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    Thread: Splenic Tumor

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      Splenic Tumor

      I haven't been back in a bit, sorry for not updating you guys after my last thread about Montana. He has a tumor on his spleen. It is huge and inoperable according to the vet, surgery would likely cause it to burst, leading to bleeding to death. It is larger than 10 cm. She gave me some Mirtazapine (sp.??) to help to try to increase his appetite however we are near the end. He's not hurting, otherwise I'd have him pts already.

      He is smiling and playing & somehow, I feel, he is trying to instill in me his sense of happiness, so that I will be ok when he tells me it is time to go. It's been a long road and from the start its been me & him. He's really a daddy's boy in most ways but he will never go off with daddy without stopping to look back at me....My daughter doesn't know life without him and I cant express the love between those 2...

      He's eating a bit now at least with the help of the pills. He will get B12 (12 I think? I forget at the moment) shots weekly to help him take in the nutrients.
      The vet said it's going to go one of 2 ways-he may either collapse (she says it is not painful if the tumor bursts, it will cause a drop in blood pressure he will just go to sleep) or I can bring him in when/if I feel I need to. I have to say guys, I've been struggling with what is right. He is eating ( although not much) his weight is stable (at the moment, this is day by day) he is playing, he is smiling and he is continuing to teach me every day...

      Thanks everyone who offered advice & encouragement. I appreciate it all. What we could use now is some good ole lab board mojo -to ensure his comfort til his last. And maybe a bit for me too -to guide me..
      thanks again.


      Trueby-if you are reading this-this is not related to the nasal cancer, and I hope your baby is doing well

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      Awww...ths is sad. I'm sorry. I hope these last few days, weeks, months with your pup are smooth for both of you.

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      Sorry to hear this update. This is EXACTLY what we went through with Jolie. She never seemed to be in pain or uncomfortable, but towards the end she did lose her appetite, most likely because the tumor was pressing on her stomach. We let her eat whatever she would, but when she finally refused to even eat her beloved cheeseburgers we knew it was time to let her go.

      The irony was that it was most likely a benign tumor, as she never showed any signs of metastasis, but it still took her in the end.
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      Was she still happy & playing even though she didn't want her cheeseburgers?

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      Quote Originally Posted by MontananDakota View Post
      Was she still happy & playing even though she didn't want her cheeseburgers?
      Well, she was almost 15 so hadn’t been doing much playing in a while since she also had some issues with hind-end weakness due to LP. She seemed content and happy to watch the other dogs and be snuggled though up until the last couple days when she was mostly sleeping a lot.

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      So sorry to read about Montana's tumor. All good thoughts for you and Montana.
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      Reading your post just makes me sob and tear up terrible, shaking to where I can barely hit the right keys which are hard to see thru the tears.. When I know my Cracker's time was coming close, he had good appetite ever the last night, but was giving me signals-hiding behind chairs, going into closets, etc.

      Very tough time for you and Montana. All I can say is use your heart and know you will be doing what is best for Montana. If God takes him quickly and he does not suffer, then a huge burden will be taken from you. It not, it is your responsibility as his guardian to take care of his needs to the end-including the end.

      Sending our embracing MOJO, and many prayers to you and your boy.
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      I am so very sorry to read this. Sending you the strength you need to make the right decisions for your beloved Montana. Enjoy the special time that you have with him. Take care, Tilly and Kim

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      OMG, this is so sad. Tears are flowing for Montana and you. I wish him as much time as possible, eating, playing and pain free.

      Tons of lab board mojo and prayers being sent.
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      thanks everyone. I will most certainly keep my promise to him-that I will never allow anything to hurt him and I will be with him when it is time. He is my soul and the softness of his face against mine is 'home'. My daughter says the smell of his fur is her favorite. He is the one she goes to when she is hurt or sick or afraid. It's always been him.
      i am thankful for today.

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