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Sarah Dandy
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 12:56 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I would like to offer hope to any Briard owners whose Briard has cancer. Dakota (Stormsmist ici est Dakota) homebred, has had to have her left hind leg amputated due to cancer. The tumour was just above the double dew claws, which meant it was in-operable as there would not be enough skin to knit it back together; however, due to the type of cancer the only option had to be to amputate. Otherwise she would not be with us today. She recovered at speed never mind amazingly as by day 4 after the op she only needed the sling for the stairs, by day 9, she only needed to sling to aid getting in and out of the car. She has been amazing. We thought we could sigh a relief, but then a completely different type of cancer was discovered in her spleen, so back to the vets she went for her spleen removing. She bounced out of the vets after the op, as though she had not had anything done. But not only does she inspire everyone by her strength and will power. But this gives hope to anyone in the future (I hope they do not) but if they too go through this and are at a loss what to do. Take a leaf out of Dakota's book, she has strength to fight, she still wants to be here. Better to be with us with three legs, than not at all. She is amazing.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:44 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Wow, amazing to read how well she is doing. Hope she has many happy healthy years to come xx

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 7:00 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Poor Dakota, having to go through this, and poor you, having all the worry. Let's hope she's had her fair share of health issues now and she goes on to have many more quality years with you.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 5:03 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Dear dog. What a star. May she have many more bouncy years with you. Amanda and Dinah

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 5:45 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Thank you so much for sharing your experience, Sarah. Yes....it's very helpful to us all who may have to go through anything like this. So inspiring to read of Dakota and her amazing spirit.
I've lost two dogs to cancer. 30 years ago, they said a large dog couldn't survive on three legs so we had to make the horrible choice of euthanasia. I am so happy they know realise any size dog can deal with an amputation.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:00 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Thank you Very Happy everyone for your kind words, although I do hope no one ever has to go through this, I do hope it gives hope to others. We all know no dog goes through life without ever being poorly at some point, it is important that we discuss everything good or bad with each other, so we can inspire, help and advise where possible.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:50 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Crying or Very sad I am devastated to say Dakota has taken a turn for the worst although she is totally bright in herself, still very happy, eating and drinking. However, she became lame (not limb lame) but I could see her gate was not correct. We have been back and forth to the vets for bloods, and then she had an upset tum. But worryingly her c reactive protein levels were through the roof and a temp. Thought we had got her over all that, when we discovered what appeared to be a cyst, but on further inspection and many trips to the vets, it is a tumour. We will have to await results from the biopsies, but it is not good. We have no idea really until we have the results; however, me vet thinks some are marcel tumours and some are the haemangio sarcoma tumours, which was what was in the amputated leg. She is covered in them which have appeared suddenly not over a period of time which has not only shocked us but the vet also. She has a mass on her right front leg which is a bleed in the muscle and another mass in her other front leg, although we have not done biopsy on that one. She had to have surgery yesterday to remove some of the tumours as they were bleeding and so nasty we were deeply concerned about infection etc. I know everyone will be saying it is time to let her go; however, she is her totally her normal self and is eating and drinking and even playing with the others when she feels up to it. Although I know this is Briards they do not show pain, but whilst she is still smiling, I will love her and keep her happy and as pain free as possible. She is not ready to go yet. But we are fully aware that the time is near. I feel sick to my stomach as anyone will know they are a much loved family member, a special person wrapped in fur.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:56 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

You will clearly know. I am glad that she is happy at the moment, that is something to treasure. Amanda

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:02 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Thinking of you. You will know when it is time to let her go. Just try to enjoy these precious moments with her. Xx
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:31 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Sarah, thinking of you & I really hope Dakota has much much longer. xx Hard times Sad

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