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bladder cancer in dogs editedTransitional cell carcinoma (TCC) is the most common type of bladder cancer diagnosed in dogs. Based on their location and/or size, tumors can block the flow of urine into or out of the bladder, which makes dogs very sick very fast. Transitional cell carcinomas also can spread out of the urinary tract, typically to the lungs and lymph nodes within the abdomen. It is important for owners to understand the symptoms associated with TCC to avoid potentially catastrophic delays in treatment.

Diagnosing TCC

Transitional cell carcinoma is most frequently diagnosed in older, spayed female dogs. Scottish Terriers have an especially high incidence of the disease, and in this breed, exposure to lawn herbicides has been shown to increase a pet’s risk for developing TCC. Beagles, Collies, Shetland Sheepdogs, and West Highland White Terriers are also at higher than average risk for TCC.

The most common symptoms associated with transitional cell carcinoma are straining to urinate, urinating small amounts frequently, urinary incontinence, and the presence of blood in the urine. These same clinical signs are often seen with other types of urinary tract disease, so diagnostic tests are necessary to reach a definitive diagnosis. These may include:

  • urinalysis – tumor cells are sometimes detectable during a routine urinalysis. Many dogs with TCC also have a urinary tract infection.
  • bladder tumor antigen test – if this urine test is negative, the chances that a dog has TCC are very low. Positive results indicate that a dog might have TCC and need to be confirmed with other tests.
  • x-rays – bladder tumors can be visible on x-rays, particularly when contrast agents are infused into the bladder. Abdominal and chest x-rays are also used to screen for spread of the cancer.
  • abdominal ultrasound – ultrasound is another good way to visualize tumors in the bladder and check for metastases in the abdomen.
  • biopsies – tissue samples taken from the tumor and evaluated by a pathologist may be necessary to confirm the diagnosis of TCC.

Treatment and Prognosis

Because they are typically located near the area where the urethra exits the bladder, transitional cell carcinomas
are often difficult to treat surgically. Most cases of TCC are best treated with chemotherapy and/or radiation. Studies have shown that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories like piroxicam and deracoxib have activity against TCC, so they are often used in combination with traditional chemotherapeutic agents or alone when the situation warrants. Antibiotics are prescribed when a urinary tract infection is present.

All treatment protocols for TCC should be viewed as a way to prolong a pet’s life, not as a cure. Once a dog can no longer pass urine adequately and/or its quality of life is unacceptable in any other way, euthanasia is often the best option.

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  • RIchard Cox February 9, 2013, 12:06 am

    I guess you could say I am a victim of TCC. I am a k9 officer and I had to put my partner of 9 years down because of TCC. We were doing a search of a school and her bladder had ruptured. After 9 years together, and countless drug finds, my partner and best friend had to be put to sleep. SO PLEASE get your dog checked!! Look for the warning signs and ask your vet to do a urine check every year.

    • mike emert October 13, 2014, 8:13 am

      I hope you guys are still active on here, but my dog has something that I suspect is swollen on either side of his tract. It feels what his testicles would feel like. I suspect it might be something, but I never paid close enough attention to know how long if at all it has been there.

      • MIRIAM Keller March 31, 2017, 4:59 pm

        Mike, how have things turned out? I care.

    • Martha October 22, 2015, 4:34 am

      I am so sorry to hear about your K9 as well as all the stories on this website. I just put my German Shephard to sleep yesterday, who came down with the same disease and decline so rapidly I am still having a hard time digesting this whole thing. Such a horrible disease and I agree with your statement, to have a urinalysis performed on dogs yearly. My dog had all test, including blood work normal. We had no idea anything was wrong. I miss my girl and wish I did that.

    • MIRIAM Keller March 31, 2017, 4:57 pm

      Richard, our hearts go to you. And remember that a bit of heaven lives in your heart. My Rhodesian Ridgeback was diagnosed with TCC, bladder, underwent surgrey 4mos ago but he is beginning to fail. Griffin is 11yr and 10mos, and although I have had him longer than you k9 officer-thank you both for serving!- it is not easier…Tomorrow Griffin, RR sister Morgan and I are going to see a puppy from Morgan’s breeder knowing our beloved Griffin won’t be with us much longer.
      Thank you for asking patents to be vigilant. Griffin began with incontinence, blood in urine and quick visit to vet for a uti…if only it had been just so. As an RN, I tolerated ok nly one round of antibiotics before symptoms returned. Our awesome vet suggested x-rays…more antibiotics, then ultrasound. Within 3 weeks of initial symptoms Griffin had surgery. He is now slowing down; no mets to bone…but I think cancer has spread. A baby (RR) sibling with help Morgan and I as we adjust to losing Griffin; he will go with greater ease knowing Morgan and I will be caring for our new baby…

  • ellen youncourt February 10, 2013, 6:25 am

    Very interesting. Can the same thing happen to a cat?

    • MIRIAM Keller March 31, 2017, 5:01 pm


  • Robert February 12, 2013, 8:26 am

    Our dog, a 10-year old male, came down with the same symptoms – only because there was snow on the ground did I notice the pinkish tinge in the urine one morning. Our Vet in Ridgewood, NJ (Dr Cerf) performed surgery (after explaining there was NO guarantee about the results) in Feb, 2006. The surgery (and piroxicam therapy) extended his life another 6 months: in August the cancer had redeveloped with a vengence and we were forced to ‘do the right thing’ – we realized that prolonging his life would be selfish on our part, and we wanted to end his life with dignity. The surgery and therapy was very expensive, but we had the satisfaction of knowing that we did everything reasonably possible to save his life…would I do it again? Not sure

  • Tom Suydam February 12, 2013, 8:45 am

    In retrospect, the first signs for us came when we noticed our 10 year old Lab mix was straining to urinate. For several months our vet suspected a tumor but didn’t mention TCC. She even did x-rays and ultrasounds. But then we noticed he was wetting his bed at night. We took him to an oncologist vet who told us it was TCC. But unfortunately, it was already too late. The cancer had spread and he declined rapidly. In just over a week, we had to have him euthanized. He had stopped eating anything and was vomiting foam. I knew he was mortified by doing that in the house. Finally he gave me a look as if to say, “This is too hard. Take care of me.” So, reluctantly I did.

