My 4 yr old rottie has a growth inside his spinal cord that can't be biopsied

by Lisa
(zanesville, Ohio united states)

Bru Bru

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Bru Has Had Several Treatments because Of This because They Can't Tell Me What It Is, I Have Treated Him For Inflammatory, Any Antifungal Disease, Has Had Chemo And Takes Predisone, My Only Option I Have Left Is Radiation Which They Can't Promise It Will Make Him Better Or If It Will Make Him Weaker!

He Is Already Weak Now And Is Dragging His Paws And Losing The Use Of His Limbs!!!

Can Anyone Give Me Suggestions Or Has Anyone Dealt With This? I Will Do Anything To Make Him better?




Oh Liza, I'm so sorry to hear about what is happening with Bru. That must be heartbreaking for you!

Unfortunately Rottweilers are more prone to a variety of cancers than many other breeds, it's a genetic issue.

I would imagine that the location of this growth is a real problem as it must be difficult/impossible to reach surgically without causing worse damage.

It sounds as though you have followed all the veterinary advice you've been given but that nothing has really worked so far. If it's an inoperable tumor and Bru's only chance of getting better is with the radiation then perhaps that is the route you need to take so that you can know that you've done absolutely everything possible to help him.

I'm NOT a vet, so this is only my personal opinion, but if he's losing control of his limbs now, then I would imagine that as the tumor grows this will only get worse. If there's a chance the radiation will shrink, or even kill, the tumor then it may be the best option, perhaps his only chance at improvement. But as his mom you know your dog and what he can handle, what he's been through already, and so on. Sadly there is no 'good' choice here, just an educated guess as to what is best given the big picture - which only you really know.

I can only recommend that you follow your veterinarian's advice as they are in the best position to guide you, but listen to your gut as well.

Bru is a big, gorgeous boy and clearly loved very, very much. If you do what you feel is best for him then you will have made the right choice.

I wish you both lots of luck and have said a prayer for your Bru. There is always hope. Sending sympathy and best wishes your way ~ Sue

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May 31, 2014
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Answered prayers NEW
by: Cheryl & Max

I was so excited to see you newest post and what a blessing to hear Bru is recovering, you both were in my prayers daily, thank you so much for the update and please keep all of us posted and for the new pics on his recovery, may God bless you both daily

May 30, 2014
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by: Captain Nancy

The re-sizing comment for the pictures were from me. Forgot to put my name up there.

Captain Nancy :-)

May 30, 2014
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pictures NEW
by: Anonymous

You may have to make your pictures of his recovery smaller in size to get them on there.
Resize to the standard "web small size".

May 29, 2014
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thank you captain Nancy NEW
by: Lisa

Thank you so much for all your kind words it's always nice to know people care so much. I'm very glad that Tugboat is doing so well!!! So happy for you both! I've been tryin to post pics of some of Bruiser's recovery and therapy he had,but they won't load gonna try again here soon.it's hard to believe that he was so sick for almost a year.I just my story can help someone else who experiences this bc I searched everywhere to find answers for Bruiser.thank you again and Bruiser and I wish you and Tugboat tons of happiness

May 29, 2014
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by: Captain Nancy

Well, miracles happen all the time at my house with dogs and health issues. I so happy that it happened for you.....glad you gave him a chance to heal and recover AND my friend, he did not want to leave you. Tugboat my Rottweiler is not supposed to be using the front elbows, but no one told him that! HE had surgery on both with a sad prognosis....but he is fine.
I just LOVE your story....thank you for sending it along. Sending you love and healing light.

