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Dec 06 2012

Check up with some bad news

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Hi Everyone,

It’s been a long time since I’ve had to write any bad news on Hunter’s blog.

Yesterday we had his check up.  It has been 3 months since his last chemo treatment now.

He had a CBC, a Chemistry panel, and 5 chest xrays taken.

The positive:

Hunter’s blood work looked fantastic! And he is really the picture of health; even weighed in at 72 lbs. (up a pound since his last visit)  We’ve got a very happy lab with bright eyes and a bushy tail.  He is even glad to be at the clinic each and every time and wags his tail waiting at the door for Whitney (his oncology nurse) to come and get him!

The negative:

His chest xrays showed a small mass on his right lung…. and I was alone at this appointment!

We just thought we were going to get the “all clear” so hubby didn’t come along.  Even our oncologist didn’t think we’d see anything at this appointment.  A real surprise for all of us for sure.  Statistics showed that the average dog was to have 1 year without anything showing up, and 25 % of dogs would have 2 years.  Hunter was above average in all aspects of this journey so far, so we truly believed we had more time.

So, since Hunter is a lumpy dog, I did what I was sure my hubby would want me to do… rule out his lumps.  So his external lumps (2 on his right side, and 2 on his sternum) were shaved and painted with barium and off to the xray machine he went again.

Unfortunately, none of the lumps were what they were seeing on his lung.  I think the mass looks like the size of a M&M peanut candy….(the cursor is pointing to it)


So we are going to fight for Hunter again!

Please keep him in your prayers and keep everything crossed that this small mass is not going to cause him any problems ~ anytime soon!




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3 responses so far

3 Responses to “Check up with some bad news”

  1.   maximutton 06 Dec 2012 at 12:54 pm     Reply1

    It’s always tough to get this kind of news, especially when you weren’t expecting it. I can still remember the day the spot on Max’s lung was found; we felt like we had run full speed into a brick wall. I know you’ve read it many times before, but this is what you have to remember: Hunter doesn’t know he’s sick. He just knows he’s a very happy labby who loves his family. Also, you mentioned that you hoped to have more time with him. That mass didn’t have an expiration date on it. So, right now, don’t worry about time (easier said than done, I know). If you worry about how much time is left, you’ll be losing what time you have with him. Just take each day as it comes. There have been plenty of dogs on this site who lived a really long time with mets. So for right now, love up your boy, do everything you planned on doing with him, and take it day by day. That’s how your boy lives, and that’s all he wants out of you. Now, go give your handsome boy a good belly rub from me, and maybe a slice or two of bacon! Or steak!

  2.   princesson 06 Dec 2012 at 8:16 pm     Reply2

    I’ll never forget getting that news either. It really does feel like you have been hit by a truck.

    Keep living in the moment. We will cross everything for you and keep you in our prayers.

    Karen and Spirit Magnum

  3.   juicyaon 07 Dec 2012 at 1:43 pm     Reply3

    So sorry about the news. Me and Marlie are sending belly rubs and love from up north. Take care Hunter and mama and we will keep sending “pawsitive” vibes and energy your way.

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