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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May 15, 2018
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Still living every day
by: Anonymous

My Cassie got diagnosed with thyroid cancer 3 years ago. Operating was not an option so we sent her to Sydney for radioactive iodine treatment which would give her 12-18 months.

She is still with us; however, blood tests today show her thyroid is now not working, so hopefully medication can help. Besides the huge tumor and lethargy/depression she is great.

Mar 28, 2018
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15 months living with thyroid cancer
by: Mar

I discovered a lump in my border collie’s throat late November 2016. She was diagnosed with thyroid cancer with a needle biopsy January 2017. We opted for no surgery or chemo. December 2017 I had an x-ray of her lungs and it was clear.

So now it is 15 months later since I discover her lump. She is in good health, eats well, drinks more water, and walks a fourth of a mile a day. She does pant more sometimes and the lump is bigger. I was just at the veterinary college yesterday and they said she looked fine.

My dog was due rabies shot, but the vet and students suggested not to vaccinate her. They said her immunity is lower and given a shot may cause her to get ill and could cause the cancer to be more active. The vet college wrote me a letter to give the county, but I am not sure how the county is going to react to this letter.

Did anyone else skip vaccinations since their dog had cancer?

Mar 27, 2018
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Follow up
by: Maybelle

University of Florida staging of Maybelle's thyroid cancer was not good. it has already metastasized to the liver and lungs.

No curative treatment is available. So since then I have just been loving her and spoiling her as much as possible.

Some deterioration is now evident - much less barking, more picky eating and not nearly as active. However, she does continue to enjoy life and has moments of the pre-Maybelle state.

This is very hard - the knowing and just waiting. At least she doesn't appear uncomfortable and can still have some fun.

Bless you all.

Mar 20, 2018
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Cannabis oil
by: Anonymous

This is in response to Anne,

We had to say goodbye to my beagle Summer last night. She had exactly the same symptoms as your fur baby. Summer's cancer had metastasized to her lungs though and she had more than we could count tumors growing there. Her prognosis was 3-8 weeks, we started her on cannabis oil that day and the vet couldn’t believe how well she looked after 8 weeks and after examination believed her thyroid tumor has shrunk! This gave her an extra 6 weeks with us to cherish and shower her in TLC.

You will definitely know when it’s time as their breathing gets raspy and speeds up gradually over days. Summer didn't suffer and actually didn’t realise she was sick even at the very end. She maintained a happy full life right up to yesterday.

Sorry you are having to face this. Big hugs x

Mar 19, 2018
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Thyroid cancer
by: Emmy

My 13.5 year old deaf and blind cocker spaniel, Burt, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer a few days ago. A couple of months ago I took him to the vet for pain expressed when I touched his neck a little too firm, but the vet told me it was nothing except maybe a muscle strain. I took him again suspecting there was a lump and she said it was just his throat.

This past Saturday I was overwhelmed with anxiety over what felt like a big lump on the side of his neck, convinced it was lymphosarcoma. The vet I happened to get in with is a specialist at another clinic, and he diagnosed it as thyroid cancer simply based on touching Burt's neck and his experience dealing with this in other dogs.

I'm inconsolable! The options he laid out are beyond my budget and sound very invasive, but it kills me to think I could just let him waste away. I've switched him to a keto diet and am looking for any glimmers of hope that he can live with this for a decent amount of time and a high quality of life.

He's currently taking Rimadyl and it seems to have really perked him up since starting it, but I'm interested in getting him CBD oil instead. Any advice for how to manage this naturally is greatly appreciated.

Mar 01, 2018
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Thyroid tumor and limping
by: Kris

Our beautiful Golden Retriever was diagnosed with thyroid cancer 3 yrs ago and now her tumor has grown quite large and an additional tumor has been found on the left side of her neck which has also grown quite large.

Up until now things have gone pretty well but she now has had a change in her bark, weight loss, and a lameness that has started in her left leg. It is painful and we are experimenting with different NSAIDs. It seems as if the pain is originating from the spine or neck but x-rays are good.

Has anyone experienced this with their dog, and if so, what pain treatment had the best results?

I know she is deteriorating quickly but want to provide her the best comfort we can give until she passes away.

Mar 01, 2018
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Lyric with surgery, radiation, IV and oral chemo
by: Jessika

Oh, the struggles and heartbreak! My 11 year old girl, Lyric, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer nearly three years ago. She had a partial thyroidectomy with narrow excision margins.

A year later, several small areas around the site grew and were found to be metastasis, so we elected to do palliative radiation. The vet said it was a reasonable option, as to do curative radiation would mean that she would stay at the vet's office for weeks at a time receiving daily treatments. I didn't feel it was the best option because I knew she would not want to be locked in a kennel for weeks... plus the anesthesia alone could have killed her.

She did great with radiation! However, the mass returned about a year later so we elected to do IV chemo. Once again, she did wonderfully, and has never acted like a "sick" dog. Despite the chemo, there was more metastasis to her lungs, so we changed to oral Palladia about 5 months ago.

Sometimes she doesn't want to eat, and she's starting to lose weight. I've also noticed new "lumps." But she still seems happy and playful, so we'll keep fighting this stupid disease until the very second she seems like she has had enough. Until that time, I'll cherish every minute of her. I'd do everything again for her in a heartbeat. I'd do more if I could.

My thoughts and sympathies are with you and your precious pups!

Feb 22, 2018
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Never enough time
by: Anonymous

I am so sorry for your loss. We lost our dane in December after battling with thyroid cancer for 4 months. It's the most difficult thing to do and not a day goes by that I don't miss her.

Thinking of you and wishing you strength at this difficult time. They will always be with us.

Feb 22, 2018
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To Anonymous that posted on 2/11/18
by: Tere

Our 7 year old Boxer was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer in January. After finding a golf size mass in her throat, she first had X-Rays and no additional tumors were found on her chest. Then she went in for a CT scan so the surgeon could see where exactly the tumor was and it was between the trachea and the jugular vein, which made surgery rather scary.

On 2/51/8 she went in for the removal of the mass. The surgery was done at the Vets office and she was in there from 8AM to 4:30PM.

We brought her home and she recovered very quickly. She is a little hoarse and I can tell it hurts when she barks, but overall she is doing well.

Today we got the results back that it is cancer, so we will be consulting with an oncologist to see what the future holds.

My suggestion would be to check to see why your dog needs to be in the hospital for so many days? I am sure being around people they love makes them feel better sooner.

Although the surgery was expensive (half of what you were quoted), I am happy we went through with it, because I think she will be more comfortable without the mass in her throat.

I wish the best for you and your dog.

Feb 20, 2018
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All done
by: Roxy Mama

A few months ago I found out my 8 year old Boxer had thyroid cancer which had spread to her lungs.

We didn't treat her other than with a canine NSAID to decrease inflammation and any pain.

She did very well for 3 to 4 months although she was losing a lot of weight. We reached the end yesterday and she had crossed that rainbow bridge.

Feb 19, 2018
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to Anonymous that posted on Feb 11, 2018
by: Amber

My Beagle was 6 when he was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer. There were no symptoms or changes in character despite the tumor.

However, I thought at 6 he is only maybe at half of his life! I was terrified to go forward with the surgery. I was told there was a 50/50 chance he would live through it depending on if the golf ball sized tumor had a blood source, or worse was attached to the carotid artery.

I wasn't sure I was doing the right thing by sending him in for that, however not doing surgery the tumor would continue to grow affecting his eating or breathing, eventually diminishing his quality of life. He was happy and healthy otherwise.

