Should I Get Treatment for My Dog with Thyroid Cancer

Should I Get Treatment for My Dog with Thyroid Cancer

by Anne
(Milton Keynes)

My 11 and 1/2 year old labrador cross has just been diagnosed with thyroid cancer and has a large lump in her neck which the vet has said would be dangerous to operate on.

Blood tests and chest x-ray show that she is otherwise entirely well and healthy (apart from a bit of arthritis) but the lump is pressing on her windpipe.

She has always been the happiest of dogs and I'd hate her to go through painful treatments or any that make her feel ill.

My gut feeling is to let her live in blissful ignorance until she starts showing symptoms of difficulty breathing or eating but I'm not sure if this is just chickening out and I should do everything to save her.

Do other readers have experience of thyroid cancer treatments with their dogs and how long can I expect her to live happily without treatment? She is a much loved dog by everyone who meets her and apart from her snoring getting worse is showing no symptoms. Would love to hear other people's experiences of this with their dogs.

Thanks.

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Dec 08, 2016
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It's not fair
by: Anonymous

I picked up a Siberian husky off the street 11 years ago. The vet said she was about 2 yrs at the time.

She started showing signs of neurological damage a few years ago, with her back legs going out during walks. Then she started panting. Constantly, and loudly. The vet didn't notice anything until a few weeks ago, when all of a sudden they came out with thyroid cancer.

What can we do, I asked, knowing that she's been declining in health for some time. She is at least 13 yrs old, and...

It's not fair, having to make decisions like this. I saw fight in her still, she didn't want to die. I try to justify putting her down by saying she was in distress, she wasn't going to get any better, if she were a younger pup but it would be too much money for a geriatric dog.

No matter what, it's just not fair, having to make the decision to kill your pet. I hate myself so much right now. Nothing can make this better but time.

Nov 12, 2016
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Dog love
by: Rachel

It all started early August of 2016 when I noticed the bulge on my then 9-year old toy poodle’s neck (she just turned 10 this month).

Poodles have this slouchy skin on their neck, and being her personal groomer, I felt sick to my stomach not noticing this growth at all!

We took her to her primary vet and she nodded and said that this is not unfamiliar to her at all. She’s seen it countless of times in her practice. She highly recommends that we consult with a vet oncologist. The money we had to shell out then and up to this very day is endless, and we’re barely coming up for air -- the surgery, the chemo (palladia), x-rays, blood tests,, ultrasound urinalysis, fine needle aspirate, rechecks, high oncologist consultation fees, then she was treated for protein in her urine and was on 2 kinds of medications.

On the last week of October, she got sick again (vomiting, belly was painful to the touch, can’t hold food, lethargy, excessive thirst and urination - I stopped giving her all her medication), and was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis, and a high glucose level reading. She came home with 4 kinds of medication. Since hospitalization is too expensive at the specialist’s hospital, we opted to administering the subcutaneous fluid at home for a total of 5 days. Test after test after test, and $14,000 later, vet bills piled high, we cannot shell out money that we don’t have.

My husband is a realist, and I am the emotional wreck. I’ve been selfish the whole time and he’s been carrying on my wishes to make sure our girl gets proper treatment. I am in total pieces, a big ball of mess, and my husband and family are worried that I would end up sick. I am slowly letting go of these emotions and prepare myself.

Instead of panicking, worrying and getting all hype up when our little one gags, or coughs, or not eating, I should cherish each and every waking day with her by my side. I cannot subject her to any more tests and harsh medications. I am only making her miserable. I have to accept the fact that it is something beyond my control. God knows that we tried our very best and I am unable to breathe here telling you the pain that I am going through. I’m afraid to let go.

Sep 24, 2016
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Advanced thyroid cancer
by: Dinghy dog

After our son's out of town wedding last fall, we picked up our 14 yr old english Field Springer Spaniel, and was met with the problem of the kennel having an outbreak of what appeared to be kennel cough. Dinghy was coughing, our vet called the vaccine manufacturer, who did tests at their expense to see why the vaccine failed.

It was not kennel cough, but some other infection, and there were more outbreaks in other cities. Concerns were that new diseases came from long distance rescue dogs from other parts of the continent.

X-rays showed enlarged glands, and revealed a very large inoperable thyroid tumour behind the trachea. We tried high dose antibiotic and steroids, after needle biopsy confirmed the cancer diagnosis. I am an old oncology nurse so it was no surprise. We thought to buy some time, but in a couple days she was having trouble eating, and woke us up with episodes of tracheal collapse.

I woke my husband and told him it was time to put her down. He was in denial, because of the sudden diagnosis, and I had to explain that if we didn't put her down while she could still breathe, it would be horrible to see her choke to death.

We called the vet, and took her on her last ride. She was a real favorite and even the vet cried.

Talking to a nurse friend of mine afterwards, who hd lost two cats to thyroid cancer, after treatments, she reassured me saying, " Better to put them down a week too early, than a minute too late". Dinghy would have had a horrible choking death if we had not acted.

Unfortunately with the complication of the infection, the steroids didn't help enough.

After many months, we now have a Gordon Setter puppy, and bought health insurance for her. But we still expect our Dinghy to walk into the room. A good friend and therapy dog, sadly missed by the grown kids, too.

Our vet had dogs with large tumour on the sides of the neck live for years, without treatment, but the size and location of our dog's tumour behind the trachea, was choking her. The medication was a good gamble, but we lost.

Sep 14, 2016
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Daisy is living with thyroid cancer
by: Angi Beer

My Maltese-Silky was recently diagnosed. She is nearly 12 but we opted on the surgery to remove the tumor.

After much discussion, we have decided not to go with any chemo or radiation. There is cancer still present in her blood but we want her to have a good quality life. She is our family and we do what is humane when the time comes no matter how hard that will be.

Currently she is showing no effects so we are enjoying every moment with her. Chemo will not cure her, just prolong her life.

My heart goes out to all and your pets that are suffering this disease.

May 31, 2016
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Living every day
by: Anonymous

My beagle has had thyroid cancer for two years now. I am blessed to still have an otherwise healthy and happy dog. I choose not to pursue any treatment because I did not want to have my dog to undergo painful treatment that would not cure her cancer. I wanted a good quality of life until the end. I feel confident of my decision and cherish every day we are together.

My heart goes out to everyone who is living with a dog with cancer.

May 26, 2016
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Peace Love Understanding
by: Anonymous

Thanks everyone! My buddy Jake is at peace, now me too!