  • dthomas February 12, 2013, 1:09 pm

    Just wanted to send a positive story. My parents dog was diagnosed with TCC last summer. It was found accidentally, while performing an ultrasound for a different issue. The dog had surgery to remove the bladder tumor, underwent chemo and has been taking piroxicam ever since. It’s been about 7 months and the dog is doing great. Eats well, and acts completely normal. Don’t know if it will ever progress or get worse, but she’s certainly enjoying a lot of quality time for now.

    • Loida Dorfner November 13, 2013, 2:23 pm

      Hello, you wrote this in Feb 2013. Can you please tell me how your dog is now? I’m going through the same thing. Our specialist had also found mass in my dog’s bladder during an ultrasound for a totally different issue…My heart is breaking right now for my boy…Your message here is the only positive one I’ve seen so far.

      • Linda December 9, 2013, 7:14 pm

        Hi Loida, My boy was just diagnosed in October with TCC. He has a regular vet who has him on Piroxicam and he has a Holistic vet who has him on vitamins and enzymes and probiotics.
        This has never happened to any dog that I have ever owned. This is the worst news I could have ever received. This sucks.
        How is your boy doing?

    • Crys R. October 28, 2016, 6:51 pm

      Hi dthomas, I know you wrote this years ago but curious as to what happened with your dog? I have a 12 year old beagle. He was diagnosed with TCC in April 2016. He has been treated and is on a small dose of piroxicam. We’re now almost to November 2016 and he is still acting like a spring chicken. No issues going to the bathroom, eating, etc. He seems to be the exception to the 6 month diagnosis to death rule. Hoping he keeps living good quality life for years to come but may be wishful thinking.

      • Joanne November 1, 2016, 4:43 pm

        Hi Crys, My 12 year old beagle was just diagnosed with TCC as well. She bleeds when urinating. She has been put on piroxicam as well and was treated with antibiotics for any secondary infection. I was just wondering if your beagle had the same issue and if so how long did the piroxicam take to start working? I’m glad to hear your beagle is doing well.

        • Sue December 8, 2016, 10:49 am

          my 14.5 year old beagle girl is undergoing a ultrasound this coming Monday. She has a recurring uti but seems to be acting very much like herself. I have followed her around in the yard and sense no strain or discomfort when she urinates, and I don’t think any of the recent samples contained any blood. The vet, of course, dropped all the “worst case scenarios” but I still see a very happy, vibrant dog and until he shows otherwise – am believing the latest round of antiobiotics has been a big help. I am encouraged by what I read here. Please, can I ask for good thoughts/prayers for my sweetheart girl? Thank you everybody

      • AJ December 13, 2016, 9:35 pm

        Did you have a biopsy to diagnosis it??

    • Carolyn January 25, 2017, 2:37 pm

      My dog has TCC and i was told they can’t do surgery on her? Maybe they can do the surgery if they find it early?

      • MIRIAM Keller March 31, 2017, 5:07 pm

        If it is close to trigone (bladder neck), then perotica (Feldene) and antacid is best option -and pup may go on for a while.

        Our hearts go out to you-we understand.

    • MIRIAM Keller March 31, 2017, 5:04 pm

      YEAH! He may live a long life! The Keller Family

  • Akorobkin July 3, 2013, 11:15 am

    Our border collie/healer mix Tula, was diagnosed with TCC in feb of this yr. we all know that it first appears as a bladder infection….but the truth revealed itself…we’ve done the chemo and the proxicam…her tumor is inoperatble….chemo not helping. Ok hers the thing. Tula was rescued from a puppy mill,where the practice of using pesticides to rid of fleas(I guess,or other lethal herbicides used for plants…). Tula is only 5 years old.she never new love before we got blessed to find her,could not even climb stairs…never had. Now,she is happy and not so healthy. Please people, make your voice known …never buy a pet from a “store” and tell everyone you know so our beloved Tula can help make a difference! PLE ASE. Please.

    • MIRIAM Keller March 31, 2017, 5:09 pm

      Yes!! Tula’s life had a purpose! Thank you both for being heroes!!! Hugs… The Kellers

  • Linda July 8, 2013, 2:11 pm

    On Friday eve, our pug began urinating bright red urine, but otherwise feeling well. I took him to the vet the next morning where he was diagnosed with TCC with lymph node involvement. I didn’t believe it because he was lively and acting fine, but urinating bright red blood. At 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning, he began having seizures and would lose a lot of blood each time he seized. He had such fear in his eyes; we euthanized him.

    • MIRIAM Keller March 31, 2017, 5:11 pm

      Oh Linda…I feel your pain-all of us do. A little bit of heaven will live in your heart forever-we understand. The Kellers

  • Susan July 11, 2013, 9:27 pm

    Our beagle mix was just diagnosed with TCC a few days ago from an ultrasound. Due to his age we are not proceeding with chemo. The vet is estimating 2 or 3 months for him. He had been straining to urinate and was very grouchy with our other dog. So sad.

    • Bonnie Smith August 4, 2015, 6:08 am

      Susan I read about your beagle mix and though its been two years, I know bringing this up may be painful. My beagle Maggie was diagnosed a few days ago. We had been treating her for a UTI. She’s 12 years and I just want to keep her comfortable. she’s not grouchy with my other dog but she struggles to pee. Like you we’ve been given weeks to months. I just want to be sure I don’t wait to late to put her down. She’s eating a drinking and seems happy for now but loves just being held. Could you give me an idea of when the right time will be to say good by. I don’t want her to suffer. I’m use to seeing the blood in her pee now and there was a little spitting up with white stuff but she’s always spit up when she drank too much water. Bonnie

      • Alexis August 11, 2015, 7:00 am

        My dog was diagnosed with TCC about 6 weeks ago. He’s 11 and we are not operating or doing chemo. We tried peroxicam but have not seen any changes. He strains to pee for up to 20 minutes squatting around the yard. He does this multiple times a day, including in the middle of the night. He pushes so hard his penis comes out. Now he’s having trouble pooping. His food intake is minimal. He’s constantly licking himself and has started minimal leaking. I have made the decision to put him
        down today. I hope I am making the right decision. Since I haven’t chosen surgery and chemo, he’s only going to get worse. I don’t thinks it’s fair to watch him deteriorate.
        This is the hardest thing. I wish someone would say I’m doing the right thing. I wish you the best in your decision.