He went in for the surgery and was out an hour later. He stayed at the vet 1 night and came home the next day with 7-9 staples up and down his neck. He did chemo every 3 weeks for 4 months. Afterwards he had a check-up/x-rays/CBC panel every 3 months. 2 years later and he is the same dog he's always been, and cancer free, with re-checks every 6 months.

Feb 14, 2018
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Sad week
by: Beth

Our almost 12 yr old Westie had to have surgery on Jan 10 to have bladder stones removed. This was the fifth bladder stone removal plus two previous torn ACL surgical repairs. Other than these surgeries he has always been perky and healthy and never seemed his age. The surgeon recommended that we meet with the internal specialist to see if he has been eating the correct food to assist with the stones.

What we found out Monday has broken my heart.

He has been diagnosed with a tumor on his thyroid, most likely cancerous. I knew he was losing weight but thought it was from the lower calorie dog food he was given at the vet. He has always drank a lot of water but now drinks so much (if allowed) that he can’t make it to the door to go outside. We will find out tomorrow or Friday if it is malignant and decisions will have to be made.

I am simply broken-hearted. Duffie is my buddy and I love him so much.

Feb 11, 2018
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thyroid cancer
by: Anonymous

My 6 yr old Golden was diagnosed Saturday. He has no symptoms. He is acting completely normal. The specialist is recommending surgery. He would have to stay in the hospital up to 10 days, then possible chemo. The cost is about 7000.00 I am so confused on what to do. I have read lots of conflicting information, any input would be helpful.

Feb 09, 2018
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Titan the bulldog
by: Anonymous

My heart goes out to all of you going through thyroid cancer with your dogs. We too, after getting results from the cytology and X-rays show that our 7 yr old Bulldog has thyroid cancer.

Our vet is consulting the oncologist since there is a tumor in the lungs. In the meantime there has been very promising evidence that the ‘Budwig’ diet had reduced the growth of cancer tumors.

We are doing 4 tbs organic 2% cottage cheese with 2 tbs cold press flaxseed oil, and 1 tbs ground flaxseed. Read instructions first. Thank you for your input.

Jan 31, 2018
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Frontline concern
by: Anonymous

I used Frontline on my 11 year old German Shepard for many years. My vet suggested I switch her to a chewable tablet 6 months ago.

Last week I had to put her to sleep. She had Thyroid cancer.😞

Jan 29, 2018
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No surgery yet for our Dane
by: Jamie

It took over a year to get an accurate diagnosis for our Great Dane after months of excessive thirst, urination, and weight loss. We finally learned that he had a mass on his thyroid after going through a multitude of various tests.

We had a chest x-ray done, which thankfully came back clear and showed no signs of anything spreading.

Since he is estimated to be around 9 years old and had not been having any other symptoms, we opted to focus on treating his symptoms and postponing surgery.

We started a twice daily prescription of Methimazole to regulate his thyroid functioning and control the urination and thirst. This worked well initially, but we have since had to increase the dosage, and I've also noticed that the mass feels larger than before.

I still don't think that we will ultimately pursue surgery in the end. We intend to continue monitoring his symptoms and managing them the best we can.

He continues to have a happy demeanor and still enjoys all of the same things he did before the diagnosis. It has been almost two years now since he first started exhibiting signs of this, and I hope that we will have another couple great years with him.

Jan 29, 2018
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Just 16 Months Old
by: Dede's Mom

Bringing to the vet today our little girl Beagle Dede. Found a large mass her throat, high right under her jaw, more on the right side but some into the neck trachea bone.

Vet apt today, wish us prayers. She's just a baby, 20 lbs, adopted her on Mother's day.

She is in good hands, both vet & us...& god.

Jan 26, 2018
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Trying to Decide on Treatment
by: Anonymous

My 13 year old large, mixed breed was diagnosed recently with a thyroid tumor. She had a small lump for a while that seemed to get smaller sometimes, so I thought it was just allergies. It suddenly got much larger so I took her to be examined.

It is quite large now but she has never shown any symptoms of illness. Her appetite is good, bark is normal, she has no trouble drinking and she has more stamina than I do. I'd like to hear how the dog, Rocky, who had surgery in December is doing now. I'd also like to hear from anyone else who opted for the surgery.

My vet said, at her age, that surgery may only cause her pain but not prolong her life since average is only a few years after the surgery and she will only live that long anyway. There is also the risk of death during surgery because of the vascularity of this type of tumor.

Right now I'm just trying to give her the happiest life I can. We hike, and she still loves it, running ahead of me and then back to see what's taking me so long. She swims every chance she gets and the vet said the only again symptom she is showing is a very small heart murmur.

Love to all of you dealing with this... it's tough.

Jan 20, 2018
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Frontline
by: Anonymous

My 12 1/2 year old Springer has thyroid cancer and I’ve recently found that Frontline can cause this. Has anyone else used Frontline on their dog?

Jan 16, 2018
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Kisses
by: Belinda

I have a 9 year old chocolate lab just diagnosed today. I am heartbroken. I am being referred to a specialist to see what my options are. First symptoms were a noticeable lump in her throat and then sight loss.

I'm hoping that others can give good advice - or at least prayers. She's only 9.

Jan 13, 2018
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Thyroid cancer
by: Debbie

Our 11 1/2 year old Shih Tzu, Polly, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer 4 weeks ago. As per CT scan, it has not spread yet. And she is acting like herself. Actually, she is acting more out-going.

The first 7 years of her life, she was used for breeding only. Then she was dropped at our local shelter. We adopted her and have had her for 4 1/2 years. She had no social skills, but now, she is just a hoot. It helped that she has 3 other 4-legged siblings.

We are not putting her through surgery or anything else that will not give her quality of life to the end. We just want her to be happy, content, and loved until it's time to say goodbye. She deserves that.

The hard part is wondering how long she has. Anyone's input on this would be greatly appreciated. Reading others posts have helped. Thanks to all.

Jan 05, 2018
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Cancer sucks
by: Allison

My 13 year old golden, Carlie, was diagnosed yesterday with thyroid cancer.

She was having trouble swallowing and started snoring so I felt her neck and found the lump. Cancer has spread to lymph nodes so no real treatment options.

My girl saw me through my breast cancer and didn't leave my side for the 6 weeks I was laid up. I so wish there was more I could do.

For now we will just continue to treat her like the princess she is but I'm struggling like so many others with the decision of when to say goodbye. I feel as long as she doesn't appear to be in distress, she can still eat and the pain meds keep her comfortable, I can stay in denial land and hope that she is going to live another 13 years. Reality sucks.

Jan 03, 2018
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Maybelle follow up
by: 5 dogman

Just an update concerning my beloved 13 yr old Jack russell
Maybelle.

I am currently in the waiting room at the University of Florida
waiting area. She is being staged... that is cxr, labs, ultrasound of abdomen etc. She is scheduled for a CT of her throat area tomorrow.

While waiting for this appointment I have been giving her IP6
with Inositol and colloidal silver. Now I am an RN that has been working for 40 yrs... not an expert but I do have some knowledge of how these things work. End result is that a small lipoma that was present on her abdomen is gone! Yep, gone.

Her thyroid tumor by palpation has not increased in size.
It was measured as 6.5 cm x 5.5 cm and remains the same.

She is less active than before the cancer was discovered but still eating, drinking, and active. She doesn't bark as much but when she does it is the same as usual.

Thank God for all blessings.... right?

Jan 01, 2018
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Beagle
by: Anonymous

So I wrote earlier about my beagle Summer having a lump in her throat. We got the heartbreaking news before Christmas that she had thyroid cancer. Two very large tumours in her throat and lots of small tumours in her lungs.

