My Goldens Fight Against Hemangiosarcoma

My Goldens Fight Against Hemangiosarcoma

by Angna
(Tulsa, OK)

This has been a bad year for my family. We lost my beautiful golden retriever Max to hemangiosarcoma in March, he was 12. He lived 6 months after diagnosis of inoperable liver tumor.

Now, my other golden Erin has the same AWFUL cancer. I had an ultrasound done to check her out and she had 2 tumors, one near her colon and one on her spleen. We had them removed surgically and began chemo as soon possible afterwards.

About halfway through she developed a new tumor. We changed chemos and have had 1 round.

This has been so hard and I'm hoping to share and receive support and information from others going through this.

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Oct 23, 2016
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Response to Oct 23 2016
by: C D

Is it really 10/23/16? I have 2 posts on this board; the last post was 10 months ago. I am still so devastated over losing my son, a chow mix, even if He was 16 and with a devastating cancer. I also lost another paw son 11/2014 to hemangiosarcoma.

I am still lost in time, but have researched personally in addition consulted many alternative vets. There are so many loving intense bonds on this board of people with their companions, it is a comfort and educating experience. I will share what I have learned and what I used, and the outcomes.

With my 38 lb beagle mix who had hemangiosarcoma, the symptoms which alerted me to something wrong were: a decrease in activity, and a loss of appetite. This slow-down was notable for a length of time, and since he was 13 a vet suggested it was arthritis. I gave him additional fish oil, and Dasuquin. (I have since learned that the wrong type of omegas can actually de detrimental to cancer.)

After a length of time with no improvement, I took him back to my vet with his deterioration presentation; an X-ray showed the splenic mass. The next day he was with an ACVS surgeon specialty center and had a very skilled removal of the mass which was in an active bleed. Fortunately, the right surgeon was spectacular and I had pet insurance. It was the awful cancer: hemangiosarcoma. The prognosis was limited time left. This was in Feb 2014.

My sweet beagle lived a very happy spring and summer and all the way to Thanksgiving, with good diet and supplements. I used the turkey tail mushroom along with supportive supplements.The last weeks, and well over a month, I used the yunnan baiyao as described in my earlier post because the disease was now back and giving trouble. The yunnan was very helpful, and my sweet little beagle was a character and my little copilot until the end. He always wanted to ride, no matter what. And ride he did! As long as he showed interest, I let him live.

Contrary to what some people and some vets told me, I let my beagle buddy tell me when he was ready to exit this life. He wanted to go on that last ride with me, he had a good time, but driving home I thought he was rather quiet. He did not want to exit the car in the driveway, so when I went to pick him up, I felt the swollen belly, and he could not stand. I carried him to his spot in the kitchen and gave him the little red pill of yunnan (as described in my earlier post). This pill, in the past, had worked to reabsorb the bleeding. My beagle buddy felt a little better, and actually started howling (that hound dog howl) to my other dog who was barking outside. But that was it. He was ready to go.

My little copilot died of a massive bleed in my arms, on his bed in the kitchen about 10-15 minutes after he gave that last hound dog howl. I am in tears now remembering. The little crew member copilot did his life the way he wanted.

Oct 23, 2016
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Looking for advice
by: Anonymous

My 10 yr old Rottie x Cattle has recently been diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma, 3 days ago to be precise. We only noticed something when she had blood in the urine.

She has a large tumor in her spleen and a smaller one in her kidney and a lot of small nodules in her lungs. I am trying to make the best decision for her and it's truly heartbreaking to make.

We have decided that seeing as she is happy, is in no pain and still genuinely well that we are going to forgo surgery and chemo because that would just put her in unnecessary pain and I want the rest of her days to be happy pain free ones.

I'm just wondering how long other people's babies have lived for when they have opted for no surgery or chemo. I'm struggling with not knowing when the end will be and I'm finding it hard to leave her in case she goes. Any advice on how you cope with this would be appreciated.

Sep 09, 2016
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Alternative therapy for hemangiosarcoma
by: JB

My 7 yr mini schnauzer, Jack "Buddy", was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma. We caught it very early before any metastasis.

A week later on 6/30/16 he had his spleen removed. I opted to forego chemo and have gone the holistic route. He is on I'm Yunity and Yunnan Baiyao. He started acupuncture weekly and is now going every 3 wks.

To look at him you wouldn't know he is sick. He loves his food, walks and exploring! So far we have made it 10 wks as the statistics say 19-86 days. I am pleased with how well he is doing and thankful for this time with him.

Everyone on this site is a dog lover and to lose you best friend is devastating:( I wish everyone the best in this journey.

Mar 10, 2016
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Dermal hemangiosarcoma
by: Anonymous

My sweet boy was diagnosed July 2014 with hemangiosarcoma after removal of the lesions on his belly. They were excised cleanly and he is in great health otherwise. Now the lesions are back. He is an older guy (11 this year) and I am struggling with deciding on whether to take him back and put him through the stress of surgery and recovery again.

