Scooby diagnosed with oral malignant melanoma

Scooby diagnosed with oral malignant melanoma

by Jen
(L. I., NY)

Buddy, Baby & Scooby (l-r)

Buddy, Baby & Scooby (l-r)

My dog Scooby, rescued from a shelter, is between 12-13 years old. I love him so much, he is like my furry son and doggie soul mate. I also have a beagle mix, lab mix and 2 cats (all rescues).

Well, Scooby has been diagnosed with malignant oral melanoma. The tumor is on his upper gum, over 2cm (not good). I had a consult with a vet/oncologist, and was told that option(s) include a very invasive surgery involving cutting away jawbone, followed by radiation or chemo and the new vaccine. Even with surgery he may only live 3-6 months (and would obviously be uncomfortable).

I don't think I can put him through this, and he seems fine so far. Without surgery the doctor said 3 months! I am hoping he beats the odds and goes on longer, but I know I can't see him suffer so I would put him down if I had to, heartbreaking as it would be. :(

Any support would be helpful.

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Oct 31, 2016
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So many sad stories
by: Anonymous

In August my 5 yr old pug had 8 teeth removed. Her bad breath came back last Monday so we took her to a specialist who told us her upper left bone was dead and has gone to her nasal cavity. We had a biopsy done and will know tomorrow if it is cancer.

She is so sweet and loving that I hate the thought of her suffering. I am at a lost as we know they have to remove all the dead bone. It is also close to her eye. I don't want her to suffer but can't think of losing her. I guess I will know tomorrow and pray for a miracle.

I am so sorry to hear so many of our fur babies are facing this. Prayers to all who are facing this.

Apr 05, 2016
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There is hope with Essiac
by: Anonymous

I have had experience with canine oral melanoma also. It was a small tumor behind my lab mix Luke's bottom front teeth. They told me without surgery he would be gone in six months. We had the tumor removed along with his two bottom teeth. I started him on Essiac extract immediately.

Long story short, the Essiac treatment worked well for him. He lived another 2 1/2 years until he was 16 years old. He died peacefully in my arms of old age. I am treating my current boy with Essiac now. He had a Mast Cell Tumor removed 2 weeks ago. He is doing great.

Oct 12, 2015
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Successful treatment
by: Pug lover

Our pug was diagnosed with malignant melanoma at age 6. She had immediate surgery and we chose not to do chemo or radiation. Instead we made the decision with her oncologist and vet to start using the Oncept vaccine.

There have been no side effects at all except for big bills.

We are just so happy with this product and if you can afford it I'd really recommend it. If anyone wants any more details let me know.

Oct 06, 2015
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Niko also has a tumour
by: Lynn

Hi there,

Sorry to hear about all your pups. Cancer is a terrible disease. Unfortunately our fur babies can't tell us how they are feeling.

My pure white Siberian husky Niko (5 years old) has been diagnosed with amelanotic melanoma. It's in the front of his upper jaw surrounding his teeth. He was diagnosed in July so it's been almost 3 months now. He's still active, loves his walks and will chew on a bone. We switched him to raw food and vitamins instead of kibble and he's doing well. As yet he only bleeds when he's played rough with other dogs.

I did lots of reading and talking with vets etc. and we decided not to do the surgery. This type of cancer doesn't tend to go away. It comes back quickly and I'm not putting him through that just to give him an extra few months and then go through it again. Quality rather than quantity is important to him and me. Much as I would love to have him around for many years it's not worth it if those months etc. are spend undergoing surgery, chemo etc.

Each cancer is different so there is no hard and fast rule what one should do. I know too that each progresses differently so I know it's hard for anyone to give advice on what I can expect down the road or how quickly things might change. I notice his nose is slightly changing shape as the tumour enlarges. My question is how do I get food into him later when it becomes difficult for him to eat?

Oct 02, 2015
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Molly
by: Cindy

I am going through the exact same thing now. I found a large lump in my rat terrier's mouth. Basically, on the side of her cheek. It is oral Melanoma. I am taking her to the vet today to see if it has spread to the lungs and lymph nodes.