May 12, 2016
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Cancer Sucks!
by: Jessica

My Punkey-Jane was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer earlier this month. We visited a specialist and scheduled surgery. A CT scan performed minutes before the surgery showed the cancer had metastasized to multiple locations plus she has left laryngeal paralysis. After the poor prognosis, we opted to not proceed with the surgery. The doctor said surgery alone at that point would not help. She would need surgery + chemo + radiation, and even after going through all of that, it wouldn't buy much time.

She has been given 6-9 months. Rather than use that time with treatments and doctor appointments, we are going to make the time matter. Extra snuggles, extra treats.

No one, human or animal, deserves to go through this. Cancer sucks!

May 11, 2016
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Angie
by: Anonymous

Im so sorry to hear about Jager. Like you, I could not stand to see my Sargie in pain. We put him down last year. He was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer also. It was pressing against his wipe pipe and he could not breathe! We miss him every day. Our pets are our babies.

Many prayers to you and your family though this painful time. I only have GREAT memories thinking of our SARGIE! many kisses and hugs!

Tammy

May 11, 2016
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Thyroid cancer - paralyzed
by: Angie

My baby Jager has thyroid cancer which was diagnosed in September. He was doing great. Decided not to do chemo or radiation as he is almost 12 and survived pancreatitis two years in a row. This we are told brings his immune system down.

He started losing his motor skills about a month ago and now is totally paralyzed in his back end. We looked into wheelchairs, slings, all that type of stuff but we know he has cancer and it's bad. He cannot control his bodily functions while lying down. We made a sling to take him out. He doesn't like to go with it on but we can't take it off because he falls over. We work long hours and I can't stand the fact of him being in a drag bag in his own poo and urine. Seems inhumane to me. We know the cancer will get him. He now has a bad abscessed tooth.

We have an appointment Saturday to have him put to rest. I'm having a really hard time and that is an understatement. He is still my Jager. I can't let him live life in a confined room in a drag bag. I think I am doing the right thing but hate myself for it. On vacation this week so I can spend every waking moment with him. I hope I am doing the right thing. I know if it wasn't for this, he would be doing well like a lot of the dogs in this post. My heart is breaking.

Apr 08, 2016
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Thyroid mass
by: Sue Harper

My lovely Westie Archie was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in November 2015.

As he is 14 he is unable to have surgery or treatment. Apart from a bout of skin and eye infection which cleared up with medication he is fine. He sometimes coughs in his sleep at night as if he is trying to cough something up but it doesn't bother him. Being old he sleeps much but eats well and still enjoys his walks.

It was really helpful reading about all your lovely dogs and the way they are coping with this disease and I just hope that when the time comes, I will be able to read the signs and help Archie to have a peaceful end to his life. We have had Archie since he was six weeks old.

Thinking of you all.

Mar 26, 2016
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Radiation & Thyroid Problems
by: Anonymous

Someone asked the question 'why' and as an avid self-educator on health and natural alternatives I would surmise that it is the excess radiation, EMRs and EMFs we and our pets are now exposed to; our pets being smaller aren't as robust as us humans.

When you consider wireless and mobile phone towers are everywhere now, smart meters are sneakily installed on our homes, computers, electrical power plants and lines, digital TVs, microwaves, mobile phones and hands-free phones, x-rays to name a few of the radiation and magnetic frequencies waves amongst us without respite. There are scientific studies that smart meters are harmful to pets and humans. My advice is, it can't hurt to try, to remove, reduce, switch off as many of these disruptions as possible. Go back to basics!

Humans that are exposed to high levels of radiation can be protected by taking a supplement of potassium iodide, I suggest discussing with a natural/holistic vet if this is available to pets.

Note: this is only my own unqualified opinion gained through my own research on health problems today. I advise doing your own research and discussing it with qualified practitioners.

I have a dog I love more than I've loved anyone or anything so my heart goes out to all pet owners facing these terrible times. I wish you all the very best. Blessings.

Feb 17, 2016
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His time finally came on Valentine's Day
by: Anonymous

I have been posting on here for 20 months about my Lhasa Apso who survived all that time with Thyroid Cancer and several other issues caused by the cancer but he fought hard and it never affected his ability to thrive every day.

On Valentine's day, the day after he turned 13, he had a sudden emergency after eating and we had to euthanize him. My heart is breaking and I will forever be changed by the unconditional love our dog/child gave us for 13 glorious wonderful years. He is missed terribly.

Hug your pets today and tell them you love them. My dog had the most wonderful birthday and Valentine's day and in an instant our lives changed.

Feb 16, 2016
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Next Steps...
by: Anonymous

My Beagle/Lab mix is just one month shy of his 7th birthday. A month or 2 ago a lump was noticed on his throat. Removal was recommended but also said to be highly risky. I went ahead with the surgery and it was removed easily with little blood.

Today however I received his biopsy results that it is Thyroid Cancer. Aside from the mass which was fibrous and completely removed he has 0 symptoms. I have to make an appointment to see an oncologist. He is as full of life as he ever was. So this makes it very difficult.

Jan 29, 2016
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Our Lola Update
by: Roberta

It's been 5 months since our 7 year old Jack Russell was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. We did needle aspiration, ultrasound and biopsy to confirm. We chose not to do any treatments because she already had lesions on her kidney and liver.

The first few months after diagnosed she was still active and being her normal Jack Russell self, but the past month she has rapidly declined. The tumor on her neck is quite large, and we have been trying to keep her comfortable with pain meds and anti-inflammatory meds, but she is very thin and looks at me with sad eyes and just wants to cuddle. It hurts me to see her this way and I know she Is NOT happy...

Trying to find the strength to say good-bye... broken ♡

Jan 27, 2016
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Mass in throat at base of chest
by: Katherine

Our 12 1/2 year old German Shorthaired Pointer has a mass that was aspirated several months ago with the lab indicating "cells that act like cancer." However, her geriatric blood tests and x-rays show her to be in good condition otherwise. Because the mass has grown and, according to her vet, will soon hinder eating and drinking, she had an ultrasound 4 days ago. It revealed "cervical mass contained anechoic fluid in cyst like lesions." No other masses or nodules were noted and all other organs appear to be unaffected. Yesterday, all of a sudden, she has swelling under her jaw and appears to be feeling terrible. Has anyone had a similar experience?

Dec 28, 2015
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Thyroid Cancer
by: Nick

I have a 9 year old chihuahua mix with a large mass on his right neck. In June 2013, I found a small free moving lump (size of a pea) in the same place during a routine bath. I had it removed by his local veterinarian. By December it had grown back double the size.