Does anyone in here have any experience with dermal hemangio?

Jan 29, 2016
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Thank you
by: CD

I just lost my 16 yr old sweet son, my happy as always chow mix. His cancer leg just crumbled and the mets started in the neck with a huge mass. Even though he could no longer move his spirit was stronger than ever. He was eating, playful. I miss him so much. That dreaded decision was the worst moment. I am crying now since December 14. My paw son was my family, my happiness, my life. I miss him so much. I certainly would have tried this pet span and will still check into it.

Jan 29, 2016
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Hemangiosarcoma info
by: Anonymous

My boxer was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma 6 months ago. She had a tumor on her spleen that ruptured. They removed the spleen and the tumor. A few weeks later I went to another vet that gave me a supplement called petspan. I can't say enough about this. It is amazing and has done wonders for her. You can buy it online without a prescription. One of its benefits is delaying or preventing new tumors from metastasize.

Oct 27, 2015
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Thank you
by: Anonymous

Thank you, Angna
I wish you the best with your pets as well.
Nancy

Oct 27, 2015
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So sorry
by: Angna

I'm so very sorry to hear about your beloved Winston, I truly know what you're going through and how heartbreaking it is. I'm the one that started this hemangiosarcoma feed when I lost both of my beautiful Goldens, Max and Erin, from this dreaded disease a year and a half apart.

I didn't know until I did research that Goldens are so prone to getting this horrendous disease. It's been very hard for me to deal with but it gets better. I can finally see another Golden without tearing up so I think that's progress. I know there is research being done to determine why they are so prone to it and maybe find a way to control it, I pray that day comes soon. Sadly my Lab Sadie has been diagnosed with some type of sarcoma and we are in the process of determining what kind this week, I'm really not ready to go down this road again...

I send thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

Oct 26, 2015
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Very sad day...
by: Anonymous

Today we had to make the choice to let our beloved Golden, Winston, go. He was 9 1/2 years old. He became ill two weeks ago from what our vet thought was an infection. He rebounded for a bit, and then would worsen. He was quite lame, stiff, not eating much, then yesterday he collapsed and could not get up from the floor. We returned to the vet and he said he might have a tumor somewhere in his belly, and there was blood in his stomach.

After an ultrasound this morning the vet said he was filled with cancer, spleen, liver, kidneys, everywhere. She was worried that these multiple tumors could rupture in a short time (hours) and he would bleed to death. We had no choice but to let him go. Heartbroken doesn't even begin to say how we feel, we've lost our buddy, our baby, our big smiling boy.

Hopefully they will find out how to detect and treat this horrible disease more effectively. Thanks for reading, blessings to all.

Oct 23, 2015
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Response
by: Anonymous

I am so sorry to hear about your sweet Golden. I think you are making the right decision by keeping her comfortable and enjoying your time with her. Take lots of pictures and try to be as present as possible. No matter how much time you get with her, it will never have been enough.

Good luck to you and your sweet girl.

Oct 20, 2015
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Another Newly Diagnosed
by: Anonymous

Our 11.5 year old Golden was losing weight so we brought her to the vet in August and got the bad news.

When she came back from the vet (I don’t know what triggered it that day) she had black stool and could not get up, wobbly at best. I honestly didn’t think she was going to make it through the weekend and I was preparing for the worst.

However, over the course of a week she made a comeback and her stool is now normal. She’s been great and I’ve been able to walk her. My fall walks have been extra special, but I know the day is coming. The vet said it could be weeks to a couple of months, but don’t expect 6 months.

It’s been two months now since we got the diagnosis. I’m not doing surgery. I just want her to be comfortable and I will not let her suffer. Despite my mental preparation, I’m going to be a complete wreck when it happens, but for right now I’m thankful for every day with her. She does pant at times at night when she wakes and groans very briefly just as she is lying down.

Oct 06, 2015
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Our experience with hemangiosarcoma
by: Heather

I am so sorry to hear about your golden. Hemangiosarcoma is a devastating disease, and unfortunately, once it is diagnosed it is often very far advanced. I am not sure where you are located, but I would look into a holistic vet.

Per the advice of our holistic vet, we changed Kendall's diet, started her on Standard Process Whole Body Immune Support supplements, increased her vitamin A consumption, gave her a Chinese herbal medicine (yunnan baiyao). She did acupuncture, had a splenectomy, and she was on a variety of pain meds.

In the end, we had to make the horrible decision to put her to sleep after only 7.5 weeks. She was in so much pain. She couldn't walk, go potty, or do anything. It was the hardest decision of my life, and I am absolutely heart-broken. I hope your Golden's fight is longer and less painful than our Kendall's.

My advice would be to try anything and everything (given your financial resources) you can to keep your baby comfortable and with you as long as possible. But in the end, I think the most important thing you can do is to take time to be with your Golden. Just sit and play and love.