        • Alexandra December 5, 2015, 11:00 am

          You are making the right decision , absolutely . i am dealing with this now , hoping the peroxicam helps ( 2 days now on it no improvement) constant squatting squatting squatting , up all night 7 times a night for 2 1/2 months now, but she doesnt seem to be in pain , just has to pee ALL THE TIME &.Silly is eating her meals heartily ,letting me know she wants to live , i feed her many things like low fat cottage cheese, flax seed oil, apples, sweet potato, chicken, cranberries, blueberries, rasberries, pumpkin, apple cider vinegar & baking soda & waiting for the the Essiac International Herbal Supplement to get here, I am trying EVERYTHING, to save my darling but i am SCARED TO DEATH something will happen to cause her to suffer , i will just die if she ends up in pain & i wait to late. PLEASE KNOW YOU DID THE RIGHT THING, your pet is so precious, he was lucky to have someone who loved him so much, in his honor possibly go find a DEATH ROW DOG at your local shelter , SOOOO MANY WILL DIE this week , ALL cages are full & they will be doing mass murdering to make room for more imbeciles bringing in litter after litter who dont spay & neuter or your every day dog DUMPERS , the dog barks, the dog ate the furniture, we dont have time for the dog, the dog is no longer a cute puppy , the cant house train the dog ….think about saving another in his honor, that is what Silly would want . but we are going got fight this demon for now . God help them all . please look up CLIMATE ENGINEERING – this used to be a very frare cancer but now from the heavy jet SPRAYING we are taking DAILY in every state in the nation , the toxic chemicals ( heavy metals ( CARCINOGENS & PESTICIDES & HERBICIDS ) are raining down on us all , hence somany cancers on the rise . Pilots, Doctors and Scientists
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          • Linda b July 28, 2016, 11:19 am

            Just wanted to say to everyone of you that is going through this with your baby please check to be sure they really are peeing when they squat. I went through this with my beautiful sheltie Daisy and it was horrific. She looked beautiful was so full of life and wonderful appetite but the piroxicam and herbs stopped helping and she would squat over and over. I started putting a ladle under her to catch her urine. I found she was getting out such tiny amounts she had to be miserable. One day I noticed nothing came out so I had to make that awful decision. Can’t imagine the pain of a full bladder you can’t empty. Please make sure your baby’s are actually peeing!

          • Russ November 14, 2016, 12:36 pm

            Ok, Xandra – I understand and sympathize with you regarding your health issues with your pet, but there’s no need to go all grassy knoll, kookoo for cocoa puffs on us. Please try and focus on caring for your loved one to the best of your abilities and recognize that all pets get old and die, and some have health issues along the way, like all living mammals do.
            I wish you and Silly all the best.

        • Christina January 4, 2016, 5:18 pm

          In January or February of 2015, I noticed pink snow. First thing was to figure out which dog or stray was causing it. My Lily is still with me but not doing well now. We decided that the best thing was to keep her comfortable as long as she still had her spunk, and she does! (Lily is an English Setter) She did well enough until summer with just tramadol but since then we have tried other medications to make her comfortable. (piroxicam, gabapentin, tramadol and anti-biotics for the occasional uti) Now, though, her attempts to empty her bladder are taking longer and longer. But, it’s not time yet. She still loves her walks and hunting birds and bunnies. Every moment I have with her is a treasure.

      • Jen November 29, 2015, 11:23 am

        Hi, I’m not sure when you’re list is from and I’m so sorry to hear about Maggie. My 13 year old Beagle, Baran, was diagnosed w/TCC in April and put on Metacam. He had been doing well until about the beginning of September when he started urinating in the house, the vet put him on Tramadol for pain and said if he quits eating, urinating and/or pooping, it would be time to think about euthanizing him. Within the past couple of weeks, he’s begun really straining to urinate and has to wear a belly band/diaper because he cannot control it – when he has to go, he has to go right now. Now, beginning on Wednesday before Thanksgiving, his urine only comes out in drops & dribbles, he’s panting and shaking frequently, so I know he’s in pain. I took him to the vet two days ago and he thinks there may be nerves involved, causing the pain. He upped the Tramadol dosage. I’m going to call the vet tomorrow to discuss putting Baran to sleep. This is no life for my guy- in pain, unable to urinate and miserable. And to relieve the pain, he’s drugged up to the point he just sleeps all the time.

      • MIRIAM Keller March 31, 2017, 5:13 pm

        Bonnie…Your beloved Maggie would like to go with dignity. My Griffin will soon go,too-he’ll find Maggie:)

        • Andrea Davis August 30, 2017, 12:52 pm

          Hi there: I’m so glad that I found this thread. My sweet Wembley – an 11 year old Boston Terrier/Chihuahua mix – was diagnosed with bladder cancer about one month ago. When the constant straining and blood in the urine started a little over a year ago, the vet assumed it was stones. Wembley underwent surgery to remove the stones, which is when they found the tumor. It has spread to the lymph nodes. We’ve been managing the pain with Rimadyl since the surgery (where the vet removed as much of the mass as possible). But, my sweet guy strains to pee for upwards of 20 minutes when we are outside – even after he urinates – and is leaking blood at all times. He doesn’t have any interest in taking walks or playing…barely even interested in barking at the mailman, his favorite hobby. I believe the time has come to send him to a better place, but I guess I’m just looking for someone to say that it’s OK to let him go. Any words of advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  • Chris August 12, 2013, 3:07 pm

    On July 17, 2013, our 11 year old female Sheltie was diagnosed with TCC. (She was diagnosed with UTI recurrences since April.) She was doing wonderfully until August 5th. She began panting, pacing, and would not settle down anywhere. When I came home for lunch, she gave the signal that she needed my help. We vowed not to let her suffer at all. The house is empty without her.

