My Beautiful Buddy Has Brain Tumor

My Beautiful Buddy Has Brain Tumor

by Debra Denike
(Burlington, Ont)

Yesterday morning I woke up to what I thought was my 9 yr. old Wheaton Terrier "Buddy" having a bad dream. I leaned over the bed to calm him and relized he was having a seizure.

I talked to him and put my hand on him for what seemed like forever. When it was over, he stood up with foam around his mouth and growled at me with teeth exposed. Then barked agressively at me. I called the Vet and was told that since he had just had a full blood workup and everything was fine, that it was a brain tumor.

24 hrs later he had another grand mal seizure and then walked in circles and banged into walls, while barking at my husband and I. Eventually he recognized us and settled down. He had such a lost look in his eyes. Later in the day he was back to himself again. Today so far he is happy and eating well.

I don't know how long we'll have left, but I won't let him suffer.

Another Vet has told me he could go anytime once the seizures increase in frequency. And she says we'll know when his time comes.

God Bless my Buddy for all the happiness he's brought into so many lives!


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Jan 07, 2016
My dearest Gougou
by: Anonymous

It's great to stumble across this page where owners can share their experience.

My Maltese was 14 1/2 yo when he had his first seizure on 15/12/15 and had just passed away yesterday on the 6/1/16.
His tail never wagged again since the first seizure, everything went downhill really quickly.

Initially, we thought it could be the new essential oil that we were using as it has a very strong scent, a friend of mine has a Maltese that experienced the same and had duly recovered after removing the strong scent.

Nonetheless, we brought him in to the vet the next day.
The vet did not think that that was the cause. For a dog his age to have the first seizure, it would either be a brain tumor or certain organs not functioning right, for instance the liver. When failed to work the way it should, toxin might have caused the seizure.

The blood test came back pretty much in the normal range, that would mean that it probably was a brain tumor. We went home with some diazepam which is a smal amount of liquid to be administered from the rectum to half a seizure.

For 10 days there was no seizure, but Gougou started pacing, walking in circles, later on, pressing his head up against corners, stumbling as he walked...

Following on, the seizures came in closer intervals. He got weaker after every episode. Eventually, he couldn't eat, drink on his own and became incontinent and disoriented.

We followed up with many visits to the vet throughout. Everything pointed to a brain tumor. According to the vet, there isn't a surgery option for brain in Singapore. If we really wanted to be certain it was a brain tumor, we could go for MRI etc, which would cost S$3000-7000. Gougou would need to be under GA which he might not pull through due to his age and a weak liver. In other words, there was no cure for him.

Towards the end of his journey, his neck was contorted in a strange angle. He gradually had issues swallowing food, hence I had to feed him 2-3 times a day, putting food close to his throat when he opened his mouth to pant. He was still able to drink.

He no longer barked but started howling continuously esp in the night. We did not know if he was in pain, the doc thought probably not. I did give him some painkiller though it didn't make much difference.

The vet did put across to us if we wanted to have him euthanize.

He was generally not in pain, but he was totally reliant on us and there was no quality of life anymore. But as long he was not in pain, given the rate he was deteriorating, I chose to want to be there for him till the end. Many sleepless night comforting him when he howled, constant cleaning up, feeding. But I had no complains for he was my best friend, he trusted me. I had to be there for him.

Then in an evening after 3 weeks, he started breathing rapidly and noisily after a dose of steroid and seizure medication. He calmed down after that and slowly faded away in my arms.

Aug 25, 2014
Our girl Aimee
by: steve

Our girl Aimee is a cattle-dog x border collie, aged 9 years. The first symptoms or character change we noticed were: she started not to be able to see/recognise her food bowl, and started walking around our outdoor table in one direction, and started circling around our legs.

We took her to an after-hours vet that night, who diagnosed her with toxicity poisoning. The next morning we collected her, she was a little better, but she was still circling and one of her eyes seemed to be looking in another direction.

An MRI a few days later still could not confirm if the image was a tumour or stroke, because the magnetics in the imaging machine was not strong enough to tell the difference. We reside in Australia, and the MRI cost $2400 including a spinal tap to rule out other medical possibilities. Over the next week Aimme's condition became progressively worse - she kept pacing all the time; her circling became worse, and she started to look very uncomfortable within herself. We eventually made the heart-breaking decision to euthanize Aim's, because we couldn't stand to see her suffer any longer.

From noticing the first symptoms to the final day was only two weeks.

We are still very angry that our politicians spend $billions & $trillion on making weapons and machines that kill, instead of putting that money into research and machines that will cure illnesses like cancer.