Oct 06, 2015
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Newly Diagnosed
by: Anonymous

My 10 year old golden was diagnosed today with hermangiosarcoma. I am at a loss, as I am uncertain what to do next. I have made the decision not to give chemotherapy. I want to make her as comfortable as possible -- she is eating and vibrate -- just very deep breathing/panting and groaning at night while resting. I am hoping that we have some time with her as it is difficult for my children to accept the fact that she is ill.

I wanted to know how long your dogs lived without treatment and what I can expect.

Aug 20, 2015
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My sweet Kendall
by: Heather

Three weeks ago Kendall, my nearly 10-year-old blue heeler mix, had a series of seizures that led us to the ER vet in the middle of the night. We followed up with our primary vet the next morning and were told she likely had a brain tumor. I was in shock. We started her on seizure meds, and I began looking into holistic treatments.

I found a great vet, changed her diet, and started her on immune boosting supplements. She was doing so well, or so we thought. Last Sunday I could not control her breathing so I took her again to the vet. I thought her abdomen seemed bloated, but the vet said he didn't think so but that he was concerned about her low RBC and platelet counts. We followed up with the primary the next morning and she immediately noticed Kendall's swollen abdomen. She recommended an ultrasound so we went later that day.

The vet oncologist said Kendall had tumors all over her spleen and that it was hemangiosarcoma. She said Kendall's seizures were likely due to micro-bleeds and that she probably had another bleed over the weekend and that is what caused the uncontrollable fast heart rate and shortness of breath.

I started her on yunnan baiyao on Tuesday and she seems a little stronger, though it has only been three days.

All three vets (primary, holistic, and oncologist) support our decision to forgo surgery as the cancer is so far advanced and she may not even make it off of the table.

I am devastated. I can hardly go to work, and saying goodbye to her as if it is the last time is breaking my heart. I adopted Kendall during a very hard time in my life and I attribute her presence to my healing. Our relationship has truly been remarkable, and I am simply at a loss that our time together could be ending so soon and abruptly.

In the meantime, I am reading all that I can on this disease, and I am so grateful l stumbled upon this site. I am so sorry to hear about all of your painful losses. I am learning so quickly how terrible this disease is, but reading your stories makes me feel less alone. Any help or information would be greatly appreciated.

Feb 14, 2015
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Pain Help
by: Tracy

My Duff has this horrible cancer and had emergency splenectomy back in April 2014. He is starting to have weakness in his hind area and I don't know if it's from the cancer. He whines, but not sure if it's because of pain.

He is on Yunnan and Immunity and Liver and Gallbladder supplements. Also Noni and Oncolyn, and Herbal Extract.

Is there anything he can have to help if he is having joint and muscle pain? Afraid to give aspirin or Metacam due to internal bleeding issue.
Started Glucosamine Chondroitin.

He is on a raw complete diet, gets egg and sweet potatoes, yogurt and sardines, cottage cheese and
salmon oil.

The Vet told me a while back he had arthritis in his tail bone area, but I never noticed any issue, until now with the cancer.

Jan 31, 2015
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Golden with Hemangiosarcoma
by: Tal

Hi all, first let me say this is one of the better forums I have come across. I am so sorry for your losses.

Our 8 year old Golden Sprinter was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma last week, 3 main subcutaneous tumors and a few cutaneous (on the skin) that have been surgically removed, but they seem to be popping up again and multiplying. The larger tumors are too vascular and inoperable, and with one in each leg amputation is not an option. Fortunately the vital organs are still clean. We decided against chemo because Sprinter would absolutely hate it.

Regarding Yunnan Baiyao, our experience has been positive. After a biopsy in the shoulder the incision would not coagulate and the site bled for 5 days. On top of it there seemed to be internal bleeding with patches of crimson spreading larger every day. A specialist ER vet gave us the Yunnan Baiyao and within 2 days the bleeding stopped and the internal blood pools were reabsorbed. So if you are dealing with hemangiosarcoma add these herbs on the treatment list.

We are trying to figure out a natural, more holistic approach to boost the immunne system. Has anyone read and or implemented the diet by Buck Precht, "Henry's Amazing Dog Cancer Diet"? He claims the diet caused the cancer to go into remission, but being a skeptic I wanted to see if anyone has heard or tried this out?

Any advice would be appreciated.

Nov 21, 2014
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Dosage of yunnan baiyou
by: cd

My vet recommended 2-3 caps as tolerated for a 38 lb beagle mix dog. He has appetite issues, and it's hard to convince him to take the caps hidden in something tasty. I think it must have a bad smell/taste for him, he is reluctant to take them. I usually have to just pop it in his mouth. Have found great benefit however. I have used the tiny red pill in emergency collapses from the bleeds with success. Then, I wait 8 hours before the regular capsule. (Every 8 hours if possible.) It states only one per day in emergency for the tiny red pill.

Best to all who try this alternative. This is a very bad disease and I also lately use prednisone and another appetite stimulant.