I sought consultation from an veterinary oncologist and radiologist. The cost of surgery and subsequent radiation totaled almost $25K with no guarantee of cure or return to previous quality of life. I was told he wouldnt live past 3 months.

It's over 2 years now and the mass is quite large but there has been no change in his activity or eating. We have changed to a raw diet immediately and started meloxicam in June 2014. We started a wormwood supplement as a final resort to shrink this large tumor.

My question is what can I expect in the end stages of this disease? As much as I love this dog, I'm hoping I will be strong enough to not let him suffer in the end.

Dec 16, 2015
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Hope...
by: Anonymous

I have a dog that was diagnosed with a functional ectopic thyroid carcinoma around his 12th birthday. It appeared as though it was caught early, but because of it's location, it would not be easy to remove with surgery. Also, it appeared that it had not yet spread.

The dog had previously been extremely healthy and active, so I felt as though I wanted to help him, if possible (as the vet said, "age is not a disease").

We looked at all options, and in our dog's case, radiation treatment appeared to be the best option. While costly and not an easy treatment, several months post-treatment, my dog is currently doing very well. His thyroid levels have decreased since radiation treatment, too! Local control with this type of tumor is very important (less likely to metastasize), but we are also using mushrooms through a holistic vet in hopes of controlling metastasis.

I guess I just wanted to say that although every situation is different, there is some hope for these dogs to have quality of life. Also, while researching treatments, there are organizations out there that will help fund cancer treatments for pets to families in need. Best wishes to all of those out there going through this with a beloved pet.

Nov 19, 2015
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Just found out today my dog has thyroid cancer too
by: Justin

Nice to see that I'm not alone. Our 10 year old boxer had some blood work done six months ago that showed an extremely high thyroid level. They did a sonogram but it did not show any lump in the thyroid. Now six months later he was tested again the thyroid levels are astronomically high. My vet sent me to an oncologist today with the results and basically they told me that he has thyroid carcinoma. They offered to do all these invasive tests which would officially confirm because he does not have an evident lump at the moment but they did say it could be somewhere else but only test will reveal.

I'm choosing to not go through with any tests because I really wouldn't pursue any of these treatments anyway. Other than the fact that he drinks and pees 10 times more than he ever has in his life he's perfectly happy and comfortable and fun and I figure we will just also take this thing day by day.

I hope it's the right decision.

Nov 19, 2015
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Thank you
by: Anonymous

So helpful to read everyone's stories. My 8-1/2 year-old lab/shepherd cross was diagnosed couple months ago. I go back and forth between treatment or no treatment. I now know my no treatment choice is the best for us. She is still happy and relatively healthy, i.e. breathing good, eating well, no pain. When it is time it will be difficult but you have all helped me be ok with our decision for no radiation or chemo. Thank you all.

Nov 14, 2015
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Thyroid cancer
by: Anonymous

My 20 yr old very lively dog has thyroid cancer as well. No surgery due to age. Other than the big lump on side of neck, she is still active. Of course she sleeps more due to age. I'm thinking could all the toys we give our pets from China be the culprit in the rise of these illnesses?

Oct 20, 2015
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Possible thyroid cancer response
by: Anonymous

My dog's lump was underneath around the neck area, not on top. Felt like my dog had large lymph nodes. Needle aspiration was done to confirm and showed suspicious cells. Only way to confirm was to have surgery and we did not want our dog going through that and, my dog being 11 years old, they said surgery is always dangerous in older dogs.

Oct 20, 2015
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Lab possible thyroid cancer
by: Anonymous

How did they diagnose the thyroid cancer if all other tests were normal? My dog has similar things going on and all lab blood work shows he is fine but he has a lump on his neck.

Oct 12, 2015
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Ruffles
by: Genie

My 7 year old Shitzu, Ruffles, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer about 6 months ago. We are devastated. Aspiration was done and a sonogram to confirm the cancer. My vet would not operate, since he said there are too many things in the neck area. Tumor is attached, between all the blood vessels there, windpipe, esophagus etc, too risky.

Went to an oncologist, she recommended Palladian (drug for chemo). First a ct scan to see if the 7.5 tumor would be operable. Also suggested radiation. All very expensive and no guarantee of course.

Ruffles is happy, playful, loving life, enjoys being with her 2 German shepherd buddies. Loves her car rides every day. We heard of a vet who is very good that provides us with holistic medicine. Ruffles has been on it for about 4 months. So far so good. Dr said 80% chance of tumor becoming detached in time, so as to remove it successfully. Keeping our fingers crossed.

Good luck to all facing this..

Sep 30, 2015
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Rough day
by: Anonymous

We took our 11 year old corgi to the vet today for a mass on her thyroid. She has elevated thyroid levels, elevated glucose and liver enzymes.

My vet has never had a case of canine thyroid gland mass. It shows that it has calcified which would indicate adenocarcinoma. My vet would not be able to do the surgery because of the vascular involvement. He is referring us to an animal hospital. Her x-rays didn't show any metastasis in the lung.

Less than a month ago we were referred to the same hospital for our 6 year old rescue dog for liver failure, probably caused by ingesting something toxic. After 4 days in ICU, we brought her home. She declined rapidly and we had to put her down.

Not sure what to think at this point. Very frustrating. We love our pets and take them to work with us. As my husband often says "I love my dogs better than I like most people!"

Sep 23, 2015
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Lhasa Apso Thyroid Cancer
by: Melissa

I have posted on this site several times over the past 15 months after my dog was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer. He has survived 15 months and had done very well with some intermittent issues and a skin condition.

He recently got diagnosed with cushing's, pancreatitis, kidney and bladder stones but you would not know he is ill. He has been on prednisone for a year now for the skin condition and has recurring eye infections but nothing that affects him really. He is still eating (surprisingly since he has the pancreatitis).

I have though recently contacted an in-home euthanasia vet. I know the time will come and I will have to make that decision. I want to make this the most loving peaceful moment for my puppy when he crosses over to Rainbow Bridge. It is so sad to see how common this horrible cancer is, and looking at previous posts how similar they all are in regards to the cushing's and pancreatitis.

I pray to give you all comfort and guidance in this heartbreaking ordeal. <3

Sep 23, 2015
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Love is 4 Legged
by: Roberta

I can't help but wonder what is causing all these illnesses in our beloved 4 legged babies. Seems thyroid cancer and cushings desease is on the rise. My Lola is doing quite well, eating, playing and getting lots of love. She tires easily but no other symptoms. So glad we chose not to do any extensive treatments. I started giving her a vitamin c complex and other all natural anti-inflammatory supplements. Too many side effects with Rx meds, so I'm taking the all natural route trying whatever keeps her happy and comfortable. My heart goes out to all and your 4 legged babies!

