My Beautiful Buddy Has Brain Tumor

My Beautiful Buddy Has Brain Tumor

by Debra Denike
(Burlington, Ont)

Yesterday morning I woke up to what I thought was my 9 yr. old Wheaton Terrier "Buddy" having a bad dream. I leaned over the bed to calm him and relized he was having a seizure.

I talked to him and put my hand on him for what seemed like forever. When it was over, he stood up with foam around his mouth and growled at me with teeth exposed. Then barked agressively at me. I called the Vet and was told that since he had just had a full blood workup and everything was fine, that it was a brain tumor.

24 hrs later he had another grand mal seizure and then walked in circles and banged into walls, while barking at my husband and I. Eventually he recognized us and settled down. He had such a lost look in his eyes. Later in the day he was back to himself again. Today so far he is happy and eating well.

I don't know how long we'll have left, but I won't let him suffer.

Another Vet has told me he could go anytime once the seizures increase in frequency. And she says we'll know when his time comes.

God Bless my Buddy for all the happiness he's brought into so many lives!


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Nov 08, 2017
Our beautiful Chops
by: Sharen

My daughter has had Chops for going on eleven years which I'm told is OLD for a boxer. He has always been an extra playful and loveable dog and has given us all these years of unconditional love.

On Tuesday, Nov 6th, he could not walk without stumbling and weaving. We took him to the vets clinic near our home and they highly suspected a brain tumor. He had the most terrified look in his eyes and he tried to get up and leave with us when it came time for him to be put down.

My daughter couldn't bear the thought of seeing him put down but she's wracked with guilt thinking that she didn't do all that she could for Chops. He went from one seizure to the other with no stopping them. He was fine that morning. It was way to quick and way too painful for our boy. We had to let him go but we're unable to stop the flow of tears for our baby.

Love you Chops.

Oct 20, 2017
For the last anonymous poster
by: Anonymous

I posted earlier about my Wheaten, Boris. I want to tell the last poster about my experience with my last dog, a Welsh terrier.

He had his first seizure at exactly 3 years old. After he got into a display at PetSmart (I can't remember if it was those pig ears or those other hoof things) as I was looking at toothpaste. He clustered almost immediately, and continued to cluster for quite some time. I wondered if preservatives might be responsible, so I began cooking his food and treats, and I gave him no commercial food or treats.

The difference was unbelievable! He had been seizing about once a month, and then he'd sometimes go five or six months between seizures!

I'm not saying his reaction is typical, but it worked for us. It might work for you too. Also, my vet told us that dogs rarely die during a seizure unless it lasts lots longer than the typical seizure. My best to you and your sweet boy!

Oct 20, 2017
I think I might lose my soul mate doggy
by: Anonymous

I'm really sad. My Boston terrier Buboo started having seizures 3 months ago. I love this dog more then any dog I've ever had. He is the sweetest funniest silliest little guy. He is only 2 years old.

I felt like he might get better when we put him on the phenobarbital. He went from a grand mal seizure once every 9 days to one seizure every thirty days. The problem is our vet said we need to get them down to once every 2-3 months.

Well, that didn't work he had cluster seizures 30 days after his last seizure. We added another medicine. Still another bought of seizure 30 days later. We switch his second medication and now I'm waiting. I'm sad because I'm pretty sure he had a mini seizure today - less then 8 days after his last one.

The seizures are just getting worse. The medication doesn't seem to be working now. I was hoping he just had epilepsy, but now I think it's a brain tumor. We go to the neurologist if this medication doesn't work.

He's only 2 years old. Every time he has a seizure I'm afraid he's going to die. It's so scary. I hate that he has to go through this - it's not fair.

Oct 18, 2017
Brain cancer treatment
by: Anonymous

Just saw on channel 10 local news station a report of a pit bull diagnosed with brain cancer a few months ago received a new treatment that bonds to the cancerous cells and leaves healthy cells unharmed.

In a very short time the tumor had shrunk by 50% a few weeks later it shrunk another 50%. The dog is doing well and feeling much better. I tried to find the news video online to post here, but it just now aired so I'm guessing it's just not online quite yet.