Oct 18, 2014
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Yunnan Baiyao
by: Leslie

My beautiful great dane Lola was dx with hemangiosarcoma and was operated on for spleen removal last Thursday. She will will be going for stitch removal and beginning a round of chemo next week after I meet with the oncologist on Thursday.

She is nine and a half witch is quite elderly for a dane but I will do everything in my power to help her. My question is what dosage and how often have you all been advised to use yunnan baiyao.

My surgeon does not see the need for it but from what I am reading think it may not help but can't hurt.

She is 150lbs so human dose seems appropriate but how much and how often? Some sites say every other day, some five on five off, some say two weeks and stop. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Jan 15, 2014
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Yunnan Baiyou
by: Stephen Braun

My Golden was near death and diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma 12/13/13. My vet was honest about the severity of the disease and slim hope, but prescribed Yunnan Baiyou, 2 capsules/day. I almost didn't give my dog the pills - I thought it would be useless.

But I did.

24 hours later, Gus was up, alert, eating, walking...a regular Lazarus. It's been more than a month now and, though he's tired sometimes, he's still very much alive and part of our life. Could this have been a coincidence? Of course - but I think that's less likely than that the herbs have stopped the internal bleeding. Controlled clinical trials are needed, but, in the meantime, I highly recommend this product to anyone with a dog with internal bleeding. You can buy it on Amazon, but it takes about 3 weeks to arrive.

Sep 26, 2013
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Pain management without surgery
by: Anonymous

Try this Chinese medicine, Yunnan baiyao for pain management. You can buy it on Amazon, and it has miraculous effects, increasing quality of life. Over the years, I've lost 4 lovely goldens, and, finally discovered Yunnan Baiyao, which has changed the game. My dog is happy, and plays with other dogs. Not cured, but at least the time he has remaining is much less painful, and he has some quality of life without prohibitive expense.

May 04, 2013
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susan
by: libbys humans

Susan,

Libby's humans here. I can tell from your writing that you loved your lady very much. We felt just as you did about not getting another dog for quite a while, the pain was just too immense for us. Fortunately for us, it was something that is in our nature being animal lovers that it was not our decision to make when we would get another dog or (any other pet).

This story is how we came to be Rooney's humans. 3 days after we lost Libby we were miserable and wondering what to do with ourselves and in the busiest intersection in our town. I looked out the driver's window and there is a pug in the left turn lane looking at us. I yelled loudly at him to try to scare him to run out of the intersection before he was ran over. When the light changed we had to drive through the intersection and then I had to pull over as my wife said he was running across the intersection after our car. We stopped quickly and she jumped out of the car to try to grab (Rooney) as he was running up. Instead he just jumped right in our car! We stopped at the convenience store on that corner to ask them if they knew who he belonged to and they did not know, they have been trying to catch him the last 7 times he was loose running in the intersection and their parking lot and he would not let any of them get close to him. We found out his former humans were not taking care of him and did not want him. So now we have Roney, he adopted us and not the other way around. We took this as a gift from Libby to ease the pain.

There will be another dog that will need you, that is when you will know it is time. Hope this helps you, it sure surprised us. We weren't ready but he was.

Libby's humans

May 04, 2013
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Lost my Lady to Hemangiosarcoma
by: Susan

Lost my 11 year old dog, Lady, to Hemangiosarcoma. She was my first dog and only pet. Adopted her when my children were young and I was 47 years old. Did not know/realize how very sick she was. Saw changes in her but my Vet attributed it to her advanced age. Came downstairs Sunday morning and she could not get up off her mat. (She ALWAYS slept upstairs with me but not this night). She also did not eat for two days.

Took her to the Vet the Wednesday before and he ordered blood work and said red and white blood cell counts were wrong and needed to take X-rays. Ordered them for the following Tuesday. I asked if I could bring her in sooner as I sensed something serious. The Vets office said that was not necessary. Lady died in my arms that Sunday at the pet hospital. Only THEN did I find out from her x-ray that 50% on her chest cavity was filled with the tumor! She died within the hour!

I was shocked, horrified and incredibly sad. Still am. I think I just might have been too old to have a dog as I had absolutely no idea it would hurt this much and for this long. I feel as though I lost a child, I'm grieving so hard. I blame myself for not seeing certain signs in her and not knowing my dog well enough to know that she was so sick. I feel like I failed her and wonder if she was in any pain and did I prolong it by my stupidity.

I think about maybe getting another dog someday as I'm lonely without one. I feel like something is missing, just can't explain that one. Maybe you all know what I mean. But I'm absolutely traumatized to get another one.

Apr 05, 2013
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Just a few words
by: Angna, Erin's mom

Serena, I'm so sorry you are going through this.

I lost my golden girl Erin on Sept. 11th after a year and a half battle with hemangiosarcoma. It still pains me to talk about it but if I can be of any help at all, I'm here.