Sep 22, 2015
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My dog too!
by: Sandy

Our wonderful Yorkie that we adopted three years ago at age 8 was diagnosed 11 months ago with thyroid cancer - inoperable.

Due to the fact that he has other health issues such as pancreatitis and Cushings disease, chemo or radiation was not an option. We have spent the last 11 months spoiling him and loving him with all our heart. Each month we wonder how much longer? But I am happy to report that he is doing well, still eating and not showing symptoms.

The tumor has gotten quite large, going from marble size to almost tennis ball size now. We will never let him suffer. The doggie oncologist said we would know when and that his breathing will become too difficult for him to even get up. It will break our hearts.

Thank you for the post, it is helpful to know others are in a similar situation.

Sep 22, 2015
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12 months and still going
by: Anonymous

My 11 1/2 year-old Golden was diagnosed with an inoperable thyroid cancer a year ago as well as probable hemangiosarcoma as she had a mass in her spleen and spots on her liver.

The vet told me she could die any day and didn't recommend any treatment. It's been 12 months and she's still hanging in. The thyroid tumor is growing and she is so thin. But she still eats her meals and enjoys her walks. I don't regret not pursuing aggressive treatment. We're just taking it day by day, week by week. I'll let her tell me when it's time.

Sep 09, 2015
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For Roberta
by: Jackye

My Sophie is a 7 year old Jack/corgi mix. The vet didn't even offer me the options presented to you, for which I am glad. It was 2 months ago and he gave her 1-2 months but she remains asymptomatic so just spoiling the hell out of her. If you want to talk please just let me know.

Sep 09, 2015
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My 7 year old Jack Russell
by: Roberta

My sweet baby girl, Lola, was diagnosed 1 week ago with thyroid cancer. To say the least, I was shocked. We went to an oncologist and got chest x-rays, and ultrasound to determine if it has spread. Test results came back yesterday that it has spread to her liver and kidneys...I'm heart broken!

Due to the size of the tumor and encapsulation of the main artery in her neck, surgery is off the table. I don't want to put her thru radiation so only option would be oral chemo to help slow the growth. Prognosis is 3-6 months without treatment, 12 months with chemo.

I'm so torn because she is still happy and eating fine - no side effects yet other than she gets tired easy and has lost some weight. I keep going back and forth with deciding on chemo. My heart tells me to let her live out her life happily without chemo, and manage any pain as it comes. I know my sweet girl will let me know when she's tired and had enough...so difficult!

Sep 01, 2015
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Thyroid Cancer
by: Lori

You are not alone in going through this. I am in exactly the same boat as you.

My 10 yr old sheltie who is my best friend and guardian has recently been diagnosed with thyroid cancer and while it has not metastasized to lungs, etc, it is so locally invasive that surgery is not an option. They have strongly suggested to me radioactive iodine (I-131) treatment and like you I just don't know if I should pursue this treatment or just let it take its course.

Another approach that you may want to consider is the holistic approach. It is becoming more common for regular vets to also practice vet holistic medicine and you may have one in your area. For now, I have decided to go the holistic route and try and build him up physically so that way he may be stronger in order to go through any future treatments. Hope this helps.

Aug 25, 2015
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To Natalie
by: Anonymous

I am sorry to hear about your dog.

We all will do whatever we can to save our loved one. But I have heard so many times, went through chemo and came back, thousands of dollars later and your hopes are diminished. Thyroid cancer is very aggressive and outcome is poor.

I hope your dog will pass in peace.

Aug 25, 2015
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8 yr old Dobie Thyroid Tumor
by: Natalie

Hi all - reading these comments has been comforting somehow.

Our boy Bentley was diagnosed with thyroid tumor a year ago and we gave him the most aggressive radiation and that really took a toll on him, but shrunk the tumor to almost nothing. 3 months ago it came back to full size and they gave him a few months to live. He's had pneumonia a few times and came back each time. He is no longer able to eat most food but I make him a "dog jello" that he is able to eat easily without aspirating, and he loves it. He's now battling an E. coli infection in his nose from tumor - I just wish there were an easier way to decide when it was time.

He is still energetic and playful, but he has constant snot coming from his nose and it gets all over the house. He doesn't seem u
uncomfortable but I just don't know. If he stopped eating and was lethargic it would be much more obvious.

For now we are just trying to manage symptoms without going bankrupt. Over $12k now on this disease. For dog jello - one can food, one cup beef, one cup rice, 1/2 cup water and 2 gelatin packets. Purée in blender, let sit 5 min, add 1 1/2 cups boiling water, stir, pour in dish and refrigerate at least overnight. Seems to really help aspiration.

Aug 25, 2015
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Sorry
by: Jackye

So sorry to hear the sad news. My Sophie still remains asymptomatic except for the weight loss and last night some unusual coughing. The lump is huge. Please keep me up to date on your dog. I wish you and your dog the least painful experience possible.

Jackye

Aug 25, 2015
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Sick 9 year old
by: Rogers best friend

Hey Everyone,

My schnauzer just got diagnosed with thyroid cancer. I am sad.
You all have nice comments.

Thanks

Aug 21, 2015
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Thank you
by: Jackye

Thank you for your comment. I guess that's why I am here and I really appreciate the insight. It lets me know what to expect. I don't really think the vet knew a lot about this disease process he said it is very uncommon. You've helped already - Jackye

Aug 20, 2015
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Jackye
by: Anonymous

When my Sargie (black lab) was DX with thyroid cancer, he started with a nasty heaving cough. Usually happened more with getting real excited with playing with his Boxer sister 6 years his junior. At the end he could not get comfortable and just stood there with heavy breathing - broke our heart because he was having a hard time breathing. His mucus around his jaws was VERY thick. That's when we knew it was time, we could not see him suffering. Sorry to hear. He passed in Feb. 2015 and we miss him so much every day. Best dog ever.

Aug 20, 2015
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Sophie
by: Jackye Johnson

My corgi/JRT Sophie was diagnosed with thyroid cancer one month ago. She has a large lump in her throat but other than weight loss I really don't see symptoms. Possible excessive thirst but it is summer and she is still active.

The vet didn't offer me options and told me one to two months. Everyone on here seems really nice. I had to take my 14 year old JRT to be put to sleep June 25, 2015.

My question is how will I know when it is time? I hate living this way wondering when is the right time. Not too soon for my convenience but not to late when she begins to suffer. This is almost as hard as the loss itself. I am spoiling her with treats she loves for now. Thanks!

