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My 8yo Chocolate Lab Moe has been diagnosed with renal cancer. One of his kidneys still works,the other has a large metasticized mass causing it to be enlarged to the size of a football. He is set to have surgery to remove the bad kidney in the morning. Just wondering if anyone has had to live through this and what can I expect.
The vets at the University of Missouri Vet hospital are expecting a good surgery, yet i am concerned about the chemo therapy to follow.

Advice????

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I have no advice but lots of good thoughts for poor Moe. I hope he heals well and quickly. x
 

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Thinking good thoughts for you and your boy.
 

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I'm glad you're going to the U-Mizzou vet hospital and I hope Moe has a complete recovery.

Bess, my first Lab, developed cancer of her breasts when she was 7. Our local vet, who discovered it, wanted to operate but I took her to K-State's Vet Hospl. They did a radical mastectomy and discovered that it had metastasized to part of her lymph system so they also did a partial lymphectomy. Bess lived for nearly 7 more great years.

Hope you have similar great results. Please keep us posted on Moe's progress.

 

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UPDATE:

Moe survived a very lengthy operation to remove his right kidney which had a tumor the size of a football. The cancer had apread to his bladder,liver and vina cava.

I am happy to report that Moe is now home, eating and getting healthier by the hour. We still have a long road ahead as they discovered a spot on his lung and there are still cells on his bladder and liver. We return in 2 weeks to have his staples removed and to meet with the Oncologist to discuss chemo-therapy.

THANK YOU all who have responded and keep Moe in your thoughts and prayers.
 

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I am sorry don't have any advice. I saw one of your posts last night when I joined......anyways, our old dog Grace (Gracie) got in really bad shape when she was almost 12. We found out she had a tumor in her mouth and with most dogs if there is a tumor in one place there is a good chance that there is another one somewhere else. So we thought she had a cancerous tumor on her heart. We had to put her down. So I know what it feels like to have a sick dog. I hope that little Moe will be ok! I will keep you and Moe in my prayers!!!!!! :) Hope the sugery goes well and the chemo therapy also!
Keep praying,
Laura
 

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Actually, my husband has lived through this.

Just to clarify, my husband is a human, not a dog. :)

It was not an easy surgery in terms of recovery. Because of where he was cut it made bending very painful. Dogs may have an easier time, as they don't necessarily have to bend the same ways as us to rise and move about...?

But I wanted to post and reassure you that one can live just fine with only one kidney. He has not had to alter his lifestyle at all (well, except that I won't let him ski anymore, for fear of the other kidney taking a hard blow).

Are you sure you'll have to have chemo? They didn't know with Kevin until they got in there, took out the tumor and staged it. As it turned out, he had clean margins and a low-ish grade, so he was spared chemo.
 

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Oh...I see now you've made it through the surgery. I hope that everything goes very well with Moe's follow up.
 

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I am glad he is recovering well but so sorry to hear the cancer has spread.

Wishing you all the best with the oncologist and his future treatments.

Do a search on Essiac for cancer. All natural for humans and animals.

I would also consider a grain free food. Cancer thrives on carbs. I have no experience with chemo but thinking good quality hi protein would help him thru his treatments. Something to talk with the oncologist about.

Prayers for you and your baby.
 
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