For all of you worried parents of sweet fur children, it's worth looking into. Check online. I believe the dogs name was Q. Channel 10 news Sacramento. Aired today 10/18/17 approximately 11:15 am. Good luck to you all.

Oct 12, 2017
Our Boris
by: Anonymous

My Wheaten, Boris, is 10 years old. He had his first ever seizure yesterday. My husband said it lasted 45 seconds. I could swear it lasted 25 minutes! I was so scared.

My husband picked him up to take him outside, and he had another one. We loaded him into the car and took him to the emergency vet. He had another one. That was three in 15 minutes.

The emergency vet suspected a brain tumor and, when the 4th seizure in about 60 minutes began, she gave him a first-line anti-convulsant. He could not see out of one eye, and had unilateral weakness. He seemed deaf, as well.

Today, an MRI confirmed an inoperable meningioma wrapped around various structures in his head and applying pressure on his eye. The vet kept him last night and tonight, but we were allowed to visit him briefly.

He was so happy to see me. His entire rear end wagged. He was ready to go home, but the vet wouldn't let him. He gave me 100 kisses in 5 minutes, but the tech said I was exciting him too much, so we had to leave.

The vet said radiation would give him "maybe a year," but he'd have to have a biopsy first to determine what kind of treatment to give him. We didn't like that idea. The vet agreed that anti-convulsants and lots of steroids would be his choice if Boris were his dog.

We hope to bring him home tomorrow. We plan to give him lots of apples, ice cream, and yogurt and lots of short walks, and everything he loves with total disregard for his weight during the next "couple months" the vet predicts he'll live.

We will make him exuberantly happy as our hearts break every single day.

Boris came to us as a 16-month-old rescue. But he rescued us, and we'll never ever be the same!

Oct 12, 2017
by: Angie

My beautiful boy Glenn had first seizure on 11/09/17 at the age of almost 12.

For two weeks he recovered really well and was back to his old self more or less. Deep down I suspected a tumour although at first my vet would never actually say it so we went through the routine blood checks (which were fine apart from slightly raised liver enzymes).

At the beginning of last week he started ticking, drooling and losing his balance, but again he would revert back to almost normal but was barking less and unwilling to walk far on his lead.

Last Thursday he had a sudden deterioration and started walking in circles, bumping into things, falling over and became unresponsive to me and his cuddles (he was the most needy dog and loved his cuddles) - It was as if I his spirit ha already left him.

I took him straight back to the vet and this time he had to be carried. She then finally said the words brain tumour and kept him all day with the view to a few night in out of hours veterinary hospital and possible MRI on Monday... he was transferred to the hospital at 5pm on on Saturday 7th October and by 5.30pm he went to sleep for the final time.

I am finding his rapid decline very hard to deal with but in time I know I will be grateful that he didn't suffer for long and cherish every minute I had with my cheeky, needy, loyal, beautiful boy.

My thoughts go out to you all at this time... my heart is broken.

Sep 28, 2017
When is it time?
by: Charles

I have read through most of the post on this page. I too have a dog that is having seizures - Just had blood work done today at the vet - He is 7 so most likely will be a brain tumor.

That being said - and yes it is sad - there will be no treatment other than watching him. So far only 2 seizures that we know of . The 2nd was way worse than the first and I really thought that he might die right there and then. When he comes out of them and calms down he is fine and appears normal. At the time they become too serious I would have to put him down as I could not bear to watch the poor thing suffer.

Now I know he is a member of the family - and yes that is a hard decision - but having gone through tragic events with pets in the past, I know often times our emotions get the best of us rather than doing what is best for the animal in questions. The decision is always a hard one, but make sure your decision is based on what is best for your pet and not done because of your own heart and desire to keep them in your life.

Think about it and talk about it with your family and friends. It is a decision that I hope I do not have to make anytime soon - but part of being a responsible pet owner is knowing when the time has come.

Sep 02, 2017
My poor baby Harleigh
by: Anonymous

About 3 months ago, I noticed that Harleigh would fall off the curb while we were on walks but just thought it was her getting older.

She is 13 and I have had her since she was 8 weeks old.

Then she started walking into doors and walls and looking spaced out at times. She would also tremble a lot. I found out now that these could have been small seizures.

I found out 4 days ago that she most likely had a brain tumor and the vet gave me some medication for anxiety and pain and sent us on our way.

