Nasal Tumors - dog health experiences
Nasal Tumors dog experience
Dog Owner: Marie
We have a long-hair miniature dachshund named Buddy. He has been a part of our family every since he was six months old. He started acting strange at the end of 2005. He was making strange noises with his nose that sounded like it was clogged up and his breathing was rather noisy. He was only doing it every so often, so we just kept our eye on him.
Then at the beginning of February 2006, we took him to the Vet because the sound he was making was getting worse. It sounded like he was breathing out really hard through his nose and then trying to breathe back in. However you could hear that he was struggling. There was also a light bloody discharge coming from his nose.
The Vet kept him overnight so that he could take some x-rays to see what was happening to our little guy. The next day when we went to pick him up, we were surprise by the news that we were told. The Vet told us that Buddy had a cancerous tumor in his nasal cavity about the size of a grape. He told us that we could take him and have it removed and then put him through chemo but through his experience it just isn't worth putting these little guys through all of that. We felt very comfortable with our Vet's decision because we have been going to him for years. So then we asked how long did Buddy have? He said, "Anywhere between 6 months to 1 year". He then gave us Tramadol tabs (50 mg) that we give to Buddy twice a day for pain.
Buddy did o.k. over the next few months but then he stopped eating and wouldn't sleep, so we went back to the Vet in Sept 2006. He told us that he is probably getting to the end phase of the cancer, so we asked him to check the tumor again for us. When the reports came back, the tumor had grown to the size of a golf ball. No wonder our little angle is so miserable at times. I continue to pray each day that God will spare Buddy for me because I have been totally disabled for 3 years now and Buddy is all I have when no one else is around. He does an excellent job of staying right with me and making sure that I am o.k.
I am happy to report that today is May 1, 2007 and Buddy will turn 13 on May 13. He is still with us, god love him. He still is having his episodes and we are still giving him his medicine. He saw the Vet earlier this year and he was shocked but very happy to see Buddy still with us. We never know what is going to happen next with Buddy, but we do know that we will love him and are thankful for each day that we get to spend with him.
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