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It's been a while since I posted on the boards, but I felt I had to share our sad news. Our 3.5-year-old Bailey died last night from lymphoma. It happened so quickly, he was off his food for a couple of days and then we noticed a lump under his chin on Tuesday. He died at the veterinary hospital last night.

This all happened so suddenly, but the vet said that's not unusual, depending on where the cancer started. It seems that this is a common issue with Bassets. Has anyone had experience with it? We're just so sad. He was such a good boy.

Thanks for any feedback.

Gwen
 

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I'm sorry to hear that Gwen, i have no experience in this topic so thanks for the warning.

Bailey is out of pain now. Hughs for you and your family.
 

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It seems there are some blood-lines that commonly die from cancers --perhaps too close too long

[ July 17, 2004, 07:12 AM: Message edited by: Dean ]
 

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I'm sorry to hear of your loss. :(
 

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So sorry for your loss. Most of the dogs I know that have had lymphoma have been 7-8 years or older. Losing them at any age is awful but 3.5 years is such a tragedy. :(
 
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I'm sad to hear of your loss. I think other dog owners can truly empathise with your pain. They are our best buddies, aren't they?
 

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Gwen--
I'm very sorry you lost your dog so fast and so young. I've lost a dog due to lymphoma also, and it can just sneak up on you--he was 8 and we didn't think a thing was wrong, until I noticed a lump under his chin. My thoughts are with you.

[ July 18, 2004, 12:57 AM: Message edited by: S. Hall ]
 

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Thanks, everyone. It's been a very tough few days. The vet reviewed Bailey's test results with the oncologist and the other docs. They concur that the cancer started in his liver or his stomach, so by the time it presented visible signs (i.e. the enlarged lymph nodes), he was already in stage IV, so it was unlikely that chemo would have done much. I just wish we would have seen him one last time -- in the worst case, we thought we'd be bringing him home to make him comfortable for his last few weeks. We really didn't expect to lose him so quickly.

So, do me a favor and hug your droopy-eyed pooches for me. Bailey got lots of love -- and lots of liverwurst when his appetite waned, because it was the only thing he'd eat. They're great dogs.

We're going to talk to the vet again and see what we can do in the future to perhaps detect such problems more quickly. We would have gladly paid for an annual or semi-annual blood test if it meant earlier detection and, perhaps, an opportunity to treat the cancer. But Bailey was in for an annual physical in March and back in for treatment of a hot spot in May and nothing was detected. Less than a month ago, he was at a big family picnic, running around the pool and playing and barking at the kids. He seemed the picture of perfect health at a strapping and muscular 70 lbs.

I appreciate the support from people who have an inkling what we're going through. :) Thanks again.

