Mercy Girl Dog with Agressive Bladder Cancer
by Linda Rakela
(Rocklin Ca USA)
Mercy resting watching me
Two weeks ago we took Mercy (11 years old) in to the vet. She was urinating (trying) continually. The vet took an ultrasound and found a mass in her uretha. Her bladder was so full, she could have died. The vet put a catheter in and started her on an alternative to chemo called piroxcam 7mg. She stayed in the vet hospital for three days. I was able to bring her home with catheter. Continued on the cancer meds for now seven days.
Today, I returned to vet hospital to remove the catheter. She is home now and I am monitoring her urine output. She squats and I put a plate to catch urine. (She lets me do it). The amount she is urinating is small. But the vet said if she could eliminate at least 60 mml in four hours, the cancer meds may be shrinking the mass, so she can urinate.
The vet doesn't give me much hope. But I am very positive that the mass will decrease. You have to believe strongly and know she will make it. My husband and I have never loved a dog as much as we do her. She has been the best companion you could have ever wanted. We are truly not ready for her to leave us.
Is there anyone who has been through this type of cancer. What hope do I have?