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    Default Update on Tess's health-- not good news

    I haven't posted much here lately, but I wanted to update you on my little Tess. She has been losing weight and drinking a lot of water lately, so we went to see the vet. The test results are not good. Tess has liver cancer. They don't know exactly what type of cancer it is and in order to find out they'd probably need to do surgery for a piece of her liver to run tests on. The cancer is throughout her liver--many nodules--so we're talking palliative cancer care if we move forward. Given that she has a weak heart, and that this doesn't sound like a cancer she can truly recuperate from, my daughter and I have decided to make her happy and let her live out the rest of her life without the chemo intervention.


    I called the vet today and explained what we had decided. I'm going to pick up a pain prescription later, and start feeding her tasty tidbits to see if we can keep her appetite going and put a little weight on her. She seems frail and delicate all of a sudden, but we're going to have as much fun in her life as possible over the time we have left with her.

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    God bless you all. These little ones truly count on all of us make the right decisions with their welfare. Everyone knows the right thing to do - only a few have the courage to do the right thing. Clearly, you are making a decision in the best interests of your little one. I'm sure you'll make sure she is pain free - we know she's already well loved. One thing I've noticed as a member of this group - everyone feels like a spear hit us in the chest when we hear of sick cavvies. Hopefully, you may take some measure of comfort in knowing others feel your pain and have you and yours in our thoughts and prayers.

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    I'm so sorry that you and Tess are going through this.

    Thinking of you

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    Oh that is not good news at all. I agree with your decision not to do chemo, taking her overall health in to consideration. It does make it any easier tho

    Please keep us updated!
    Hoping for the best for you and her.
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    I'm so sorry you got this news. We are all here to help and support you.
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    So very sorry to read this sad news. I totally agree with your decision to make her remaining time as happy and comfortable as possible. It's not always right to intervene, in this type of situation, my vet says that there is no point in testing unless you are going to act upon the results. It would be miserable for Tess to undergo surgery and worrying with a weak heart anyway.

    I'm not sure if you are giving liver support supplements? In the past we've used Zentonil Advanced (SAMe + silybin - the active ingredient in milk Thistle) but your vet should be able to advise.

    We are all here for you and hope that will be a source of support for you in the difficult times to come.
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    I'm so sorry it's such a hard thing to go thru , I lost my first cavalier to liver disease and made the same decisions . I selfishly wanted to keep him with me forever but once he started having more bad days than good we knew it was time . Enjoy ur cuddles and precious time together.

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    Im so sorry...I too think you chose wisely....enjoy Tess for now...I hope she is happy and comfortable....

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    Well we put her on some pain medication and I'm happy to report she has perked up. She's a bit livelier and more willing to get up and go. Her appetite is still very good too. She had lost quite a bit of weight--close to three pounds--and I'm giving her extra food. She seems to be putting a bit weight back on--her back does not feel as bony. The best part is she seems pretty happy. I'm working at keeping our two big dogs out of her hair so she can relax and be regal.

    thank you you all for your kind comments. Tess and I appreciate them.

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    Tess continues to do fairly well. I say that because she's still interested in eating--she's always been a foodie!--and she's still wagging and joining the other dogs in barking at squirrels and such. Right now she's by my feet having a snooze. I'm hoping she'll be with us for a while.

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