Currently, My vet doesn't think it is spread to the jaw bone. Hearing all these stories, I am really at a loss of what to do. I am hoping to have a heart to heart talk with my vet. I am all about her quality of life, I am not sure I want to put her through surgery, radiation, etc. just to have a few more months with her. It is such a tough decision.

In reading many articles, even if it is stage I with surgery, radiation, etc. she will only have a year. So hard. It's just not fair that our pets have to experience Cancer too.

Jul 15, 2015
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Asto - Coonhound/Rotweiler mix
by: Anonymous

We had a dog named Astro - Coonhound/Rotweiler mix. 10 years old, very fit and active up to his very last day. It was awful. By the time we even knew there was a tumor, it was so large in the back of his upper mouth - like 2 golf balls large and has spread. Inoperable and spreading. Expensive chemo would have only extended his life by perhaps a year. Blood started to drip from his mouth biting on the tumor.

He was put down before the extreme pain was to start in the upcoming final weeks. He was not going to go through this. I just could not stop crying. It was the most heart breaking thing we had ever gone through.

What I learned through all this?

1. Visual check your pup into the mouth at times.
2. Get a honest Vet. If truly operable, do it.
3. Your dog loves you too, so do not let the critter fool you to think everything is fine.

When I first saw the tumor, I broke down. He saw my expression and was perplexed. He intently stared at me.

As the weeks progressed, I tried several times to check his mouth and he would not let me. He let the Vet check, but with me he clenched his teeth so hard and would not budge.

I guess, I know, he did not want me to start crying again.

What a wonderful dog.

We will always love you Astro.

I hope everyone here has at least a somewhat better outcome.

Apr 23, 2015
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Cancer with diabetes
by: Anonymous

We found out our 12 yr. old buddy, Max, has cancer on his lower left jaw. They did a biopsy on Monday. We hope to hear something today. He has been acting pretty normal. Eating on a regular basis. Being that he has been diabetic for four years, if he doesn't eat, we can't give him his insulin.

It is hard to think about putting him down, when he is acting so normal. We sure don't want my friend to suffer. Surgery is out of the question. he had surgery about 4 years ago, and had a tough recovery time. It is so hard to let go, but I hope that there will be a sign to guide us. Max is a black lab.

Oct 09, 2014
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My Brave Boy Baz
by: Anonymous

My Bazzyboy (7) was diagnosed on 1st Sept, his melanoma is also in the upper jaw. Being a Bulldog and having a short jaw his options were to have all of the following: removing part of the upper jaw bone + radio & chemo treatments but to also remove part of the skull... I couldn't put him through all this :(

How is Scooby doing?

Sep 02, 2014
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Baxter with melanoma
by: Monica

My BFF Baxter was diag. with canine oral malig. melanoma in 2011 through a dental cleaning. My vet asked to biopsy it and sure enough, it came back melanoma. We talked about options and he told me if it were his dog, he wouldn't do the chemo or radiation. He said it is expensive and will not save my dog, at best, it "might" give him a year.

I couldn't afford the treatment being a single person on a fixed income so I got on the internet and READ EVERYTHING I COULD ABOUT this deadly disease. I changed his diet to all RAW, stopped his vaccines, give him vitamins and supplements, immune boosters, ALKA Balance, the Budwig Diet,etc. My kitchen cabinet was overtaken with vitamins and supplements.

It has been 3 years and my vet calls Baxter the "miracle dog." The mass was removed twice after the first time and Dr. said on the last surgery he was pretty sure it had spread to his lymph node.

Now, the lymph node is swollen and removing it won't help since it has now spread. He is now beginning to lose his battle with this horrible disease. It has spread to his lungs and he coughs and wheezes. Just today, he didn't eat all of his food and my heart is breaking.

I have been blessed to have had him for 3 more years than the 3-4 months that was expected. All I can say to you is READ READ READ. This consumed my life for months but I know in my heart I did everything I could for him.

I wish everyone going through this the best of luck and love your babies. We can't keep them here forever, but we can sure put up a good fight.