Jul 02, 2015
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My Rowdie
by: Anonymous

Rowdie is a Pen/Chi mix. He will be 8 yrs at the end of this month. He is my baby as we got him when he was just 4 weeks old. His vet told me last week that he has cancer and we also have chosen to make him as comfortable as we can in the time he has left which isn't long.

I'm just hoping I am doing the right thing in keeping him with me now. He is still up and around, still wants loving on and snuggles, go for car rides but you can tell how bad he feels. It's going to be so hard for me to let him go when the time comes, I just hope I have the strength to do it and not be selfish, he's my 4 legged baby.

Jun 12, 2015
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by: Freida & Syrus Udwadia - Melbourne - Australia.

Our 13 year old Siberian Husky, Casper, has developed a Malignant tumour in his throat. He was on Thyroxine for about 8 months. But now since the past week he has difficulty in swallowing any other hard food. But he likes now to be hand fed soft food. Sometimes he seems to clear his throat & it sounds like he has got a lot of phlegm in there. He is really down.

The vet advised some painkillers to make his last days as comfortable as possible. Lost 3.5 kgs of weight in 4 weeks. But yes, if he likes to walk then he should be walked. It really feels terribly depressing after 13 years of quality life. But we also have a 6 year old pure lab - Zach, who is doing well.

No we certainly do not wish to put him under the surgeon's knife & further suffer due to the complicated process & uncertainty.

Our hearts go out to other similar pet owners.

May 16, 2015
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Westie with thyroid cancer
by: Sally

My Westie was diagnosed three years ago with thyroid cancer. He had the right side of his thyroid removed and sent away for tests. They came back saying that some of the cancer cells had started to spread. I decided to go down the chemo route as he was only 7 years old. It was 16 weeks of weekly chemo which may sound tough but he was never sick and and he never missed a meal, even on chemo days.

He is now 10 years old and is still a happy healthy dog who is never sick and only goes to the vet for a 6 monthly blood test. It cost me heaps but I'm glad I did it.

May 01, 2015
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Sorry for your Diagnosis
by: Melissa

I am so sorry about your Lab. Choosing to not give my dog any treatment or surgery has been the best decision. My dog is still doing well except he is getting skin infections from the Thyroid tumor and we are treating him with medications for that.

I immediately thought my dog would die within a few months of diagnosis, but he just went to the vet and we are now at the 10 month mark.

I love my dog more than anything, but I would never be selfish enough to put him through procedures just to keep him alive for me. I think it is wonderful you are doing what is best for your dog. It is the most unselfish thing to do. Prayers for you and your dog!

Apr 30, 2015
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10 Year Old Lab
by: Anonymous

My dog was diagnosed last week with thyroid carcinoma by needle aspiration. I had the vet perform an x-ray to see if the cancer has metastasized into his lungs. It has not. In addition, his lymph nodes appear to be normal. He is still basically healthy otherwise, although I have noticed that he sleeps a bit more than usual. Today I noticed that his bark sounds hoarse.

Like others who have posted here, I have decided to not pursue invasive treatments such as surgical biopsies or removal of the tumor. I do not want to put him through radiation or chemotherapy either as I know this will only prolong the inevitable. It is such a hard decision to make.

I am going to trust my boy to let me know when he needs pain relief and when it is time to say goodbye. I am heartbroken.

Apr 03, 2015
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Our Sunshine Sheltie/ sheep dog/ beagle
by: Anonymous

Our wonderful Sunny was diagnosed with thyroid cancer just a few days ago.

We had rescued her from a shelter 12 years and six months ago. We took her to the vet because she started having trouble walking and had to be carried into the vet. She has a lot of arthritis and was put on Carprofen, and Ultram for pain. They also gave her an antibiotic and Pepcid. The vet said the antibiotic was given because she previously had Lyme disease which can affect her even though she had treatment for it 3 years ago.

Sunny has had lipomas in the past and I was hoping that was all it was. I was told it was thyroid cancer and I broke down in tears right there. I then had to figure out how to tell my 12-year-old daughter who looks at Sunny like a sister because she is our only child. We have lost my Mom to cancer and my dad has Multiple Myeloma. The vet said the tumor will grow slowly and to watch for trouble breathing and coughing and then make a decision when to let her go. She might have a year or less to live.

Mar 29, 2015
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Thyroid cancer
by: Anonymous

Thank you everyone who posted. I know how difficult and emotionally draining to make the right decisions about treatment for thyroid cancer.

My beagle was diagnosed two days ago. Same MO as all your stories. She is almost 9 and has never had a sick day in her life. I have opted to not pursue further treatment for all the reasons others have posted. I love her deeply and she loves me. I cannot bear to cause her any suffering with the treatments available to her. When the time comes I will do the right thing but my heart will be broken. Now I have to get through the rest of her life with courage. I am beyond sad.

Mar 21, 2015
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Shocking diagnosis
by: Anonymous

My ten year old Lab/Golden mix was diagnosed with thyroid cancer last week. He had an egg-sized tumor on the left side of his neck. We had it surgically removed, and he came through the surgery great. The pathology report said he has cancer, and more than likely it has spread as it was in some of the blood vessels. We will do chest x-rays this week to see if it is in his lungs already.

Beyond this, I will enjoy each and every hour together and will not be doing chemo and radiation. He is our Spoiled Baby but I can't put him through all the poison for "my needs". I will let him live each day to the fullest, just as he's doing now. His recovery from surgery has been great, and he's still HIMSELF for now.

Prayers for everyone facing these rough decisions.

Feb 28, 2015
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My heart is breaking
by: Sezza

My JRT was diagnosed 2 years ago with Thyroid Carcinoma. It was embedded in his thyroid so could not be operated on. We decided to go with the radiation therapy. They gave him 75% chance of living a year afterwards, the percentage would be lower for the second year and very unlikely he will live 3 years after therapy. So he is now on borrowed time.

He is a fit and healthy boy apart from the tumour. Recently he is having a bit of an issue with eating biscuits so he is having wet food now. He also makes a gagging, hacking sound every now and then.

It is breaking my heart knowing that he probably doesn't have long left on this earth. When will I know is the time to say goodbye? What symptoms will he have to tell me it's got worse?

I have total sympathy with you all. He is my best friend and I love him to the end of the earth ♡

Feb 13, 2015
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Lab with Thyroid Cancer
by: Tammy

Our lab 11 yrs old was diagnosed with the same...doctor said the same thing, very risky surgery, might end up bleeding internally after surgery. Chemo and radiation are other options but very expensive which we could not afford. Our decision was the same - to bring him home and love him till the day comes.