    • jerry hawley July 8, 2014, 12:31 pm

      My heart is breaking today and am finding it very hard to hold back tears. I had to put my little girl schipperke down today. She was diagnosed last January/February 2014 with tcc. I notice blood in her urine and the vet did an ultrasound. I was giving her piroxicam for the past 6 mos. The past week I noticed she would isolate herself from me. She would lay on the back porch for hours. She got under my bed and would sleep for long periods. The last few days she refused to eat and drank little. Took her to the vet today and the vet said her blood work indicated she was in complete kidney failure and the cancer had like spread. I had her euthenized today 7/8/2014,

      • Linda July 14, 2014, 4:35 am

        Hi Jerry, ,
        I know just how you are feeling, , my german shepherd George was diagnosed with bladder cancer 2 weeks ago and the grieve is so overwhelming,, his favorite place is the seaside so the day after his scan myself and family packed up for a long weekend to the coast where George just had a great time swimming and catching the waves,,
        I dont know how long I have left with him because he is still behaving like always which makes it so much harder.
        He is 11 and two months old so I discounted surgery and chemo, he just has metacam pain relief,, im sure like my George your dog was much more than that,, I have lived alone with him for over 6 years when my youngest moved out and I really can’t see my life without him.
        I was so moved by your story I just had to reply
        With the kindest regards Linda

        • jerry hawley July 19, 2014, 8:40 pm

          Thanks, Linda. My little girl was also 11 yrs. I am finding out that i made many mistakes on what i fed her. Go on the website and type in : “The dog cancer survival guide” the author also has a youtube video look it up and listen to him, he is very knowlegable. One thing he says to avoid giving your dog is sodium nitrate found in processed meats. Also, spaeding and neutering dogs too young can cause bladder cancer later. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXXWLyp50qQ jerry

      • Penney August 11, 2014, 9:30 am

        Jerry, my heart breaks for you but putting her down was the most humane and loving thing you could do for her. I’m sure when she crossed over that rainbow bridge she was smiling, happy and healthy again!
        We learned about a month ago our 11 year old beagle had TCC. She had a splenic mass as well and underwent surgery on the 31st of July for a splenectomy and bladder/abdominal explore. Part of the large mass at the apex of her bladder was removed along with several small tumors. However, several small tumors remain. She was started on Deramaxx, Simplicef and Tramadol in the hospital but after 5 days we dropped the Simplicef because of stomach upset. 3 days later we dropped all meds and started her on Sucralfate one hour before eating to help coat the stomach. So far this has worked. She is supposed to start Palladia (chemo) when her stomach has had no upset for one week. I fear that her sensitive stomach will not be able to handle the chemo, even with the help of cerenia, an anti nausea drug. If she can tolerate the treatment we may be lucky to have her 6-9 months, possibly more. If she does not tolerate it then we will do the right thing and put her down. My vet says I will know when the time cones and I pray I do and not let her suffer.
        Thanks so much for sharing your story and allowing me to share mine.

        • shelley christian December 5, 2015, 8:20 pm

          Dog sounds same so sad and hate to even ask this but approx. Are we talking cost wise.hate to bring up nobody has menyioned and understand but am ill now with large med. Bills.want to help my dog best i can.feel like cannot live without.but afraid wont be even able to afford ultrasound or meds?

    • MIRIAM Keller March 31, 2017, 5:15 pm

      Chris, we understand. She will be in your heart forever-with you right now! Hugs!!

  • John H September 5, 2013, 9:58 am

    Well, 2 weeks after sending our youngest to college and becoming empty nesters, our 10 year old miniature schnauzer was diagnosed this morning with TCC. Large, aggressive tumor, bad location. Other than peeing more frequently (no blood-yet), the little guy still seems happy and healthy, which, of course, makes the diagnosis so much harder to accept. We’ll have to make some tough calls and cherish what time we have left.

    I really do appreciate these sites and the chance to see what others have been through. Loss, whether of a person or an animal who thinks he’s a person, should never be experienced alone.

    • MIRIAM Keller March 31, 2017, 5:16 pm

      Yes, the Keller are with you.

  • Laura September 16, 2013, 3:59 pm

    Hey all,
    We’ve been battling TCC in our mini schnauzer as well. Wanted to tell you all about a forum at cancercompass, about TCC. Look it up, there are lots of us there battling this ugly cancer and sharing tips and hope. Good luck to all pups with TCC.


  • Patti Horton October 2, 2013, 10:40 am

    Hello.. I write this with such a heavy heart.. My dog Ava had been peeing and had a tinge of blood. it resolved without treatment.. Then suddenly came back with much more blood. Took Ava to the Vet her specimen showed an infection. 10days of Baytril and still peeing then going to another spot and peeing again except it was all blood. Trying to pee again several times. Taken back to Vet xray for stones negative new antbiotic peeing and more blood. Not only that but on walks pee stop try and pee pure blood result couple more steps trying to pee and blood… Doc suspected cancer need to do surgery. Surgery done came out and said tumor is very large she is only peeing from a little space. Do not think she will respond to medication. She will take about a week for recovery from this and you will probably have to bring her back in a week in an emergent situation. Said best thing to do would be while she was still under to let her go. God 20mins i talked and asked and he assured me if he had a magic trick he would use it.. So I left my baby go. Now I read these and I have gut wretching guilt that I didnt bring her home. The maybes are driving me nuts.. She loved life so much. Some evenings she seemed like she was uncomfortable and laid around more but she was so excited to go on a ride that day and never came home. I am so torn at whetther I should of left her go until she couldnt do anything or let her go..

    • Donna October 3, 2013, 9:40 am

      You did the right thing. From what I’ve been reading, when the late stage symptoms really kick in, your baby is in a lot of misery. You honored Ava’s life and let her go with dignity.

    • Carol Schramke January 20, 2014, 12:48 pm

      I feel your heartache. My Daisy has made it 4 month with peroxicam. Her tumor was very large when discovered in her bladder after peeing blood. The peroxicam caused her stomach to bleed and she was bleeding out the rectum with severe bloody diahrea. We got that under control and my vet thought she should go back on the peroxicam. I was hesitant since the second ultra sound revealed her tumor was double in size after 4 months of peroxicam. I have now taken her off the medication. I won’t let her go through that again. I pray over her daily and have her on my mind constantly. She is still peeing and eating at the moment but I will not let her suffer. When she can no longer pee or eat I will do the right thing. My heart goes out to you and prayers.

    • Barbara Wallace March 2, 2014, 8:07 pm

      Try not to feel guilty about what you did. Your dog was suffering. Dogs are very good at masking illness.

