Well guys, finally got Hannah’s diagnosis yesterday after months of testing and ultrasounds and many specialists. Last month on one of the routine ultrasounds to check re elevated liver levels it was discovered that she had a small cyst like something or other at the entrance of her bladder. At that time they had a slim hope that it was just a clot from the needle that they used the day before to extract urine for sampling. Yesterday’s ultra sound showed that it is still there. It has not gotten any bigger, but not smaller and feel that if it had been the clot from needle aspiration for urine it would be long gone by now. The vets conferring in Hannah’s case including her own, feel that what we are dealing with is a transitional cell bladder carcinoma. Needless to say this has blown me away. Her liver levels have continued to go down, still high of normal, but no longer in the 400’s. This bladder carcinoma has nothing to do with the liver, it was just found coincidentally while trying to figure out the liver issue. Next week they are going to do a catheter removal of cells of the tumor/cyst to be able to diagnose it properly. If this is the case then there is no surgery that can be done but there is a medication that has been known to help and slow down the progression. They talked about steroids but have decided that that would be contraindicated because of the liver issues involved with steroids and she already has elevated liver levels. I keep thinking maybe it is still the blood clot and she’s healing slower because of her age or whatever is going on with her liver. Don’t know. I’m just in shock and freaked out at the moment. Don’t know what to do about any of it.
Meanwhile you would never think that there is anything wrong with her. She remains totally asymptomatic for anything. She is still her old self, running, jumping, barking, playing, eating and drinking. Hard to believe anything is wrong with her at all. So, of course, I’m questioning this procedure next week. They have to anesthetize her to do the procedure. Anyway, any thoughts or experiences on this issue would be greatly appreciated. I’m so happy to have all of you out there to tell my (Hannah’s story) and get some feed back. Thank you all.Hound Dog MomParticipant
I’m so sorry to hear about Hannah. 🙁 I hope everything turns out okay – keep us posted!InkedMarieMember
I’m so sorry to hear about Hannah. Please know I’m thinking about you & I’m always here for you, my friend.
I’m so sorry to hear about Hannah.
Have you considered switching to a home cooked diet for her?
Peace & Blessings,
I’m sorry to hear about Hannah. 🙁
I hope everything turns out okay. Maybe trying switching her diets. What about giving her cranberries or cranberry juice?DoriMember
Thank you all for your kind words. I’m trying to figure out what to do and what would be best for her. We love her dearly and our only concern is for her.crazy4catsMember
I hope everything turns out OK. I’m sure you will make the right decision.CyndiMember
I’m so sorry Dori, I hope everything turns out ok. Of course we’ll all keep you and Hannah in our thoughts and prayers…Paula DMember
I have read some articles that suggest low carb foods may help “cancer dogs”–the idea is to starve the cancer cells,which apparently can more easily use carbs (v protein and fat) to grow.
Good luck with your Hannah.
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