On 2/20/2015 we ended up having to put him down. He was having a hard time breathing and his cough was terrible, he was trying to clear his throat, and his phlegm was real thick like he was choking to death. So hard of a decision but we agreed we would not let him suffer.

RIP Sargie! Best dog in the whole world!

Jan 06, 2015
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My boy Troy
by: Gill

One of my lovely beagles has had a cancerous tumour removed along with one of his thyroid glands. We got the results of op just before New Year's eve. What next? As we plan for this we are told the tumour was freely moveable and looks like they got it out cleanly. There was no sign in X-rays re spread to lungs or to the other thyroid gland.

They didn't do lymph node test at the time so as I type this I'm waiting for the call from vet to book him for this. Best prognosis so far is he could survive for 36 months and be fine. Just to keep monitoring with X-rays etc. Or do we take him to see oncologist and consider radiotherapy to ensure no cells were left at site of removal and chemotherapy to prevent spread.

I feel my heart may break. This wonderful creature has had such a lovely life so far. Thank you for sharing your experiences. I have cried so much, am crying now because of the decisions that we must now make.

Oct 24, 2014
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Our Experince with Chemo only
by: EHotchkiss

My Getty-girl (9 1/2 lab/pit mix) is currently living (hate saying suffering) with Thyroid Carcinoma.

She was Dx officially about 7 months ago. It started with facial nerve paralysis that the vet said was just idiopathic but later an ultrasound and X-ray revealed otherwise.

Because of the advanced size and placement of the tumor and the evidenced based window of time left for this heartbreaking Dx, we chose to not operate but give chemo instead. This wasn't an easy decision. The operation would have cost 10k and with chemo/radiation after that, we just couldn't afford it. We also had to evaluate her quality of life after the surgery. It has broken me to have to make that kind of healthcare decision for a creature that has loved me unconditionally, even at my worst.

She was on Palladia for about 3 months and that slowed the growth but not enough so we tried another chemo for 2 months called Melphalan, which didn't really help at all.

Her last visit we decided that we would hospice her and try to make her as comfortable as possible. This has been heartbreaking to watch, however, I take comfort in the fact that she doesn't know she has this terrible disease. This also makes it the hardest to witness as she's still spunky and wants to run and play, but we have to limit that to the cool mornings and not as much because she has a difficult time breathing.

We raised her food and water high for her to help with the amount of air she ingests when eating or drinking. But the past three days have not been good. She is hungry but can't keep her food and water down. We've tried to give her smaller amounts, hand feeding, wet food, etc.

We will be making an appt to have another ultrasound done as we suspect the cancer may have metastasized to her stomach. At which point we will pick a date and say our goodbyes.

This is just our experience with the path we have chosen. It is hardest on the guardians. That sounds strange but I say this only because we process the sadness that goes along with the disease, and we mourn after the Dx. I've cried every day since. This animal that has been by my side through so many difficult times, sitting beside me silently, has never uttered a word but I have heard everything she has said to me and while laying her head on my lap in what I believe to be a comforting measure is unaware that anything is drastically wrong with her being.

I hope that things go better for you and yours. this is a difficult journey and can totally break your spirit. Maybe I'm just weak... Prayers for you and yours.

Oct 07, 2014
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Thyroid Cancer
by: Melissa

My dog was diagnosed in June. He has had no symptoms other than some skin infections. They said it could be from the thyroid mass. I chose to let him live and he is doing wonderful! The tumor is abutting the trachea but has not shown to be an issue as of now. When that time comes I will do what I have to to make sure he does not suffer in any way. He is doing well right now and I am blessed to have him every day.

They also told me it was to risky and I wasn't sure if I would have all these months I have had, but he is great! The thought of what he would have been going through if I did chemo/radiation and surgery I can't imagine what the last few months would have been like. I am happy I chose the decision I did.

Sep 21, 2014
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My Lucky
by: Anonymous

I am so sorry for everyone going through this. I posted earlier about my American Bulldog that I have since lost to the battle of cancer. I wish I had known someone that had been through it to ask questions.

Feel free to email me jill2485[at]aol.com

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Sep 10, 2014
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Thryoid Cancer
by: Melissa

Good Luck with your maltese. It has now been almost 3 months since my Lhasa was diagnosed and we decided to not get treatment. He is doing fantastic up to now and we are just going to let him live his wonderful life until he begins to show symptoms to us.

Sep 09, 2014
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My sweetheart has Thyroid Cancer
by: Janyce

We have just a little girl who is 12 years of age and we have just found out she has Thyroid Cancer. She is a little Maltese X girl and she has been wonderful to me when I am sick with Arrhythmia. I am going to wait to see how she goes in the next few weeks and then decided what to do in her best interest.

Thanks
Jan

Jul 12, 2014
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11 yr old Lhasa just diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer
by: Melissa

My 11 year old Lhasa just got diagnosed with Thyroid cancer and I am beside myself right now trying to figure out the best option for him. He just had a CAT scan and it is a golf ball size tumor on his right side. They did an aspirate but only blood came back. I brought him to an Oncologist and she said it was a "fixed" tumor. I was hoping for a freely moveable tumor as it is much easier to remove.

My dog has been coughing, and she said it is abutting his trachea which is causing the cough. I am really not sure if I want to risk removal, have just radiation done or enjoy him for the time we have left.

I am reading all these stories and my heart is breaking. I completely understand everyone's helplessness and/or trying to make the best decision for their pets. I am only hoping I make the right one:(

Jul 10, 2014
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Newly diagnosed- Second Opinion?
by: Noelle

I need advice. Thanks ahead of time for reading and advising.

My 10 almost 11 yr old healthy and fit lab was found to have a large tumor on her thyroid. It was just discovered a week ago. She went to the vets office 6 weeks ago - had blood samples - the vet said she looked great and was healthier than most labs she sees.

A week ago my mom who was watching her while we were away, took her because the dog had a sensitive spot on her neck. The vet felt it and said she thought it was cancer. Our dear dog, loves to run and swim and my children play with her all the time.

The tumor is large - perhaps baseball size. It did not appear to be there before so it may be growing rapidly. She is coughing but not often. She is eating but does not have an appetite to drink much. She still wants to pick up a ball or stick and play but she coughs a bit. I am not sure what option to pursue. Surgery? Or nothing? But if nothing, how long until? I should have said this ahead of time that she is our love. I don't think our vet would do the surgery based on her age. We are in southeastern Pennsylvania and would take suggestions on vets who specialize.

