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Old 09-13-2007, 09:54 AM
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Its nice to have you on the board! So many of us, have family members with fur, four legs and feathers!
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Carrie, I sincerely wish your little one the very best! Cute doggie.
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It's people like you stepping up and helping that makes OSO such a wonderful community. Thanks for being a part of it.


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Carrie, so sorry to hear about your pooch it is so hard to decide what's best because they can't tell us how they feel

Andrew welcome aboard, glad we finally have a vet as a member since so many of us are pet lovers there are lots of threads about our four legged friends, hopefully giving us advice will not become a full time job
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It's true that using a needle to test a bladder tumor can be bad -- it can seed tumor cells all along the tract where the needle passes, through the abdominal wall. However, passing a urinary catheter into the bladder, and then "massaging" the surface of the suspected tumor with the catheter, can dislodge cells that might allow a diagnosis. Without knowledge of what the real issue is, it's tough to say what the right course of action is. I noticed you said that the tech told you there was a tumor -- did you speak to one of the veterinarians about it? Based on the ultrasound, is it obvious that surgery is not an option??
No, surgery is not an option based on where the tumor is located. With humans it is but it is not an option to put a bag on a dog. She said it was at the end of her bladder and on into the utheria(sp?). I believe that is why she is having trouble controlling her bladder.
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No, surgery is not an option based on where the tumor is located. With humans it is but it is not an option to put a bag on a dog. She said it was at the end of her bladder and on into the utheria(sp?). I believe that is why she is having trouble controlling her bladder.
I see. It's probably in the trigone region of the bladder, where both ureters empty from the kidneys, and the urethra leaves the bladder for emptying. A lot of tiny plumbing in a small area :-( Tube cystostomy is an option in some cases, but it does require manual opening of the valve on the tube in order to empty the bladder... it's not a "bag" per se, just an alternate way to empty the bladder other than the urethra.
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agchoset,
Its nice to have you on the board! So many of us, have family members with fur, four legs and feathers!
Thanks you for your valuable input!
Julie
I agree- what a great community this is! Thanks, Andrew!


Ocg- I did get in contact with my mother up north about the bladder cancers we had experience over the years with our elderly Scotties, and she remembers the cases that were treated in Madison at U of W. The dogs were treated for the bladder infections/inflammations that were associated with this condition, and it did give them some relief. Unfortunately, with our pets at that time, the surgery and chemotherapy options were found to be to invasive and dangerous to the dogs due to their advanced age and the size/location of the tumors.
You have two great universities there in Kansas- have you considered taking Cheyenne to one (I would guess one of the two or both have vet schools) to get an opinion there?
My heart goes out to you and I wish you the best with all of this!
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