My Beagle Tipper is Dying of Lung Cancer

My Beagle Tipper is Dying of Lung Cancer

by Christopher D.
(St. Paul, MN, USA)

Tipper at her first formal portrait as a puppy.

Tipper at her first formal portrait as a puppy.

Tipper at her first formal portrait as a puppy.
Another formal portrait of Tipper as a puppy
Tipper engaged in one of her favorite activities...a ride in the car
Tipper

A week and a half ago, I took my beloved, sweet, 11 year old Beagle, Tipper, to the vet for what I thought was kennel cough.

The vet took a chest x-ray and told me she had some very bad news.

Tipper had extensive tumors in her lungs and has only weeks to live.

Right now, she is happy and eating well but just is bothered with a minor cough from time to time. She still enjoys our walks, trips to the dog park and to Dairy Queen where she gets a plain, uncooked hotdog as a treat. (Since she doesn't have much time left, I have decided to spoil her with every treat I can think of that she loves).

I remember when I went to look at the litter of beagle puppies, she was the first one to run up to me - It was like she picked me. We became fast friends after that and have had a wonderful 11 years together.

The past week has been a living hell for me. I am just grieve stricken that it is going to end soon but I am trying to stay strong for her so I can give her the best summer she has ever had but it is getting harder. I am terribly afraid she will get sick while I am at work and die alone and I won't know if she suffered.

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Oct 19, 2016
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Our lulu girl
by: Beagle fan

I am so so sorry to hear about Tipper.

We had to put our Lulu down this past Saturday because of lung tumors that were bleeding. She developed a cough and in less than 3 days and she was too far gone for treatment. We had her 12 years and are devastated.

Aug 02, 2016
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Losing my Maggie
by: Anonymous

I am so sorry to hear about your Tipper. My girl Maggie was diagnosed on 5/14/16 with lung cancer and passed away on 7/5/16. She got real sick all of a sudden and my husband and I were on the way to the vet with me next to her telling her it was ok to go and she passed on her own. I know she is in a better place but I miss her so much. The house is just too quiet. She would have been 12 on 8/10/16.

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Just enjoy every day with her.

Apr 12, 2016
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Sorry for your loss
by: Bonnie

We lost our Shih Tzu to lung cancer on June 9, 2015. He was fine on Sunday and so sick on Tuesday when we put him down. It was so hard but we knew we had to do it. He has a twin sister that is lost without him. They had never been apart in 12 years. Remember that letting go is the best gift we can give them when it is time.

Apr 12, 2016
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Emma
by: Anonymous

I am so heartbroken for you. Beagles are such loving pups and obedient. I lost my Emma two days ago from lung cancer and no words can explain the void. She was so good and so obedient to the very last minute when she went on to table to be put to sleep. She was a good girl, my little girl.

Feb 22, 2016
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My beagle is sick too
by: Steve

My Samantha is 9.5 yrs. old. It started with bladder cancer. Now it has caused lung cancer. Have her on prednisolone. This has stopped the cough but she is out of breath and can't climb stairs or get up on the couch. When she drinks water she throws up.

I think it is time to do what I hate to think about. I'm going to the vet soon to see what they think. If they check the lungs and the % is low I'll let that decide what I do.

I live alone and this is very hard.

Thanks, Steve (and Samantha)

Jun 08, 2013
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Cancer took my Abbey
by: Regina Patton

My Abbey, a sweet goldendoodle, 8 1/2 years old, also had primary lung cancer. We had only 1 week and 1/2 from diagnosis. Start with a dry cough for about 3 days only, nonspecific pattern. Tried everything to save her, went to one of the top oncologist. She had a mini stroke and the next day in the middle of the night went into respiratory distress and we had to make the awful decision to put her down.

It truly was devastating and the longest ride to the vet hospital.

I feel for all of you who are suffering like we did. We are lost without her. Doing a lot of crying. Made her a rose garden with an angel. Picture collages. Running out of things to do to cope.

God bless you all and will pray for all your pets health and miracles of cure. Wish we had had one.

Mar 07, 2013
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Lung tumor
by: Archie

My gorgeous dog Archie died 3 days ago of lung cancer; we tried everything we could to save him. His lungs were being drained every five days, he was having chemo, in the end we had to do the right thing. I don't know how I'm going to get through this, it's completely heartbreaking. I've never experienced this pain. He was my boy and my world. I also have his sister who is a year older than him, I need to keep strong for her. I'm trying to do what I can to keep her excited and calm, but this is truly the hardest thing I have ever had to deal with.

