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23 August 2015 - 2:45 pm
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 A week ago today we received the devastating news that our beloved GSD's limp was not from arthritis or injury, but cancer. So began the deluge of tears, pain, anger and disbelief as well as unending research. It was believed to be osteosarcoma, then possibly chondroma. We were going to go forward with an amputation after 2 veterinary consultations, and a veterinary oncologist consultation, however the ultrasound dealt us another blow. We were told that a tumor was present on her spleen and two on her kidney. Kicked while already beaten down.. Surgery can be performed with the additional removal of the kidney and spleen with a survival time of 3-6 months if things go well. The tumors and cancer is now believed to be hemangeosarcoma, but not biopsied. We were told that they could burst open and cause her to bleed internally, which could kill her at anytime. 

In addition to her meds, a Chinese herb Yunnan Baiyao Jiaonang, which is to help decrease bleeding/the tumors was added. Our friend who is a vet mentioned a study done at The University of Pennsylvania with medicinal mushrooms with amazing results so I reviewed the study and ordered My-Yunity. Tried posting link, but won't copy - Please review the study if your dog has hemangeosarcoma. May add Apocaps , but have to make certain nothing will interact, as well as implement the cancer diet by Dr. Dressler. He is an island away, and may still do an online consultation with him (am uncertain if blood thinning ingredients should be incorporated).Will likely consult a holistic vet and look into radiation for leg pain, but have not ruled out surgery. Just don't know how to proceed. Any experience with this or thoughts are appreciated. Yes we have been blessed to have her for 12 years, but additional time is always a bonus. Thanks.

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23 August 2015 - 3:16 pm
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I don't have much experience to offer on this, but I am just sending huge hugs your way. Osteosarcoma is a really tough diagnosis. 

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23 August 2015 - 3:23 pm
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Oh how my heart breaks for you... my beloved Shelby also lost her leg (and spleen) due to Hemangiosarcoma. BUT I can share ... that while it is a very ugly cancer, there are success stories. There is a dog here that lived years w/that diagnosis and another, over a year. We made it 8 months but those were 8 amazing months! 

We also did the chinsese mushrooms w/chemo and I don't know if it helped but any extra time was worth it. 

I am so sorry for your dreadful diagnosis ... 12 is amazing but extra months are always wanted .Shelby was over 12 when she got sick so I get it. 

Hugs and love,

alison with spirit shelby in her heart (and little jasper too).

PS - we were given  1 - 3 months so I would say we did beat the odds! 

Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife

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Shawn I am so so very sorry for you!  I know this isn't the news you wanted to hear.  I sent you a PM but it disappeared on me so I am going to follow-up with an e-mail to you now to the address you gave me.  My heart hurts for you and your family. 

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Like Alison, my heart hurts for you as well.....My angel Polly also had ugly hemangiosarcoma which she lost her leg to, and ultimately her life, however, we did beat this awful cancer for 13+ months. We were also given a 3-6 month prognosis, and we did all the rounds of chemo recommended. My Polly was a bit younger at 8 years old, so I absolutely wanted to do everything humanly possible to try to beat this disease as long as we could. In my opinion, we did beat it for more than twice the amount of time she was given.

I can't tell you to do surgery or not do surgery, but if the tumors on her spleen and kidney have not ruptured, you may be able to extend her life with quality time by doing the surgery, but with her age being 12, she may have a rough recovery from this major surgery. Your vet should be able to give better advice on making a decision, and just remember that any decision you make will be the right one. We always have to follow our hearts and that is never wrong when deciding what is in the best interest of our beloved fur babies.

I will be keeping you and your pup in my thoughts, and please keep us updated on her...

Bonnie, Angel Polly, and new pups

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I am so sorry to hear that your sweet GSD has Hemangio. My GSD heartdog Rosa, was diagnosed with hemangio at 12. It was in her spleen. I put her down a week after her diagnosis because it seemed she was going downhill and I did not want her to suffer. I HATE hemangio!  I wish I had known of Yunnan Baiyao at the time.....and I wish the Tripawds community was in existence at the time. I would have fought harder for my girl .... and we might have had more time....

Rosa did not have any issues with hemangio in her legs so I have no advice for you in terms of whether or not to amputate. All I can do is send all my love and the strength of the Oaktown Pack to help you along your way.

What is your girl's name? Can you post a picture or two?

xoxo,

Martha, Codie Rae, and the Oaktown Pack

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23 August 2015 - 7:46 pm
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Shawn I'm so glad you decided to post here. Isn't this community awesome?

