Corgi's R Us Message Board › Hemangiosarcoma
It's been a bad few weeks for tri-color Pembroke Welsh Corgis. First there was the bad news about Linda Gray's dog Cody having been diagnosed with serious heart trouble, then Carolyn's dog Gracie being attacked by a pit bull, and now, sadly, it's Budd's turn. Budd is recovering from emergency surgery to remove his spleen, which had developed a large tumor. Unfortunately, the lab results came back positive for hemangiosarcoma, a cancer of the lining of blood vessels that is considered incurable. There is some good news; Budd is making a fantastic recovery from the splenectomy and is already back to his playful, happy, loving self. However, the doctors estimate that without chemotherapy, the cancer will return in 2-4 months. With chemotherapy, a 6-9 month survival time is very possible. I hope nobody in the meetup group has ever had a dog that's been diagnosed with this awful disease. But if anyone has advice on chemotherapy, cancer diet, supplements, or can recommend a good holistic vet, animal oncologist, or anyone else that might be able to help, I am open to all options and I
would be very grateful.
I am so sorry for this diagnosis, Jeff. Poor, little man Budd. I would suggest giving Budd everything and anything he wants but I know he already does. He is one spoiled, loved corgi. Inject some joy and peace into every remaining day, as I think we all should try to do no matter what.
You might want to reach out to Kricket Kaye who has had the unfortunate circumstance of dealing with cancer (albeit a different form) with her corgi, Cookie, this past year.
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Hi Jeff, Sorry to hear about Budd's diagnosis. Their lives are all too short. There are several excellent naturopathic vets in this area. Dr. Sodhi in Lynnwood/Bellevue has treated kidney failure for my cat, and Dr Brad Evergreen, Monroe, has treated a variety of aliments in my corgi and cats. Highly recommend them both for alternative treatments. Please keep us posted. Jamie
Camano Island, WA
Sorry to hear the bad news, Jeff. I know how you feel because Grace has just been diagnosed with Pancreatic "nodules" that may or may not be cancerous. She also has an enlarged Liver with extremely high Liver enzymes. She's currently on Denamarin for the enzymes, which seems to be helping, but without a biopsy, we do not know for sure the status of the Liver or Pancreas. At 12 years old we do not want to put her through the pain and stress of that procedure, so are waiting a month until we give her another ultrasound to see if there are any changes. Decisions will have to be made then. She's her old self again for now, but we don't know for how long. I have never had a dog love me (and I her) like Grace loves me. If and when I lose her, it will be devastating. To make matters worse, our 16 year old Russian Blue cat Sampson has been diagnosed with inoperable throat cancer, and has maybe a month left.
It's a bad time.
Don't give up. My recent critters have had cancer in various forms four times in the last five years, and only once it's gotten the best of one of my sweet kitties. Cookie had cancer this last summer and it's a roller coaster of a ride while you sift and search for the best that you can do for them. I love my oncologist Dr. Meleo. We had some hiccups with the treatment plans when the radiology department at Stevens Hospital lost their machine for a month. That's when I saw the networking and care that is available for critter cancer patients. I was so grateful and amazed how they worked together to tie in everyone so that she could receive the very best care possible and still keep everyone that worked on her in the loop. People health care could learn a-lot from the vet community. I ended taking Cookie to Pullman Veterinary College and left her for a month as I couldn't give up work, esp. paying for treatments! Dr. Janean Fidel is one of the top animal oncologist in the states and works with all the new therapies. Cookie's cancer had only been seen a couple of times here locally, but she had seen enough cases she new the exact treatment needed. We saved her leg and she maybe in permanent remission. And the kids are SO great. I got a call every day from the student that was assigned to take care of her, pictures and e-mails as well. My regular vet graduated from Pullman and I have always been impressed with the care my animals get, and now that I've seen the school first hand I know why they get such stellar care.
All total because of the unusual circumstances Cookie ended up seeing two vets at her normal vet, two surgeons, and two oncologist. They all stayed abreast of her treatments with great communication the entire time. Locally Dr. Karri A. Meleo, D.V.M. Diplomat, A.C.V.I.M, (Oncology), Diplomat, A.C.V.R. (Radiation Oncology) Animal Cancer Specialists is top notch and still down to earth, practical and compassionate. If you run into things out of the norm, it's worth contacting Dr. Janean Fidel BS, MS, DVM Associate Professor Oncology, at WSU Veterinary College. All the specifics of contacting these folks and their specialties are below. Along with the contact info for some other specialist we ended up seeing. I think Cookie had some very special angles indeed, as I had no idea who to take her to see and it all fell in place as needed. After the fact I learned we'd managed to contact some of the very best cancer and specialty vets that Washington has to offer. I love passing this info. along, as it was just dumb luck and divine intervention that led us to the group of great resources and compassionate devoted specialists.
I also liked the fact that I may not have known if Cookie would make it or not, but she was doing something that would help generations of vets learn how to treat cancer. And being a Corgi she loved being the center of all that attention! : )
One note that I did learn, as I was dead set against chemo. Poisoning everything to kill cancer just seems so wrong to obtain health. Is that now their are some very specific drugs that specifically target the cancers that are lumped into the Chemo therapy jargon but are not the strip all the life out of all the cells evasive treatments that I had thought Chemo was. So investigate what kind of chemo that is necessary. It may not be as bad as it sounds. I think we've come to think of cancer treatments from the drama we see on TV. Animal cancer reactions and treatments are a far cry from that kind of suffering. They take it much better, have less reactions, and heal so easily, it's really amazing.
There are all sorts of types of cancers and everyone of them different. I'm no expert but I'm starting to feel hopeful that the "C" word isn't as scary as it used to be with the resources now available. Feel free to get a-hold of me as needed. Lori and Molly were going thru cancer treatments at the same time and it was a great help to just be able to talk to someone that was going thru the same process. It hits us much harder than it hits them as I don't think they are really aware that they are sick. And they don't have to make the hard decisions we do.
Hope you find some of this information helpful. Warmest Regards – Kricket (and Cookie)
Oncologists: Dr. Karri A. Meleo, D.V.M. Diplomat,
A.C.V.I.M, (Oncology), Diplomat, A.C.V.R. (Radiation Oncology)
Animal Cancer Specialists
11536 Lake City Way NE
Seattle, WA 98125
Surgeon in same location: Dr. Tamara Walker DVM DACVS
Animal Critical Care and Emergency Services (ACCES)
Tel: 206-364-1660 x1
Surgeon: Dr. Michael Mison DVM, DACVS
Affiliate Assistant Professor - University of Washington
Seattle Veterinary Specialists (SVS)
11814 115th Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98034
Oncology: Dr. Janean Fidel BS, MS, DVM
Associate Professor Oncology, Diplomat ACVIM (Medical Oncology) & ACVR (Radiation Oncology)
Research Interests: COX2 inhibitors, histiocytic sarcoma, radiation therapy.
Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
Washington State University - Pullman WA, 99164
And my favorite Vets - you can't beat the staff at
Inglemoor Animal Hospital
16900 Juanita Dr NE Kenmore, WA 98028