May 29, 2014
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Update on Bruiser NEW
by: Anonymous

Update on Bruiser
Hi it's Lisa I just wanted to let all of you know how Bru was doing. I think the last time I wrote on here he had his surgery to remove cyst and he started walking a few days before Christmas. Well after new years he stopped walking and had to go back to osu and was there for a couple of weeks and had barely showed any signs of walking again. He wasn't doing well with therapy and when I went to visit the neurologist handed me a box of tissues and said she felt it was in his best interest to get put to sleep so of course I cried like a baby and said I'm takin him home first. So the next day I picked him up from osu and it was a Wed and I brought him home and was giving him until Sat and was going to put him to sleep and that Friday night I slept with Bru on the kitchen floor and whispered in his ear the same thing I always did and the next morning I wake up to him standing over me licking my face so I jump up and ran to tell my husband and Bru had walked to the door to go out so I opened it and he jumped off the porch I was so stunned and excited I turned my cell on to record him and called osu to inform them and they wanted me to email the video they didn't believe me. Bru is better nd. T totally back to normal no one can believe it!!! He is my miracle!! Not sure I really believed in them until Bruiser love him to pieces and thank all of you for your concern and prayers God works in mysterious ways and I know all of you helped in this thanks again Lisa and Bru 😄🐾

May 28, 2014
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by: Anonymous

Update on Bruiser
Hi it's Lisa I just wanted to let all of you know how Bru was doing. I think the last time I wrote on here he had his surgery to remove cyst and he started walking a few days before Christmas. Well after new years he stopped walking and had to go back to osu and was there for a couple of weeks and had barely showed any signs of walking again. He wasn't doing well with therapy and when I went to visit the neurologist handed me a box of tissues and said she felt it was in his best interest to get put to sleep so of course I cried like a baby and said I'm takin him home first. So the next day I picked him up from osu and it was a Wed and I brought him home and was giving him until Sat and was going to put him to sleep and that Friday night I slept with Bru on the kitchen floor and whispered in his ear the same thing I always did and the next morning I wake up to him standing over me licking my face so I jump up and ran to tell my husband and Bru had walked to the door to go out so I opened it and he jumped off the porch I was so stunned and excited I turned my cell on to record him and called osu to inform them and they wanted me to email the video they didn't believe me. Bru is better nd. T totally back to normal no one can believe it!!! He is my miracle!! Not sure I really believed in them until Bruiser love him to pieces and thank all of you for your concern and prayers God works in mysterious ways and I know all of you helped in this thanks again Lisa and Bru 😄🐾

May 28, 2014
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Update on Bruiser NEW
by: Anonymous

Update on Bruiser
Hi it's Lisa I just wanted to let all of you know how Bru was doing. I think the last time I wrote on here he had his surgery to remove cyst and he started walking a few days before Christmas. Well after new years he stopped walking and had to go back to osu and was there for a couple of weeks and had barely showed any signs of walking again. He wasn't doing well with therapy and when I went to visit the neurologist handed me a box of tissues and said she felt it was in his best interest to get put to sleep so of course I cried like a baby and said I'm takin him home first. So the next day I picked him up from osu and it was a Wed and I brought him home and was giving him until Sat and was going to put him to sleep and that Friday night I slept with Bru on the kitchen floor and whispered in his ear the same thing I always did and the next morning I wake up to him standing over me licking my face so I jump up and ran to tell my husband and Bru had walked to the door to go out so I opened it and he jumped off the porch I was so stunned and excited I turned my cell on to record him and called osu to inform them and they wanted me to email the video they didn't believe me. Bru is better nd. T totally back to normal no one can believe it!!! He is my miracle!! Not sure I really believed in them until Bruiser love him to pieces and thank all of you for your concern and prayers God works in mysterious ways and I know all of you helped in this thanks again Lisa and Bru 😄🐾

Feb 18, 2014
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by: Captain Nancy

More prayers are coming for 100% recovery. He will do it, rottweilers have the spirit to go on and on. He knows he is dearly loved and that makes all the difference. I am thrilled that you know your dog so well and can communicate. Its rare but keep it up....it works in many situations.
Its communication from heart to heart.