Jan 09, 2014
Harley David - Beagle 7 years old
by: sharon

Came home this evening to find my Harley staggering and unable to stand. In an attempt to make him comfortable while frantically searching for answers - my husband said OMG as I saw the words brain tumor. We raced him to the vet but within an hour he was gone. I had recently noticed lethargy but justified it with the onset of cold weather and his normal need to be warm. His mannerisms had changed with very verbal grumbles - I looked this up and found that this could be normal with older age. He did snap at me a few weeks ago but again I justified it as I had tried to wake him for a bathroom break.

Now as I look back - I realize there were slight changes and deep down even though I shook my head, I knew something was not right.

Understand your instincts - The vet said we could not have known nor been able to do anything yet I feel I let Harley down. Again listen to your inner gut - if you feel something is wrong, it probably is.

Apr 17, 2013
I just lost my pitbull to cancer
by: Anonymous

It began with a behavior change - fights with the other dog, usually over food and I attributed it to her food psychosis of being found starving as a young dog. I had to be careful of her whereabouts when I fed them and had to separate them.

Then, it was going out the door, she seemed like her eyesight was going, and at possibly 13, I thought it was glaucoma. She had an eye that turned red, was treated with antibiotics and drops and eventually appeared to have an ulcer. I thought she was having bad dreams, some shaking, and really clingy, always affectionate, but now more than ever.

It was brain cancer, which had metastasized to her eye. I did not want to put her down. She was still eating and walking, just could not control her bladder and would soil her blanket. The tumor on her eye ruptured and she was at that time in too much pain. Four days ago, I researched for euthanasia, as at home was more than I could do, at this point, I asked them to recommend a good place. I was so ashamed to give up on her, that I did not even leave appropriate information. I was advised that it was cancer and at her age the prognosis was poor, and being a low income worker, cancer treatment would have been out of my financial ability. I have buried her in my back yard and I miss her so much.

I can tell myself that it was for the best all day long, but I still hate having done it. I was there with her and she was at peace, but I cry every day over the decision. My ex brought her to me 10 years ago and abandoned her and me for another woman, 4 years ago. He did not want to see her or become involved in her treatment, so I did not call him. I felt I lost the best of him with her, it was like letting go all over again.

I visualize her running the beach and chasing a stick somewhere in dog heaven. It is the only thing that brings me peace. She was a wonderful dog and protector. She was obedient and smart, she understood commands in 2 languages. She would have given her life to protect me. I hope to be able to go on with life, but at this point, I am very depressed.

Thank you for this forum.

Oct 02, 2011
Some dogs need more than 1 seizure medication
by: Sharon McGuigan(Bianca's owner)

Re Beagle Charlie:

He may need a second anticonvulsant medication such as Potassium Bromide. Please ask your vet.

My Bianca is also on Phenobarbitol since age of 2 and when she started acting like 'Cujo" snapping at me and fearful of me, the vet added Potassium Bromide and she has been seizure free as long as blood levels are ok. Some dogs have to be on 2 sometimes 3 medications to control seizures. I hope you can benefit from my suggestion!!

Oct 02, 2011
Charlie beagle started having seizures
by: Juliette

My Charlie is thirteen years old and has been a lovely friend to me. He has seen me through so many personal losses including the loss of my daughter.

He started having seizures a month ago, having had a cancer removed from his eye a year ago. I don't know if the two are related, but suspect strongly that they are. He is on Phenobarbitone and a huge dose at that. Lately he has started to snap at my face, something he has never done in his life. He is miserable and no longer wags his tail or sniffs when we go for a walk. This morning he went for my face when I planted a peck on the top of his head. I realise that he is in great discomfort and perhaps in pain. So I have made a decision that I will have to follow through with due to his age and his deterioration.

I hope I am making the right one as I love him very much and I am so terribly sad this morning.

Dec 28, 2010
My Wonderful Friend Molly
by: Sandi

My 11 y/o lab Molly had her first seizure on Nov 21, 2010. It was a grand mal seizure that lasted for almost 5 minutes. She had another one later that night. She had 3 more early in the morning before her visit to the vet. They did blood work which only showed high liver enzymes. I put her on Phenobarbital which stopped the seizures. I had to adjust her dosage a few times and have blood work to get her to the right dosage to prevent the seizures but still remain alert and enjoying life.

She did very well and seemed fine other than a bit slower until December 24. She had 2 seizures on the 24th so I increased her medications. On Dec 25, 2010 she had a bad seizure at 3 am and continued to have several more and the medication was no longer working at all. She began to breath hard and pace all around the house running into things and getting into small places where she would press her head against walls and furniture. I took her to the ER vet hospital where it was determined that she had a brain tumor and made the very heart wrenching decision to put her to sleep as she was suffering a great deal at this point.