      • Lorraine Bradwick September 11, 2017, 1:07 am

        My 14 year old Scottie Basil has a benign tumour on his bladder .
        He to is struggling to wee and it contains blood he also is incontinent and is now wearing belly pads which I change regular keeping him dry and clean .
        My problem is Tharp can’t operate and he is on peroicam which has helped . He isent in any pain and loves his walks chasing sticks and is eating well .
        How can I put a dog to sleep who still has a good quality of life although he is hard work keeping him and bed clean and dry ?
        Vet told asked me about quality of life but after seeing him playing said it’s whether I can put up with it ?
        When is the right time ?

        • VetDepot October 5, 2017, 5:14 pm

          Barbara, I’m sorry to hear about the tumour Basil has. I know this is tough mentally and emotionally. I can only imagine how torn you may be feeling. It’s never an easy decision to make. Your vet’s advice is helpful and he/she wants the best for you and Basil. You will know what is best for your sweet Basil and no matter the outcome, you will make the right decision for him. <3

    • Penney August 11, 2014, 9:36 am

      You did the right thing while she was asleep and did not have to go thru any pain. If she was unable to pee at all it would have only gotten worse and painful. I’m sure she is thanking you for not letting her suffer!

    • Abbey December 23, 2015, 10:22 am

      I know exactly what you mean. I had a golden retriever PUPPY that was diagnosed with TCC about 4 weeks ago. It started with not being able to pee as much. Thought it was a uti and was put on a few antibiotics for a few weeks when we realized it wasn’t getting better. Took him to a different vet for a 2nd opinion who did an ultrasound and saw a huge mass in his bladder and reccommended us seeing a specialist 3 hours away. The next morning we went to a MedVet in Columbus. They confirmed it was TCC and the only two options were chemo and proxicam. Decided chemo and radiation is just too hard on dogs and makes them so sick and miserable that I just don’t think it would be worth it. Especially when they said you can do all of that and it just prolongs life and could get back just as fast as it came. Tried the proxicam for about a week when that only made him horribly sick as well and started bleeding from his urine and his poop. I fell to the ground crying that night because I realized he wasn’t going to make it. Bronx was just 10 months old when I had to make the most selfless decision I’ve ever made to put him down. It’s been a week since he was euthanized and my god, it hasn’t gotten any easier. I miss him more then words can explain. I thought I would have him for at least 10 years… Not 10 months. He was my son, my best friend and my protector. When the vet told us what he had, he said it with tears in his eyes and said out of his 18 years of practice, he had only seen this once before in such a young dog. It’s just not fair and I still can’t make peace with it. I’m still angry. But I can honestly say I wouldn’t of wanted any other dog then Bronx. He will forever be in my heart. I pray no other puppy has to ever endeavor what my poor baby had to.

      • Christy January 2, 2016, 4:32 pm

        Abbey, I’m so sorry about your sweet Golden puppy, Bronx. My Springer Spaniel, Emily, was diagnosed with TCC in November. We made the same decision you did regarding chemo and also put her on piroxicam. Like your puppy, she couldn’t tolerate it. I also have tried cooking her meals for her so as to remove carbs and other trash from her diet. None of these things has really helped as far as I can tell. She continues to get worse. I know the time is fast approaching that she will be unable to urinate and I will have to make that hard decision. I have had to do it before with dogs who had cancer. It never gets easier yet the memories I have of my beloved dogs seem to get sweeter and sweeter as time goes on. I view that as a gift and I’m grateful. If I hadn’t had these lovely dogs I wouldn’t have these memories. I just wanted to reach out and tell you that you aren’t alone and that I know what you are feeling. I’m soon going to be feeling it all over again too. Take care.

    • MIRIAM Keller March 31, 2017, 5:18 pm

      No, Patti! YOU DID THE RIGHT THING! You ate in our hearts…

  • Donna October 3, 2013, 9:38 am

    Just got the word on my beagle/collie female mix, Chloe. She is 11 -1/2 years old and a shelter rescue. I am at work crying now because I’m not sure what I can afford in the way of surgery — or if surgery is even worth the stress on her body. Will probably try piroxicam and hope I don’t keep her to the point of witnessing some of the awful late-stage symptoms. I will be strong and let her go when it’s time. I still need to find out how large her mass is, hopefully it’s not obstructing urine at this point and we can get it to shrink a little. It’s nice to have a place to get this out, and to offer my sympathies and support to others who are dealing with this. (Why can’t dogs live as long as African Grey parrots?!?)

    • Patti Horton October 14, 2013, 8:10 pm

      Thank You for your kind words…I am sorry to see that your news about your doggie wasnt very encouraging.. I miss my Ava so much she also was a rescue.. She LOVED us with every inch of her heart and I was so grateful she picked us that day… I know in my heart that I did what was best for her esp. when they said that things would get very bad.. It seemed all she did was pee and try and pee. Even looking back I see that she licked herself all the time and had never done that and wasnt as active. But I never in my wildest dreams thought the outcome of that day would be what it was…. My vet who was so upset at the results of the surgery called to make sure we .were dealing okay and to make sure we knew that we did the best thing. I hope things work out for you and your beloved pet. Please keep me posted…..Thoughts of Good Things…Avas Mom ….. Patti

    • MIRIAM Keller March 31, 2017, 5:20 pm

      Ah…if only they could…We are with you. TCC is vicious. You are in our hearts. The Kellers

  • Crystal November 21, 2013, 10:38 pm

    My 7 year old yorkie was diagnosed with TCC on October 1st and sadly she died on October 19th. It’s been a month now and I’m still stricken with grief. It started with the urgency to pee all the time with very little urine coming out. I took her to the vet on September 29th where an ultrasound showed she had a mass in her bladder. The vet recommended surgery and two days later I got the terrible diagnosis. The vet recommended to start chemotherapy 2 weeks after surgery. I even met with an oncologist. The cancer became so aggressive so fast, didn’t even get a chance to start chemo. Muffin stopped eating and drinking and was vomiting. She looked so sad and was in so much pain. On October 19th, I decided not to let her suffer anymore and euthanized her. That was the hardest decision of my life! I still mourn and I am so lonely.