Erin's also originated in the spleen and luckily due to a scan she had surgery before it ruptured. We live in Tulsa OK. and were referred to Oklahoma Veterinary Specialists in Jenks OK. I can't say enough about the outstanding care and compassion we received there. Erin was 12 years old and handled chemo treatment with NO side effects. We had a beautiful extra pain free year with her thanks to that.

In Sept. she seemed to be a little more tired and I noticed some labored breathing at times. When we went for the new scan it had spread to her lungs and she only lived another 2 weeks. She passed on her own so we didn't have to make that decision.

My other golden passed from this same cancer at 12 yrs. also 2 years ago and he only lived 6 mos. His was inoperable being too near his heart but he was pain free until the last day when he collapsed from the tumor bursting.

My point is every case is different and I don't envy you this journey. While your baby is pain free I would cherish every day with them. I think you and your vet will know if euthanasia is necessary.

Sending thoughts and prayers for you and your precious dog.

Apr 05, 2013
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Hemangiosarcoma in my golden
by: Serena

Thank you for your response Libby's Humans. I am so torn about euthanasia. I don't want to wait too long but, for now, he seems fine.

Apr 05, 2013
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Serena
by: Libby's humans

Serena:

I can understand what you are feeling. My first suggestion would be to go to a specialist veterinarian school/hospital. We live in Kansas and whenever something is beyond our local veterinarians we go to Kansas State University veterinary hospital. This school will tell you what they see and will not sugarcoat it but you will know for sure what you are dealing with. If in fact she has hemangiosarcoma and it has spread through that much of her internal organs, she needs to be at home with you and get your love as much as possible.

It has been a year since we lost Libby, it was originally in her spleen and we had it removed. But within 6 months it had moved into her heart and we could not stop it from progressing.

Do your best and give her constant love and compassion. We will keep you in our prayers.

Apr 05, 2013
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Any advice appreciated
by: Serena

My golden was at the vet in February for his physical and vaccinations. He is 8 years old. Has been perfectly fine except for some limping and a recent gagging type cough (which has gone away). Took him to the vet last week for the limping and she gave me painkillers and told me the cough was probably kennel cough.

Two days ago he collapsed outside, I got him into the house and he rested in his bed. The next morning he was eating and walking but still looked weak. I brought him back to the vet where they took x-rays and told me he had hemangiosarcoma. They showed me x-rays which indicated a huge mass pushing into the stomach and various spots in the lungs which they said were tumors.

I brought him home, and have had him here since then. He is acting fine, a little breathless but eating, playing and enjoying the attention. I have read about some herbs that may help with this.. though I am skeptical. The vet said he would only live a couple of weeks.

I don't understand how he could get a clean bill of health two months ago and have only two weeks to live. He does not seem like a dog that should be euthanized yet... I don't know what to do.

Jan 14, 2013
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To Francie
by: Hillary

So sorry to hear about Duffy. It is so difficult to see a loyal companion suffer.

My dog, Olli, underwent splenectomy (3 lb spleen ready to rupture!) for presumed hemangiosarcoma (turned out to be lymphoma). She has done wonderfully on chemo. I am not sure of the treatment for hemangiosarcoma but I know that I am so grateful that we had the operation. I would have always wondered if I had not decided to treat her aggressively.

Please keep us updated.

Dec 31, 2012
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My second dog with hemangiosarcoma
by: Francie

My heart goes out to all who have written on this site.

I lost my Bichon mix Reggie to this cancer 8 years ago, and am now watching my rescued pit bull (with a little Irish Setter) Duffy suffer the same fate.

Duffy was rescued the same day my Lab Chili died of lymphoma the summer of 1998, a starving abused pit bull puppy. She has been my baby girl ever since, always needy, so loving, very spoiled and a happy, happy puppy. This is so hard for her, as she does not deal well with pain. (She's on Tramadol and Rimadyl.)

She has an enormous, very hard lump attached to her gluteus muscle that has caused weakness in her right hind leg. Every time she has a rupture somewhere I think it's the end, then after a couple of days she perks up, albeit with a little less energy with each successive episode. It's so hard to know when. Reggie had the same episodes for three months until his spleen ruptured. We were all there when it happened; it looked like a massive seizure.

How do I help Duffy avoid this? She's still eating - steak, turkey and hamburger now, no more dog food - and still goes for short walks despite the Minnesota cold. I hope that the research currently being done can help future furbabies and their owners. This cancer is such a roller coaster.

Duffy has lived a full life, to almost 15 years. Letting go is so hard.

Nov 15, 2012
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Rex Chocolate Lab
by: Robyn,

Thank you all for your comments. We live in Kiama, NSW, Australia. We will get the pathology report today. My Rex is home with us at present. He is eating like mad, and wants to go for walks like normal, but our vet says to take it easy.

I love him so much, and do everything together. One part of me doesn't want to put him through all this for a couple of months, then the other part can't let go, but that is selfish, and not thinking of Rex But I will have to make a decision this weekend. IT HURTS BAD, DOESN'T IT? Rex is 6, 7 in December.