Since yesterday, she has gotten so much worse and all I can do is cry because as much as I love her and want to keep her with me as long as possible, I can't watch her deteriorate a little more every day. I am having this inner struggle on what I know ultimately needs to be done.

Apr 16, 2017
by: Sandra

An update on Cookie from Jan:

He had his MRI scan and the worst was diagnosed: he has a brain tumour. We were offered radiotherapy for him but because of his age, 13, and his hip displasia we decided against it.

Besides he would always have the fits and we would only be delaying the inevitable.

He is on two lots of seizure tablets that really knock him off balance and steroids. He has had several more fits and each time it affects his legs more. He whines a lot and barks for no reason. But there are still good days when he's full of beans but these are getting less.

When it's more bad days than good we will arrange for the vet to come to the house and not go through the stress of taking him to the vets. We owe him that much. It's breaking our hearts.

I am so sorry for the loss of Buddy and my heart goes out to anyone who has lost their pet.

Mar 28, 2017
Thank you for sharing your stories
by: Anonymous

My 12 year old Golden Retriever had his first seizure yesterday. Although now I'm wondering if the shaking he experienced a few weeks ago were related. At the time his vet thought he was sick due to a UTI. He seems fine now, but has been sleepy all day.

I'm grateful for every day I have him here beside me. I'm committed to not having him suffer. It is comforting to hear others say that they knew when the time was right.

Mar 05, 2017
Pepie my world
by: Julie

I have just found out my adorable Westie has a brain tumour. My world has fallen apart. He is my gift from god, my angel, so I know exactly how you feel about Buddy.

At the moment he stumbles to the right and loses his balance. The vet said he is in no pain.

We have to stay positive and treat each day as special. I feel special to have such a wonderful little dog in my life.

May God bless you and Buddy.

Feb 26, 2017
My Best Buddy is going through the same thing
by: Vena

Manny is 9 and started having grand mal seizures in August.
We put him on phenobarbital in Nov. when they progressed to 2 a month.

He has just started having 1 per week and are becoming more violent with each one.

I pray to God to let me know when to put him down.

Between seizures he is happy and unchanged in his behavior and physical ability.

I sleep downstairs with hm now because post seizure he is too unstable to navigate the stairs.

He is very clingy just before a seizure also our cat and Lucy our other dog stay close by him and sleep along side especially before seizure, then Lucy stays by his side when they go out to potty.

I am blessed to have such a loving and loyal pack of pets.
It breaks my heart to think of one missing from the equation - these 3 have been together since puppy/kitten hood.

I have a vet who will come here and put him down when the time comes. But I don't know if this would be the right thing to do for the remaining 2.

Any suggestions or insights would be appreciated.

Jan 31, 2017
My Golden Cookie
by: Sandra

My 13 yr old Golden retriever Cookie had his first seizure on Jan 3, and his second on Jan 25.

He has them whilst sleeping so there are no warning signs.
The vet said at his age it is more than likely a tumour, we are taking him for an MRI scan on Friday in the hope to confirm what we already know. It won't be cheap but money isn't the object here. The fact is he has been a life long companion and brought our family so much joy he deserves to be looked after.

He has taken more time to recover from the second fit and is now near enough his usual self, although I can tell we lost a little bit more of him after his second fit.

We will continue to spoil him until it's time to say goodbye, a decision I am dreading but it's the least I can do when the time comes. My heart is breaking.

Jan 01, 2017
Brain Tumor
by: Johanna

My 18-19 year old dog was diagnosed with a brain tumor last week. She had vestibular disease a year ago and I thought she had a recurrence few months ago. The doctor agreed with me but she continued to go downhill.

I am doing everything I can for her. She would do the same for me. She has not had seizures but her doc said the tumor presents itself 2 ways. Either seizures or starvation and Daisy has taken the starvation route. She is down from 85 lbs to 41 lbs. I feed her small meals several times a day.
And I am making the most of every hour I have left with her. She has seen me thru good times and entirely too many tragedies. She has been my best friend.

Jan 07, 2016
My dearest Gougou
by: Anonymous

It's great to stumble across this page where owners can share their experience.