Dec 29, 2011
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I know your Pain.
by: Anonymous

I'm very sorry that your Beagle Tipper is ill.

I also just found out that my 11-year-old Chihuahua has cancer near her trachea.

Since then I have been crying every time I look at her. All my memories of our life together just come flying at me. I can't imagine my life without her.

The worst thing is thinking about how much she is going to suffer as a result of this cancer. I wonder if she is in pain and what she is going to have to go through if her throat completely closes off.

I am also afraid that at some point I may be forced to euthanize her. I know that it may be the best for her so that she won't suffer but I am not sure I can do it.

When I cry, my family tells me that she is old already and that it may just be her time to go. This makes me so angry because her age has nothing to do with how much I love her. For now, she is eating well and she looks okay. I know that I should just enjoy the time with her but it is so hard for me.

They have given me prednisone to see if it will relieve some of the breathing issues she has been having. I guess all I can do is pray and hope that she will not suffer too much. Also, I guess I need to enjoy the time I have left with her.

Nov 09, 2011
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I'm very sorry..
by: Jennifer

My dog Bear was diagnosed with heart and lung cancer just from an xray. He is still with me and it gets so difficult. I break down every time I turn around, every time he doesn't want to eat, or if he's just tired...

Please just know there are others going through the same thing, and we wish you and Tipper well. I understand the pain you are going through, and I want you to know that I am so very sorry for you both. God Bless You Both!

Sep 07, 2011
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Tipper
by: Robert

My wife and I just found out similar news about our 11 year old Corgi mix I adopted 10 years ago.

She has an inoperable liver tumor that has caused her liver to enlarge to over double its size. Right now, she is still the dog I have always known.

However, her enlarged liver is putting pressure on her intestines and will cause her end instead of the actual cancer. It is absolutely devastating to know each day will slowly get worse and worse for her until she starts showing pain and then we must make the difficult decision.

Not everyone can understand how difficult it is to lose a dog. I think that is why it is so easy to feel alone when suffering through this. When people are sick, most everyone has a great support system. This is not always the case with pets since not everyone can relate to our feelings.

Just remember that you are not alone in this. This is without doubt the most difficult thing I have had to go through in a long time. But I just keep telling myself that the 10 years of joy, memories, and unconditional love my dog Cloe has given me is something I wouldn't give up for anything, even if it means I have to endure a long time of sadness once she is gone.

Sep 02, 2011
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NO CANCER
by: Anonymous

On today our Vet informed us that Snickers is cancer free! Thanks for all of the prayers of hope.

Aug 02, 2011
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Snicker's Journey
by: Milton Washington

Carolyn and I learned the biopsy results of our 9 year old cocker Snickers. He has Epitheliotrophic lymphoma. This is a rare k9 cancer. He started chemo today as well. We are devastated.

Reading Tipper's journey was helpful in easing our pain. Thanks for sharing.

Jul 31, 2011
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Keep Strong
by: Rich, Ligonier PA

My heart goes out to you and Tipper.

Jul 12, 2011
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Be Strong...
by: Hazel, Site Editor

Hi, Christopher,

I am so sorry about Tipper. It must be hard to get the news so suddenly...

Please be strong for Tipper - dogs can pick up on our feelings and emotions and if you feel stressed and depressed, so will Tipper.

Try to enjoy each and every day with Tipper and create lots of happy memories...

Take care and have a good summer. We will all pray for you and Tipper.

Jul 12, 2011
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So sorry....
by: Kathleen

My heart aches for you! I am so sorry to hear the news about your doggie Tipper. I hope you can find comfort knowing that you are giving this dog so much love and the best life ever. The vets can say all they want about "time" but only the Lord knows when it is time - it could be months! You just live every day to the fullest with Tipper. Tipper looks so happy and sweet!!

Jul 11, 2011
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Tipper
by: Karen

I'm so sorry - I had a wonderful old dog die of the same thing. The best I can tell you is it was quick. I would never want one to suffer. Good luck to you.

Jul 11, 2011
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Tipper
by: Carla

I'm so sorry for you and Tipper...I would spoil my dog in the same manner...for sure. I am sending you Angels, Blessings and Hugs to help you through this time...it's all I can do.

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