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My dog was diagnosed with hermangiosarcoma in Nov last year.

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My dog was diagnosed with hermangiosarcoma in Nov last year. She has been fine. I came home and she is laying with teeth clenched. She wags her tail but will not move. She was fine until 1 hour ago. Is this time to have her put to sleep? She was fine and all of a sudden this happened.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and am happy to assist you both today!

I am so sorry that your dog is showing these new signs

Can you please tell me her gum color? Is she responsive to you at all?

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.

Using the pain assessment form where would you put her: http://www.csuanimalcancercenter.org/assets/files/csu_acute_pain_scale_canine.pdf

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.

I am on-line an additional 15 minutes this evening:

If her gums are pale and sticky, her respiratory rate (breaths per minute) >60, her abdomen appears swollen, she is >2 on the pain assessment scale I attached, minimally responsive to you then I would advise taking her into a veterinary er tonight to determine if the hemangio has unfortunately ruptured but from what you describe and this diagnosis I fear it might be time to let her go.

Believe me, I have lost a dog to this disease and understand how devastating it can be, my thoughts are with you as you have to make this terrible decision...

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Please disregard any automated follow up questions to our conversation, you are both in my thoughts this evening...

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.

Good afternoon, I wanted to check in on you and your dog. You have been in my thoughts since you asked your question yesterday...