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Okay, folks, I tried to put down my thoughts last night but just wasn't able to so will give it another try today. Maggie had her ultrasound and liver biopsy this past Wednesday. Since she just had one in January, I wasn't really expecting much to be different. Unfortunately, that isn't the case ... the Internal Medicine Specialist (IMS)found several lesions on one lobe of her liver -- he believes they are hemangiosarcomas (malignant, blood-filled lesions). Maggie had fluid in her abdomen and IMS believes that is caused by the lesions leaking. Also, Maggie's red blood cell count was dramatically reduced -- the first time that has occurred -- it was normal five days ago. The IMS was also shocked to see how Maggie's body has changed due to weight loss and what he called a "pendulous abdomen". He was very concerned about her lack of interest in food. He did a fine needle aspiration and a biopsy during the ultrasound procedure -- unfortunately, he could only aspirate around the lesions because he was afraid of causing a bleed and the biopsy was actually taken from another lobe that has been abnormal for some time now. Regardless of how either test comes back, he said the next step would be the same -- major surgery involving removal of the lobe that has the lesions. Then they would do biopsies of the lesions themselves and that would be the only way to definitively determine if they were cancerous or not.
I have to take Maggie in to the vet every three days for a red cell count and check her gums and tongue every day to make sure there is not a bleed in her system -- also look out for dazed look and even more lethargy.
It is almost decision time ... we are still dealing with Cushings in addition to this new stuff. I am leaning towards treating Maggie with the melatonin implant and flax seed oil for the Cushings and see if there are improvements and not doing the surgery. As you all know by now, Maggie is my very special baby but the reality is is that she is twelve years old ... okay, that's it for now -- too many tears to type.
 

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Judy,

I wish I could hug you and Maggie right now. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/frown.gif

I know that you will follow your heart and do what is best for our Maggie.

I have been thinking about you both and I am now crying with you.

~Denise
 

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My heart goes out to you and Maggie because I know exactly how you are feeling and what you are going through. It was almost decision time for me when Lilly was ill but the decision was taken out of my hands when she decided for herself that she had had enough.

I can't advice on what to do but I know how much you love your dear sweet baby and Maggie will be in my prayers tonight.
 

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Quote:Originally posted by Jennifer:
It was almost decision time for me when Lilly was ill but the decision was taken out of my hands when she decided for herself that she had had enough.
Well put, Jennifer.
 

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Judy,
I read your post and then sat here and pondered for a long time. Tried to put myself in your place, all the while looking at my own Maggie.

My heart is in my throat. My friend, I hate the unfairness of it; If we are lucky enough for our pets to make it to their senior years, most all will be faced with a similiar situation.

You know your Maggie, you know how much she can take. You watch her every day, you know her every mood.....is she strong enough to handle surgery? What is the long term prognosis? Is quality better than quantity? Is love better served this way or that?

Your heart will know. And my heart and prayers are yours even more right now as you decide.
 

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Judy,

Just follow your heart. I know you will make the right decision. It breaks my heart and brings tears to my eyes to read this post. I just wish I could be there for you and Maggie. You both are continually in my thoughts and prayers. Give Maggie love from us.

Jenn & Lucky
 

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Your post has brought tears to my eyes. I know how much you love Maggie, and understand your feelings. You're a wonderful beagle mom, and you'll do the right thing. I just wish there was something I could do or say to make everything easier for both you and your beloved Maggie. As always, you're in my prayers.
 

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Judy,

Sorry to hear Maggie's condition has degraded. Its hard when our pups get ill. From the time they come to us, we do what we can to keep them healthy and happy. We follow our hearts and hope for the best. You know what is best for your Maggie better than anyone. For now, keep her happy and pain free. And when that time comes, you will do what your love for her says is right.

Give her a big hug and rubs from all of us.
 

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Judy,
My heart is breaking for you and little Maggie. But she'll let you know if she's strong enough for surgery. Just keep giving her all your love. We're thinking about you.
 

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Oh Judy, I don't even know where to begin. I'm writing this through tears...I am so sorry that Miss Maggie has taken this turn. You will know what is best. Maggie will tell you. I know how hard it was when Amber got sick. Like Jennifer, I was at the crossroad of making that difficult decision when Amber made the choice for me. I love her even more for that. You'll both be in my thoughts. I'm sure you will do the right thing for Maggie.
 

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Oh Judy I am so sorry for this bad turn of events for Miss Maggie's treatment. Deb said everything perfectly in her post. They were my feelings totally. You know her better than an Vet and their tests could ever. I love our extended Beagle World but if ever there were a time I sincerely wished we were much closer for each other this is it.
Know that we are all pulling for you and Maggie.
 

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I don't know what to say. Except, that my thoughts are with you. I know you'll do what is best for Maggie. Take care and be strong. Know we at BW are here with you.
 

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Everyone else has said it so well - you know your sweet puppy more than anyone and I know you will do what is best for her above all. Big hugs from all of us here - we will be keeping you and Maggie in our thoughts.
 

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I'm so sorry, You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Amanda - Badger and Bella
 

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I'm so sorry. I wish the news for you had been different. I will keep you both in my prayers.
 
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