My Maltese was 14 1/2 yo when he had his first seizure on 15/12/15 and had just passed away yesterday on the 6/1/16.
His tail never wagged again since the first seizure, everything went downhill really quickly.

Initially, we thought it could be the new essential oil that we were using as it has a very strong scent, a friend of mine has a Maltese that experienced the same and had duly recovered after removing the strong scent.

Nonetheless, we brought him in to the vet the next day.
The vet did not think that that was the cause. For a dog his age to have the first seizure, it would either be a brain tumor or certain organs not functioning right, for instance the liver. When failed to work the way it should, toxin might have caused the seizure.

The blood test came back pretty much in the normal range, that would mean that it probably was a brain tumor. We went home with some diazepam which is a smal amount of liquid to be administered from the rectum to half a seizure.

For 10 days there was no seizure, but Gougou started pacing, walking in circles, later on, pressing his head up against corners, stumbling as he walked...

Following on, the seizures came in closer intervals. He got weaker after every episode. Eventually, he couldn't eat, drink on his own and became incontinent and disoriented.

We followed up with many visits to the vet throughout. Everything pointed to a brain tumor. According to the vet, there isn't a surgery option for brain in Singapore. If we really wanted to be certain it was a brain tumor, we could go for MRI etc, which would cost S$3000-7000. Gougou would need to be under GA which he might not pull through due to his age and a weak liver. In other words, there was no cure for him.

Towards the end of his journey, his neck was contorted in a strange angle. He gradually had issues swallowing food, hence I had to feed him 2-3 times a day, putting food close to his throat when he opened his mouth to pant. He was still able to drink.

He no longer barked but started howling continuously esp in the night. We did not know if he was in pain, the doc thought probably not. I did give him some painkiller though it didn't make much difference.

The vet did put across to us if we wanted to have him euthanize.

He was generally not in pain, but he was totally reliant on us and there was no quality of life anymore. But as long he was not in pain, given the rate he was deteriorating, I chose to want to be there for him till the end. Many sleepless night comforting him when he howled, constant cleaning up, feeding. But I had no complains for he was my best friend, he trusted me. I had to be there for him.

Then in an evening after 3 weeks, he started breathing rapidly and noisily after a dose of steroid and seizure medication. He calmed down after that and slowly faded away in my arms.

Aug 25, 2014
Our girl Aimee
by: steve

Our girl Aimee is a cattle-dog x border collie, aged 9 years. The first symptoms or character change we noticed were: she started not to be able to see/recognise her food bowl, and started walking around our outdoor table in one direction, and started circling around our legs.

We took her to an after-hours vet that night, who diagnosed her with toxicity poisoning. The next morning we collected her, she was a little better, but she was still circling and one of her eyes seemed to be looking in another direction.

An MRI a few days later still could not confirm if the image was a tumour or stroke, because the magnetics in the imaging machine was not strong enough to tell the difference. We reside in Australia, and the MRI cost $2400 including a spinal tap to rule out other medical possibilities. Over the next week Aimme's condition became progressively worse - she kept pacing all the time; her circling became worse, and she started to look very uncomfortable within herself. We eventually made the heart-breaking decision to euthanize Aim's, because we couldn't stand to see her suffer any longer.

From noticing the first symptoms to the final day was only two weeks.

We are still very angry that our politicians spend $billions & $trillion on making weapons and machines that kill, instead of putting that money into research and machines that will cure illnesses like cancer.

Jan 09, 2014
Harley David - Beagle 7 years old
by: sharon

Came home this evening to find my Harley staggering and unable to stand. In an attempt to make him comfortable while frantically searching for answers - my husband said OMG as I saw the words brain tumor. We raced him to the vet but within an hour he was gone. I had recently noticed lethargy but justified it with the onset of cold weather and his normal need to be warm. His mannerisms had changed with very verbal grumbles - I looked this up and found that this could be normal with older age. He did snap at me a few weeks ago but again I justified it as I had tried to wake him for a bathroom break.

Now as I look back - I realize there were slight changes and deep down even though I shook my head, I knew something was not right.

Understand your instincts - The vet said we could not have known nor been able to do anything yet I feel I let Harley down. Again listen to your inner gut - if you feel something is wrong, it probably is.

