Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Chloe's Lab Results

Finally got Chloe's lab results.

Not good.

Soft tissue sarcoma.  Stage 1.
At least it is Stage 1.

A sarcoma is different from a carcinoma.  Sarcoma results from cells in the fat, muscle, bone or connective tissues while carcinomas arise from epithelial cells like breast, brain or lung tissue.  Sarcomas are relatively rare in humans and animals, because the tissues that originate the cancers are not continuously dividing.

So that means it may not spread quickly.  And I have to admit that I have a 14 year old dog in a breed that has a life span of about 12 years.  Like I said before, she has always been a healthy dog.

And I also face the reality that extraordinary measures if this continues to grow would be to remove her leg.

And I won't do that to such an old dog.  The strain on her body and the lack of a rear leg would not be an option.

But right now......she is fine!  And we will continue with this mindset and continue walking and living like there is no tomorrow!


  1. This is the worst part of pet ownership, but she will know love and gentle care that some dogs wouldn't get. Thinking of both you and Chloe and especially your hubby who Chloe claimed. Enjoy the time with her!

  2. I am so sorry to hear the news about Chloe. I know you will give her the best care possible. My friend has to put both of her dogs down in the last 6 months and it was hard as it will be for you.

  3. I am sorry that there are still more hard times ahead for you and Frank. Enjoy your time with her and give her the best you have. She'll give you love and memories in return.

  4. Oh, Glen - I am so sorry. When they gave us Angel's cancer diagnosis, like you we agreed that we would not put her through extraordinary treatments. She let us know when it was time but oh my goodness it was hard. Sending hugs to you and Frank and Chloe.

  5. 14 years old - she's what in her 80's in human years. It sounds like she will not be in pain but will live until it's time to go being as happy and content as she has been since she entered your life. Kisses and scratches to her ears from me :=)


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