Due to the prognosis we had no option but to go down the palliative care route. She’s on prednisone and we’ve been giving her cannabis gummies. Her tumour is growing very fast and can now be felt starting at just under both ears and wrapping around her throat. She has another tumour further down on the left side of her neck.

She’s eating whatever she pleases and is being loved on 24/7. We lost our beloved terrier this year to prostate cancer so I can't imagine life without my Summer.

Dec 21, 2017
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Update
by: Ollie

I posted a few days ago about our Bernese and we are all heartbroken today.

After a very special few days with him he deteriorated rapidly and on Monday we said goodbye to our darling dog. He passed away as he lived - so peacefully - on his rug with his teddy and us beside him.

Everything seems so ordinary now - the tears are blinding me as I write this. But what a gift he was.

Best wishes to you all and your doggy pals.

Dec 20, 2017
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Thyroid cancer
by: Mar

My 10 year old border collie was diagnosed with thyroid cancer early January 2107 thru a needle biopsy. We opted for no treatment for her large tumor.

Here it is 11 months later and no other symptoms. I did an x-ray today and it has not spread to other organs. She eats well and still is active and takes long walks. She drinks more water and has an occasional honking bark, and her breath smells.

Cancer is different in each dog. The vet school today said they are sure it is cancer.

Dec 19, 2017
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Thyroid cancer
by: Schnoodle

My Schnoodle who is 14 was diagnosed in September with thyroid cancer. I took him in a few months prior because he was losing his bark. It took 3 different doctors to finally get the cancer diagnosis.

In September he was given 3 months. Now it's almost Christmas and I feel he is now having too much trouble breathing so will need to make that decision. It's very hard. I was giving him fresh ground turmeric mixed with warm water over his food and I think that helped give him a little more time, but like someone said, you have to do SOMETHING.

Wish I could have tried radiation or surgery, but with his age and my finances I just couldn't. Love my boy.

Dec 19, 2017
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Thyroid Tumor Cancer
by: Annette

I believe the hardest part of dealing with a sick dog is knowing already that high probability the lump on the side of the neck is cancer.

When I took my beloved Dachshund Pokie to the veterinarian last week and they did a biopsy I knew that it would be my worst fears. Thyroid cancer. Surgery is unlikely because of possible hemorrhaging and would need a blood donor.

I have had 10 great years with her and I hope for more. I have read many of the posts and my heart goes out to all who is experiencing the same mixed feelings as I am. This is truly hard for me to respond but I felt that I needed to comment as it is part of my journey as well as with others.

Thank you for this site and I wish everyone well.

Dec 19, 2017
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Thyroid tumor
by: Frankie

My Rocky had his tumor removed today 12-19-17. The surgeon said it went very well. It took about 1 hour, they are keeping him overnight. Hopefully we will be able to pick him up tomorrow afternoon.

He’s 11 years old. His symptoms were extreme thirst and urinating. He also lost about 30 lbs. The pre testing cost about $1700 and the surgery is between $3900 and $5200 which was cheaper than a different hospital that want between $6200 and $9200.

I will update in a couple of weeks.

Dec 17, 2017
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Bernese
by: Ollie

We just found out last week that our beautiful big gentle Bernese of nearly 9 has a huge inoperable malignant thyroid tumour with secondaries.

I am devastated we didn’t find it earlier but he has such thick coat and long ruff that I think it was hidden and we only discovered it when it had grown to the size it is now.

He is home with no meds and we are concentrating on doing all the things he loves (albeit slower) and coaxing him to eat tit bits he loves like cheese and crispy chicken skin etc.

We are heartbroken but would appreciate any advice on when the end should be as I’d rather he had a good last day than a difficult painful end just because I can’t say goodbye.

Thank you and I send my sympathy to all of you .

Dec 16, 2017
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discovered a treatment i wasnt aware off
by: 5 dogman

My earlier entry (13 yr old jack russell) allowed me to speak of my hopelessness and helplessness and i appreciated that opportunity.

BUT, I just discovered a treatment for canine thyroid cancer I was not aware off! It is STEROTACTIC radiation therapy!
Being a health care professional I knew that this was an option for people but was completely ignorant that it was available for our dogs. This option changes the entire approach.

I wasn't keen on my 13 yr old JR having to be put under anesthesia for approx. 25-30 times for the traditional radiation txs and was very concerned about the possible complications.

With SRT this is not a concern. It only requires 2-3 treatments and is so precise that non cancerous tissue is not damaged. It is not for every thyroid cancer case of course but am praying that it is an option for Maybelle. We see an oncology specialist Monday 12/19/17.

I wanted to share my discovery with whomever may not be aware.

Am praying...

Dec 16, 2017
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Tumor with metastasis
by: Roxy mama

Roxy is a Boxer around 7 years old. Diagnosed with thyroid tumor 2 weeks ago. Vet did chest x-ray which showed multiple nodules throughout her lungs.

So, we are doing palliative treatment. NSAID that is once a day seems to have relieved some of her coughing. Lots of special dinners and fun rides.

Just trying to keep her happy! She will still play but seems to run out of energy quickly. Would love to know how fast this is growing but I don't see any reason to cause her pain with tests since there is no positive outcome.

Nice to have a place to discuss this. Wishing everyone well.

Dec 14, 2017
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Thyroid cancer research
by: Anonymous

It breaks me great reading all your comments...so sorry for all you guys are going through and for your precious fur babies!

I’m taking my beagle Summer to the vets tomorrow as we’ve found a large (tennis ball) lump on her trachea. My husband has been in hospital for a while and my adult kids have been taking care of her but I am positive it wasn’t there a few weeks back!

I’m just doing research to prepare me for tomorrow and I’m So glad I found this site! Prayers for all your fur babies .

Dec 13, 2017
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Great Dane
by: Anonymous

My Dane was diagnosed the same way in August. They gave her two weeks before she wouldn't be able to breathe.

Unbelievably, she has made it three and a half months so far.

We will probably have to take her in this week. Such a tragedy, when she is so healthy with the exception of her trouble breathing.

Thinking of you and hoping you have as much time as possible.

Dec 13, 2017
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To those who recently posted
by: Anonymous

Many prayers and support to all who have posted. Everyone tries to do the best they can and there's no right or wrong treatment. We just love them and try to help them.

So far we have been fortunate with our dachshund Brandy but every time we give her a bath we feel around her neck hoping there's not another lump. Keeping fingers crossed.

Dec 13, 2017
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Jack Russell with thyroid cancer
by: 5 dog man

Hello everyone,

My much beloved "Maybelle", a 13 yr old Jack Russell female, was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma of the thyroid approx. 1 1/2 wks ago. We took her in because we felt a rather large lump on her throat.

Maybelle herself was doing fine.

Long story short, after the biopsy report a decision had to be made. Her tumor involves both thyroids and is really inoperable so surgery was not a viable option. She also has some swollen lymph nodes in the area. Now understanding that chemo/radiology have their benefits and faults ( I have been a RN x40 yrs) I really do not want to put Maybelle through that as they, in this case, would have a very limited benefit.

The amazing thing is she just had a physical this past June. Sigh.

Maybelle is fine presently, lab work is great, she eats, barks, plays and poops just like a 13 yr old JR. No wheezing or any other symptomatology. Thank God for that.

I am giving her IP6 and colloidal silver. That does have a slight chance to shrink or slow the growth of the tumor. I also have swapped her diet to one with fewer carbohydrates, increased protein and slightly increased fat.

You have to do something---right?

Prayers for everyone here.

Dec 10, 2017
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Boxer 9 years old with thyroid carcinoma
by: Anonymous

My boxer was just diagnosed with thyroid carcinoma. We met with an oncologist and heard many options.

