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Love4mylab posted:
My dog has had tumors on her body for years. Recently she has had lots of blood and clots in her pee. She also seems to be in pain when she pees. I don't have the money for expensive cancer treatments. How do I know when its time to let her go? She has been a member of our family for 9 years. We also just lost our 8 year old choc. lab only a month ago. She's been so depressed since losing her mate that I think she has given up the fight. Any advise?
Home2strays responded:
the tumors may or may not be related. She could just have a really bad urinary tract infection and the tumors may just be fatty ones! Please get her checked out and see if a simple round of antibiotics can help her- apply for care credit or something, a UTI is a silly reason to die for.
Love4mylab replied to Home2strays's response:
Ill have her checked but the vet already told use that the tumors were cancerous. They recomended that we have them surgically removed but it was going to cost thousands. We really couldn't afford it. The vet told us that as long as she wasn't in pain that we should take her home and love her for as long as possible.
Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM replied to Love4mylab's response:
Hi Love4my lab,

Thank you for taking such good care of your dogs. Sorry that you are experiencing so many health problems with them at this time.

I agree with the above comment. The blood and clots in your dogs urine may be a bladder infection and there is a chance that antibiotics could help clear this up and make her more comfortable. Dogs do get bladder cancer but I have never seen that show up as skin cancers, and vice versa. Mast cells tumors of the skin cause cause bleeding but not pain, and usually the bleeding is in the intestine. There are some carcinomas of the skin but the bladder would be an usual place for them to metastasize.

And with all that said in done, I have sometimes see antibiotics relieve inflammation and pain due an infection that occured secondary to a tumor.

So do contact your veterinarian. You can collect a free catch urine sample and bring it in with your dog. They can run a urine in house and/or send it out to a veterinary diagnostic laboratory for analysis of the clear part, and the sediment, including checking for infection and tumor.

Good luck to you.

Dr. Sandy


William Draper, DVM, better known as "Dr. Will," is a well-known small animal practitioner in the Atlanta, GA area. He grew up in Inglewood,...More

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