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    Brain tumor in dogs

    Does anyone have any experience with brain tumors in dogs? Beenie had 2 seizures yesterday. Given her age, the vet is pretty sure she has a brain tumor. This is especially heartbreaking since she just had her 10th birthday less than a week ago. We are in shock. She had been acting abnormally for the last few months now but we thought it was due to stress from moving.

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    Oh, how scary! No experience here with that, just wanted to say you will be in our prayers! I know that Boston Terriers and bulldogs are more susceptible to brain tumors for some reason, likely genetic. I hope Beenie's is treatable, poor gal!
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    Oh my! I have no experience, can only suggest using Google to check for info, treatment and ideas.

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    I am so sorry Carm. Our akita Shadow had seizures. His was from a tumor. He had head trauma from when he was a puppy. His first owner was a little man (both is stature and character) and when Shadow became too strong for him to handle (he didn't bother to try obedience training) he would punch him in the head. It started out as swelling but later in life a tumor formed from the trauma. He was treated with meds to help control the seizures but not sure what they were as that was quite a few years ago. We didn't find out until he passed that he had the tumor but the vet said it was large and looked like it was a slow growing tumor he had for some time. Shadow never went to our regular vet as he was terrified of cars and would basically have a panic attack if he even was made to sit in one while turned off. He was start shaking and hyperventilating and our regular vet was nearly an hour away by car. He went to one close to the house where we could walk him. I am 100% convinced had he been going to Dr. D (our regular vet) Dr. D would have found the tumor in time to be able to treat it.

    That is my experience with it. Unfortunately it isn't very helpful. I hope you can nail down the trouble and get Beenie on something that will help her asap. Keep us posted. Big hugs to you and belly rubs for sweet Beenie.


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    Carmen, I did think of something to add - Miss Hoppy was a bunny, of course, not a dog, but when she was diagnosed with her tumor (in her chest, not her brain) she was too old for surgery to be an option. But they did shrink the tumor itself with radiation, and the effects of it disappeared, and she was back to her old self for another about a year before she passed away at age 11, which is pretty old for a bunny.
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    Brain tumors appear to be more common in dogs than other pets. Dogs older than five years are more susceptible, and some breeds of dogs seem to be at higher risk than others.

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    Several years ago one of our dogs was acting very strange and we took her to the vet. She was diagnosed with a brain tumor and she was able to live happily for several years before she eventually passed =(

    I googled around and found this link:
    http://www.expertvet.com/articles/brain-tumor

    It might help you learn a bit about the signs and what some of the treatments can be. I hope this helps! Happy thoughts and lots of love!

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    Oh god! save that dog. All prayers for that dog and you will be back asap.

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    The options for treating brain tumors include surgical removal, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and palliative treatment of the symptoms.

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    Actually, I didn't experience this to my dogs, but I heard about my friend that a tissue biopsy is the only available method for definitively diagnosing brain tumors in dogs.

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