We do not want to undergo chemo or radiation. Has anyone done just the surgery? And was it successful without any additional treatments? How about no treatment or surgery at all? How long did your dog live after?

Nov 14, 2017
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Great Dane
by: Tarantino

Hi Everyone,

Just updating that our dane, Tasha, is still hanging in there. The doctors had said she wouldn't make it two weeks and we've made it three months.

We have been using Ave Ultra and the Essiac tea. Her breathing is raspy but she still has a great appetite and plays with our other two dogs.

It is such a heart wrenching struggle and the decision to put her down will be hard. Every day we make it one more, we say "we get one more Tasha day". Our thoughts are with you all.

Nov 03, 2017
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Anonymous's 12 yr old dog
by: Anonymous

Our vet did the needle test on our Brandy, looked at the cells and told us to get to a surgeon ASAP. The surgeon did some tests and decided it was operable. So we had the operation and it was removed and we followed up with 6 doses of chemo from our vet. So far she is doing very well and that was 6 months ago.

I would get a second opinion to make sure it is operable and a specialist should do the surgery. My vet would not do it due to the tumor location.

Good luck I wish you the best.

Nov 03, 2017
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Thyroid Cancer
by: Anonymous

My dog is 12 years old and he has Thyroid Cancer. The vet would like to operate and no chemo after or treatments after. The vet has not done any test other than the original test with the needle in the neck to see if it was cancer.

How do you know if it is operable? I hate to operate and then for him to die, what would be the point. And if he gets the operation what is the chance that it will spread and he dies even quicker. Not sure what to do - Does anyone have any advice? The treatments are not an option so it would be the operation without treatments. What do you think - safe or not safe?

Oct 21, 2017
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Thyroid carcinoma diagnosis (Doberman)
by: Kelly

Hi all my Doberman has just had a moveable mass removed from the neck & it has come back as cancer. All other tests came back clear before surgery but they have left us to decide whether we want to go for chemo or radiation, not sure whether this is something that will be beneficial.

We’ve been told that if we get through the next 5-6 months with no issues or lumps recurring we are doing well.

Just feeling like this is a death sentence right now.

Oct 21, 2017
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Yvette
by: Anonymous

Yvette, so sorry to hear the news. We are all dealing with this dreadful disease. As far as how long it's hard to say. Being that it is just diagnosed I've read many times that it could last as long as 18 months, sometimes longer and sometimes quite a bit shorter. As long as they remain relatively symptom free and not struggling to breathe and eat etc then love that pup up.

Curious, is the tumor on the thyroid itself? Sometimes they are encapsulated and can be removed. I know you said your vet said surgery would be too dangerous and would not make it through. You could always get a second opinion just to make sure. Many positive thoughts your way.

Oct 20, 2017
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Thyroid cancer
by: Yvette

My 14 year old shih tzu was just diagnosed with thyroid cancer X-rays were clear of the chest and lungs but he also has elevated kidney levels. His old vet stated he cannot undergo surgery. My heart is broken with this news. Anyone know how long he can live with this before I start to see complications? Doctor stated the tumor is 2 centimeters. Any info is appreciated.

Oct 12, 2017
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Great dane and other posters/update
by: Anonymous

We too have ourselves a great dane and I can't imagine. I've heard of some dogs living 18 months with tumor. I hope the best for everyone on here. Our little dachshund is doing well. His tumor was encapsulated so we have no idea if it spread or not. I've been using essiac tea powder and I think the stuff actually works. Hard to know.

Thoughts and prayers to all the pups on here and their owners.

Oct 11, 2017
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Great Dane
by: Anonymous

My heart goes out to you all. About a month ago I posted about our Great Dane who is fighting thyroid cancer. The doctors thought she had only two weeks and now we have had her for almost two months. We feel every day that we have her is one more gift.

She is breathing harder and with a bit more difficulty. I just don’t want her to suffer... such a hard thing to watch.

Oct 10, 2017
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Tumour with no treatment options
by: AT

Our sweet Emma, an 11 year old rescue, has a tumour we suspect is thyroid cancer.

The first signs were snoring - which I initially took as old age. Then she started to lose a bit of hair on her tail which is what took me to the vet. A few tests, a cream and two vets later we found a lump on her neck.

The diagnosis process was very stressful on her and we spent about $2500 CAD on an inconclusive aspirex and x-rays that led her to be extremely sick from the anesthesia.

At first she was pooping in the house and the stress of that caused her to start vomiting. We had to get her on medication to stop the both. Then the vet told us that our options were limited - we could do further tests - CT scan (which could only tell us if it was cancer not thyroid where she would require to be under again) or a biopsy.

Their best guess is that it is thyroid cancer given its location and aggressiveness. If it was found to be thyroid cancer they didn't feel they could operate or complete the biopsy because it was too attached. Attempting to biopsy or operate could potentially cause her to bleed to death.

We've moved on to providing the best possible care for our girl while we still can. We're taking her on hikes and giving her lots of love. She is eating raw food, fish oil, probiotics, anti-inflammatories on the direction of a holistic vet. At first this seemed to really bring her energy up. Now she has her up and down days and we can see the tumour grow and her breathing become more laboured and her energy reduced.

We are watching for the signs that it might be time to put her down but 3 months in and she seems to be okay.

We did give her Revolution (flea & tick medication) but have stopped since her tumour appeared.

Hopefully this will help someone else out there who is also going through the stress of watching their pup live with cancer.

Oct 03, 2017
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Thyroid cancer
by: Anonymous

My little daisy is also 11 years old. She was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer in March 2017.

Not a candidate for surgery. Started Chemo in March and did great for a few months with tumor shrinking. But in September it grew back again.

We started radiation therapy today. She is asymptomatic and full of energy so it is hard not to give her the best of care. I am told since it has not metastasized to lungs she has good prognosis.

Sep 29, 2017
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To anonymous Malignant Thyroid Tumor
by: Bella's mom

My beloved Jack Russell who will be 14 in 2 wks was diagnosed with thyroid cancer yesterday.

She has gone downhill quickly in the last month. She is coughing/gagging almost constantly and just generally feels terrible.

I have an appointment with a surgical specialist to discuss our options. I don't foresee putting her through chemo or radiation at her age, but if surgery is possible and would give me another year with my baby, I would definitely take that route.

I saw where the prices for surgery on these posts vary greatly. I saw where one person who posted as anonymous stated that their surgery was $1,600. If you are reading this, do you mind telling me where that surgery was performed? I am devastated and just want my sweet girl better. If you don't want to post publicly, my email is cindyshelton63@gmail.com.

Thanks so much in advance.

Sep 19, 2017
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Tramadol
by: Anonymous

I can recommend Tramadol for pain relief and well being.

Our 10 year old Vizsla X Weimaraner was given 6 -12 weeks to live almost 6 months ago. Her tumour is inoperable as it has already spread to her lungs and chest cavities with multiple growths. The tramadol no doubt helped as she stopped reaping so much and she was very distressed at times; usually at night howling and hanging in the doors. All that stopped and she has done amazingly well, enjoying her walks, eating well, playing with her buddies.

Don't get me wrong, she's now starting to feel it and is slowing right down. It's not a magic fix but it has allowed her last months and weeks to be much more comfortable and given us precious time with our girl. Good luck to you xx

Sep 13, 2017
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Our Great Dane
by: Tasha

Our 7 year old Great Dane was found to have thyroid cancer a month ago.

About 6 months ago, we thought it was cute that she was starting to snore at night. Little did we know that it was the tumor pressing on her trachea that was causing the snoring. The doctors tested her thyroid and it came back normal. It wasn't till a month ago when she began to pant all day that the vet took it a step further and found the cancer. It is so sad to hear her breath rasp. She is still breathing fine and snores when she sleeps.