Apr 17, 2013
I just lost my pitbull to cancer
by: Anonymous

It began with a behavior change - fights with the other dog, usually over food and I attributed it to her food psychosis of being found starving as a young dog. I had to be careful of her whereabouts when I fed them and had to separate them.

Then, it was going out the door, she seemed like her eyesight was going, and at possibly 13, I thought it was glaucoma. She had an eye that turned red, was treated with antibiotics and drops and eventually appeared to have an ulcer. I thought she was having bad dreams, some shaking, and really clingy, always affectionate, but now more than ever.

It was brain cancer, which had metastasized to her eye. I did not want to put her down. She was still eating and walking, just could not control her bladder and would soil her blanket. The tumor on her eye ruptured and she was at that time in too much pain. Four days ago, I researched for euthanasia, as at home was more than I could do, at this point, I asked them to recommend a good place. I was so ashamed to give up on her, that I did not even leave appropriate information. I was advised that it was cancer and at her age the prognosis was poor, and being a low income worker, cancer treatment would have been out of my financial ability. I have buried her in my back yard and I miss her so much.

I can tell myself that it was for the best all day long, but I still hate having done it. I was there with her and she was at peace, but I cry every day over the decision. My ex brought her to me 10 years ago and abandoned her and me for another woman, 4 years ago. He did not want to see her or become involved in her treatment, so I did not call him. I felt I lost the best of him with her, it was like letting go all over again.

I visualize her running the beach and chasing a stick somewhere in dog heaven. It is the only thing that brings me peace. She was a wonderful dog and protector. She was obedient and smart, she understood commands in 2 languages. She would have given her life to protect me. I hope to be able to go on with life, but at this point, I am very depressed.

Thank you for this forum.

Oct 02, 2011
Some dogs need more than 1 seizure medication
by: Sharon McGuigan(Bianca's owner)

Re Beagle Charlie:

He may need a second anticonvulsant medication such as Potassium Bromide. Please ask your vet.

My Bianca is also on Phenobarbitol since age of 2 and when she started acting like 'Cujo" snapping at me and fearful of me, the vet added Potassium Bromide and she has been seizure free as long as blood levels are ok. Some dogs have to be on 2 sometimes 3 medications to control seizures. I hope you can benefit from my suggestion!!

Oct 02, 2011
Charlie beagle started having seizures
by: Juliette

My Charlie is thirteen years old and has been a lovely friend to me. He has seen me through so many personal losses including the loss of my daughter.

He started having seizures a month ago, having had a cancer removed from his eye a year ago. I don't know if the two are related, but suspect strongly that they are. He is on Phenobarbitone and a huge dose at that. Lately he has started to snap at my face, something he has never done in his life. He is miserable and no longer wags his tail or sniffs when we go for a walk. This morning he went for my face when I planted a peck on the top of his head. I realise that he is in great discomfort and perhaps in pain. So I have made a decision that I will have to follow through with due to his age and his deterioration.

I hope I am making the right one as I love him very much and I am so terribly sad this morning.

Dec 28, 2010
My Wonderful Friend Molly
by: Sandi

My 11 y/o lab Molly had her first seizure on Nov 21, 2010. It was a grand mal seizure that lasted for almost 5 minutes. She had another one later that night. She had 3 more early in the morning before her visit to the vet. They did blood work which only showed high liver enzymes. I put her on Phenobarbital which stopped the seizures. I had to adjust her dosage a few times and have blood work to get her to the right dosage to prevent the seizures but still remain alert and enjoying life.

She did very well and seemed fine other than a bit slower until December 24. She had 2 seizures on the 24th so I increased her medications. On Dec 25, 2010 she had a bad seizure at 3 am and continued to have several more and the medication was no longer working at all. She began to breath hard and pace all around the house running into things and getting into small places where she would press her head against walls and furniture. I took her to the ER vet hospital where it was determined that she had a brain tumor and made the very heart wrenching decision to put her to sleep as she was suffering a great deal at this point.

The initial diagnosis had been either senior seizures which can be controlled with phenobarbital or a brain tumor. In the last week of her life she had incontinence issues as well.

She was a rescue dog whom I had for 10 years and she was such a joy to all friends and family and will be missed every day.