The initial diagnosis had been either senior seizures which can be controlled with phenobarbital or a brain tumor. In the last week of her life she had incontinence issues as well.

She was a rescue dog whom I had for 10 years and she was such a joy to all friends and family and will be missed every day.

Nov 25, 2010
Special Thanksgiving Blessing
by: Kathy

Champ my 12 year old boxer's right eye looked irritated last Sunday and appeared to have an eye infection and I started treating it with antibiotic eye drops.

He had a seizure Sunday night and we took him to the Emergency Clinic and he stayed the night for observation. The doctor on call suspected a brain tumor. His night went well and when I picked him up and took him to his vet the next morning, he confirmed that he has a brain tumor and started him on medication for his seizures.

The seizures have stopped at this time but he has not been able to walk since Tuesday morning and his condition has been critical. Last night he stood up and walked for the first time in three days!

My Thanksgiving blessing has been that he wagged his tail when I spoke to him today and he was able to stand while I was cooking Thanksgiving dinner.

I don't know what tomorrow will bring but I am thankful for every second that I have to spend with him. He is a wonderful pet and has been a big part of my life for 12 years.

Happy Thanksgiving Champ. Mommy loves you!

Nov 22, 2010
I lost my doggie Baron to brain tumor
by: macadonia

I had to say goodbye to my precious doggie Baron.

I am mad as hell. Last year, as I was walking him he lost his balance. Few days later it happened again. I took him to the vet and he said that he doesn't have traction in his back legs. What a crock of bull!!!

Around Thanksgiving he walked into an open cabinet door. At times he kept his head tilted and kept scratching his ear. I checked his gums and he had a small growth which the doctor removed. He would walk into objects and doctor said that it was inflammation of middle ear and prescribed medication. When we took him for follow up another doctor in the same office said that the head tilt is old dog's disease. At times Baron would make a squeaky sound as if in pain and vet response was that it may probably be arthritis in his back leg.

Through all this time my doggie was grossly diagnosed, and only after we had to carry him into an emergency that somebody mentioned a possible brain tumor. I don't know where those doctors got their degrees from, but I am certain of one thing - I will never again take my pet to their facilities.

It is unfortunate that I can't sue them with gross negligence because law refers to dogs as personal property. I will dedicate my life to change that stupid law. Some years ago slaves were considered personal property. This country is so advanced in so many areas, but so backwards when it comes to God's creatures like dogs and cats!

Sep 27, 2010
Bianca my wonderful doggie
by: Sharon

My Hungarian Kuvasz Bianca is now 6 and was diagnosed with canine seizure disorder at age 2.

When I got her as a pup, she was the smallest in the litter and clamored for my attention. I picked her because I "knew" she needed me. I am a Registered Nurse and she probably "knew" that I would take care of her if she ever got sick.

She has been on medications for 4 years but now she has had two episodes of unexplained yelping and looking like she was out of it, I feel that it is more than just seizure disorder as she has had her meds increased.

I totally understand where you all are coming from. We took her on vacation up north and she enjoyed swimming and spending one on one time with us back in August and I said to my husband back then that this may be the first and last time she will ever go away with us. Intuition is a powerful thing...

Sep 18, 2010
Savanna from Buddy
by: Anonymous

I am so sorry for your family and Savannah. Enjoy each day that you have left.

Our Buddy had three more seizures within 24hrs and I had to take him and have him sent to heaven on Sept 11.

My heart broke at watching him in such distress and I didn't want to see him go through it again. I met the vet at her office and held my boy while she anesthetized him and he never woke up. He was finally at peace.

I am a mess and miss him so badly that I called his breeder and have a 4-week-old male wheaton puppy coming home at Thanksgiving.

God Bless you and your family...the puppy sons in our family give us such joy and unconditional love. So don't wait too long to get another one to love.


Debra Denike

Sep 09, 2010
My poor Savanna
by: Anonymous

Im am so sorry! Our 11 year old lab had her first seizure 3 days ago. I too thought she was having a bad dream. It lasted a couple minutes. She had foam in her mouth, went to the bathroom and was pacing non-stop. She finally settled down and went to sleep.

I had hoped the seizure was becuse of her old age and she wouldn't have another one for a while. The next day she had another one and never came back to being herself. We had her blood tested yesterday and are waiting to hear back today, but we are pretty sure it's a brain tumor.

Savanna had another one this morning and is just looking lost. Our hearts are broken. The vet said we could give her steroids which would hopefully get her back to herself for a few more months so we can give her tons and tons of extra love.

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