We chose not to do surgery (5,000), radiation (5,000) or chemo (2500).

We are currently treating her with a wheat protein mix. Seems like we have stabilized her a bit. I will ask the vet for a steroid after reading this. Anything to make her a bit more comfortable. We were told that she has lived her life span. But we want more! Anyone has any other treatment ideas?

Sep 09, 2017
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Diagnosed today
by: Anonymous

My Great Pyrenees was just diagnosed this morning with thyroid cancer. Their life span is 10 to 12 yrs and she will be 12 yrs old in Feb 2018.

They do not recommend any type of surgery because the anesthesia alone could do her in. This girl has been a loyal trusted friend and fierce protector of our home and all our animals since 10 weeks old. I don't know how we will live without her.

We first noticed that she wasn't barking or yawning anymore or doing things that would open her mouth and stretch her throat. If they had diagnosed at a younger age, I would have beat a path to the surgeon and get every treatment available for her.

For now we will give her some steroids for pain and inflammation, lots of car rides with the sun shining on her and ears flying in the wind and when she isn't able to hold up anymore we will have the vet come out to our house and give her the big shot.

Thank you to all who have contributed here - it is comforting to read about others similar experience :)

Sep 03, 2017
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Malignant Thyroid tumor
by: Anonymous

Hello, my precious 13 year old Multi poo has been diagnosed with a tumor that is malignant it is movable and not attached nor has it metastasized anywhere else.

He has been eating more, drinking more that is due to the thyroid being all messed up. He is having surgery this week on the 5th of Sept.

Very unsure and scared, but how could I live with myself if I don't try to help him? He's been there for me when I was wheelchair bound for five years. The oncologist said that his prognosis is very good and I am praying for that. My surgery is 1600.00 and his chemo if needed is 400.00 a session.

One part of me wants to run and not do it. My other side is I have to do something, I owe him that much.

Sep 02, 2017
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New adenocarcinoma
by: Mickey

We just found a large mass on the ventral side of my golden's throat. It is over 100 cm3. It has significant attachments which are likely to make it inoperable. I live in a remote area with no specialty vets. My dog is happy and active at this time. All the internet info says a large inoperable adenocarcinoma is fatal. I am tempted to confirm the diagnosis but let my dear dog die naturally, as I did with my last old dogs. Until he loses his ability to eat and have a good quality of life...

Aug 22, 2017
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For Biscuit's Mom
by: Anonymous

So sorry to hear about your baby who has the tumor.

Our Brandy had hers removed and had 6 chemo treatments and so far seems fine. The surgeon we went to charged $95 for the checkup and the surgery was about $2500. The oncologist wanted about $4000 to do chemo but my vet said he could administer it at a fraction of the cost. His fee was about $130 a treatment. First treatment was too high and she became very sick, vomiting, lethargy, and had to go back for IV fluids because she became dehydrated. Backed down the dose and the next 5 treatments went fine. She would be tired the first few days but then back to herself.

I would encourage you to get a 2nd opinion, but don't wait because that tumor can only get bigger and harder to remove. Good luck, I hope things work out for you and your fur baby.

Aug 21, 2017
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Confused
by: Biscuit's Mom

I've been reading your stories and they are so very sad and some are so very hopeful.

My boy has a mass on his neck, rather large for his tiny size. It has not traveled to other organs and oddly enough his blood work came back fine. They recommend surgery but I'm wondering if I'm being fleeced by one of these vets. They are quoting me 4000-6000 just to remove the tumor and 1500 per treatment.

I have consulted another vet that I hope to see soon for a second opinion. Just wondering what some of you paid for removal of the tumor.

My boy is 9 already and pretty happy for the most part, still eating, barking, going outside and trotting around. Just lazy the rest of the day but he has always been that way. Also had a friend tell me cannibis oil can treat this tumor, anyone have experience with that? Any info would be helpful. Thanks.

Aug 05, 2017
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Following
by: Anonymous

My Golden has just developed a lump on his neck and I'm taking him to the vet on Monday. I found this page and want to follow it just in case it turns out to to be thyroid cancer.

Aug 05, 2017
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Spud-10 yrs Old
by: Anonymous

I took my beautiful boy to the vet today as he has been off his food for 3.5 days and just sleeping. Within those 3 days I noticed a huge lump almost around his neck. Coughing a bit. Very sore. Where did this come from that fast.

Vets diagnosis is Thyroid cancer. I don't want to subject him to anymore pain. They don't want to put him under to get a biopsy due to air restriction. So I chose to come home and give him pain meds and baby him as much as I possibly can. No different than Hospice care in humans. I won't let him suffer but I have to keep praying that maybe it's just an abscess.

We all do the best we can with our fur babies. He has only been on grain free diet then raw. Very active. Could I have prevented this. ❤️

Jul 22, 2017
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Life After Loss. . .
by: Mom Of Sweet Beagle

I am so happy for those of you who had your babies' tumors/cancer removed successfully.

I unfortunately didn't have the option for that as my baby's heart was severely enlarged and actually was more of a health issue than the thyroid cancer. I wish she didn't have the heart problem; we would've had her cancer removed & she could still be with us today.

It's been since April 15, 2017 when we had to say goodbye to her and I still have bouts of tears and sadness. I miss her so very much and no other fur baby can make up for the loss.

We rescued a puppy from F.U.R. and she's 4 mos. old now; she's very sweet and smart and she has helped us heal by giving us joy again. She is loved dearly but cannot replace my "Misty". Misty will forever be in my heart. At least "Lexi" is making the loss easier.

Jul 19, 2017
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For the 9 yr old Dachshund
by: Anonymous

In March our dachshund Brandy, then 8, was also diagnosed with thyroid cancer.

The surgeon did a great job of removing it encapsulated but recommended an oncologist. His treatments were very costly. Second opinion from a different oncologist said by the lab report she didn't think any chemo was necessary but in speaking with our vet he said just to be sure he could administer the chemo and much cheaper, about $130 each time, so we thought better to be safe and make sure we kill any cells that could be there.

First treatment was too strong and made her extremely sick so the dosage was adjusted and she just finished her 6th and final treatment. The treatments leave her very tired for the first few days and she doesn't want to drink water so we add extra water to her Sojos dehydrated food and it keeps her hydrated. By day 5 she is her normal crazy self.

We hope we did the right thing and pray that we gave her many more years with us. Only time will tell. I wish you luck and send prayers your way that your doxie will be fine.

Jul 18, 2017
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New diagnosis
by: Jamie C

Just got the horrid news today. Our sweet 9 year old Dachshund was diagnosed with Thyroid Adenocarcinoma. He had a lump on his neck that was encapsulated and was easily removed.

The pathology came back today and was bad news. The vet sure wasn't hopeful. I saw this board and really wanted to post this. After reading all the information I feel I've learned a lot. We can't afford expensive treatments but would do everything we possibly can for this little guy. We are crushed right now. We have x-rays tomorrow to see if there are visible tumors elsewhere. We don't know how long we have or what will happen.

I appreciate any and all feedback. Thanks so much.

Jun 16, 2017
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18 months- no symptoms
by: Michelle & Vista

Almost two years ago I noticed a small bulge on my then 10 year old lab mix. She was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in January of 2016. Radiation is not available in my area and surgery wasn't financially feasible for me (I'm a phd student), nor were veterinarians optimistic because of how vascularized her tumor is.

