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Liver tumor

My Tuck is 15, so health issues are not exactly unexpected. About two years ago he was diagnosed as diabetic, but he's been very stable on a prescription diet and insulin twice a day. Then we lost our other dog to old age (Bunny, a rescue Shih Tzu) and Tuck's health started to decline. He lost a lot of hair and the vet was worried about Cushings, but the test came back negative. Then other symptoms cropped up -- itchy paws, skin outbreaks, and when they did another cbc, his liver values were wonky.

So the ultrasound showed a large mass in his liver. Waiting now for biopsy results.

He doesn't seem to be in pain, though it's hard to tell. He sleeps a lot, maybe 20 hours out of 24, and he's eating half his normal amount. I'm bracing for the inevitable, but it's going to be really hard to let him go. I've had him since he was ten weeks old.

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So very sorry to hear about Tuck...I will hoping you little guy will be ok. Keeping Tuck in my thoughts.

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Thoughts and prayers are with you and Tuck.



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I'm so sorry for you and Tuck. So many of us share your pain having gone through this with our dogs. My prayers and thoughts go out to you.



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Aww, it's never easy, no matter what the age. Our thoughts are with both you and Tuck.


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Such hard news, we never want our pups to leave us. I am sorry, and hope things turn out the best they can for you and Tuck.

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Prayers for you and for Tuck. I'm sure his 15 years have been a pampered and spoiled life. Hope he feels better soon!

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My thoughts and prayers are with you and Tuck. This kind of news is so hard because they are so special to us. Tuck is lucky to have someone that has been taking such good care of him.

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Tuck's liver mass is a carcinoma. He isn't in pain, but it's inoperable. It could be weeks or days, the vet says, if his bile duct gets blocked by the tumor.

So we're taking it day by day. I appreciate every hour I have with him, and while he sleeps most of the time, when he's awake he's still my boy and he brightens up when I show him his favorite baby, a raggedy old stuffed squirrel he has always adored.

Yesterday I came across a woman with a Havanese who reminded me so much of Tuck as a baby that I almost started crying in public. She understood completely and let me hold him and pet him.

I go back and forth between thinking I won't get another dog and wanting to get one right now, as a comfort to Tuck, and me, and the rest of the family. I check the rescue sites thinking that there might be a Havanese is need of a home right now, but so far without success. Which is, of course, a good thing. Every dog deserves a loving home.

I'm babbling. Back to try to get some work done.

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