Robyn

Nov 14, 2012
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Rex
by: Anonymous

So sorry about Rex. My dog Olli is currently being treated for lymphoma and had splenectomy. She is now having chemo treatments. The first 2 weeks were rough with weight loss and nausea/vomiting. She has turned the corner though and is her usual self! Eating like a pig and is squeaking her toys again.

I questioned it at first but am so glad to have whatever time this buys her as long as she continues to feel good.

Sending you and Rex good thoughts. Keep us posted. I, too, have found Libby's humans board to be such a great support system.

Hillary

Nov 14, 2012
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Robyn
by: Anonymous

Libby's human's. Just a fyi. Libby had the surgery on the spleen to remove the hemangiosarcoma. Libby did especially well with the surgery and the chemo went a little tougher on her but she would bounce back after a few days each time. I recommend it heartily. This is a very tough disease to battle but I do not regret the extra time we had with Libby and would do it all over again. We used Kansas State University in Manhattan Kansas. Not sure where you are based. Good Luck!

Nov 14, 2012
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So sorry
by: Angna

Robyn, I am so sorry to hear about Rex, I know you must be heartbroken. This page was mine originally and it has given me strength and comfort through our battle.

I lost my beautiful golden Erin in Sept. and I'm still having trouble dealing with it. Erin also had hemangioma of the spleen originally. We did surgery and then chemo. I want you to know that Erin was 12 yrs. old when she was diagnosed and dealt amazingly well with the treatment after getting the right chemo for her.

The original prognosis was 3 to 6 months but Erin lived for a year and a half. She felt great and never realized she was sick until the end. We cherished everyday with her and I wouldn't change the path we took.

I hope Rex has surgery and can receive treatment as well. Please just ask if you have any questions, I know how scary this is. I send thoughts and prayers for you and Rex.

Angna

Nov 14, 2012
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My beautiful Lab
by: Robyn

I have just heard from my Vet that my beautiful Rex has got this terrible tumor. We were walking this morning as he loves his walks. We are never apart. My husband and I are going away on Monday, and I thought Rex was sulking because I was packing. So this morning I thought I would have him checked before we left, and this has come back to me that he has hemangiosarcoma of the spleen.

I love him so much I just don't know what to do. I don't want him to suffer.

Oct 10, 2012
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Rooney
by: Hillary

I am sorry I did not write in that it will be Thursday morning @ 10 am. It sounds like you received better information for Olli. Just remember to take each day at a time. As long as Ollie is not suffering it is a blessing. Just keep on loving him, that is what matters to Olli.

Libby was in very good condition and a day before we lost her she was in a field with us enjoying checking it out. Spend time with him and both of you will enjoy it immensely.

Sorry for the misinformation. Must have been too tired when I was writing it down. I knew it was Thursday but neglected to write that down. You will probably be gone by then. Sorry we did not get to meet. Keep in touch and remember like you said, you are not alone.

Later,
Libby's humans

Oct 09, 2012
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Libby's humans
by: Hillary

Olli and I were there at 10 am! I did not see a pug, however. It would have been neat to speak with you. I was encouraged by what the oncologist had to say. We start chemo next week. Hopefully we will have a good 6 months to 1 year together! I am praying things go well.

Hope all went well with your pug!! Thanks again for everything. I'll check back, too!

Oct 09, 2012
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To Hillary
by: Libby's humans

We may be seeing you at KSU - we are scheduled for a consult for our rescue pug, Rooney. We will be there at 10 am in the morning. May you receive good information. I pray that you may have a bit better luck since it is not hemangiosarcoma. Will keep checking back.

Libby's humans

Oct 09, 2012
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Olli
by: Hillary

Thank you to Libby's humans. Olli had her spleen removed on Friday and it was not what was expected. Diagnosis of lymphoma. We are headed to KSU in the morning. Thank you so much for the information. I just may be using your email address if I have more questions. I truly appreciate your feedback and this forum.

To the rest: I am so glad to have this forum to read through. It helps to keep me grounded and know I am not alone. It delights me to know that there are so many compassionate humans out there that see animals as members of the family and not "pets."

Olli is my best friend. We do everything together. I'm just trying everything I can to do right by her. For now, she is in no pain and is taking up so much of the bed that I am awake writing this!

Oct 08, 2012
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Libby's humans
by: Anonymous

Hello all:

This is Libby's humans. Have been out of town on a much needed vacation. Our experience with KSU was very direct and clear, they told it the way they saw the situation and on hindsight now they were spot on from the medical standpoint. Disheartening for us to hear but you need to know what you are looking at. The vet we saw in Lawrence was Kathy King with Kaw Valley. Just received a notice she is moving the practice to Lenexa KS. She was very compassionate but ultimately she could not stop this disease for us.

If you need to contact us my email is callison@emporia.edu.

I am sorry to hear about Erin's loss, nothing I can say will make it better but I do know how you feel. I still miss Libby terribly, did not fish without her this year at all, just wasn't the same if she was not there. I find that almost everything we did we tried to include her if at all possible.

