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adelia

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Indy is a 9 year old boxer. We adopted him seven years ago. It was love at first sight for all of us. We have always strived to give him a comfortable life willed with joy and love.

This past week, we had a health scare that lead to a splenectomy. The vet called this morning and gave us the worst news imaginable. My baby has hemangiosarcoma. A very aggressive cancer that will take him from us before any of us are ready.

After his surgery, we were so hopeful. He is mending well and in really good spirits. He wants to play and constantly tries to get up on the furniture. He’s been eating well, and wants to cuddle constantly.

My heart is shattering with this news. We may only have months left with him. I already lost my Achilles 4 months ago. I don’t know that my heart can handle this too, so suddenly.

We are not rich people. And I don’t know yet what treatment courses are available to us. He has so much light and life in him, so I know I have to help him fight for life as long as he has that light.

How do I move forward, strong with and for him, when I feel like I am falling apart?
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Hi adelia,
I am so sorry you got this terrible news! It may be helpful to go in and talk to the vet to understand more about this cancer. If he/she says it is very aggressive you will need to know if there are treatment courses.

As terrible as this news is, you do still have time with your precious Indy. It may be that you will want him to just enjoy this time to the fullest and not try treatments that would only prolong his suffering. I think in your heart you will know what is right. I'm sorry! I know it's the worst thinking you are going to lose your boy. When we realized that Bailey was not going to get better it was the worst day of my life. By the time we realized we had so very little time left to enjoy with him. My advice would be to do everything you can with Indy. You say he still wants to cuddle and to play so I would take every opportunity to do both. Pack so much fun and love into this time. I know your heart is breaking but if you can, just for now, try not to think about the future. Just focus on how much love you share with Indy and how much fun you can still have.
Please come back and post here where everyone understands the pain you are feeling and will want to support you.
Sending hugs,
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Indy is a 9 year old boxer. We adopted him seven years ago. It was love at first sight for all of us. We have always strived to give him a comfortable life willed with joy and love.

This past week, we had a health scare that lead to a splenectomy. The vet called this morning and gave us the worst news imaginable. My baby has hemangiosarcoma. A very aggressive cancer that will take him from us before any of us are ready.

After his surgery, we were so hopeful. He is mending well and in really good spirits. He wants to play and constantly tries to get up on the furniture. He’s been eating well, and wants to cuddle constantly.

My heart is shattering with this news. We may only have months left with him. I already lost my Achilles 4 months ago. I don’t know that my heart can handle this too, so suddenly.

We are not rich people. And I don’t know yet what treatment courses are available to us. He has so much light and life in him, so I know I have to help him fight for life as long as he has that light.

How do I move forward, strong with and for him, when I feel like I am falling apart?


Oh, I am so sorry for this news. He is still here. Love him and cuddle him. Do all the fun things you can. Take pictures together. Take videos. 

Maybe look into some supplements if you can't afford chemo or further treatments. I wanted to use Vitality Science programs but unfortunately my baby passed away a day before it arrived in the mail. It's worth looking into.

I am thinking of you! Sending you love - I hope you get many more cuddles with your sweet Indy. 

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Ashley I’m so sorry! You’ve barely had time to catch your breath since you lost your sweet Achilles.
Did they remove his spleen? I’m sure they did right? I’m not sure how much information they gave you. I know when you hear that kind of news your mind is in a fog and you may have questions. Is he on a special diet now?
As hard as it is please try to enjoy every moment. Grief can make you lose such precious time with the anticipation tearing at your heart. I let that happen to me. You can’t go back and get it
Please take care and keep coming back,,,,,

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adelia

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Thank you all for such kind words. I really need them. Indy has been healing well from his surgery and just wants to play. We have been living on him, cuddling him, and generally spoiling him (within reason due to his health).

Tankie12, they haven’t told us anything really, except for his diagnosis. I have been trying to get in to an oncologist ever since we have heard the diagnosis. There are only 4 within a 2 hour drive from me, and they’ve all been booked out a month. This worries me severely because of the poor prognosis with surgery alone. To answer your question, yes, they removed his spleen. We have spend almost everything to save him from internal bleeding. I am hoping there are therapeutic things we can do for him besides chemo, as I doubt we could afford it.

Eevateddy, I will definitely look into Science Vitality. I have been researching several other options, including Chinese herbal therapy that has been part of clinical studies.


I have been thinking. Once we know more of his prognosis and treatment options, and he is healed from surgery, I would like to have a party of sorts for him. He loves when we have company, and he knows and has made an impact on so many people. I am sure they’d love to spend time with and spoil him while he is still enjoying life. I am trying to be strong for him, and show him everything that makes the fight worth it, for as long as he is able. I am not ready to lose him. I need more time. I know that might sound selfish, but that’s how I feel.

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Please check with other vets since this wait is so long and time can be of the essence. My girl had chemo years ago and it was a Veterinary Opthamalogist who did it. She wasn’t our Vet but did it because ours was going out of town. She had lymphoma. I also know of a cardiologist who just finished a course of chemo. I know chemo may not be an option but these Veterinary Specialists have vast amounts of knowledge in many areas of treatments.
My other girl had a splenectomy shortly after my Tankie passed. I empathize with the internal bleed fear. He’s a big beautiful boy, I wish you all the best,,,,,

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adelia

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Oh! I didn’t know that other specialists might have the ability to do chemo! We have a regular vet appointment on Sunday to get his staples removed, I will ask our vet about it, as well as some natural things we might be able to do for him until we can get seen by a specialist. I have three tentative oncology appointments, the soonest of which is August 22nd. It isn’t too too far out, but far enough out to make me nervous about it.

I also have a contact at a veterinary office that specializes in combining eastern and western medicines. I will ask our primary vet if she can talk to that other vet about their HSA protocols.

Thank you for talking this all out with me and giving me advise. I honestly do not know where I would be without this community. I love my dogs more than life itself, and it is so nice to connect with people who have the same type of relationship with their beloved fur babies.

On a brighter note, I have been trying to keep busy and relax so that my stress and despair do not affect Indy. Below are pictures of my new hobby. The white boxer is my departed Achilles, who I miss dearly. The handsome brown fella is my Indy.

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