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Yes. They are going to do the x rays and then draw some fluid.
The surgeon feels that there is a lot of fluid
He is going to check the fluid then depending on what he sees he may do the ultrasound then maybe after that, exploratory surgery.
He is also worried because the cytology from the ear (possible sarcoma) was very vague and he hopes to/wants to remove that and have it biopsied.
He is also looking for possible metastases.
He also mentioned a worse case scenario of a type of cancer that could cause this fluid. What type of cancer would that be?
Also, how bad is radiation for canines especially for a 12 year old?
Do his symptoms seem to point in any direction?
I think that he has had fluid developing for at least 5 or 6 months. He did have a fatty deposit by his ribs which his regular doctors have been watching. But this distention seemed different to me. They checked it and said it was him being over weight.
The distention seemed to get worse just before the mass increased in size. Is there a correlation to them both increasing in size at about the same time? Could this indicate that the cancer started in the abdomen and then metastasized to behind the ear?
Good news then bad news.
He lost 4 pounds between Friday and Tuesday and his abdomen felt better. They said he didn't look like the same dog. They did an x-ray and it showed a large mass and fluid in his abdomen.
We scheduled him for an ultrasound and exploratory surgery of the abdomen on Tuesday. The ultrasound showed a large mass on his right kidney with possible mass on liver. The fluid was blood. The surgeon said that he could send it in but that it would probably just come back as blood and not help in the diagnosis.
He was worried that the bleeding might be from the mass or the organs, and he was not optimistic that he would be able to completely remove the mass due to what the ultrasound showed. He said that the right kidney might have to be removed and that it may also involve the liver.
He would have to do exploratory surgery to find out. Because of the size, location, and bleeding he felt the chance of the biopsy coming back and showing cancer was good and that it had already metastasized was good also. He felt that surgery would probably only add maybe 2 months. The oncologist would probably recommend chemotherapy.
If we didn't put him through surgery or chemo what we would expect to see. He said that he could bleed out and die in his sleep or he may just collapse because of blood loss but that he wouldn't be in pain. We would
We should watch the color of his gums, his abdomen, difficulty breathing, and any changes from normal.
As much as we want to help him, we feel that to put him through all that wouldn't be fair. We have opted not to do anything and to keep him as comfortable as we can until it is his time to pass.
I talked to his regular vet today. Unfortunately she went through the same thing with her golden. She said in the middle of the night he started having problems with his breathing and knew the end was close. She didn't want him to suffer so she took him to an emergency vet and had him euthanized.
It is doubly hard as his sister passed last April from a different cancer. At least her's was able to be treated by vaccine. She lived for 1 1/2 years before it stopped working.
As much as we want to help him, we feel that to put him through all that wouldn't be fair. We have opted not to do the surgery and to keep him as comfortable as we can until it is his time to pass. We are going to a homeopathic vet tomorrow to see what other options there are.
It is doubly hard as his sister passed last April from a different cancer. At least her's was able to be treated by vaccine. She lived another 1 1/2 years before it stopped working.
If you have any other advise please let me know.
Thank you for your help