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I am so choked up I am having a hard time writing this, I need your help if anybody has run into this, My baby boy Hunter just turned 4 in Dec, He is a great family dog and to this point has been pretty healthy, We took him to the vet after finding 2 sizable lumps in his neck on each side they just showed up 3 weeks ago and have been getting bigger, The vet aspirated oned of the lumps with a needle and we were told today he has Metastatic Carcinom, We have a appointment with a cancer vet on Saturday,

Hunter has been healthy he barks runs and eats he is a little chuby but thats it.

Can you help let me know what the vet might say How long does he have is there any chance I can save him, I love this dog so much and am just so taken back by this whole thing.

I brought him to the vet in Oct becuase he has had a pretty bad reverse cough, The vet said is was alergies and as soon as it started getting cold it went away.

He shows no sign of sickness except the cough it has been back the last few days as it has been warmer in NY


Has anybody out theres dog gotten cancer? Is there any chance the vet is wrong, Please let me know if any of you fellow beagle owners have run into this I love my guy I am so upset right now.
 

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I'm sorry I can't offer any help, but I will keep you and Hunter in my thoughts and prayers. Please keep us all posted. I hope someone here can help. I have treasured every word of advice and encouragment from the more experienced on this site.
 

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Thanks Sonja, I am reading so many articles on google my head hurts, I just love my boy and dont understand it he is fine right now cant figure how this happenend, He goes to the vet twice a year. Just trying to find out if he will hurt or how long I have with him.
 

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I am very sorry . I don't know anything about the cancer your beagle has so I can't give you any advice sorry. As your Hunter is only quite young hopefully he will have a lot of fight in him. Lots of love and positive thoughts going out to him and you ((()))
 

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I'm so sorry. I have no experience with Cancer in dogs so I can't offer any advice. I will keep you and Hunter in my thoughts and prayers though.
 

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Poor Hunter, and poor you.
I believe Joe Beagles' Murphy had cancer, but don't remember what kind. If he doesn't see your post, maybe you could PM him for info.
 

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Healing thoughts and prayers coming your way. My Sam is only 5 years old - young like Hunter. Our battle with his mast cell tumor may be coming closer to the end for him, but we are out here when you need an ear or a shoulder to cry on.
 

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I'm so sorry you are going through this right now with your baby.

I have experience of dogs with cancer. My first dog Lilly had Leukemia. She sadly died 3 weeks after being diagnosed with it but the vet said that she had most likely had it for a good few years.

Sherry had a malignant tumour (Carcinoma) removed last february and she is still going strong. I did however find a lump a few days ago but that is another story and may not be the return of her cancer.

Metastatic means the cancer has divided that's why he has two lumps and as they are on his neck they might be just in the skin which means they may be able to remove them or they may be in his lymph nodes.

There are many treatments available to him including successful removal and chemotherapy (which doesn't make their hair fall out like it does with humans).

I know it's easy for me to say don't panic just yet but you will have a better understanding of the way forward with this after you see the cancer specialist on Saturday.

As to whether your vet is wrong....if they took a biopsy and sent it off for analysis then it's unlikely that the result from the laboratory are wrong but it's not impossible I guess.

Luv and hugs to you sweetie and your boy.
 

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I don't have any personal experience with cancer in dogs but certainly offer lots of prayers and hugs to you and Hunter. Jennifer's input is very positive so keep reading it until you get to the oncologist. You will drive yourself nuts reading articles on the internet so you are better off not doing that if you can.
 

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I have been where you are... twice. At 6, Murphy had skin cancer which was removed (14 lumps, 3 were carcinomas). Then at the age of 10 he got leukemia (blood cancer). It took a year to beat it into remission using chemotherapy. He lived another year beyond that when we had to put him down (tumors - complications from leukemia).

And don't think the reverse sneezes were anything more than that. There was probably no relation between the two.

You can read all you want. You can TRY to prepare yourself. But its best just to deal with it as your vet and oncologist recommend. Second opinions are important too. If you feel you need one, get it.

We will keep you both in our thoughts. Keep us informed on what they say.
 

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Thanks for all the posts we really appreciate it, We will update all of you after our visti on Saturday, Please keep any info you may have coming, So you can see who we are talking about we posted a pic of Hunter and Holly our two beagles in the Photo section.
 

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Both your beagles are beautiful! I'm sorry, but I also don't have any advice for you, but do want you to know that Hunter will not be far from thought until we get another update from you. I pray it will be something managable.
 

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Hi Everyone, just got back from our appointment with the cancer vet and wanted to give everyone the update:
There is a slight chance that the lab read the results wrong and that it isn't cancer, though they said it's very slight. The most probable diagnosis are either tonsular or nasal cancer because of the fact that both lymph nodes are swollen (I guess in most other cancers only one node is affected). We had a chest x-ray done and that turned out to be normal and no tumors were present, the next step is to have a CT done while he is under anestesia and biopsy the lymph node and any tumors (if they are found). The prognosis on the two cancers mentioned above is 6months to 1 1/2 years. According to the vet the cancer wouldn't be curable and treatment options would be given in order to increase duration and quality of life - but best bet is about an additional 6 months. We'll review if we want to do the chemo/radiation when we find out exactly what it is. We're still hoping and praying that the results are wrong and he has some sort of infection. Will keep everyone updated, the CT and biopsy should take place sometime next week.
 

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We all hope for the best for your little one Hunter and hope it's just an infection of some sort. My prayers & thoughts continue to be with you & your family during this very difficult time.
 
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