Nov 25, 2010
Special Thanksgiving Blessing
by: Kathy

Champ my 12 year old boxer's right eye looked irritated last Sunday and appeared to have an eye infection and I started treating it with antibiotic eye drops.

He had a seizure Sunday night and we took him to the Emergency Clinic and he stayed the night for observation. The doctor on call suspected a brain tumor. His night went well and when I picked him up and took him to his vet the next morning, he confirmed that he has a brain tumor and started him on medication for his seizures.

The seizures have stopped at this time but he has not been able to walk since Tuesday morning and his condition has been critical. Last night he stood up and walked for the first time in three days!

My Thanksgiving blessing has been that he wagged his tail when I spoke to him today and he was able to stand while I was cooking Thanksgiving dinner.

I don't know what tomorrow will bring but I am thankful for every second that I have to spend with him. He is a wonderful pet and has been a big part of my life for 12 years.

Happy Thanksgiving Champ. Mommy loves you!

Nov 22, 2010
I lost my doggie Baron to brain tumor
by: macadonia

I had to say goodbye to my precious doggie Baron.

I am mad as hell. Last year, as I was walking him he lost his balance. Few days later it happened again. I took him to the vet and he said that he doesn't have traction in his back legs. What a crock of bull!!!

Around Thanksgiving he walked into an open cabinet door. At times he kept his head tilted and kept scratching his ear. I checked his gums and he had a small growth which the doctor removed. He would walk into objects and doctor said that it was inflammation of middle ear and prescribed medication. When we took him for follow up another doctor in the same office said that the head tilt is old dog's disease. At times Baron would make a squeaky sound as if in pain and vet response was that it may probably be arthritis in his back leg.

Through all this time my doggie was grossly diagnosed, and only after we had to carry him into an emergency that somebody mentioned a possible brain tumor. I don't know where those doctors got their degrees from, but I am certain of one thing - I will never again take my pet to their facilities.

It is unfortunate that I can't sue them with gross negligence because law refers to dogs as personal property. I will dedicate my life to change that stupid law. Some years ago slaves were considered personal property. This country is so advanced in so many areas, but so backwards when it comes to God's creatures like dogs and cats!

Sep 27, 2010
Bianca my wonderful doggie
by: Sharon

My Hungarian Kuvasz Bianca is now 6 and was diagnosed with canine seizure disorder at age 2.

When I got her as a pup, she was the smallest in the litter and clamored for my attention. I picked her because I "knew" she needed me. I am a Registered Nurse and she probably "knew" that I would take care of her if she ever got sick.

She has been on medications for 4 years but now she has had two episodes of unexplained yelping and looking like she was out of it, I feel that it is more than just seizure disorder as she has had her meds increased.

I totally understand where you all are coming from. We took her on vacation up north and she enjoyed swimming and spending one on one time with us back in August and I said to my husband back then that this may be the first and last time she will ever go away with us. Intuition is a powerful thing...

Sep 18, 2010
Savanna from Buddy
by: Anonymous

I am so sorry for your family and Savannah. Enjoy each day that you have left.

Our Buddy had three more seizures within 24hrs and I had to take him and have him sent to heaven on Sept 11.

My heart broke at watching him in such distress and I didn't want to see him go through it again. I met the vet at her office and held my boy while she anesthetized him and he never woke up. He was finally at peace.

I am a mess and miss him so badly that I called his breeder and have a 4-week-old male wheaton puppy coming home at Thanksgiving.

God Bless you and your family...the puppy sons in our family give us such joy and unconditional love. So don't wait too long to get another one to love.


Debra Denike

Sep 09, 2010
My poor Savanna
by: Anonymous

Im am so sorry! Our 11 year old lab had her first seizure 3 days ago. I too thought she was having a bad dream. It lasted a couple minutes. She had foam in her mouth, went to the bathroom and was pacing non-stop. She finally settled down and went to sleep.

I had hoped the seizure was becuse of her old age and she wouldn't have another one for a while. The next day she had another one and never came back to being herself. We had her blood tested yesterday and are waiting to hear back today, but we are pretty sure it's a brain tumor.

Savanna had another one this morning and is just looking lost. Our hearts are broken. The vet said we could give her steroids which would hopefully get her back to herself for a few more months so we can give her tons and tons of extra love.

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