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'Cassie's Story'
(Bassett Hound died of Lymphoma)

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I Lost My Basset Yesterday to Lymphoma
by: AnonymousNE

I understand very well your heartache. My 11 year old basset hound, Sam, had very red, inflammed eyes on August 23, 2010. It was uveitis. The symptoms were cured in about 4 days, but before the return check up a week later, I noticed a large, hard lymph gland under his jaw on the left side. It must have come on very suddenly since I pet him all the time and I would have noticed.

The vet did aspirations of lymph gland fluid to send to a lab and the diagnosis was confirmed as lymphoma. The type of cell he had was aggressive and would not have responded well to chemo so the vet and I decided to treat his symptoms and make him comfortable with Prednisone, Pepcid, and Tramidol. He had very rapid respirations and they were labored at times. His appetite wained and it was hard to find something that he would eat. I tried everything... hamburger and rice, frozen yogurt, french toast, graham crackers and offered anything that he would like.

He became more and more lethargic and would not eat. He then started to vomit more frequently. It was so hard to see his condition deteriorate. His back legs became weaker and he could not go down stairs. His breathing more labored. The vet and I thought that he was going to die soon. I could not let him suffer any longer. So on September 22, 2010 I had the vet put him down while I kissed my dog and told him how much I loved him.

The time from diagnosis to his last day was 4 weeks. My heart is broken. He was my constant companion. Five weeks ago he was running through the house, howling and barking when I would come home. The lymphoma took him so very fast.

Need answers
by: Donatelo

Just the other day our Basset Hound Daisy had a biopsy and the vet said she was 100 percent sure it is lymphoma....

They have told us there are all kinds of treatments out there, but they really can't tell us anything until the biopsy results are back. It seems like we have done everything right, give her the best dog food out there and make sure she has her annual 6 months visits to the vet. Her last visit was late December and just last week we found this out and I go over this dog's body with a fine tooth comb looking for things and never caught this...

I feel like I'm about to lose something that is incredibly close to me and helped me through my crisis in Iraq when I came home.

Please if someone can give me some answers of steroids, chemo or some other drug that will help please let me know...

My heart goes out to anyone out there that has lost animal or should I say a dear friend...

Thanks to everyone.

Donatelo (

Not Fair
by: Rocco's Mom

Thank you for sharing your loss of Cassie with us.
Last night we had to say good bye to our 7year old
Bassett Hound Rocco. He was and will always be my little boy. I always called him my special needs dog because he needed a lot of attention and a lot of caring. I do not regret a minute of it except for the way he had to go. I keep asking myself if there was something else I could of done. It seemed to be a spinal cord illness of some kind. Last week we were putting him in the car to go up-north and he yelped in pain and got back down and his back legs seemed to be wobbling. Rocco was in the hospital for 2 days. He came home for about 3 days seemed OK still wobbly, went out only to do his business. We kept him quiet but by 3 days he was in pain to get up. Back to the hospital and he kept getting worse. By Saturday he couldn't pick up his back end at all. To see him in so much pain was heart-breaking. They suggested a neurologist and further testing but I was afraid to put him through surgery or anymore pain. The hardest part is how young he was and not really knowing what it really was. I should of taken him to the neuro doctor when this firsst happened that is my regret. I miss him so much as you know. How do I go on. The not knowing is going to haunt me forever. I wish I wasn't so afraid to know the truth. Maybe they could of saved him.

Beautiful Bassetts
by: Anonymous


I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I just lost my two year old Bassett and I am devastated. I found comfort in reading your story thank you for sharing.
Bassetts have the best personalities!
She looked like a very special dog.

So sorry to read of your loss!
by: Jean

I, too, had to put down my beloved dog Sophie, who was only 7 years old, last weekend. I have never cried so hard for so long in one 24 hour period! I didn't know humans could produce so many tears. Sophie was breathing harder and acting despondent (she was a flat coated retriever) so we brought her to the vet. After several medications and 2 weeks worth of trying to figure out what was wrong, the vet suggested a chest x-ray. The x-ray revealed a HUGE tumor in her chest cavity that was pushing her trachea (sp.?) up and obviously making her uncomfortable. She told us to go home and make a decision about what to do, but that we shouldn't wait too long because this was a very fast growing tumor. I left in tears wanting to spend one last night with her.

When we got home, I tried to watch coverage of the upcoming Kentucky Derby race (I am a big horse enthusiast) while cuddling on the floor with Sophie. She was restless and kept panting. I looked up at my partner and told him to call the vet. She offered to come out to our farm in an hour. Dale and I sat and petted Sophie for the next hour and said good-bye to our adorable, loving, selfless pet (child).....we have children, but that doesn't make our dogs one of them also! She is at the Rainbow Bridge meeting all of your beloved pets and waiting for us to come home.


My Beagle Trixie
by: Bonnie G

Our seven year old Beagle, Trixie died of lymphoma too. As the same as your case, my husband was at work when Trixie collapsed and lifelessly laid at my feet. Her poor little body just stopped, and taking her to the vet to be put down was the hardest thing that I ever had to do, too. It's been four years, and I still cry at her loss.

Several years ago, I had been asked by a friend if we gave our dog tap water to drink, which we did. My friend shook her head at me and asked why we didn't have a water filter. I will always wonder if my water (from a public water supply) really had anything to do with her cancer. Being that I had also been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, I ran out and immediately bought a filter. Is our water really killing us and our loved ones?

I am so sorry that you lost your baby
by: Sarah

Ah bless you, I absolutely understand how you feel as I lost my little girl Holly 7 months ago and it has been the worst pain I have ever felt in my entire life. She was the light of my life and to see them suffer as you do is heart breaking. I like youself have no children and letting her go was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. I was right by her side until the end.

If we both feel the same then it must be normal, the way I look at it is - love is love!, does it matter what shape, shape or form it comes in. With a dog the love you give and receive is pure, uncomplication and unconditional. I guess I just wanted to let you know that I feel exactly as you do and I know how important that is to hear as people can make you feel like you're not normal!

I hope our babies are playing together and are happy in the knowledge that they will be loved forever. My heart goes out to you XXX

So sorry
by: Lynne

Dear Lisa,
I am so sorry for your loss. Cassie looks an adorable little girl in her photo. It is sad that she had to leave this world so young but now she is at peace, free from all pain and happy at the bridge with all the other fur babies. We understand the heartbreak you are feeling right now. We lost our boy Lewis to cancer eight months ago and like you we have no children so he was our son.

Sending special blessings to Cassie and to my darling Lewis at the bridge.

Hope the pain you are feeling eases soon.


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