Sep 02, 2014
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For Anonymous June 2014
by: AnDisnronymous

Believe me the $6000 will be worth the money. I am not rich but it has been almost 5 years in between instances. God bless your pup.

Jun 19, 2014
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Radiation for Oral Melanoma?
by: Anonymous

My 9 year old Golden Retriever has malignant oral melanoma on the top back part of his mouth, over 2 cm big and is inoperable. Radiation can shrink it but not cure it and costs $6,000. It's expensive but would be worth it if he could live another year or so, but the vet said he could still die earlier due to this type of cancer spreading to other parts of the body. Any advice? Anyone done radiation to the mouth of their dog?

Mar 30, 2014
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My dog Austin
by: Anjali

My baby Austin has been diagnosed with oral tumor which has spread on his upper palate as well as on two teeth on the left side of the cheek. He is 13 years old and our vet has suggested that the mass should be removed immediately by laser surgery after giving general anesthesia. My apprehensions are post surgery problems. Can somebody tell me if he will have problems in eating food and will his condition worsen?

Mar 17, 2014
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My Dog
by: Susan B

My Westie Heather was diagnosed two weeks ago with oral melanoma. I am devastated after reading about this terrible disease. Her tumor was growing fast, and was bleeding at times, but now it seems to be shrinking.

I have read here about the diet, I am all for giving her natural remedies. I pray with her at night and it seems like she knows I am upset, but she is running around just like normal, and eating fine...

I am glad I found this page - it does help to be in contact with others going through these tough times. I do also believe in Miracles...

Thank you for reading.

Mar 04, 2014
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Avenger
by: Anonymous

I too remember not knowing when that "right time" would be. Because I am in the health food/ supplement industry I felt like there must be something else I could do or try for my Puppa who at 13yrs old was diagnosed with stage 4 Malignant melanoma.

There would be days where he seemed to be a little better by finally eating or... but things started to get worse. He nor I slept in days, he stopped eating, he couldn't lay down or even sleep - just stood and panted. The roof of his mouth was bleeding, his nose was constantly running and had blood in it, he had lost so much weight. I even called the vet to have them come to my house to put him to sleep. I cancelled at the last minute when I thought I was seeing a little improvement. It can be so confusing!

At some point (a few days later) I looked at him and I just felt he was trying to say to me "I'm exhausted and in pain" - that's when I decided it was time.

Good luck to you.

Mar 04, 2014
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My heart goes out to Scooby
by: Avenger

We have a 15 year old Chesapeake Bay Retriever cross Labrador that also has a cancerous tumor in his mouth. Diagnosed November 2013. He is still eating, drinking and walking, and is on pain medications. He now has occasional bleeding from the mouth, luckily it clots.

Of course we don't want to see him suffer and we're doing our best to keep him comfortable. It's very emotionally hard. We're just not sure when is the right time, you know? We don't want to see him continue to worsen. Our Vet has left it up to us, of course. Sometimes just talking to others that are experiencing the same issues with their pets is comforting. I'm leery about leaving any personal info. But, I will check back to see if anyone has read and commented on this post.

Apr 10, 2013
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5 year old with what looks like abscess
by: Anonymous

We thought the lump between the upper front teeth of our sweet-natured mongrel was an abscess, it is less than a centimeter and the vet thinks is cancerous tumor. It is a real shock, and we don't know if surgery will give any quality of life. Any advice would be helpful.

Feb 11, 2013
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My dog Tommy had surgery after a flash growth on gums
by: Anonymous

Hello and I feel for you all.

My dog Tommy, an Italian scent hound, had surgery today and had a 1.5 cm growth removed from the upper jaw along with a piece of the jaw bone itself.

We will perform a biopsy, but they suspect melanoma. Chest scans 2 weeks ago showed nothing in his lungs, and this tumor grew after tooth extraction.

I am a mess, and will not put Tommy through chemo or radiation. He is 11 years old and I would love him to have a few good years still.

I will try the Budwig diet, along with apricot seed, aloe, essiac tea and vitamin C.

I just have to act fast as I fear for the aggression of this cancer. I was almost tempted to have him put down during surgery to avoid any suffering but I want to give him a fighting chance without making him suffer.