    • MIRIAM Keller March 31, 2017, 5:23 pm

      Please applaud yourself for being the best mom ever!! That is what your Yorkie tells friends in heaven. Thank you for respecting her dignity and for taking on pain to alleviate hers. A Hero!!

  • Linda December 9, 2013, 7:42 pm

    My dog is a rescue from Mexico. We literally “found” each other in the streets of a Southwestern town in Mexico 10 and 1/2 years ago. He was only about 6 months old then. He was starving and had mange real bad. I gave him water and food and took him to the vet there in Mexico. When he was well enough I brought him home to the states. We have been crazy happy ever since…then this horrible diagnosis on October 30th 2013. I want to save him again. It was a miracle that we found each other…now we need another miracle. My dog’s name is Suki. He is a terrier chihuahua mix with a little bit of Xoloitzcuintle in him. He weighs 17 pounds. He is the best dog I have ever had in my whole life. I have him on Piroxicam, enzymes, vitamins, probiotics. He seems to be doing OK for now. He has good days and bad days. The bad days are low energy days and he’s not all that hungry. The good days he wants to play ball and acts real hungry at breakfast and dinner time. He pees a lot but he drinks a lot of water too. I wish there was a miracle cure. No, what I really wish is that this is just a bad dream and I’m going to wake up from it.

    • MIRIAM Keller March 31, 2017, 5:25 pm

      You are (were) an exemplary parent!

  • CWright December 11, 2013, 7:41 pm

    My 9 year old female spayed beagle mix (Mable) was diagnosed with bladder (TCC) and lung cancer. She had her first chemo treatment 3 weeks ago and will have another this Monday. Mable is also on prednisone instead of piroxicam. She’s been taking an antibiotic for vaginitis which I thought was working but this evening there’s a dark red discharge. Hopefully, the vet will have a suggestion to stem the infection.
    I appreciate being able to share Mabe’s story with others who understand the heartache of dealing with cancer.

  • DJ January 1, 2014, 12:53 pm

    Born April 20th, 2005, I got “Bonkers” at 6 weeks. She fit in the palm of my hand. She was the brute of the litter pouncing and playing with all the others even when they’d rather not. She is a fawn with gorgeous markings and a perfect cinnamon-bun tail.

    In the early days she had a bed *on* my desk so I could keep an eye on her (I work from home). At night, well, she was were she belonged, under the covers with me and my wife (except for recently due to the occasional incontinence).

    She has spent her entire life with almost constant 24/7 access to “Dad”… at my side as I worked, joining me on my 3 mile daily walk, riding with me in the Jeep (all I had to say was “let’s go jeepin” and she was out the door), sitting in my lap during a bit of evening TV or movie and, of course, snuggling with me and “Mom” at night.

    Diagnosed on November 14th with TCC, we opted out of surgery or chemo. The Vet told us that it would never be a cure, only an extension of unknown length. Quite honestly the cost was prohibitive as well. But we have been treating her with Piroxicam, Clavamox and Proin (for the incontinence). She’s done very well for the last 7 weeks. You wouldn’t even know she was sick as she kept up her normal routine and antics. But over the last few days other things have changed. It’s rare for her to eat even an ounce of food without vomiting within minutes. She’s become afraid to eat because of this except when she becomes very, very hungry but always with the same result. We’ve tried different foods, veggies, fruits, etc., and different times of day. All lead to the same result.

    My wife and I know we’ve done everything we were able to do and understood the TCC would progress rapidly (Dr. said within 7 weeks or so). I won’t let her suffer from starvation, I won’t let the fear I see in her eyes torture her. This is not about us, it’s about her.

    So it’s with a very heavy heart that we’ve decided the time has come to show how much we love her by letting her go. Tomorrow will be an awful day but the cycle of life must continue.

    Never forgotten, always loved, appreciative of all the joy she brought to our home, Bonkers blessed us for 8 years, 8 months, and 13 days. Dad and Mom love you and we’ll see you in our dreams.

    • cbwright January 19, 2014, 8:19 am

      Making the right decision is so very hard. It sounds like she was an important part of your life and will not be forgotten. My thought are with you.

    • Marjrie January 5, 2015, 4:49 pm

      Our beloved yellow lab mix Gracie is at end f life and after being treated for nine months for TCC the time to end her life has come. Even with appetite enhancer she is not eating and her drinking has diminished. We know it will be a matter of days until we have to make the difficult decision to let her go. She has been a wonderful friend and it is not fair t let her suffer. We will always remember our beautiful girl. Her name Grace expressed just what she was a graceful beautiful creature given to us t care for by God. My husband and I are retired and she has gone everywhere with us. Traveling to Georgia, NC and Mississippi. She has been our constant companion for 14 years and our grief is immeasurable. She will live in our hearts forever and we are freeing her to run and leap in the great beyond.

    • MIRIAM Keller March 31, 2017, 5:33 pm

      So toucheddar by your love story. Griffin was diagnosed 11/16 and underwent surgery a month later. Sadly, he is failing 4 months later. He is 11yr 10mos. Tomorrow we are driving to the breeder’s to look at a puppy kno wing Griffin will soon need to join -with dignity- his beloved big brother Quinn whom we lost at 15yrs and 3mos. Our younger Rhodesian Ridgeback Morgan will miss her soul mate desperately but we hope she will focus her love on baby brother Nolan. So grateful for all of you!! Hugs, the Kellers

  • Jill January 13, 2014, 6:19 pm

    My 9 yr old Golden Retriever has a big mass in his bladder. He had blood tests , ultrasounds, x-ray. He has been on piroxicams for 2months.
    The specialist still can’t come right out and say it is TCC. Now they want to do surgery to remove were the mass is and take a biopsy. Cost $4000 just for the surgery. It is a very large mass. I was thinking of taking a loan out and have been on the internet trying to find more than a few positive outcome but few are out there.

    • JuliB February 4, 2014, 6:47 pm

      I’m in a similar condition, but with a min pin who is 12 years old. My dr recommended against surgery due to her age and general conditions. She’s had an acute attack of pancreatitis (5 months ago) and was diagnosed with a degenerative nerve disease (about 10 months ago). She’s still a very wiggle-waggle dog and you’d never think she had a problem.

