10/10/2012 - 1/6/2021Tomorrow makes 1 week since I said goodbye to my best girl, Meka. The decision was made quite suddenly but I knew I had no other choice & she’d been suffering in silence for too long. After a year of reoccurring UTIs we finally brought her to a new vet who found a tumor in her urethra & a few weeks before her 8th birthday they confirmed it was cancer. I was extremely concerned about knowing when it would be time to help her go peacefully & was told that eventually she won't be able to pee anymore & her heart will just stop.

Unfortunately with the location of the tumor, surgery was not an option. I decided against chemo/radiation treatment as I was told by many that it is so hard on their little bodies & truly not worth it. The alternative being a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pill taken once daily. The oncologists re-checked her this past November after a month of being on the medication & found she was managing fine with no apparent issues.

NYE is when I started to notice her going out the dog door more frequently & licking herself excessively. I’m 9 months pregnant so it’s difficult for me to tell how much she is urinating every time she goes out, but her bladder felt full & I just knew she was uncomfortable. So I brought her to the ER that Saturday night in the hopes they could relieve her but they weren't able to due to the risk of spreading cancer cells. They gave her antibiotics for a UTI & she seemed to be doing better but i guess coupled with the pain meds she was just managing as best she could & likely just helped her to relax.

A few days later when I woke up I noticed the sheets were wet at the end of our bed where she slept so I took her straight to the hospital. Poor girl was leaking urine but unable to relieve herself when squatting. I waited for the dreadful call that finally came telling me that her bladder was almost 100% constructed now by the tumor.

On my way to pick her up I somehow, through all the tears and trying to drive, managed to arrange a vet to come to our house & do at home euthanasia. This gave our other 2 dogs the chance to understand what happened and not be waiting for her to come home for however long. My sweet 1 yo golden was super attached to her & it’s killing me to see him grieve this way.
Kaitlin SavageBaton Rouge, LouisianaJanuary 15, 2021
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I am so sorry for your loss. You really took the best care of your dog. It is so hard to believe that there was much left to do to help. May you have good memories.Carl Deyarmin - January 18, 2021

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