I am happy to know I am not alone. Anyone wanting to chat can also find me on Facebook at Vincent Lemma (blond fellow) :)

My best to all and any experience sharing and advice is God sent.

Oct 07, 2012
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Autumn's Legacy
by: Lisa S.

It has now been over 4 months since Autumn has left us. It still hurts so much. There has got to be a better way to screen dogs for oral cancer. I hope by pages like this, the future will be brighter than all of our sorrow.

We adopted a male Beagle from a rescue. He was abused and has many trust issues. We were broken after Autumn and needed to heal. He needed us and we needed him. If you have not gotten another companion, I encourage you to do so. Our pain was destroying us and we are so happy we rescued another dog.

God bless you all and I, for one, am going to always make the vet check my dog's mouth, throat and glands from now on!

Oct 07, 2012
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Opinion for Zoey's mom from Autumn's mom
by: Anonymous

Well, have the biopsy. She is a young dog and maybe you will have a better outcome.

I wish we had found it earlier, we just had so many other illnesses on our plate that this was missed. We saw the vet several times a week for the diabetes. I will never know how they missed her cancer.

Please, have the tests done, then decide.

Let us know what you find out.

I will be praying for you and your precious baby!

Lisa S.

Oct 07, 2012
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My zoey has a growth on upper gum
by: Zoeys mom

I noticed a growth on my 6 1/2 year old mini poodle the other day and took her straight to vet, she has a growth on her upper gum at teeth 11, 12 and 13 and almost at her k9. It is measured at 1 3/4 cm x 1 cm. She has an appointment to have it removed and it will be sent out for biopsy.

What is everyone's experience? Did you all have it removed, and what was recovery time for the removal of it?

I have been reading it could be malignant or benign, and I was reading it could be melanoma or just nothing...

Any advice would be great. I have read where sometimes they need to go back if it is cancer and have to remove part of the jaw, I am not into having that done. Has anyone ever done radiation or chemo on theirs and if so what was it like ( pain, suffering, sick)?

I prefer my girl to have quality of life versus quantity, also since they won't know if it's cancer until after the removal, should I have it removed or wait it out for a bit? I don't want my girl to be in pain.

May 26, 2012
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Update on Autumn
by: Lisa S.

Tomorrow Autumn will have to be euthanized. She has not been able to eat for 2 days (which is very bad because she also has diabetes and can not have her insulin). Her nasal passages are closed up and her tumors (the one that I can see) has quadrupled in the past 3 weeks. The one at the back of her throat I cannot see, but her breathing sounds like she is snoring and she is struggling.

Tonight was the first time she didn't want to take her walk. We need to let her go. So unfair. Poisoned dog food (Natural Balance) 5 years ago, diabetes, and now oral melanoma. Never in her life has she bitten or snapped at anyone. Even now she refuses to go potty in the house. We will never forget her.

May 14, 2012
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Oral Malignant Melanoma/Puppa
by: Anonymous

So sorry to hear about this, I am going through it too. I hope maybe by sharing we can compare notes and offer support.

My 12 yr old boarder collie/black lab mix Puppa was diagnosed with stage 4 oral malignant melanoma about 2 weeks ago. He was wheezing and hacking quite a bit, sneezing too and I just thought it was allergies. The following day he was spitting or hacking up phelgm. His nose was drippy but clear also his breath had gotten noticeably bad in about a week's time.

I took him to the vet and they looked in his mouth and thought maybe it was an infected tooth but ran some blood work anyhow. We went home, after 15 min of being home he hacked up a pool of phelgm with a little blood in it.

I took him right back and got a different vet. This new vet found an infected hole in the roof of his mouth she described as a portal to his nasal cavity. she said it had an unusual texture or irregular pattern to it. She was worried it might be melanoma or a fungal infection. She did a fine needle aspiration of a swollen lymph node on his neck to find fungal or cancer cells.

The tests came back cancer a few days later - malignant melanoma.

