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post #1 of 7 Old 10-30-2008, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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Tyson has bone cancer :(

Well, last weekend Tyson started limping. We thought he might have just pulled something so we gave him a few days of relaxation and watched him. Last night he got up to go outside and he was limping on both the front and back leg on that side. I called the vet and left a voicemail, which the vet returned at 7PM. He said he was doing rounds and we could bring him in then if we wanted. It didn't seem like an emergency, we've got him on pain meds anyway. So he had us bring him in this afternoon.

Took him in and after the last few hours found out the chances are very high that he's got bone cancer. His arthritis in his back and legs has progressed rapidly so he upped his pain meds for that.

He offered to do more testing and amputate the leg if that's what it is. We told him no. Tyson is old and has had a wonderful life. Making a dog live on 3 legs at his age just isn't fair. And because of his age it's not like we'd be buying him a lot of time anyway.

So, he's home, highly medicated from the vet. We'll be spoiling him rotten. The vet thinks we may have 6 weeks at best before it's so advanced that putting him down is the only humane option.

Poor old guy. He came to us as a rescue in Florida about 4 years ago. He was from a horrible back yard breeder. The lady that had him couldn't stand him licking her carpet. She'd just spent a fortune on berber and didn't want him to ruin it.

Rottweilers were more than plentiful down there and finding a home for one so poorly bred, even with his phenomenal personality, just didn't happen for him. When we went to move to TN we couldn't find another rott rescue that had room for him, so he and Candy, the female we had moved with us.

He's been a wonderful dog. He's so calm and laid back. Always so great with other dogs, even puppies jumping on him and pulling his ears. We knew at his age we'd lose him soon, but it seems like even if you're expecting it, it really hurts.
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-30-2008, 05:39 PM
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Awww... I've lost a few dogs too... It's so hard. I'm sorry (((((hugs)))))

Enjoy him while you still have him and know that he's going to a better place.

Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don't be afraid or discouraged by the size of the task, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.

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post #3 of 7 Old 10-31-2008, 11:35 AM
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aww I'm so sorry to hear that! We lost one to bone cancer a few years back. We had just gotten her a couple of months earlier as her owner passed away. It was really hard even only having her for a couple of months. They really become part of the family.

*hugs* Enjoy your time with him. I can't even imagine how spoiled he will get .

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post #4 of 7 Old 11-04-2008, 10:08 AM
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Im so sorry to hear that *hugs also*. Atleast you are going to make him a happy dog all the way up to his last days

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post #5 of 7 Old 11-04-2008, 12:41 PM
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he's very fortunate to have a loving person like you!

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post #6 of 7 Old 11-04-2008, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys. I've always hoped my dogs would pass silently in their sleep, dreaming of chasing bunnies. But I guess at least this way we know it's coming and we have time to share with him to make his last days special.

He's been very spoiled since we found out. He learned very quickly that dad giving him his medicine makes him feel better so he opens his mouth in the morning and at night when he sees him coming and takes his medicine all by himself. Such a big boy! I've never had a dog willingly take medicine before.

He's just spending most of his time laying around. The other dogs seem to know something is up. Our chi/terrier mix sleeps on him alot. Yes, on, not by. I've got a few really cute pictures of that. Both cockers have crawled on his bed with him a few times and the other rottie doesn't leave his side. Kind of like they know they need to spend time with him too.

So far his leg hasn't begun swelling. We're still watching. The vet wants to do another x-ray 4 to 6 weeks from his first appointment to see where we stand. He said it's possible that it's just very aggressive and quickly progressing arthritis and calcium deposits, but he'd put money on the cancer diagnoses. If the leg swells he said there's no doubt.

So, watch, wait, spoil......
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post #7 of 7 Old 11-04-2008, 06:10 PM
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Aww. He is very very lucky to have you guys. And I've always believed that other animals know/can tell whats up. When my dog got sick with cancer the cats were really gentle on her and cuddled a lot. Also they can tell when I'm not feeling well.

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