It's been 18 months since the diagnosis and 2 years since the lump appeared. I've been treating her with supplements, homeopathy, and a raw food diet. Her energy is higher than before the diagnosis and she continues to be asymptomatic. She runs fast, jumps high, and is a hungry beast! I know this will change, but for those for whom surgery isn't an option there's still hope for time and a good life.

The vet says still no signs of metastasis, though the tumor continues to slowly grow. Fingers crossed for many more months. We've got mountains to climb yet!

Jun 14, 2017
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NCState
by: Anonymous

Our 11 year old Aussie was in the same situation... local vets and surgeons said it was inoperable and that his only option would likely be radiation & chemo, which we were not too keen on.

Regardless, the vets referred us to NCState Vet hospital where he had a CT scan & the surgeon believed she could remove it (yesterday)... Today, we just got a call that his surgery went perfect. The large malignant tumor (size of a tennis ball) was completely encapsulated and completely removed!!

We cannot believe that our pup is now cancer free & can expect 1-3 more years of a healthy life. The sooner the better! I'm so glad we didn't wait any longer than we did!

Jun 13, 2017
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Deucey
by: Anonymous

Well, it will be 8 months since my English Bulldog Deuce was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. What started as a quarter sized lump on the left side of the neck is now a little larger than an egg.

Deuce has had his moments, mostly good ones, but there are the dreaded symptoms... lethargic, depressed, and coughing. The cough sounds loud and like a duck honking. But he deals with it and moves on, to play with the toys he loves!

The part that is worrying me now is that he still has a hearty appetite, but coughs up food every now and then. He also has trouble with dry kibble so we have moved to a soft diet and he loves it!

There are days I get home from work and he is so tired, breathing heavy and just looks sad. But then I will give him belly rubs and he gets happy again. So, I am really torn and I am hoping there will be a definitive sign on when to let him go.

He just passed his 8th Birthday on June 10th so we are so happy. We did not choose treatment and I am glad we did not because I have been lucky to see him be his self over the past months. No medication at all...we just want him to enjoy life.

We love him and I am thankful to have found this website because I know there are others out there like me.

Jun 08, 2017
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To all those who are going through this
by: Anonymous

My dog Brandy had her cancerous tumor removed (the size of a lemon) and is currently undergoing chemotherapy as a precaution. The first treatment made her seriously sick so our vet backed the dosage down and she is scheduled for treatment #5 (of 6) on June 21st.

She is handling it quite well though is very tired for a few days after the treatment and doesn't drink water so we supplement her food with extra water to keep her hydrated. We don't know yet if this is helping and how long it will extend her life but it is hope for a longer life. We will do what we can to help her live past 9 years of age.

Good luck to everyone!

May 06, 2017
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Regular blood work needed
by: Mom of sweet beagle

To "anonymous" whose dog had a successful tumor removal.

I'm happy for you, you are so lucky. My beagle did get annual blood work & senior exams. Her vet never said there was anything wrong with her until she was getting her bi-annual bordetella.

At that time (Dec. 2016), the vet said my baby had a heart murmur. I then took her in Jan. 2017 to get her thoroughly checked out & that's when my world fell apart! The vet said my baby had a "severely" enlarged heart & thyroid cancer and she wouldn't survive surgery because of her heart.

I did everything I was supposed to do to keep her healthy. Believe me, I was furious that the vet didn't catch it sooner.

May 05, 2017
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Successful thyroid cancer surgery
by: Anonymous

Our dog was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. It was diagnosed through a routine blood test. The test came back with a very high thyroid level. My vet examined him and found a small lump near his throat. She sent him for an iodine scan. It revealed a fully contained tumor of the thyroid. Because it was still very small and had not gone into other areas, it was fully removed.

We are now having ablative radioactive iodine treatment to kill any remaining thyroid tumor cells in the body.

The purpose of my post is to show the importance of regular blood work. Were it not for that test, we might be at the point where surgery was not an option.

Apr 23, 2017
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Frontline Plus
by: Anonymous

My 8 yr old yellow lab Rudy recently passed away from thyroid cancer. I did some research and found that studies showed an increase in thyroid cancer on lab mice when Frontline Plus was used. I used frontline on Rudy multiple times. Just curious if anyone else used frontline and then their dog ended up with thyroid cancer.

Thanks and god bless you and your puppies.

I wish you the best.

Apr 19, 2017
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To Mom of Sweet Beagle
by: Anonymous

I cried when I read your posts and understand your pain and grieving. Eventually it will get better.

When you wrote that she trusted you and you took her to die I felt the same way when nearly 8 yrs ago I took my pound pup of 16 years to be put down. She walked happily next to me and I felt such guilt knowing what was ahead. I stayed and told her how much she was loved and what a good girl she was and then she was gone.

I dread the day if I have to do that to my Brandy but when you see the pain in their eyes and their suffering, you know you have to help them go to a pain-free place. They are loyal and always want to be there for you but you have to be strong and help them move on, as hard as it is.

Waiting to see if we can move on to a 2nd chemo treatment. Last week her white blood cell count was too low so today she goes for another blood test. If it comes back better, then Friday will be treatment #2. Dosage will be lower because she was so so sick with the first treatment. I can only hope for the best and hope that this extends her life and she grows old with us.

Grieve as long as you need to and remember all the happy times, as I'm sure you will.

Apr 19, 2017
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Surgery removed both thyroids
by: Benji's Mom

Bless all of the doggie mummies and daddies searching for hope for their fur babies ❤

I inherited two beloved Lhasa Apsos when my mother passed away. Caring for them makes me feel like I'm still being of service to my beautiful mother.

Benji was 13yrs 11months when I took him to an Alternative Vet Practitioner for arthritis treatment. During the first consultation she picked up on a lump even I hadn't felt and suggested an immediate biopsy. The lump turned out to be a cancerous tumor on his right thyroid. My regular vet, who was devastated he hadn't picked up the lump during a consultation just a week before, immediately referred Benji to an oncologist.

Seeing the Alternative Vet was the best thing that ever happened!

During surgery the oncologist identified the left thyroid as being 'highly likely cancerous' and removed both of Benji's thyroids.

I think it's important to note that X-rays hadn't show the tumor nor abnormalities in either thyroid. So, if you think something is wrong, don't be afraid to get a second, third or fourth opinion. You know your fury baby better than anyone.

After surgery, Benji came home with a slow-release pain patch on his rear leg (excellent alternative to tablets and the drama getting him to take them!). Benji was playful - although he was supposed to be resting - just 2 days after surgery and showed no signs of pain; just a little tired and more sleepy than usual. Well, his is nearly 14 yo. More amazingly, he didn't once try to remove the patch.

Currently waiting for histology results on the tumor and removed thyroids but for a doggie that loves life, it's clear he's already feeling better without the pressure of a golf-ball sized tumor that could hardly be felt from the outside, pressing on his neck.

God bless xx

Apr 17, 2017
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Prayers and heartfelt gratitude
by: Mom of Sweet Beagle

My prayers to out to all pet parents out there dealing with cancer in their pets.

It's just not fair that our beloved pets can get cancer and rarely can get treatment to cure it. Our pets are our children and we love them so very much and when they get sick, it is so devastating to us.

We do all what we can to try to cure them or at least help them to be as comfortable as possible. When there is nothing left to do and they are no longer comfortable, we have to make the ultimate sacrifice and put them down. As a pet parent who just had to do that, I can tell you it is the most difficult decision to do. There is never the perfect time. You always want "just one more day" with them yet you don't want them to suffer needlessly. I still want "another day" but she's gone and somehow I have to move on without her.

God Bless you all.

