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My Little Cheetah (Aka Jeune)

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Jeune has been with me since 2003 when I fostered her for PAWS. She very quickly became a foster failure. A few weeks ago, I took her in for a check up and the vet said she needed a dental, but because of her age, he wanted to do a few tests. These tests showed some abnormalities and she was put on ABs and a tonic. After further checks, xrays, examinations, a large mass (for a little dog) 1x2cm was found. Needle aspirate was unable to show much, but there is no doubt that it is cancer. :cry: :cry:

I am not going to do anything invasive because of her age and because I don’t believe she has the sort of temperament that would enable her to cope. So, the vet is going to talk with the specialist to discuss how we proceed in terms of her wellbeing and comfort.

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First needle biopsy didn’t show anything except that the mass was very very hard. After discussions with my vet and discussions she had with the specialist, I am going to let Jeune settle down a bit from the procedure and then have another one done with a larger needle in the hope that we can be more definitive about what sort of cancer. That way, we should be able to administer more targeted medications to hopefully help her feel better when the cancer starts to impact :( :( :cry: :cry: . It won’t be easy because Jeune has always been a strange little one. I’ve spoken many times over the years about Tamar’s and Jeune’s performances around food - they obviously come from royalty where, in the past, they employed food tasters to ensure their food hadn’t been poisoned !!

Many years ago, my first little male Maltese died of cancer and from the time we discovered it (very advanced) and until the day he had to be helped over the Bridge was six weeks :cry: :cry: I still remember that day.

However, I am sure we have discovered Jeune’s lump much earlier and Nammu died over 14 years ago. Huge advances in that time. Main thing is to just keep her happy, be happy with her and day by day.

One of my all time favourite pix (taken by tdierikx several years ago) - Jeune is at the back giving that great big yawn.

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tdierikx   

I remember that day... was awesome fun... you have the most darling little dogs, and they all love their mummy so much...

Fingers crossed that Jeune's lump is just an old girl fibroid...

T.

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I remember that day... was awesome fun... you have the most darling little dogs, and they all love their mummy so much...

Fingers crossed that Jeune's lump is just an old girl fibroid...

T.

Sadly, I don’t think that is the case. Vet said she is 100% certain :( :( However, there is always a possibility . . . . . . .

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tdierikx   

Always a possibility... definitely! I had a dog diagnosed as having a really nasty cancer by a well respected vet, but when I insisted on testing, the lump was actually a fibroid...

There is always hope... and I've got everything crossed that the vet might be wrong about it being cancer... *grin*

T.

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Well I have no doubt now about having another needle biopsy. I had made up my mind, but this has convinced me to not back away from having it done.

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tdierikx   

At least you will have a definitive answer one way or the other... and I'm sending all my very best "nothing serious" vibes for sweet little Jeune!

T.

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I am not confident, actually, T, as she is starting to throw up fairly regularly. Not a lot, just bits and pieces here and there. :(:cry:

But, of course, we always hope for a good outcome.

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tdierikx   

Hang in there DD... have a sit in the nice sunshine with your babies... you all deserve it.

T.

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Hang in there DD... have a sit in the nice sunshine with your babies... you all deserve it.

T.

I spent most of it queuing to vote :eek: :eek: Which is a bit of an exaggeration but buy the time I’d done that, had lunch, some necessary shopping, home for afternoon meds and walkies, sunshine is well and truly gone. Will have to start earlier tomorrow ---- 9.30am means two hours of sunshine already gone :o :o

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tdierikx   

It's going to be another nice day tomorrow... make yourself some time to bask with your babies, OK?

Hugs...

T.

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Just back from the vet with Jeune. She has been throwing up all day, not interested in food, walked happily though, but obviously not happy or well and has been following me everywhere, which is totally out of character. We’ve taken bloods, given her pain relief, subcutaneous fluids and have brought forward her needle biopsy for tomorrow.

Can’t believe how quickly symptoms are developing :cry: :cry: :cry:

Nothing to do tomorrow except cuddles on couch before and after trip to vet. :love: :love: :love:

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JayGee   

Poor little sausage DDD. I hope you all have a better night snuggled under the blankies. Fingers crossed tomorrow is a better day.

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