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:cry: Well, Sweetpea has been through quite a bit latey. It all started with her getting some hard lumps in her mammorys after being in heat. My mom never bred her but she never had her fixed either. Anyways, we went to the vet and the vet said, she had an infected uterus from having false pregnancies and that she had to have a hysterectomy. We told the vet to go ahead with the surgey and she pulled through just fine. The vet sent her home with some antibiotics and said to give her hormones a chance to get back to normal and the lumps would subside. Well, the lumps did not subside. we took her back to the vet and the vet said that she just had some infection left and gave us another antibiotic. She took that and it did not help. We took her back again, now after all of this the vet is conerned about mammory cancer. She did a chest x-ray and could not find anything in her lungs. The vet said this was a good sign cause if cancer spreads that is the first place it goes. Anyways, the vet recommended a masectomy. They cut her with an incsion the whole length of her stomach and took all of her mammorys on one side. They took two biopsy samples and we have to wait 14 days to find out if she has cancer. I am horrified at how serious the surgery was, she was draining blood through a tube for a week and now she is draining clear fluid, which the vet says is normal. I am concerned now because she is breathing quick short little breathes like she is in pain. The vet seemed concernd about her breathing at her checkup yesterday. I am not sure if the was concerned cause she thinks there is cancer in the lungs or because she thinks she is in pain. Sweetpea is only 7 years old, she will be 8 in August. I am just heartbroken. She is my baby and I just don't know what I would do without her. Please everyone pray for her not to have cancer, she could really use your prayers. She is so special to me, she is like no other animal I have ever met. I would appreciate advice from anyone else who has had a similar experience. Thank you for taking the time to read this.
 

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I'm so sorry to hear this. Unfortunately, mammory gland cancer is not as rare as it seems & we are seeing more & more of it every month, every year. And unlike us, they have an entire chain that must be removed that makes the surgery that much more dangerous.

I hope she pulls through & the cancer has not metastisized any further. I wish you & your family the best.
 

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I feel for you and sweet pea.Thats horrible what she has and is gone through.
I will keep her in my prayers.Please keep us posted on her situation.

BTW, With the short breathing I would have them check to make sure fluid isn't in her lungs which will cause them to breath in short but fast breaths.If there is fluid in the lungs they will need to drain it which is very uncomfortable to the dog but if not treated well it's not good.
 

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Thank you to everyone for taking the time to read my story. I really appreciate all of the prayers. The vet has done a lung X-ray and she did not find any fluid. I read that when a dog has been through a tramatic surgery they become anemic with very pale gums and shortness of breath. We had her blood tested and she has become slightly anemic so we are giving her vitamin B and iron supplements. I will keep everyone posted on what happens with Sweetpea. Her results should come beack in about a week. Thank you again for all of the support and prayers.
 

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hey i am very sorry to hear about your dog i am going thru a similar situation right now. an adult female i have had a swollen foot which was believed to be an infection after some antibiotics the swelling went down and she seemed fine her foot started to swell again so i went back to the vet took x-rays and no one could figure out what was happening i went to several specialist and after many x rays and minor procedures we had to do a biopsy of the bone for samples to test well last friday the results came back saying she had advanced cancer and that i should bring her in monday as euthanisation was the only option. after speaking to a friend who had a dog w/ the same cancer she told me that it would be a matter of days due to the operation igniting the cancer and to keep an eye on her and that she would give me a look to tell me she has had enough when it was her time(along with other signs of course). being the weirdo that i am i explained this to her (yes the dog) as we went to sleep that night she sleeps in a bed beside mine (she wasn't moving around to well) i told her you just give me the sign..... the next morining i woke up to her licking my face and wagging her whole body (this was definatley not the sign) every day since then knock on wood she has gotten a little better she is happy and the swelling in her foot has even gone down a bit for the 1st time in weeks. I think cancer in dogs is somewhat similar to that in humans in which it isn't always predictable i myself am just researching it now but this is one thing i have noticed from case to case. there is a ton of info on the net, the one thing that i have heard several times is that dogs can actually smell cancer i have noticed here that some of my dogs that would usually be upset by her being in the house gettin most of the attention aren't, and females that are normally agressive towards her and that have been in the past are not now. i think the reason for your vets concern with the breathing is cause cancer will usually travel to the lungs quickly but this is also a very common effect from infection bacterial and fungal so it is definatly not a sure tell sign. also the excitement from the operation, meds, and stress can cause irregularities in breathing as well. i wish you all the best with your dog and i will keep my fingers crossed for her results. if you have any questions feel free to message me i will try to answer as best i can.

good luck

Evan
 
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