Since then I am doing so many things for him. IP6, Maitake, CoQ10, Fish Oil, Essiac tea, Theracurmin, Quercetin, to name a few. I also just started him on the Budwig Protocol. I'm feeding him a protein/fat diet with a little complex carbs as not to feed the cancer with sugar.

I will keep you who are interested posted as to what happens the next few days or weeks if he has it.

Peace

May 04, 2012
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Same as Scooby
by: Lisa S.

Our dog Autumn was just diagnosed yesterday. It seems like a lifetime ago. All you hear is inoperable oral cancer.

Our dog got the bad Natural Balance Venison and Brown Rice dog food 5 years ago when all of the foods were found poisoned. We almost lost her then. We did everything, and she made it through.

She was diagnosed with diabetes 6 weeks ago and started insulin therapy. Now, she has between a week and 3 months. She is asleep on our bed with us now and seems restless. She has a cluster of tumors on the roof of her mouth and a large one on the back of her tongue.

I pray she just goes to sleep and doesn't wake up. I don't think I can put her down. She is 11 1/2 years old. She is on Metacam for pain and is still eating. I will check in again. Praying for all of us. This is the worst pain I have ever felt in all of my life.

Jan 06, 2012
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My Toby has the same thing.
by: Melissa

I decided to not do Chemo and removing the jaw wasn't an option because the cancer started eating the jaw already. It's been about 6 months since the cancer was diagnosed... He is no longer doing good at all. It really breaks my heart.

This cancer is VERY fast so if you are going to do any treatment jump right on it. Toby (my dog) went to an oncologist and two very fast months later it grew larger and now has started bleeding. He recently lost some weight and is starting to eat less... I think his calling may be coming or here... makes me cry.

Anyway it's hard I know but try to keep your head up and only you can decide what's best for your pup. Sometimes chemo and extreme surgeries aren't worth it but you have to really see what your vet says and how you feel. Just keep Scooby comfy and bring him to all his favorite places and enjoy the time with him while you have it. Good luck hun and I'm sorry you and Scooby have to go through this.

Aug 30, 2011
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Dog cancer diet
by: Anonymous

Update: Prince's tumor has shrunk to nothing. The diet works so far.

He is tired... But we seem to be successfully fighting it. Will see oncologist tomorrow.

Aug 09, 2011
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Oral Cancer
by: Cathy

My fur baby Missy (14 years old) was diagnosed with a cancer on her lower jaw about a month ago. They did the surgery and removed the tumor, margins still "dirty" as the oncologist states so following up with radiation right now. When they removed the tumor they took some of her jaw as well. I live in Knoxville Tn and am luck to have UT Vet School here. She is in her 2nd week and doing great. She is around 14 yrs old. This dog is my heart and I just could not do nothing for her. She doesn't even act sick. They say radiation is not as hard on dogs as humans. If it can give me another year and a half with her I will GLADLY take it. My email is cathy.blalock@gmail.com if you want to talk.

Aug 06, 2011
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Cancer Diet
by: Anonymous

My 13 year old soul mate cocker spaniel was diagnosed with the same 3 weeks ago. It grows fast... I have been hand feeding him little mini meat balls of "the cancer diet" boiled chicken breast, chicken livers, broccoli, and brown rice. being able to pop little balls of food into his mouth, made after food processing it down into a pate, helps him not to get it on the tumor, (his is front lower gums).

I have also been using food grade hydrogen peroxide to wash it with.

We have been to the vet, the oncologist and the radiologist. He is now at the point where the only fight we have is immunotherapy.

I too would appreciate any advice... thanks.

Jul 30, 2011
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oral cancer
by: shelly bradbry

What does the tumor look like? My dog has a tumor as well on her gum. It is cauliflower shaped and pink with whitish spots. Waiting for a second opinion.

Jun 26, 2011
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Scooby news
by: Kathleen

So so sorry to hear about your buddy Scooby - it is SO SO HARD I KNOW to hear this news. It seems like you have a "handle" on things and that he has such a wonderful home. Whatever the outcome - we must have faith that it is whatever "is to be" with these things. I know you will make the very best choices for Scooby - God Bless:)


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