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The last week has been really tough for me. My 6 year old Cane Corso, Astro, has a tumor behind his eye. We have taken him to an eye specialist who says that the only way to know if the tumor is cancerous is to take the tumor out and the only way to do that is to remove his eye. :( The doctor said that if it was his dog, he would absolutely go ahead and have the surgery. He will only loose about 15% of his field of vision.

We checked with his regular vet and he thinks that even though Astro has arthritis, we should probably still get 2-4 good years with him. My husband and I both agree that we are going to have the surgery... it is scheduled for the 12th of February. My biggest concern is that I don't know how Astro is going to take it. I hope he adjusts well after the surgery.

Has anyone had to go through this? How did your dog handle it? Any suggestions on making it an easier adjustment?

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Well, I had to go through this only with my cat. He had a very malignant, extremely fast growing cancer in his third eyelid. He was much older(18) then Astro and the vet recommened that we remove his eye due to the fast nature of the cancer and to keep the cancer from spreading to the eye structure itself. I can't remember how much if his field of vision he lost, but I elected to remove it.
The first fews days were tough, mainly due to his age. The vet had him on ab's and pain medication and that helped him alot. After about a week, he was much more comfortable and I have to say that I was amazed at how quickly he adjusted to having only one eye. He was completely back to his abnoxious self within about four weeks. He had his moments and I'd second guess my decision to put him through the surgury. But over all he handled it very well and came through it like a pro.
I think that your dog will adjust just fine. He will learn to adjust how he sees things and I think you will see a relief in him when he is no longer uncomfortable from the tumor. I now Arthur was much happier.
I hope that Astro's surgury goes well and that he makes a quick and full recovery. Please give us an update.
 

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Thanks for the response! It is nice to hear someones experience. I hope Astro adjusts quickly. Will post an update after the surgery.
 

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Your pup should bounce back just fine. I have seen many cats and dogs that have had their eyes removed and they live happy lives. Don't move things around in the house until he gets used to things again. Walk him around your yard until he gets a feel for it again. Remember, dogs use their noses more then their eyes.
 

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Thanks! I am at peace with him loosing his eye. I just hope that we have a few more years with him. I love him way too much!

Tomorrow is surgery day. They will send of the mass to be tested and we will probably know sometime next week if he has cancer. I am hoping that they can remove the tumor and that if it is cancer, it hasn't spread.
 

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Best of luck to Astro on surgery day! I will sent him well wishes both for a spedy recovery and that he will be cancer free...Please keep us updated on how he did with the surgery and his recovery.
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We had the surgery today. Astro did really well in the surgery and is resting at home with us tonight. The vet said he should heal in about 10 days. I will keep y'all posted on how it goes.

As far as the tumor goes... turns out it is a nasal tumor that was spreading and causing the pressure on his eye. We won't know until Monday whether it is cancer or not but it most likely is according to the doctor. He doesn't recommend chemo or radiation because all it will do is make him suffer. There are some meds they can give him if it is cancer to help slow the growth of the tumor but he told us to start preparing to say good bye to our sweet boy in a few months. We will know Monday how long he has.

As I write this I am crying... I love my baby boy so much... Thank you for all the support.
 

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I'm really glad to hear that your boy came through the surgery, and glad you had the surgery done! :)

Now at least, he will have less pain and be more comfy no matter how much time he has left.

There are things that you can try to help him feel better and that may keep the cancer from spreading too fast. When I had dogs with cancer, This is what I put them on: (I'm not saying anyone else should do the same as I did. I'm just sharing what I did, you need to do your own research and be sure that you look up all warnings about anything that you find!)
IMO this was the safest way to go. Did I buy them more time? Well my vets and I think it bought my Boxer 7 months he wouldn't have had normally. He had a huge tumor in and around his heart and had to have the fluid drained from the Pericardial sack around his heart, 1 time every other month.
Vit. B complex, 50 mgs. twice a day (with food) Vit. C. 200mgs a day.
1 cup of Essiac tea. (mixed in with food.) 1 tablespoon of Echinacea 2 times a day., Milk Thistle 500mgs per day. Vit. E 200 to 400 iu, Fish oil 1,000 to 2,000 mgs.
I also put them on a totally raw diet: Buffalo meat, heart, liver, one raw egg, goat yogurt and I juiced their veggies: Carrots and spinach.

Here is a great article on grain free dog foods: http://www.dogcancer.net/nograin.pdf

And lots of petting and doggy messages! They love that and it will help relax both of you. :)

Good luck and lots of well wishes.
 

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Im glad to find that Astro went through surgery with flying colors! It will be a huge relief for him and bring him so comfort.

Im sorry to hear that he more then likely has cancer. I hope that with your love and support, he will be a comfortable and happy in his remaining time with you. You both will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Please keep us posted and know that we are here for you if you need us. Please feel free to use my shoulders and kleenx as much as you want.
Hugs and doggie licks to you both..
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We had a tumor experience with our old Dachshund, who has left us already at the age of 14. That tumor was under his tail - so it's a different story. We first cut that out when the dog was 11. It grew back in two years. The second surgery was too much of a risk for the old heart... But he recovered just fine! The surgery took place last summer. But in winter, during the holiday season the poor dog refused to eat. We suspect there were some processes inside the body, the new tumor might have created an obstruction. Vets are not so omnipotent around here (although our vet surgeon is superb), and the dog decided not to fight any more.

But this is a completely different story. Your dog is much younger, and there is so much ahead! He will be alright and he will adjust to his new condition. Dogs do not rely only on sight, in fact, smell is extremely important and they learn to compensate for some disability fast. Please, update on the process. All the best!
 

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Sorry I am only now updating y'all...

It has been a little over 2 week since the surgery. Astro has been healing really well. He is running around and barking and playing like he never had the surgery. It has been nice to hear him barking since he hasn't really done that since December so it makes us feel better... maybe the surgery was able to relieve some of the pressure... then again it might be wishful thinking on my part. He runs into things once in a while but for the most part, he has adjusted really well to only having one eye.

We did find out that the tumor is malignant. =( The doctors don't recommend removing the tumor because there is too much risk where it is. Chemo and radiation are also not recommended because it will just put him through more pain and not necessarily give him more time. =( We have decided to keep him as comfortable as we can for as long as we can. Thank you for the advice on the vitamins. We will have to try that.

Now we are dealing with the fact that his has a runny nose and the mucus has blood mixed with it - all from the tumor we are told. The vet said his breathing won't be impacted by the tumor because he will always be able to breathe out of his mouth. He says that we will have to pay attention to his eating habits... when he stops being interested in food, that will be our sign that we will probably have to make a decision for him.

In the meantime, I am loving on him as much as I can... spoiling him rotten with hugs and kisses and doggie massages. =)

Thank you all for your support! I am glad to know that there are people out there who loves dogs as much as I do and understand what I am going through. =)
 

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Oneisa-thanks for the update on Astro. Im glad he is more comfortable and enjoying his life. Im sorry to hear about his tumor, but I feel that you made the right decisions and that he is a very luck guy to have both you and your hubby to love him.
Give Astro a hug from me!
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Darling Astro! Let him enjoy his life with his human friends as long as possible!
 

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Yeah, my 5 year old chocolate lab was confirmed that she had a tumor behind the eye..... the specialist said we can go through surgery or put her down.... as people know the economy is bad and people don't get paid that good.... so we are going to put her down.... our pet doc. said we have about 3 months with her..... so i am glad for people who know that they can save their dog... for they are "mans" best friend.
 
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