Dog Nasal Cancer, the story of my dog Biggie

I’m writing this on 7/21/19. Cancer is a horrible thief. Cancer took my best friend, my sweet boy who I miss so much. I am completely devastated by this loss of my loyal sweet boy. His first symptom was on June 26th, just a few weeks ago he sneezed and a tiny little speck of blood with some clear discharge came out of his nose onto the ground. It was such a tiny speck of blood I thought maybe it was from a scratch in his nose as he loves to root around so much in the sharp pokey brush around the property. I was slightly concerned…

Then just two weeks ago we were out walking when he sneezed and some snot shot out onto the driveway. I could see it and was shocked as it was clearly streaked with blood. I have had dogs all my life and had never known a dog to have snot, let alone snot with blood in it. I knew this was not good. I ran in the house and grabbed my cell phone and took a picture of it then called the vet. Big was diagnosed with nasal cancer. The vet said usually 1-3 months to live, but in one case a miracle occurred and a dog lived one whole year. The progression of this cancer was extremely fast. Last Sunday we thought we were going to loose him for sure, there was a lot of blood coming from his nose and his mouth. I thought he was going to bleed out. he lost about a cup and a half of blood that we could see, not including blood that likely went down his throat over a period of just a few hours. Our vet gave him some strong anti inflammatory medications that were supposed to slow the growth and provide him with some relief. His airway seemed to be closing as sometimes when he was breathing he sounded like he was snoring very loudly. Within a few days he could no longer breath through his nose at all. He could only breath through his mouth and it was very challenging for him. On Thursday I noticed that his limbs would sometimes tremble fast and he would loose use of one or two of them at a time. The vet said the reason for that is he was not getting enough oxygen. the limbs are the last part of the body to get oxygen, so they were experiencing that loss. By Thursday he was having obvious pain when he tried to eat or drink (he would yelp). By Friday he hardly drank water anymore and wouldn’t even eat a piece of cheese. His breathing was so labored that with each breath his rib cage got huge as he tried to take in air. By this time there was a constant drip of blood from his nose and mouth and he seemed absolutely miserable. I knew he was near the end and could not bare to see him suffer so much. In hind sight, I wish I would have made the call sooner. We called a vet out to the house on Saturday afternoon. He died peacefully Saturday afternoon at 3:00. After we said our good bye and he had passed, I opened his mouth to get a better look at his tumor and I was absolutely shocked at what I saw. The tumor was so huge it had split the roof of his mouth and looked like it was splitting his head in half from within. It was also protruding out so far I’m surprised he was able to close his mouth at all. I can’t even imagine how painful that must have been. I wish I had ended his suffering sooner. I felt awful. Our family is devastated by the loss of our sweet boy and miss him so much….words cannot even describe the grief I am feeling over this loss. I loved him so much!
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Rest in peace sweet boy, I hope you know how much I love you. You were the best dog I ever had and taken from us way too soon. The house is so quiet now without you, we are devastated…

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