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I've been there.Bubba, lost to lymphosarcoma at 3.5 years of age and my bitch Grace to lymphoma 10 months later. Bubba had diarrehea for about 3 months.In Sept.of 2001 we moved from Florida back to central PA.In Feb. 2002,I noticed his stools were runny but not really bad,gave some Immodium,seemed to help.March, he wasn't bad but as of that time I didn't even have a new Vet yet, so I found a Vet updated his vaccines,told her about the problem,she didn't seem concerned. April we had several dog shows to attend and I even asked some of the dog people about the diarrehea problem but no one had any ideas. April 17th was his 3rd birthday. By the beggining of May I was really worried because he was starting to drop weight ,(normally 70lbs)thirsty all the time,problem was we were going on a cruise May 2nd so I made an appointment at the Vets for when we got back. It was for May 15th a Wed.I will never forget that day.The Vet palpated his belly and said that if she didn't know he was a male she would swear he was pregnant,not a good thing. :( She wanted to do x-rays etc,but nothing was conclusive so we had exploritory surgery done May 17th,one month after he turned 3. The diagnoses was lymphosarcoma , :( in his intestines and liver. I was floored! Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought Cancer. If we did nothing he had anywhere from 2 weeks to maybe 3weeks with treatment he may have 2-4 months. Chemo was so expensive and it wouldn't cure him.So we went with medication,which is the kind they use in chemo anyway. That was the end of his promissing show career,but he did really well on the drugs and I had him on extra vitamins as well.One of the drugs is prednisone,which made him gain weight ,to the tune of 20lbs,now I had an 90lb basset.But he was happy and funny.It was hard to believe he was sick, but I knew every day we had together brought me one day closer to losing him. Many nights I stayed up with him because I knew our time was short.He had to have blood work done every 2 months.When I took him in for the bloodwork in Aug. the Vet said she didn't think he would go past September and to prepare myself.(yeah!right.)I took him back in October for bloodwork and she was very surprised he was still doing ok. December came and somewhere around Christmas I seemed to notice Bubba just not quite his happy self.On Dec.30th I came home from the store,Bubba didn't get up to greet us ,he wagged his tail but just didn't feel like getting up.I knew then he was telling me, it was time. That night my husband came in and sat on the floor and Bubba went over to him ,placed his huge paws on my husbands shoulders and kissed his face,then layed his head on his lap. I stayed up that night with him. December 31st we went to the Vets and she shaved his front leg,and he didn't move,(which was another sign to me he was ready,because he would go bulistic when he heard the dremel to do his nails and this sounded just like it)Bubba layed his head in my hands as she gave the injection. I cried months before and I cried months after.I could not believe how deep the pain was and still is. I believe the cause of his cancer and Grace's was having our yard treated in Florida by Chemlawn. For about 2-3 months before we moved our yard was treated and even though I kept the dogs off the grass and even talked at lenghth to one of the employees, because Grace was to be bred, who convinced me Chemlawn was safe. When we moved up to PA and I had Grace boarded at a local kennel the owner told me he had a study done at Cornell Uni.on the chemicals used to treat lawns by the lawn companies(young dogs were coming in to board that were diagnosed with cancer and the thing in common was owners having the lawns treated)the study confirmed these chemicals to cause lymphoma,lymphasarcoma in dogs. I suspected this before talking to the kennel owner,he just confirmed it for me. Sorry this is so long I'll post about Grace another time.
 

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Bubbad:

Thank you so much for sharing your story. I'm sorry to hear about Bubba and Grace. It's just hard to believe how suddenly this comes on.

We had avoided having our lawn treated because we were concerned about Bailey. In May, our lawn service put down a pet-friendly fertilizer, but not in Bailey's fenced-in area of the yard, which is separate from the rest of the yard. We still kept him off the lawn, except for him to relieve himself, for two days. But I never really gave a thought to our neighbors' lawn services, although one has a dog and one has cats, so I'd hope that they'd be careful. Hmmm...something to think about.

I thought I'd researched Bassets pretty thoroughly and knew that they were a breed predisposed to lymphoma. But I never thought it would happen to us. And I never imagined it would happen so quickly. I just want to hug that sweet, gentle dog one more time.

Anyway, these boards were so supportive when I was learning what the heck to do with all of a Basset's quirks. And you all are still so supportive during this difficult time. What a special group of people. You have my sincere gratitude.

Gwen
 

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I didn't think lightning would strike twice so I wasn't really looking for anything with Grace,until one day I was petting her and noticed her lymphnodes on each side of her neck were swollen,then I felt the nodes in front of both legs,they were swollen as were the ones on her rear legs.I knew then,she had cancer.Vet took blood and confirmed it.She was diagnosed in Aug.of 2003 and gone October 17th. Grace was 8 years old. Bubba and Grace had the same grandfather and I know all the dogs on both sides of the pedigrees,there is no history of cancer. What I wanted to tell you is there is a great memorial site,it isn't entirely a memorial site but Bubba and Grace are on it,called Portail Basset Hound Countries of the World.It really helped with my greiving,see what you think.
 

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Gwen...I'm SO sorry for your loss. Unimagineable pain is how I have to describe it. I just can't think about when that day will come with our Emma. I can hear the grief in your post. And Bubbad, the story of your Bubba putting his paws on your hubby and kissing him--I just have tears streaming down my face! Like I said, you both have so much strength. I will just be a complete disaster when that day comes. If it weren't for the daily sheer JOY I get from Emma, it almost wouldn't be worth the pain would it?
 

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I use to work for a Vet and heard many people say they would never have another animal because it is so hard to go through these things, but you know what,I couldn't not ever have another basset.I know I said that a little weird. Grace and Bubba were very hard but I got to be with them for a while.I don't know how someone deals with something going wrong at the Vets and not being able to see them alive again.You have to go on with life, its just I would be so much happier to still have Bubba and Grace. I have an 11 month old Vinny,he is sweet and I love him but still...
 
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