Apr 17, 2017
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Heartbroken
by: Mom of Sweet Beagle

Thank you all for your kind words in my time of sorrow. My husband and I decided to end Misty's suffering Saturday (4/15/2017). She was a trooper to the very end and she did not want to give up. I looked in her eyes and saw the pain and sadness from her cancer and CHF, her breathing was labored and I knew she wanted to go but she didn't want to leave us.

It was so heartbreaking to make the decision to end her life. She still had her appetite and tried to take short walks because that's what she loved to do. We just couldn't watch her suffer any longer. We only stayed until she had been given the anesthesia and she fell asleep but couldn't watch her take her last breath. We kissed her and told her how much we loved her before she fell asleep.

We then left and went for a long walk on the beach to celebrate her wonderful life we had with her. Now I keep wishing I had more time with her and can't seem to stop crying. I see her everywhere and I miss her so very much. I start 2nd guessing whether I should've waited longer; kept her around longer. I feel so much sadness and pain without her.

She was my best friend and was always there for me. I think sometimes, I let her down because she trusted me totally and I took her to die. This is the hardest thing I've ever had to go through. How do I get back to a happy place?

Apr 14, 2017
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Heart breaking for Mom of Sweet Beagle
by: Anonymous

My heart breaks for you and your little girl. You tried your best and still are. It's not an easy decision to make but you know your dog and if she has gotten to the point where her quality of life has deteriorated then it is probably time.

Stay with her until the end even though it will be hard, you will be all she sees before she travels to Rainbow Bridge.

Good luck on this very painful feeling, it's been a pleasure to be able to share stories. Hugs to you and her.

Apr 13, 2017
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Thank you all for being there
by: Mom of sweet beagle

I have some Tramadol left from prior surgery, I will try giving it to my little girl tonight.

Last night was the worst ever! She coughed all night so didn't get much sleep & I just know she's not happy. Her appetite remains great but that's all she's living for (if you can call it living). She can't do her walks anymore because she's constantly out of breath, can't play. I'm at least taking her on walks in a baby stroller so she can at least enjoy the outdoors.

I think we may have to put her out of her misery this weekend. I can't take her suffering. She was & always will be a blessing to me. She has given me many cherished memories, many laughs, etc. She has shown me how precious & wonderful pets can be! She will be so greatly missed & forever be in my heart.

Apr 13, 2017
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To mom of sweet beagle
by: Jools

This is exactly where we are with our gorgeous girl. As I said in my previous post she is taking Tramadol 3 times a day and this has helped as she's still mostly happy in herself.

We had a chat with the vet about end of life and she said towards the end it will progress rapidly and we'll know when the time has come, as she'll probably come to the point where she won't eat or get up or acknowledge us; in which case it's time. When she herself has given up. This breaks my heart but I cannot bear the thought of her suffering. We will be lead by her.

Good luck to you xx

Apr 11, 2017
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To Mom of Sweet Beagle
by: Anonymous

So sad to hear what you and her are going through. When you think her quality of life is going downhill and she seems to be suffering, as hard as it will be to say goodbye, you should think of doing it for her.

They don't know why they are feeling so bad and unhappy, they have to depend on us to observe and make the best decision we can, even though it will break your heart.

Good luck.

Apr 11, 2017
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My Sweet Beagle (latest news)
by: Mom of sweet beagle

Just saw vet again for my beagle's developing cough & not good news. The thyroid cancer has metastasized into her lungs & her heart has gotten larger. They now have her on yet another med (Hydrocodone) to alleviate the cough.

Today is 2nd day & it doesn't seem to do anything. She still coughs frequently & her breathing is very rapid & sounds congested. I'm thinking of not refilling her prescriptions & see what happens. Since the meds can't cure her & don't seem to be helping her, I don't want to make her stick around just for me. I just don't want her to suffer.

Any suggestions or thoughts from others as to what's the best thing to do for her??? I'm so heartbroken.

Apr 09, 2017
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Still going strong in Florida
by: Mom of Sweet Beagle

No, my vet just gave her prescriptions & she's doing well, however she started coughing more frequently in AM so she's now on Ferosamide 12 mg (1/2 tab 3x day). This seems to cause slight incontinence so it's back to the vet tomorrow to see how to alleviate that & still calm the cough.

Apr 07, 2017
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Update on Us Too
by: Jools

Our girl with thyroid cancer and metastatic lung cancer has been taking Tramadol to help with any pain and anxiety she has and it's really helped.

Obviously there is nothing we can give her to stop the inevitable but the Vet advised this would help to keep her comfortable. Before this she would howl and cry through the night. We don't think it's pain but anxiety and not wanting to be left, even though she has a canine companion. She's been so much happier on it. Apparently it helps with their sense of well-being and so can fight off depression which usually accompanied a long-term or terminal illness. This might be something to consider for those like our beautiful girl, who cannot have treatment.

Apr 06, 2017
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RE: For Mom of Sweet Beagle
by: Amber

Did the oncologist you went to administer any anti nausea medication? Or give you any to take home after the treatment?

My beagle went through about 5 months of chemo and would happily eat his regular dog food, but not any of the things I supplement it with (carrots, bananas, blueberries & coconut oil) for a full week after. (This is probably due to the chemo temporarily altering their sense of smell, it can affect taste as well). About a week after the treatment he had interest in those things again.

Please find out about nausea meds if you can. I'm happy with the outcome of the chemo for my beagle after thyroid cancer. He had a mass removed prior to treatment as well.

Apr 06, 2017
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For Mom of Sweet Beagle
by: Anonymous

My heart goes out to you! Our Brandy had a mass removed from her thyroid and they "think" they got it all but one oncologist said to do chemo and another one said it wasn't necessary.

We want as much time with her as possible so we decided to start chemo. First 2 days after treatment she was very tired, then the 3rd day she started vomiting all the time. Wouldn't eat or take a treat. Took her to the vet to give her fluids and anti nauseous meds. The 2nd day of vomiting I sat on the couch with her and she kept making a moaning sound. Sounded like she was in a lot of pain. I don't know if that is a sound of pain but she was miserable. Took her again for fluids and shot.

After that day she finally wanted food. I made her scrambled eggs 3 times that day which she seemed to tolerate. Today she had more eggs and even ate some of her regular food and a treat. She is still weak and not herself.

I don't know if I should put her through 3 more treatments if it affects her like this. I don't know what to do. She's suffering now and I don't know if this is even going to help extend her life. So confused.

Apr 06, 2017
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My Sweet Beagle
by: Devastated in FL

My little girl just turned 12 on Jan. 3 and when we took her to vet for annual shots, etc., I was told she had a heart murmur & a lump on her neck. X-ray showed an enlarged heart & good sized lump. Echo cardiogram was recommended so 4 weeks later we took her to a specialist & had it done along with a biopsy of the lump.

Thyroid cancer was the verdict & there was nothing they could do since her heart was so bad. She's currently on Vetmedin, Benazipril & Furosemide 2x a day.

She still lives to eat & go on walks but I have to limit her exercise so she doesn't overdo it. I cried so much the first 2 weeks after the diagnosis & finally decided I needed to be happy for the time I have with her. I love her more than anything & she made me a dog lover!

I hate being helpless & not knowing if she's in pain. I don't want her to suffer. I can't find anything as to if she will experience pain or not. I don't know when "it's time". Any help??

Mar 28, 2017
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Update on "just diagnosed with cancer"
by: Anonymous

After visiting the Oncologist, he said since the biopsy showed that the tumor had cancer cells, they recommend chemo because she has a >50% chance of the cells spreading and if we did nothing she would most likely be gone from us by the end of this year. With chemo she may be with us another 2-3 years. We are going ahead with chemo as soon as we can. I hope our beautiful Brandy can tolerate it.

To Sage's mom, I hope and pray they don't find cancer in that tumor. Good luck!