Jul 09, 2014
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My love
by: Anonymous

To Scotty's owner:

My American Bulldog was diagnosed last week and with the exact same details, after much back and forth I have decided to not have the surgery done. The anesthesia alone for CT and aspiration were terrible on her, I don't think she could make it through a full operation. She is 10.

I noticed a bump a couple weeks ago but thought it was lymph nodes. She is picky about food but will eat baby food and soft dog food. She also has nasal discharge. There is an option for iodine radioactive therapy 4 hours away, however following that she would be in isolation for days which I also don't think she could handle. She had never stayed anywhere but with me or my parents in 10 years.

Did your vet have any idea what progression of the disease would be like? I was told I could possibly have 3 months with her with no treatment.

Jul 08, 2014
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Thyroid Tumor Surgery or Not
by: Anonymous

My 7 year old Scotty was just diagnosed with a thyroid tumor. I brought him to the vet and they thought it may be an infected salivary gland. 3 1/2 weeks later it tripled in size and I brought him back in and was referred to a surgeon. The surgeon aspirated and it was like asperating an artery. He gave him a 50/50 chance and wanted to operate. I am not so willing. If this tumor had grown this much in a little over 3 weeks... tells me it must be highly vascular... not to mention the highly vascularized area that they need to cut into. x-rays show that the lungs are clear. It is right up against the trachea and is golf ball size.

I am so very confused. My heart is saying to do anything yet my head is saying I believe it is attached to surrounding tissue due to the size. It's feeding from somewhere. I don't want him to be opened up and then closed because the surgeon sees that it cannot be done. I don't want to put him through that. My heart is breaking. He's been very tired and follows me everywhere that I go in the house and out on the deck. I am home all day so I get to continually be with him.

I love him so much and I am so emotionally torn. The surgeon said that this is a tumor that if any area of it is attached to its surroundings, it could not be taken out. There is also a risk of him bleeding out on the table. I just want him to be comfortable with whatever time he has left. He is so young to me.

Thanks for listening.

Jun 10, 2014
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The Dog That made Me Love Again
by: Anonymous

When my first dog died, Mr. Buddy Butterfield, I never thought I could get close to another dog. Then came Sampson. A black lab mix with the sweetest face and goofiest personality in the world.

I noticed a lump on his neck and my child's father said that it has always been there since he adopted him at the age of one. He is now 5 so I assumed it wasn't anything but a weird swollen gland or something.

About 5 months later it doubled in size over night and he stopped begging and started sleeping in other rooms away from the family.

I took him to the vet that night and they said it was a thyroid tumor. I came home in a fog and collapsed in my boyfriend's arms. I've been crying off and on for 3 days.

He is so young and sweet. He still jumps in the lake after sticks and plays hard. He's just really tired when we are inside.

I'm scared and I want to save his life, but I am completely broke. I love him so deeply and I can't go through loosing another pet early. This is a nightmare. I'm so sorry to anyone that experiences this helpless feeling.

Mar 12, 2014
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11 year old Boxer girl has thyroid cancer
by: Deb

Like many I am in a quandary, my sweet Isabelle has thyroid cancer that is starting to progress rapidly - it is affecting her breathing. She has a heart murmur so surgery is not a good idea. I am not ready to let her go but I know she is getting uncomfortable. She is having trouble breathing and she is often nauseous. Her appetite is fine, still wants to go out for walks. Should I just wait a little longer? Is that selfish??

Thank you.

Deb

Jan 30, 2014
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Sad here
by: rosemary

I have just had the same thing DX in my 13 year old baby girl. I am devastated.

What will I expect to see happen to her? I am not going to have the thyroid removed, on my vets suggestion, as he feels it is not the right thing to do, and I agree with him.

Dec 07, 2013
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Thyroid cancer
by: Anonymous

I would love to know the size of your lab's tumor. My wheaten terrier's tumor is 6 cm. I don't know what to do. It went from 5 to 6 in a month.

Dec 07, 2013
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Thyroid cancer
by: Anonymous

My 10 year old lab mix had a large tumor on her neck on the left side. I took her to the vet where they did a needle aspiration, which came back as carcinoma. The vet did not want to do the surgery so I decided on a second opinion.

For weeks before taking her to the second vet she was having difficulty breathing and panting excessively. After taking her to the second vet they said they would do the surgery because her lungs were clear. She had the surgery yesterday and the tumor was totally encapsulated and came out easily without any pieces left behind.

She is in pain today but I believe having it removed was the best thing for her. I felt that eventually she would not be able to breathe and I could not handle that.

Jul 26, 2013
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Thyroid cancer
by: Al

Brought my dog in last week for annual shots and for a lump in her neck. The vet said it was thyroid cancer based on it's location and size. She didn't want to do a biopsy because she said it could irritate the growth and cause it to grow even faster.

She's 12 years old and I really don't want to put her through surgery or any invasive treatments but I'm feeling guilty for not doing more. She's happy, full of energy, and I want her last days to be the quality of life she has enjoyed for the past 12 years.

Jun 27, 2013
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Diabetes to thyroid cancer
by: Jenny

in response to the person who asked if there is a link between diabetes and thyroid cancer... our 12 year old Shih-tzu just went through surgery to remove a malignant thyroid tumor. A month ago she was diagnosed with diabetes. During a follow up visit the vet noticed the lump on her throat. Ultrasound and needle aspiration confirmed to be thyroid cancer. Must be a link?!

Also a week before the diabetes, during a routine visit, the vet prescribed a steroid eye drop to help with inflammation of our dog's eyes. A week later, diabetes (frequent urination/thirst). There is a link of steroid use to elevated sugar levels. Now we wait for the pathology report...

Apr 25, 2013
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Foxhound with thyroid tumor and diabetes
by: Barbara

Our dog is a 13 yr old foxhound who has always had a strong constitution. About 7 weeks ago he began urinating in high volume frequently in the house. He was soon then diagnosed with diabetes. I have been trying to regulate his insulin for about a month with minimal success. The vet did some further tests, found a lump, and aspirated this lump located on his neck this week. Just learned it is a thyroid tumor. Does anyone have any experience with a dog that has diabetes and a thyroid tumor? The thought is that his diabetes needs to get under control before anything else can be done for him. His sugar levels are all over the map.

Dec 06, 2012
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Miracle Dog
by: Anonymous

My Husky was diagnosed last January with Thyroid Carcinoma at the time she had liver disease and was anorexic (had a feeding tube in her throat).