      The mass is in a good location (not in the ‘neck’ area nor in the area where urination would be blocked) and is only 1.5×1 cms big. He said they could probably remove it if they did surgery for the biopsy, but that many times the tumor will come back. It’s very difficult to be sure they have all the cells out because they can migrate through the body.

      I had already decided to let her live out her time without any aggressive intervention because the prognosis is not good even with treatment You sound like you have a devoted heart – I know that I would probably take a loan out too if need be, but 9 is already senior age for big dogs.

      Whatever you choose, know that your dog loves you and knows you love him. Not like people where we don’t know where we stand.

  • Judy February 4, 2014, 6:36 am

    My Jack Russell was diagnosed 4 weeks ago with TCC. Thought it was an UTI but after 2 bouts of antibiotics the vet suspected a tumor. The ultrasound confirmed his thoughts, it is in the neck and is inoperable. We tried the Proxicam but it made her very sick, vet and l decided she would feel better without its, l don’t regret not having her on it because they aren’t sure how much it helps. I am going to begin a holistic approach to help her at least urinate more comfortably, has anyone seen a holistic vet and what did they recommend? It’s so hard you wish they could talk so you knew how they felt, l don’t want her to be in pain, for the most part she acts ok she just seems to sleep more

  • Jack February 5, 2014, 8:25 pm

    Our special boy Dudley (shep mix), who is roughly 11 and rescued from Puerto Rico, was ultrasound confirmed for TCC today. First signs were bloody urine about 3 months ago and given antib’s to treat what was thought a uti. Fast forward 2 months later and he started rejecting food. We knew something was wrong. New vet thought kidney disease due to new blood info. Brought to a more specialist bet that id’d the Tcc (mass at neck of bladder was causing kidney problems). Opting for the surgery in hopes he can have some quality lifetime left.

    Did I mention, like all your dogs, he is one great dog. Light of my life. I wish you all the best in your dogs’ treatments and heart goes out to those who are no longer here.

    • Jack February 6, 2014, 9:49 am

      Update… My baby is not doing well after surgery. His kidney values are still elevated. I am so sad. I want him home with me.

      • Jack February 21, 2014, 10:30 am

        Feb 20 2014…

        Dudley is no longer with us. I so miss my baby. The more we love them the harder it is to let go and accept he is no longer physically here.

        I am devastated by this. Dudley, I love you so so much and will think of you all the time. Your daddy.

        • Kathi January 18, 2017, 11:32 am

          I have been reading about TCC through your posts. Never heard of it till our Beagle, Roxy, was diagnosed 8 months AFTER I started taking her to the vet with the signs and symptoms. Abx did not help. I did not get pain meds until 4 days before she died and don’t whether or not they helped her. We euthanized her within a week of the diagnosis as she had begun isolating, with decreased exercise, and pain in her eyes. I can’t believe she suffered so very long before we learned about the dx. She was 11 years old. We miss her dearly and just don’t understand how she contracted this disease. We adopted her from a shelter shortly after she had pups and she appeared to be about 7 or 8 months old at that time. Thank you all for sharing your stories and yes, the pain is unbearable. We spent her last morning, November 15, 2016 on our porch watching the sun rise. She was so very still. I combed her, cleaned out her ears, and cut some fur from her neck. She rode quietly in the car and actually started wagging her tail when she was outside the vet’s office and could pee where others had, although with difficulty. I am glad I stayed with her through the euthanization as my husband could not, and it helped me with closure. Thank you all for sharing.

        • MIRIAM Keller March 31, 2017, 5:37 pm

          I love you more!
          Love, Dudley- I am always with you

  • Amy February 10, 2014, 10:19 pm

    My 8 year old pitbull named Haze is going through all of the symptoms I have read so far. Blood in her urine, straining to urinate, no urine at times and just blood, whining more to go outside. I realized something was wrong around January 2014 when she wanted more and more water and cried to go outside atleast 15 times a day, I assumed it was a bladder infection because she was previously diagnosed with one a few years ago which led to having her uterus removed. This time around I was told she had a bladder infection and was prescribed medication for 10 days 2 times a day. Also haze started showing showing sores on her body, it went from one to about 7 in a 3 month span, her first visit I was told they were cyst and would never fully heal but today I was told they as well may be cancerous. They took a blood sample from one and they were going to take a bladder sample with a needle but I was told that couldn’t happen because that can possibly irritate the mass (if it Is a mass) and cause it to spread more. I was given Benadryl and another antibiotic for two weeks…in two weeks I will know exactly what’s wrong and I was told I might have to be sent to an oncologist…but after reading all these stories, I am pretty sure my dog has TCC and i’ve been in tears all day. I’ve had her since she was 3 weeks old, she’s such a huge teddy bear and she’s been with my family for 8 years, in my daughters like for four and protects her so much as if she was her own. I will keep you posted ! god bless you all and all of your pets 🙁

