I'm sorry if this post is so long. I'm new here, I just got awful news and I'm just so desperate to talk to people who understand what I'm going through. My nearly 10 year old shih tzu Matty got diagnosed last year with what we thought was something benign. they couldn't figure out what kind of cancer it was but they were leaning towards lipoma. So we didn't do anything after they removed the first tumor to analyze it. Three months later, he had a growth the size of a grapefruit in his stomach and two more tumors on the same leg, same spot the others were in. We took him to the vet and they said that they would just keep regrowing if we did another surgery, and there was nothing to be done. I asked if it was cancer, they said they weren't sure. The vet I saw that day wasn't the usual vet who sees our animals. But he had a check up later in the year and his usual vet said the same thing. The tumors hadn't grown any and he wasn't in any pain with them, so we left it alone.
Just recently, a month ago, I noticed he kept licking the tumors when he didn't bother them before. He couldn't put weight on his leg. He couldn't even put his leg down. The tumor in his stomach had grown so much and so suddenly it's pressing on his bladder and he has accidents all over the house. We took him to the vet yesterday after saying enough is enough. They took one look at his tumors and said if they did surgery it would spread all through his body and it's just in his one leg. They can't do anything. They said he doesn't have much time left, and they gave us pain medicine to keep him comfortable. We have a week left with him. I'm devastated.
I have a thirteen year old shih tzu who I have been preparing for to leave me first, but my my baby boy is leaving me first instead and I'm in total shock. I haven't been able to stop crying. I thought I'd have a few years left with him, at the very least. He's always been pretty healthy. A few minor health issues here and there, but nothing like this and now all of a sudden he's this sick. The pain medicine is helping him so far but he's just not happy. My baby loves toys and he hasn't touched any of his in several days. He doesn't eat much anymore. He was always a chubby boy by nature but he's so skinny now. This is the hardest thing I've ever had to do.
matty, luna, kiki, benji.