Bladder Tumor in Doggie Decks
My husband found our boy Decks wandering around an airport almost 6 years ago. He was unclaimed and was to be put down on Christmas Eve but thankfully my husband took him in.
Decks has always had problems with his back legs and we had him checked up regularly. It wasn't until recently we moved and found a great new vet that we got proper answers. We were concerned Decks had Cushing's disease as he is about 12 years old. This vet listened to our concerns and took Decks for blood and urinary tests as well as an abdominal CAT scan. The news was not what we were expecting.
Decks has a tumour in his bladder the size of a tennis ball and is almost blocking his bladder. We are giving him Piroxicam which has been good as it is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory. We were told 12 months would be the remainder of his life.
Only recently have we been seeing symptoms as although his urination frequency has increased he does not seem to be in pain. However, Decks has been having weird jerking seizure type things where his back legs collapse under him. His face will sort of freeze and his body will slightly jerk about until his legs collapse. It's over after 10 seconds. They have been increasing in occurrence.
We're going to speak to our vet but again are preparing for the worst news. Although we love him and he is such a part of our lives, we know it would be selfish to hold on to him longer than what is humane.
I don't expect to get answers from this site but it has been very therapeutic just writing his story to the world. I know the people here will understand our heartache as we prepare to say goodbye to our darling Decks.
Thank you for reading this.
(Submitted Tuesday, April 09, 2013)