Dear Metermaid- We were so sorry to hear of your distress over what caused your Dusty to die so suddenly! Since we just lost our Beloved girl, Maya yesterday from what sounds like Identical causes, it may help you to know that it was Indeed Cancer of the Spleen.
She was 11 years old, the most beautiful German Shepherd we have ever had. Super intelligent, very loving & so loyal- we Knew without a doubt she would have died for us...
She was her usual self 4 days ago, following my husband everywhere, playing Frisbee with her 'little brother' ( a welsh corgi), eating, begging for her Cookie, etc. Then one night she couldn't finish her dinner, seemed lethargic... Nothing to worry much about we thought, especially since the next morning she ate & seemed fine again, except that she seemed to be 'withdrawing' from us- going into another room by herself instead of joining us in the living room on her comfy bed...
After 3 days, a Sunday, she was very weak & we took her to the vet hospital. I suspected diabetes, as she seemed to drink a lot of water, but knowing this could be treated, I remained confident of her recovery. But then that special 'knowledge' you get, Instinct, Intuition, whatever, that Usually tells me everything will be all right didn't appear. But my Mom, who died 4 years ago just the day before, did. I was silently praying for my beautiful Baby, & my Mom very distinctly said 'I'll take care of her.'
So I knew....
And then the vet said it might be Cancer, they had to do an ultrasound, run tests, etc. Two hours later, we got the devastating news- it was Cancer of the spleen. A 'Horrible, quick spreading cancer that would quickly spread to kidneys or lungs'- even if removed, 80% fatal'
Surgically, she would only have 3- 6 weeks to live.
We decided that it wasn't worth putting her through any more pain to gain just 3-6 weeks more of her company. It was Undoubtedly the Hardest decision we had ever made. But she was obviously in pain & it seemed that she was alternately trying to tell us that she was tired, & trying to say she didn't want to leave us!! It was SO Horrible!
I cannot stop crying. I cannot understand how such a thing could happen so Quickly to an otherwise healthy animal!! We are utterly Devastated. We know exactly how you feel. We hope that hearing Maya's diagnosis will help you deal with Dusty's loss a bit better.
We lost our Beautiful Big Girl from cancer of the spleen yesterday. It only took 4 days to weaken her to the point that we had to let her go rather than have her suffer- and the shock we are experiencing is the Worst I have Ever had, even though I have had G Shepherds for 40 years & have lost my parents! HOW could this happen So Fast?? Can't Science do Anything about this awful disease?