Will check back when I have a bit more time.

Later all.

Oct 05, 2012
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We've lost our beautiful golden girl Erin to Hemangiosarcoma
by: Angna

To those of you that have followed my Golden Retriever Erin's battle with hemangiosarcoma, I have sad news. It's still hard for me to sit and write this as we lost our girl on Sept. 11.

She fought a valiant battle for a year and a half which for this disease is a very long time. She took chemo treatments and never felt bad until the day we lost her. It was a long expensive road but I would gladly do it again in a heartbeat. We had extra time with her that was priceless...our hearts are truly broken and we will forever miss our girl.

To those of you still in the midst of this battle I send you and your dogs prayers and strength.

Oct 02, 2012
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Morgan
by: Hazel, Site Editor

Hi, Donna,

So sorry about Morgan.

Hunnan Baiyao has been used for a long time in China and other parts of Asia. It is effective in stopping bleeding in humans. Many holistic vets also recommend using it on dogs. It seems effective in dogs as well.

As for Essiac tea, there are quite a few visitors to this forum who said they had got good results by using the tea to control K9 cancer. It is definitely worth giving it a try.

Please also take a look at these pages if you haven't already done so:

Dog Cancer Diet
Herbs for Dog Cancer

Good luck.

Oct 02, 2012
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Morgan just diagnosed
by: Anonymous

Our mixed retriever was just diagnosed with inoperable Hemangiosarcoma. The prognosis is he has 1-4 weeks to live since it has already spread to his spleen, kidney, and liver. We are frantically searching today for any remedies to prolong his life and make him comfortable. We read about Hunnan Baiyao to stop bleeding; we read about Essiac tea. Can you give us any suggestions?

Thanks so much.

Donna

Oct 02, 2012
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Trying to Get in contact with Anonymous
by: Hillary

I came across this board when researching hemangiosarcoma of the spleen. My dog was just diagnosed today. I am devastated. I live in Saint Louis but am going to Lawrence Ks to stay with my mother for the week. Libby's mother took her to KSU and a vet in Lawrence and I would love to speak with her regarding their experience as well as suggestions. Thank you so much for this board. It has given me some peace.

Jun 01, 2012
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by: libby's humans

Life has been rough for us this year - lost my father, oldest brother and then Libby, the last two to cancer.

Feeling devastated by Libby's loss, on March 20 the first day of spring, we were thrown into an unbelievable strange circumstance that I think God did for us through all of our family members we lost.

Driving through the busiest intersection in our town, we saw a pug dog in the left turn lane looking at us. I tried to scare him to run off the road before he got run over. Instead when the light changed to green he chased us through the intersection so we pulled over as soon as possible and jumped out to see if we could corral him before he got run over. Instead he jumped into the car through the open passenger door. We stopped at the convenience store on the corner and asked if they knew who owned him and they told us it was a family that must not care much for him as this was about the 7th or 8th time he had been in the intersection and they couldn't get him to come to them at all.

We fostered him and checked on the family and they did not even respond to the ads in the paper the humane society placed and the shelter said they would ticket them if they took him back.

I think that Libby helped us get through this time with him (we call the pug Rooney as his face reminds us of Mickey Rooney) and my dad and brother sent us a dog that snores horribly and I can see them laughing it up. Life can sure take some surprising turns when you least expect it. We miss Libby terrible but we are making it day by day.

Rooney is now permanent in our home.

How is everyone else doing? Do the best you can and keep your heart open - it may surprise you what may happen.

God Bless.

Mar 24, 2012
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Libby
by: Anonymous

I am so very sorry to hear about Libby, it certainly brought tears to my eyes... I know at this time nothing really helps but I know the pain you are suffering and I offer my thoughts and prayers for all of you.

Erin is doing well right now and just celebrated her 12th birthday St. Patricks Day. This cancer is awful and is always hanging over your head even while trying to be positive. March 19th was the date we lost Max my other golden to the same cancer just last year and we are still mourning him. We are grateful every day to still have Erin with us.

Please try to remember how much Libby loved you and your love for her, it helps. I try to remember that I will see all of the pets that I've loved again one day. I know they all go to heaven because no one deserves to be there more.

Mar 23, 2012
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Libby
by: Libby's humans

We lost Libby Tuesday of this week. She quit eating and we took her to the vet for x-rays and to see what was up, she was anemic and her heart was enlarged. We took her back home and was waiting for a call from the holistic vet to see what could be done. Libby didn't make it long enough then, 4:30 in the afternoon I think she must have had a heart attack from the cancer attacking her heart. It was much too fast and we weren't really expecting that so quickly.

We are really lost without her, just doing the best we can and hanging on. Will write later when it isn't so raw.

Please enjoy every moment you have and keep trying. Lost enough to cancer this year in this family. Will keep reading though.

Feb 25, 2012
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Rudy
by: Stacey

Our Rudy was dx with visceral hemangiosarcoma in June 2010. We took him to university of Pennsylvania for treatment. By the time he was dx, he had a mass on his right atrium and masses on his spleen.

