My lab is turning 11 in November. He developed a dry hacking cough 2 days ago and wouldn't eat his dinner last night. I rushed him to the vet thinking bloat...primary left lung mass. Fluid from around the mass sent for cytology, sent home on antibiotics if the chance that maybe this is a lung abscess. Depending what the fluid shows may need to biopsy the mass and then see if it has spread. I know dogs can get cancer spread from other areas but it is rare for them to develop primary lung cancer especially since neither myself or my husband smoke. Has anyone have experience with dogs with primary lung cancer or heard about a case. The vet said if it hasn't spread then treatment is a thoracotomy to remove the mass. I feel so sick about this. I can't eat, I can't sleep, I can't beleive this is happening.
I understand how you feel. That's the first case I've ever heard of. It's hard not to worry but you have to just hang in there until the results come back. Did the antibiotics make any difference in his appetite? Keep us updated. Good thoughts for your family.
Well Riley still has an appetite for ground beef and rice, he does not want to eat his kibble. He is coughing a bit more and today started coughing up small droplets of blood. I know this is not good and am not anticipating good news from the vet tomorrow. I cannot stop crying and cannot imagine how I am going to be able to work tomorrow. He sometimes looks like nothing is wrong with him and other times I know he is uncomfortable, it makes it harder when he looks so good at times.
I wouldn't go to work tomorrow. Your dog is more important. I'd get him into the vet first thing in the morning. If your boss has any heart, he / she will understand.
I know exactly what you're going through. I lost my boy earlier this year to cancer. Hopefully, yours will be treatable & he'll be ok.
I'm so sorry for what you're going through. You & Riley have my best wishes for a speedy recovery. Please keep us posted on his progress.
Where are you located? Is it possible that this is Valley Fever? Lung cancer is pretty rare. http://www.thepetcenter.com/gen/fungal.html
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