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post #1 of 10 Old 12-01-2013, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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4 Year Old Black Lab...Filled with cancer.

My brother's 4 year old female black lab was put down today. She had been vomiting since saturday, and did not want her belly touched. My brother took her to the vet today. They found a mass on the xrays, and opened her up. She was full, I mean, FULL of cancer. How can a 4 year old have cancer? Im so shocked...we all are.

We own her mom, who's going on 10 and as far as we know, healthy as can be.

Now I am crying and freaking out. I own a full litter-mate...George. He is my pride and joy. My life. What are the chances he has cancer too? Im contacting the vet tomorrow to have him looked at/xrayed as well.

We are shocked...
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post #2 of 10 Old 12-01-2013, 07:03 PM
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Sometimes things happen. There are numerous environmental and genetic factors that can lead to cancer, and who knows what may have been the case with this fellow. Many, many dogs nowadays lose their lives because of cancer, and unfortunately with some it happens at an early age. Keep an eye on your pup, but it' something that either will or won't happen. You can take measures to prevent it, but not everything can be prevented :(

You mention, however, that you have the pup's mother. To be safe, I would ensure that these dogs don't produce anymore offspring. If it is a genetic thing then it's not something you want being passed around! Could have been environmental, something on the father's side, you never know.
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Oh yes, mother is fixed, as well as the rest of our dogs. Zoey was fixed too...

The vet is looking as slides to see if they can find out more information regarding what type of cancer they are dealing with. This whole litter (9) went to friends and family. Many (but not all, are indeed fixed)

And we went through precautionary measures before breeding. Healthy dogs producing healthy pups. Unfortunately things happen...But you bet Im keeping a close eye on my boy. (Not that I didnt before but man...This is scary)
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Oh, I am so sorry for your loss!
Losing a dog is hard, especially a young one.

Keep us updated on the health of your boy and if the vet finds out what type of cancer it was.
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that is so sad.
I wonder, just speculating, but our female rats had cancer becuase they were never allowed to have pups. Could this have anything to do with this bitch dog getting cancer so young?
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that is so sad.
I wonder, just speculating, but our female rats had cancer becuase they were never allowed to have pups. Could this have anything to do with this bitch dog getting cancer so young?
Unfortunately, myths like these contribute to people breeding... less than stellar dogs that should have otherwise remained as pets. There are even certain cancers (uterine, breast, etc) that have risks significantly reduced or eliminated by spaying/neutering early in life. Most dogs go their entire lives without raising a litter and only develop ill health after many years.

I guess things vary so widely between species though. What may be true in a rat reproductively may be so different in a dog, or even between individual dogs. For example, a female ferret will die of aplastic anemia if she is not bred when in heat. Nature's funny like that.
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Unfortunately, myths like these contribute to people breeding... less than stellar dogs that should have otherwise remained as pets. There are even certain cancers (uterine, breast, etc) that have risks significantly reduced or eliminated by spaying/neutering early in life. Most dogs go their entire lives without raising a litter and only develop ill health after many years.

I guess things vary so widely between species though. What may be true in a rat reproductively may be so different in a dog, or even between individual dogs. For example, a female ferret will die of aplastic anemia if she is not bred when in heat. Nature's funny like that.
Whille they may be myths, scientific evidence has proven some of them to be true.

Zoey (the dog we just lost) had 1 heat cycle and then she was fixed. So she was about 1 year old.

Still waiting to hear results back on what the vet thinks.

My nieces are devestated. They are 2 and 8. It's so sad.

I slept horribly last night thinking about the "What if's" of George being sick.

**** dogs don't live long enough anyways when they have a full 10-15 years as it is...

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him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too."

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How do you even handle this?

Here is an update...

It wasnt cancer afterall...
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How do you even handle this?

Here is an update...

It wasnt cancer afterall...
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Oh no... that is just awful. At least they were able to get a few wonderful years out of their friend. Even such routine procedures do have a risk associated, but you never think that it'll be your pet :(
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That is horrible. You hear of stories like this on tv and never think it could ever happen to you. I'm so sorry for y'all's loss. I hope the vet will do what's right and give the kids another dog to love. We all know nothing will bring her back, but we're here for support.
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