We couldn't do surgery but did chemotherapy. We also supplemented with CoQ10 for cardiac support. He also took Yunnan baiyo which is natural and part of Penn's protocol. This was to help with bleeds as this is eventually how they end up dying - massive hemorrhage. I swear by Yunnan baiyo so ask your vet about it.

Also Rudy did fairly well with chemotherapy but did experience nausea so definitey experiment with different meds if this is an issue for your doggie - also Rudy would get constipated - organic pumpkin is great for that. We also went to a well known vet in New York - a holistic vet - I didn't think he was able to offer us anything. Penn was fabulous and we felt the care there was outstanding - we live in atlanta and drove 800 miles to seek care there.

Wish you all the best... Take lots of pictures and enjoy every moment - we spent lots of time and took a bunch of trips - like Rudy's bucket list!!

Stacey

Jan 24, 2012
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New Update for Erin
by: Angna

I hope Libby is doing well and tolerating her treatment.

I know we felt so lucky to have Erin with us for Christmas and currently she is doing pretty well. We are continuing her chemo because she still feels okay and her bloodwork is still good.

At this point she has what they call stable disease, meaning the tumor hasn't grown anymore at this time.

Erin did develop an infection at the chemo injection site and she has been on antibiotics for several weeks. The sore is finally healing, we were all worried when that happened. The Dr. says that hardly ever happens.

Erin still feels good and continues to play and act normally. We have her on a low residue intestinal diet because the tumor is on her colon.

I hope things are going as well for you and Libby.

Nov 30, 2011
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Libby has hemangiosarcoma
by: Libby's humans

Libby goes in Thursday December 1 for 3rd round of chemo. She is doing well right now but I fear the future.

We have been to the holistic vet and she let us decide to finish chemo or not since we had already started before we found her. She has given us a heart healthy diet to make for Libby, Has natural beef, kale, asparagus, beet, daikon radish, sweet potato, pear, green beans, then each meal we add KAL bone meal, cod liver oil, (or salmon), one a day multivitamin, turmeric, canine cardiac support supplement, and onco support to boost immunity. Sounds like a lot but she loves the taste of it and really chows it down. (We made sure to give it to her first time when she felt good so she did not have a negative feeling toward it.)

We hate to go through chemo but feel that it is the best we can do for her now. The holistic vet wants to go much more in depth when we are done with chemo. Not sure what that will entail but includes 2 weekly visits for the first month, (difficult to do when we live about 75 miles away but will find a way somehow.) Will update over the weekend how she does with this chemo treatment.

Hope your golden is doing well and happy. Let us know any methods that you like that you feel is good to try.

Will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Nov 18, 2011
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Update on Erin
by: Angna

I thought I would let everyone know that Erin is still doing chemo, she had 2 treatments left and then we will have an ultrasound and see where we stand.

The secondary tumor that she developed in her colon is still there and remains unchanged at this time. We had to change chemo since the first wasn't working for her.

Most of the time she feels excellent except for the 3 days after treatment when she is tired and not too hungry.

I'm so sorry to hear about your Libby and will keep her in our prayers. Like you I have been giving Erin some supplements and vitamins to help her immune system and to combat anemia. This is a tough journey but we cherish every day with our beautiful Erin and will fight this with a vengeance!

Nov 18, 2011
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Libby has hemangiosarcoma
by: Anonymous

I am feeling your pain. Our dog Libby is my wife's very first dog and Libby is very sensitive to our moods and very very loving.

She was bleeding internally when we were told about this horrible disease and immediately drove to KSU Vet Center in Manhattan Kansas and she had emergency surgery to remove her spleen.

She has now been about 5 weeks from that moment and has undergone 2 chemotherapy treatments. She feels pretty decent except she must take nausea pills for about five days until the chemo must calm down for her.

She is happy and still takes walks with us. We are careful to keep every other pet in the house healthy to keep Libby's immune system from not being able to fight off a simple infection.

We are going next week to a holistic vet in Lawrence to see other options. We will do our best that we can for her and shower her with our affection and love. It is the least we can do for her since she gives us total love. I will try to sign on next week and see how it goes.

Oct 05, 2011
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Thanks so much
by: Anonymous

I truly appreciate your comments and yes it has been heartbreaking... I know there is no good outcome for this cancer but we want as much time as possible with our girl. She is feeling good right now and thankfully doesn't even know she is sick. I did come on this forum seeking any supplements that might help her and build immunity. She has developed a mild case of anemia from the chemo.

Oct 05, 2011
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So very sorry
by: Anonymous

Having one pass away from cancer is the worst, but having two in the same year get diagnosed and/or pass away, unimaginable - my heart goes out to you and your family. I wish for the best in the second fight with your second dog, and pray that things go better this time around. Have you tried any holistic or natural remedies along with the chemo?? Wonder if that would help your dog... good luck and prayers all around.

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