to Mr. Bailey--Give Jesus a kiss from me and tell Him Happy Birthday and thank Him for watching over all of us.



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