Mar 28, 2017
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Sage's surgery
by: Pitbull mom

My beloved dog Sage is 12 years old and about to be on an operating table as I type this.

She was diagnosed with a tumor on her thyroid on 3/17/17, it's moveable and only on one side of her thyroid.

Praying hard that our girl gets to come home to us, cancer free preferably. I just want her to live the rest of her life with us as happy as she can be!! I hope we made the right decision and get good news!!!

Mar 28, 2017
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Us too
by: Jools

We've just found out our beautiful Hungarian Vizsla X Weimaraner has thyroid carcinoma.

Sadly an x-ray showed this has spread to her lungs very badly. She had a raspy cough then weeks later, a swollen neck which is why we took her to see the vet. Diagnosis has taken less than a month but we're too late to save her.

I am devastated that we have just 6 - 12 weeks left with her. Apart from a slight cough and the swelling we can feel around her neck, you wouldn't even know she was ill. She loves her walks and running after a ball.

We are going to spoil her rotten for the next few weeks until the time comes that she begins to struggle and had enough. My heart is breaking but I know there's nothing we could have done.

Good luck to everyone else trying to help their dogs through this awful disease 🐕 x

Mar 21, 2017
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Just diagnosed with cancer
by: Anonymous

We noticed a small lump on our dachshund last year and the vet said wait and see.

This year's check-up he took some cells and said we should take her to a surgeon for the mass to be removed. Surgery went fine but the biopsy indicates cancer and they suggested chemo.

We are going to an oncologist next week when she has the stitches removed. My local vet said he can also do the chemo and only suggested 6 sessions because any more can affect her heart. She had chest x-rays before surgery and all was clear.

She will turn 9 in June and I hope we caught this early enough that it hasn't spread and we will have more years with her.

My prayers go out to all of us who are agonizing over a difficult decision. I don't want her to suffer with treatments but I also don't want her quality of life cut short if we do nothing.

Mar 12, 2017
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American bull dog 8
by: Anonymous

We have an American bull dog. We first noticed a lump on the left side of her neck that just seemed to appear. We took her to the vet who aspirated the lump so sent off to the lab. The test came back that it could be cancerous cells and would need a biopsy to confirm. Had the biopsy done and to our fears it was thyroid cancer.

We needed to take her to a specialist which we did. After a CT scan it showed that the cancer had spread quickly to her chest etc. Our dog eats, drinks, plays, and is exactly the same as normal, if she didn't have the lump we wouldn't even know!

4 weeks in from the CT scan she is coughing and has started to show signs of breathing fast bursts which we comfort her and calms down quickly. I do fear this is going to get worse and we will have to say good bye. Seems so sad as she only just about to turn 8 and our other dog, a staffy, is 12 and is lost without her.

Mar 08, 2017
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Lab/rot mix
by: Rory

I was happy to find this thread.

Six months ago we found out my 12 year old lab/rot mix had a large mass on his thyroid. We got him thyroid meds and pain management, but due to his age we didn't feel it would be right to do surgery or radiation.

He has had a bum knee since he was 8 from jumping a six foot fence and arthritis. We found it when doing a blood test because of the muscle wasting in his back legs. The vet told us then to watch for him coughing.

Today he coughed for the first time and up came his dinner. He has been panting non-stop for some time now, so I know he is having a harder time breathing and I know he is in pain.

Yet, he still has good times. He runs around the yard with the other dogs. He plays with the kids. He always makes sure to be by my side. I am scared. I am scared of cutting him off too short, yet I am scared that if I don't take him in soon, he is only going to be in more pain.

I don't think I am really ready to say goodbye yet... But I think I might have to. We rescued him when he was 6 weeks old and I can't imagine not having him close by... I fear I am keeping him alive for selfish reasons.

Feb 22, 2017
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Hope...over a year later
by: Anonymous

I posted back in Dec 2015 about my dog going through radiation just after turning 12. He is now 13.5! Treatment can help.

Wishing my best to all of you going through this.

Feb 22, 2017
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Thank you
by: Anonymous

My best friend just found out today that her baby of 9 years has thyroid cancer. While she was waiting on the oncologist, I was scouring the internet for answers, hope, something to help ease my best friend's fear.

I stumbled upon this site and all this wonderful feedback.

We are waiting to hear if it has spread via CAT scan, but as of now her x-ray showed nothing in her lungs. They are thinking the best course of treatment is immediate radiation then chemo.

Your comments gave me such insight and information on what she should be asking the doctor, but it also reminded me no matter what she chooses to do, this news is not an immediate death sentence. If she chooses not to treat Lily ... they say 3-6 months... but I believe she will, so up to 2 good years.

Thank you, thank you for sharing. Thank you for letting me know the most important thing - love them for as long as they can handle, not us.

Feb 20, 2017
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Glad I found this
by: Ricky's mom

Our Ricky is our 16 year old Bichon Frise who has been diagnosed with a thyroid tumor. We have decided to let nature take its course, using pain meds to keep him comfortable. He was and still is non-symptomatic... I found the tumor while playing with him.

Ricky also has Cushing's disease. While it is hard to know we will lose him soon, we know we made the right choice. It's just inhumane to put a 16 year old dog through biopsies, surgery, chemo and radiation.

He's had a wonderful life with us and we plan to enjoy the time we have left with him, as little as that may seem. He's always been a tough little booger, and this is no different.

Nice to be able to read all your posts and know we're doing the right thing. Thanks!

Feb 08, 2017
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Same boat here :(
by: Bev

So glad that this chain of comments came up when I googled...

My Toby is almost 15 and got the Thyroid CA diagnosis about 4 months ago. I had felt a lump for a long time, but he has lumps and bumps everywhere.

Just wanting to enjoy all the time we can have. He acts fine, with no symptoms yet.

Feb 08, 2017
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Thyroid tumor
by: Diana

My sweet 14 1/2 year old Pekingese Maggie May was just diagnosed with thyroid cancer. We are devastated. Since she is quite old we have opted to treat with steroids and pain meds and let her enjoy her final time comfortably.

We love her fiercely and are constantly second guessing our decision. Reading these comments are giving me peace of mind.

Since she is already toward the end of he life expectancy, we now feel like we are honoring her by letting her spend her remaining days at home where she's happy and loved. We are spoiling her with her fave foods and extra snuggles.

My thoughts and prayers to everyone on here grieving.

Jan 11, 2017
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Few Months To Live
by: First-time Dingo mother

I am a mother to an almost 10 year old Lab/Rhodesian mix and I've known him for almost 7 years. He is actually my boyfriend's dog and before I knew him I was afraid of dogs. But he soon warmed my heart and now that I have been living with them both for awhile I thought about all the things I wanted to do for him.

We found out yesterday that he had thyroid cancer with his epithelial cells being out of control. We aren't sure if it has metastasized to other parts of his body or if it's just localized right now but we decided to just treat him with anti-inflammatory and pain medicine and try to get some food and drinks into his belly.

It has been a rollercoaster ride of emotions for myself and my boyfriend and we constantly go back and forth between are we doing enough for him (should we do the radiation therapy) or just let him have the last moments of his life be happy and peaceful.

Like many people in this thread, we don't want to make him endure the treatments which just prolongs his life but could still suffer from pain and discomfort. Being the first-time dog mother really hurts to see my boy lose all motivation to do normal activity and realizing all the things I wanted to do with him is now coming to an end.

The doctor told us he has couple months to live with the option that we are choosing. Now, we just want to give him everything we can to make his life as comfortable and pain free as possible.

Let's all stay strong for our loving pets, who has stole our hearts and have become part of the family. Wishing everyone the best!

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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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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