The vet suggested we have her put to sleep. Then a couple of days later she started to eat and bounced back! A complete miracle - she has had no treatment and at the moment she is showing no signs at all of ill health (apart from a husky voice & snoring). We have had a whole year of good health with her when the vet had given up on her. I know her time is limited but I know treatment would have finished her off.

Sep 20, 2012
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Thyroid Carcinoma
by: Christina

Hello, my 7 yr old minpin/chi mix Zoey just had surgery to remove a thyroid carcinoma. The margins were clean but tiny. We went to the oncologist to find out what his recommendations would be. He verified with the pathologist that the cancer was not present in her lymphatic system, nor her blood vessels. He recommended 4 radiation therapies. We now have an appointment with a holistic vet in a few weeks to see what alternative treatments there are.

I am so hesitant to do radiation on her because it is very traumatic for her each time I take her to an appointment. The time I took her for surgery was the worst, I've never seen a dog shake so bad. I also question whether she can handle a month of treatments. Any advise here? Has anyone tried holistic treatments?

Thanks very much.

Aug 23, 2012
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What is the Right Thing to Do
by: Anonymousmizzy

Hi, I have had my rescued rottie for eight years; she is nine now.

During a play fight last week which she started, I noticed a lump on the right side of her neck. I have taken her to the vet and she has had a fine needle aspiration done to find out if it is thyroid cancer.

I am currently awaiting the results. She is a beautiful dog and I love her with all my heart. She appears comfortable, is able to eat and drink, go to the toilet, and enjoy her walks.

However she is starting to lose weight, drink more and sleep more whilst eating everything in sight.

What do I do if the results are that it's malignant? She is nine and I want her to have quality in what's left of her life. She does not travel well and gets motion sickness.

I see pros and cons for treatment and against. Any advice or thoughts would be welcome.

Aug 23, 2012
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Too Late to Do Anything
by: Anonymous

My dog Tyson died of a throat tumour 17 July 2012. We discovered a lump in January and took him to the vets, a biopsy was done and it came back negative. He kept getting infections and I kept taking him back to the vets, they decided to put a camera down his throat to see what was causing him problems. That's when they discovered a huge tumour on his windpipe - it was bleeding and the vet said it was inoperable.

My precious baby never came home. I keep thinking that they misdiagnosed him and if we had discovered the tumour earlier he would still be here with me now. I miss him terribly every day - he was my baby boy.:(

Feb 27, 2012
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Thank you
by: Anonymous

Thanks every one who has commented. It seems every dog/illness is different.

The ironic, but lovely, thing is that Charlie seems to have a second puppyhood. Taking her off the arthritis medication (which we did before her blood tests and noticed the immediate improvement!) has obviously made her feel so much better. Her coat is glossier, she's got her appetite back and she bounces around like old times. Yes, the lump is getting bigger and her snoring has to be heard to be believed!!! But generally she is happy and well and can still run around without her breathing being laboured, nearly 3 months after diagnosis. Fingers crossed she carries on like this.

Thanks for all your wishes and support.

Feb 25, 2012
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Thyroid cancer treatments
by: Jenn

Anne: I am sorry to hear about your beloved pet.

My dog had a thyroid tumor in Aug. 2009. I felt a lump on his neck and took him to the vet the same day - I thought he got bitten by a spider or something and was swollen. The vet felt his neck and said I believe this is thyroid cancer. I was shocked. I thought how could he say it was the C word, before doing any tests. He said he was familiar with the placement and how it felt and recommended surgery right away to remove it.

My baby had surgery that weekend and then, when he was able, started chemo and did five rounds - once ever three weeks. He was just turning ten that September. He finished chemo in December 2009 and was put on thyroid replacement meds (thyroxine), and then went back for rechecks at first every month, for the first 6 months, and then after that every 3 months and then 6. I am happy to say he turned 12 this past September.

Apparently his tumor was fully encapsulated and had not attached to anything but the thyroid or wrapped around anything, so it was removable. The rechecks are to see if there is anything going on in his lungs or other organs. So far, he is o.k.

It sounds like your dog's tumor may be a bit more advanced, but I have read many things on this subject and it seems that tumors that are not ideal to operate on do usually respond well to radiation and dogs can live up to 24-28 months average after radiation. I would not give up just yet and would definitely look into radiation or surgery to remove as much as possible, followed by radiation.

I wish you and your baby the best.

Dec 11, 2011
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Treatment for Your Dog
by: Hazel, Site Editor

Hi, Anne,

Sorry about your dog.

You may be interested in this post: Essiac capsules and our labrador's thyroid cancer. The Lab was given Essiac capsules last year (2010) to treat her thyroid cancer and as at August this year she was still alive and well! Of course this is just one case and every dog is different but you may want to give it a try!

Good luck.

Dec 11, 2011
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The remaining time
by: Scott L

I've been in the place you are. You are flooded with thoughts of "what can I do". There is a helplessness that goes with what is happening. When a dog gets to the age that Cross is, especially the larger breed dogs, you have reached their "end of life". You are feeling like you can "barter" for more time. Cross has given you all those years of joy, let him do this till the end - try to smile and keep cheerful, they know when YOU are sad.

I've had two dogs pass this year - their stories are on this blog. One surprised us with her cancer and her passing on the same day. With the other we found out early and tried to assist in getting him more time with us by surgery - he didn't survive his surgery recovery, and we lost him anyway.

If you deceide on surgery - remember he is not a young dog. Even if he acts it. But do yourself a favor and have someone take a portrait picture of you and Cross for your memories later.

Dec 11, 2011
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Thyroid Cancer
by: Shirley

My Sweetpea was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer 2 yrs ago. She was only five years old, so my husband and I went to a specialist to operate and remove it. She lasted only 3 months after the operation and died in our arms in our home. If I had to do it again I believe I would not do the operation. If your baby is happy and not in pain I would let it be. There are supplements you can give her to boost her immune system and keep her happy.

May God bless you and give you the strength in this difficult time.

Dec 11, 2011
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To Cross' Mom
by: J Weatherford

Being unfamiliar with thyroid cancer, I cannot give you advice. I only can suggest a possible second opinion whether to do surgery or not. Cost of vet surgeries is always a large factor as well as Cross' age.

We recently had to put our English Mastiff to sleep due to bone cancer. Within a week of him slipping, swollen leg, xrays we found ourselves at the vet's office doing what I thought I would never have to do.

I pray you will come to peace with your decision. It WILL be a difficult one. Just remember...you do not want for him to suffer. Unfortunately they cannot tell us how they feel.

My guess is, Maximus, was in a great deal of pain for a very long time and never once whined or wimpered even when we touched his leg. He simply could not walk anymore.

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