Feb 17, 2014
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by: lisa

I just wanted to thank you guys for your comments and all your prayers, it touches my heart to know people really do care! And I know Bru is thankful too! He is such a fighter there was so many times throughout all of this I thought he was ready to quit on me so before I would leave OSU I would kiss his head and whisper in his ear if your done baby just let me know if your not do something great for mom tomorrow so she knows and I bet I did this 3-4 times and every time that next morning he did something that he hadnt been able too! I know that might sound crazy to some of you but I'm sure if you own a rottie you know how they know what u are saying lol I'm trying yo get pics on here but can't get them to load I will keep trying and please keep Bru in your prayers he is still not 100% but getting there everyday! Thanks again all of you are amazing people!!! Love, Lisa and Bru

Feb 17, 2014
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by: Captain Nancy

SO HAPPY to hear your GREAT news. WHEW......glad you found the problem and could fix it as well. Bru will come back as strong as ever.
Prayers have been answered.

Feb 17, 2014
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wonderful news!!!! NEW
by: Cheryl & Max

Thank God for answered prayer, I held Max's paw everyday and we prayed for you, so happy to see you newest post and with the new and hopeful out come, we will keep you in our prayers daily, plse keep all of us posted on your road to recovery, best wishes to you both

Feb 12, 2014
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by: lisa

Thank you everyone for caring so much about Bru and i ! I just wanted to let you all know that Bru ended up having a cyst in his neck that was blocking fluid from flowing down the spine so those things the thought were growths was just backed up spinal fluid! Bru's MRI did not show this cyst I had ended up having a c scan done and that's what showed the cyst! Bru had surgery Nov 14 and had it removed! He took along time to heal and did not walk again till a few days before Christmas! But we are continuing therapy and he is walking pretty good now, still not perfect but we are working on that! I'm just so thankful I did that c scan I was going to have him put down and that was my last hope! And I thank god everyday for letting me have my Bru Bru!!! I will post some more pics too!! Thanks again everyone

Nov 13, 2013
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by: Cheryl & Max

I haven't seen any new post from you and just wanted to see how you both were doing, hoping you had some good news. I hold Max's paw and we pray for you both, may god bless you

Oct 22, 2013
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How is Bru Bru doing? NEW
by: Paul and Dee

Checking in to find out how Bru Bru is doing.
Also, how are you?
Thank you for the comment you left for us, it
means so much....
Please e-mail us if you would like to share.
southportlandsev@aol.com.
Thinking about Bru Bru...and you too!
Sincerely,
Paul and Dee

Oct 10, 2013
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Praying for you NEW
by: Cheryl & Max

My heart hurts for what you are going through at this difficult time, I myself have lost 2 rotties to cancer, it came on so quickly we had no time to make decisions,one in jan 2008 and the second in oct 11,2011 and still feels like it was yesterday,we did adopt another rottie (Max) from a rescue about 2 weeks later,he wasn't our Bear but a gift from Bear.You and your family will be in our prayers and may God bless you.

Oct 09, 2013
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Spinal Cancer? NEW
by: Julie

So very sorry to hear about your rottie. I have experienced this 4 years ago. I bought a rottie from a breeder who had just started breeding and my pup was registered with NZ Kennel Club so had papers. When she was 22 months old she started to loose the use of her back legs, our vet sent us up to Auckland to see a specialist vet who x-rayed her and couldn't find anything, so sent her to Auckland Public Hospital for a MRI and they found a growth on her spine. The vet said he could operate which we agreed to and took her home 10 days later. She started to get better then 1 day before she was to go back to Auckland to get her stitches out she lost the use of her back legs again. We rung our local vet and he contacted the Auckland vet who said that they wouldn't operate again. We had decided not to put her through all that pain again. So we had to made the heartbreaking decision to let our brave girl go. The vet told us that this was genetic and she was probably born with it. Our thoughts are with you in this terrible time.

Oct 09, 2013
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Praying! NEW
by: Dee

I am sorry you are going through this, we
lost both our Rotties to cancer, Hans, we
lost on Sept. the 13th... Please know we
truly care!!!!
Praying!!!
Paul and Dee

Oct 08, 2013
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yes we have had this NEW
by: Captain Nancy

My dachshund ended up with the same thing and it turned out to be cancer in the spine. VERY VERY painful. We had no where to go on this but with morphine. That did not stop the pain. I'm so sorry if it turns out to be the same thing. Rotties are cancer prone as you well know. Sending prayers.

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