My 4 yr old rottie has a growth inside his spinal cord that can't be biopsied
(zanesville, Ohio united states)
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