I just lost my 7 year old Sasha to Osteosarcoma. It originated in her pelvis. It's been a week and it's so heartbreakingly painful. She was the most "human" dog I have ever had and I don't think I can ever have another dog again. The emotional pain is horrific.
She was the kindest, gentlest dog I have ever had, contrary to media portrayals. She loved my cat, and put up with our ferret (annoyed but tolerated her). She slept with me and laid her head on pillow just like a human. She loved going for rides and socialized with all the pets in the neighborhood.
I really thought I would not have to face my loss for another 6-7 years. It was so fast - she just started limping in November and the tumor doubled in size and stole the use of her left leg within a month.
She died in her sleep so I did not have to put her to sleep. I have never had to put a dog down and it looked like I might have to. I'm glad I didn't have to make the decision (I had prayed just that night that He would take her peacefully before the pain got bad.)
Has anyone else there lost a pit or any other breed to this horrific cancer?
i lost our thirten year old pekingese to cancer. i had to have her put down when she started crying out in pain. it was the hardest thing i have ever had to do and although its been three years now , my eyes still fill with tears whenever i think about her. R.I.P. blues ming toy .
so sorry for your loss. most of us here have been suffered the loss of a beloved pet. we understand your pain. so very sorry.
I lost my 9 y.o. springer spaniel to lymphosarcoma on Sept. 13, 2005. She had been to the vet for booster shots on August 1 and everything was fine, but by Labor Day she was not well and we got the diagnosis on Sept. 6. We started chemo and she had 1 good week but the night before her 2nd treatment she went downhill and although I prayed that she would go on her own, I had to take her in the morning to be put to sleep. I held her head until she was gone and my vet said that she had never seen a dog go so quickly. Cancer in a pet is awful and I feel extremely bad for you. All you can do is be thankful that Sasha is pain free - hopefully she is running and playing with my Casey and all the other dogs who had to leave us too soon.
I did have to PTS my childhood (BF) dog … she was 18 and I was 18 … it still will make me cry If I think to hard , about it.. She was old and had a stroke and could hardly walk, go to the bathroom … or eat… she was humiliated and just sad… nothing at all like herself…
We lost our 6 year old boxer a week ago TODAY to the same cancer. It is a very quick cancer. It started in his spine and was going into his ribs. He only lasted a week after he was diagonsed. He was having a really bad time with his back legs and we couldn't let him suffer anymore. I know how bad it hurts, but just remember, your loving pet is in a better place and no more pain.
SO Sorry for your loss as I have been thru it also not Cancer though we lost our beloved Buster he was our baby 2.5 pound Chihuahua let out to potty and have never found him we feel he was taken by a coyote it was so fast lesss than 5 minutes he had been going out everydayt for his whole life but as you may know Chihuahua's are not afraid of anything! He is missed everyday I think of him he is soooo loved and missed I feel your pain.Our beloved Buster is up in Heaven with all dogs lost for some reason or another and playing with each and everyone of them!
On June 30th, 2004, I had to have my 11 1/2 year old Rotty p.t.s. He had cancer at 6 years old and survived for all those years after they removed a tumor from his chest. Then he started behaving like he didn't feel well and we found out cancer had come back and he had a mass on his spleen and some cancer in his stomache too. That was a horrible time for us. I had to have my 14 year old companion kitty Alley p.t.s. the day before yesterday. He's had a blood disorder for a long time. We never knew exactly what it was but we knew his blood platelets were always dangerously low. It hit him real quick. He started bleeding internally and I knew what had to be done.
It's an aweful horrible terrible thing to lose a pet that we love so very much. You are not alone. Remember, they are not suffering- only we are.
Give yourself time to grieve. That's what we need is time.
I thank you all for your kind words and personal experiences.
You are so right that it is the owners who suffer and the animals are happy now with other animals gone before. My oldest daughter (24 yrs old) said the day after Sasha passed she suddenly got a picture in her head of Sasha playing with Popeye (our Bluetick Hound who passed away at 14 yrs old back in 1998) and it comforted her.
My sympathies go out to you all who have also lost a beloved pet.