Cancer

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justmec

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My special angel is a 7 year old Lhasa female.  She has cancer that is inoperable in the anal area.  She was diagnosed in April 2012.  I was told at that time the tumor was 2 to 3 inches in size inside of her.  I could feel a bump about the size of my thumb joint on the outside.  I was also told it would double in about 3 months and that it would begin it interfere with her bodily functions. This hasn't been a problem yet.  Sooooo made the decision to let her live her life to its fullest and not try any extraordinary measures.  She is full of life, is still my little gazelle, running, jumping and happily loving.  I am noticing she now that she is experiencing more anxiety if she isn't in the same room with me and wants to be as close as possible.  Yesterday I noticed she was bleeding.  She had gone through her season just a couple of months ago, so this is an unusual symptom to me.  I don't know if it is related to the tumor or if as a older dog this is normal.
I guess what I would like is some experience sharing with me so I have a better understanding of this process.  Also what I have noticed is her companion dog, also a female Lhasa is showing signs of aggression toward her.  I am aware in animal cultures this happens when a weaker member of the group is identified.  ????? 
Would love any feed back that is out there.  Thanks!

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Dazzle

In Dogs

Reply To: justmec

I have a 13 year old shih tzu. He has a lump under one of his armpits. And moles growing on his skin (seem to increase in numbers). He doesn't seem to be in any pain or discomfort so I too decided not to subject his to any invasive treatments. I think cancer treatments unless in early stages doesn't save your pet's life. It only prolongs it for a couple of months to a year and in that time he/she and you will be miserable. But in your case, i think it is either the tumour is bleeding or Urinary tract infection or kidney stones or uterus infection The latter three is easily treatable with antibiotic injections so get her checked up quickly. 

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