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Hi there

I've lurked over time but never posted, and I guess this is a terrible place to start. Our Basset Gracie just got diagnosed with Lymphoma. We are beside ourselves with grief. She is an amazing and beautiful dog and it's so hard to see her acting normal, but knowing that she will fade fast when she starts fading. :( We are giving her the world now (like we really always have LOL) and just enjoying her.

The oncology vet said it is very aggressive in young dogs and if we went through chemo with her that it would probably only buy her an extra month or 2 tops. She is on Prednisone which has shrunk the glands for now until her body becomes resistant to it.

We know that someday we will have another Basset, and I'm wondering if reputable breeders try to look for that, and breed that out, or if it's random? I know they are predisposed but I'm wondering if there is a way they try to monitor that. We got our Basset from an AKC breeder, however I didn't know to ask about this at the time.

Thanks for any answers/support guys, I've watched the board and I know you are all a great bunch!
 

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Thank you so much! We are. We truly, truly are. I know I'm not alone here, this board is helping me a lot.
 

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So sorry to hear about Gracie. We'll keep you in our thoughts.
 

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Welcome, and sorry to meet you under these circumstances.

Your love for Gracie and God's mercy will carry you through.

Lifting prayers of strength and comfort up for your family and Gracie during this challening time.
 

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This is my first posting as well....I am so sorry to hear about Gracie....I know how hard that kind of loss is...I firmly believe that Heaven is a place where all the animals we have ever loved come running to greet us...my prayers go out to you and your family at this time...:(
 

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My Boss Hogg was diagnosed with Lymphoma back in Aug. 2010. He was 5.5yrs. old when diagnosed. We took him to a specialist and started chemo immediately. (16treatment program) Now, it's January 2011 and he is still with us. Sure, chemo is a difficult decision, but like people u never know what medication will do for them. Everyone is different .I am so sorry to hear about your hound. please consider an 2nd opinion before giving up on chemo.
 

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I'm so sorry about Gracie! Lymphoma is something I've heard almost nothing about as regards bassets.
Spoil her wicked.
 

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My Boss Hogg was diagnosed with Lymphoma back in Aug. 2010. He was 5.5yrs. old when diagnosed. We took him to a specialist and started chemo immediately. (16treatment program) Now, it's January 2011 and he is still with us. Sure, chemo is a difficult decision, but like people u never know what medication will do for them. Everyone is different .I am so sorry to hear about your hound. please consider an 2nd opinion before giving up on chemo.
I had a long reply typed out but accidentally closed the window. Doh!

Thanks everyone for your kind words, you are all so sweet!

Basically what I had typed in a nutshell was that apart from Gracie's regular vet we went to an Oncologist. He said unfortunately because of her age (the younger they are the more virulent the disease), the amount of disease present, and the aggressiveness of the Lymphoma that chemo would buy her little extra time. When he did the cytology on her node he said there was no doubt. We could do it and maybe extend her life 1-2 months he said, but he said the palliative treatment of prednisone might get her just as far. I don't want to give up, but there is a lot to weigh, and I just want her to have all the love and dignity she deserves. She is getting love by the bushel, but she always has. We are soooo in love with our fur children. :)
 

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I am so sorry about Gracie's lymphoma diagnosis. I am sure that getting that kind of news was absolutely heartbreaking.

Our Scully was diagnosed with lymphoma at the age of 10. Since she was otherwise a very healthy girl, we opted to try chemo, and she did very well. We had close to an extra year with her--8 and a half months of which she was in full remission--and I am thankful for each and every day. Each dog is different though, and what works for some, might not be the appropriate treatment for others.

Cherish each moment with your girl. Keeping you and Gracie in my thoughts.
 

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Bubbad had a very similar experience to yours, and if she doesn't post here, message her. Gracie is beautiful, and I'm so sorry that this is happening to her and to your family.
 

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I know it's a very...very difficult time right now. with Boss Hogg, I was in total tears everytime I looked @ him. It's been 6 months since he was diagnosed. So far so good. I will pray for Gracie and wish u the very best. (Multi-vitamin helps) God Bless& Good Luck.
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You know, we are losing our marbles over here. We cry every time we look at her too. I had to call our doctor to get something to settle my husband down. He just had surgery last week and we found out about Grace a few days later. He is such a wreck that he was causing extra pain to his surgical sites from crying so hard for days straight.

All this being said, I want to thank you all. Reading your stories and condolences has REALLY helped me cope with this. I don't feel so alone anymore and that's a step in the right direction.
 

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I'm wondering if reputable breeders try to look for that, and breed that out, or if it's random?
The problem with any disease that may have a genetic predilection without any clear inheritance pattern it is very har to imppossible to eliminate or even control until some mode of transmission or detection is discovered. Eliminating breeding stock on the basis of lymphoma in the pedigree is likely to be more harmfull to the breed through the loss of genetic diversity than it is to help in controling the disease. There is not enough info to be very proactive when dealing with it.
 

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Thanks for the answer Mike, I was worried about that. I guess I am looking to do everything I can possibly do to avoid this happening again at any cost, because I'm in so much pain. That was a long shot, but I guess I had a feeling that was the case.
 

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Heart breaking to hear this in any dog but especially one so young. Loved the pic with the ball in her mouth. She sounds like one very loved little Basset.
 

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Poor Gracie, mom, and dad. The pictures are great and she looks like a sweet girl. God bless you all.
 

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I am so sorry about Grace. I know how I would be and I can't even began to think of what ya are going through. I am sure ya's heart is breaking a little bit more everyday. But Cherish the time you have with Grace and know that you will meet her again one day. And she will carry your love for her with her always no matter if she is here or at the bridge. Mattie's and my thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family and most importantly Grace.
 
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