Here is a post about the I'mYunity study that Shawn referred to, Butchey Hudson participated in it:

Mushroom Therapy for Canine Hemangiosarcoma

And here is the beautiful Ziya. Get ready to go "awwwwww"

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AWWWWWW.......AWWWWWWWW........AWWWWWWWW! Ziya is absolutely beautiful!! That close up is so lovely. And her view frommher balcony is pretty spectacular!

As you've heard from Alison and Bonnje...statistics and "time frames" don't mean much around here! I had the privilege lf traveling with both Shelby and Polly on this journey. I can assure you they soaked up a whole lotta' loving and spoiling and thoroughly enjoyed the bliss of being with their humans! Days on a calendar meant nothing to them

I also encourage you to try and get that consult with Dr. Dressler.That is an EXCELLENT plan for.moving forward. I haven't seen the link gave you on the mushroom therapy yet, but I do know many members here have used it snd believe it to be very helpful!

This rotten piece of crap disease .makes up its own brutal rules as it goes along. But one rule of ours it cannot touch is: LET. NOTHING ROB YOU AND ZIYA OF YOUR TIME TOGETHER!!

Gonna try and hit submit noe and hope it goes through. If not, Ill snap a screenshot and try and post later.

Sending you huge hugs!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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24 August 2015 - 8:13 am
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I'm so sorry that you and Ziya are having to deal with a cancer diagnosis.  My Leland's amputation wasn't due to cancer so I don't have any personal experience in various cancer treatments.  I just wanted to let you know that I will keep Ziya in my thoughts as you start this journey together.  Enjoy every precious moment you can with your sweet girl!  She is simply beautiful!

Sahana and her Angel Leland and Lucian too

Leland

November 17, 2009 - June 30, 2014

May you finally be healthy and running free at the Rainbow Bridge. Until we meet again my sweet boy!

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Ziya is a stunner .... wow.... what a gorgeous dog!!!! Hugs and love! 

Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife

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Wow, she is absolutely beautiful. I'm so sorry you are dealing with this diagnosis. My Jake was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma (it was penetrating a major artery) and he too was given the "can die at any time" prognosis. He was on Yunna baiyoa as well (love that stuff) and we had an additional 3 weeks with him (which also was way more time than we thought). Like Sally said, those prognosis time frames mean nothing around here! Im not sure where you are located, but ask your friend, your vet, or a holistic vet near you about vitamin C therapy. There is even one out of NC that does phone consults that might be an option (I always forget his name). We have a holistic vet that works with the oncologist here and this is her post about it on her site. The 2nd one is some of her patients. Read about Gracie, she was treated with Vitamin C therapy for HS:

http://www.four.....rapy/c18uj

http://www.four.....ients/cuej

I don't know anything about this type of treatment, we have never done it, but had it been offered when Jake was diagnosed I would have. I'm not sure if it's well known, or if Gracie is just a one in a million survivor, but I just wanted to throw it out there. 

Mom to Tripawd Angels Jake (2001-2014) and Rosco (2012-2015) and Tripawd Tanner. “Whatever happens tomorrow, we had today; and I'll always remember it”  

      

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Good stuff Elizabeth! I know this will help Shawn knowing there ARE options!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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Awwwwwww . . . what a beautiful portrait! Bless your heart.

Keeping you and your pack in my thoughts and prayers.

{{hugs}}

Harmony became a Tripawd on 10/21/14 (MCT). She left us way too soon on 11/1/14.

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I can't add anything except my hopes for you and your baby

Judith and Jack

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not forgetting Pepper, Storm, Finn and Solo too

 

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Hi Shawn,

I lost my heart dog to what I suspect was hemangiosarcoma (spleen) so I do feel your pain. I still ache for my Max. It is an insidious cancer since like you we had absolutely no idea anything was wrong until it was very wrong. 

I wish I had answers for you. But I know whatever decision you make will be made with love so it can never be the wrong decision.

Denise, Bill and Angel Ellie.

Active 10+ Pyr mix suddenly came up lame with ACL tear in left rear leg. Scheduled for a TPLO but final pre-op x-rays indicated a small suspicious area, possibly OSA, which could have caused the ACL tear. Surgeon opened the knee for TPLO but found soft bone. Biopsy came back positive for OSA. Became a Tripawd 9/18/14. Carbo6 with Cerenia and Fluids. Pain free and living in the moment. Crossed the Bridge on 7/12/15 after probable spread of cancer to her cervical spine. A whole lifetime of memories squeezed into 10 months. Here's her story: Eloise

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