    • Gina February 17, 2014, 5:19 am

      Hi Amy

      You are in our prayers. Gina

  • Bret February 15, 2014, 12:55 am

    Just wanted to put some positive news on this message board. My dalmatian who is probably 10 or 11 (he was a rescue so not sure of his age), was diagnosed with TCC just before Thanksgiving of 2013 after many many months of treating him for what we thought was a unresolved (and ever-worsening) bladder infection of some sort. The cancer had already metastasized into his prostate so things looked immediately grim. I believed he would probably not last until Christmas and vet specialist thought he had two months tops which meant I would probably put him down much sooner than that because he would deteriorate and suffer for part of those two final months. Nico had dropped 9 pounds (normally 52 pounds healthy, he was down to 43 and looked horrible), was completely incontinent, walked with bowed legs a bit because prostate was so swollen, he was lethargic and was struggling to pee/poo when he wanted to (though when he relaxed he would completely lose control of his bladder inside 5-6 times a day and at night time in his bed which was stressful for all of us). I chose not to do any surgery or chemo because of location of tumor, his age and I wanted to pursue quality of life versus quality if at all possible. I have to say piroxicam has been a miracle bandaid cure. by christmas of 2013 he had gained all of his weight back (literally he gained nine pounds in four weeks), and was bounding around like a happy dog at the park again. The piroxicam completely stabilized him. He sleeps a lot now but when he’s up, his eyes are clear, he runs around and plays with my two year old son, he no longer walks with bowed legs, the prostate which was previously VERY obviously swollen is not visibly a concern right now, and he seems much better/happier. I’ve never seen blood in his urine. All of that said, he still has bad days about every 5-6 days when he either sleeps all day or he has a period of incontinence. I definitely get up early and let him out immediately so he won’t pee inside, but this is an improvement from before when he would pee in the house (sometimes standing right in front of me) because he had so little control of his bladder, and then strained when he actually wanted to go. obviously i’m sure this will not go on forever, but I’m glad to have taken this route and feel good that the piroxicam has given him quality of life again for however long he lasts — i haven’t found that dogs (especially when they are older) do well after receiving anesthetic, and i didn’t find any results showing that there would be much quality and happy life left by using chemo/surgery over just piroxicam. He has been on piroxicam for about three months now, and he has intermittent accidents (as described above) but they are manageable unlike before. I use powdered probiotic and pepcid ac to soothe his stomach when using the piroxicam and intermittently amoxicilin (low dose) when it seems like he may have UTI (which usually resolves any incontinence he experiences). its been easy actually to manage his health for the last three months and was a huge relief after months of repeated accidents in the house every day while he simultaneously lost a ton of weight. The only recent slight change has been that it seems he’s getting pickier about what he eats but he still has an appetite for peanut butter so as long as I put PB on whatever food he eats, it goes down the hatchet. We were on almost a daily death watch three months ago, so it is nice to be three months later and able to report that he is doing so much better. The prognosis with dogs with TCC which has metastisized to prostate is not fantastic even when treated with Piroxicam, but months of additional quality time when we were probably weeks away from euthanizing Nico is not shabby, and frankly, not stressful to the wallet either.

    • Erin February 25, 2014, 7:26 am

      Thanks for the good news! My 15 year old Bichon was just diagnosed with advanced TCC that has spread down his urethra and his prostate. He’s at high risk for blockage now because of the size and location of the tumor, so we’re keeping a close eye on him. I’ve also decided against chemo and surgery and just want to keep him stress/ pain-free. I started him on metacam and hope to see some of the same stabalization that you’ve seen!!

  • Gina February 17, 2014, 1:36 am

    Hi All, we seem to be in the same boat. Our beloved jack Russell Lucinda is 12 next month and we noticed her wanting to wee more than usual last month. Took her immediately to our local vet and UTI was diagnosed. Straight onto antibiotics. We noticed her need to wee decreased and she appeared back to normal. Then after a week it was the same. Back to the vet who said the infection had not cleared and prescribed ore antibiotics. After a week, I got suspicious and asked for a referral to a specialist vet. An ultrasound revealed the ugly cancerous rumours in her bladder last week. We are devastated. We can’t believe it. She is on piroxicam now and having a biopsy in the morning and seeing an oncologist. So far she is eating and bouncing around with her brother (from the same litter). Will see what the best options are. Needless to say, we are getting urine and blood tests done for the other dog… Best wishes to you all. Gina

  • Marian February 17, 2014, 4:49 am

    Hi. I’m not sure if my baby Teddy has tcc. He’s a 10yr old chow. He has had two surgeries last week since he could’nt pee. The vet said Teddy has stones and we had to have those stones removed asap. The stones are now gone and Teddy just had an xray today and still he can’t pee well… just drops and these made his behind legs wet all the time. This worries me a lot and i don’t want him to feel uncomfortable and with pain. :'(

  • calvin February 23, 2014, 3:23 pm

    We have an 11ish yo chow mix, female, diagnosed with TCC about mid November, 2013. Had surgery, because vet couldn’t get a good enough specimen with cysto, came back inconclusive on path report. Has done pretty well on the piroxicam & leukeran. Eats about as usual & seems to feel fine. Not a real active dog anyway. Does seem to get uti’s, which I can tell when starts leaking urine more, but I can live with leaking-more concerned about blockage–which vet says will happen rather abruptly when it occurs. Not sure would go down this path again, as has been very expensive, but we’ve had her in family since she about 2 mo old stray. We agree as long as she seems to feel good, we will carry on.

  • Terri February 25, 2014, 9:52 pm

    I wanted to share a happy story. Halloween of 2012 my golden retriever was diagnosed with TCC of the bladder while doing an ultrasound of his abdomens because of diarrhea. They found a 3cm x 1.4cm mass in his bladder. I took him to an oncologist who confirmed with a second ultrasound and a test for TCC. After research, I decided on chemo (mitoxantrone) and piroxicam. I’m thrilled to say that he is still with us, and has had very few down days in the last 15 months. So, for those of you who read the boards and see all the sad stories or hear your vet say nothing helps, don’t be so quick to believe it. My dog gets chemo every 3-4 weeks and a daily piroxicam and Pepcid to protect his stomach. Other than that, he’s had some pancreatitis issues the last two months, but now he’s on a special lowfat diet and it’s much better. It’s not cheap, but he’s a dog that was never sick his first 10 years, so I can’t really complain. He’s such a sensitive and loving dog. I realize that i am lucky to have him and I enjoy every day he’s here. We call him the miracle dog, and I am so grateful to my vet and his team for keeping him feeling great for so long.

    I encourage all of you or read up and ask lots of questions. Check out the Purdue bladder cancer website. They are always doing studies and there are even new metronomic drugs that are taken one pill a day that have helped many dogs live a little longer.

    My boy will be 12 in April, and we didn’t even think he’d live until 11. Bless you, and I am so sorry that all of you have had to deal with this terrible disease.

    • Mike and Paige July 3, 2014, 8:58 am

      Hey Terri,

      We recently found out our 11 year old Cocker Spaniel was diagnosed with TCC. We were glad to see your story. Do you have any updates?

      Thank you,

      Mike & Paige

  • Jessica March 4, 2014, 11:11 am

    My dog has been having problems with urinary infections since she was 4 weeks old. She is now 2 and has just started peeing blood clot and crying to constantly go outside. We have her on 2 antibiotics and anti mm flam a tory and even valium to ease her pain and straining. We did an ultrasound and her bladder is misshapen. The vet thinks it could be a tumor pushing or her bladder attached to something else. She is my baby so I don’t know what to do. We sent her urine off and are waiting on results. I’m just wondering if she has this cancer.

  • Jennifer March 5, 2014, 2:49 pm

    I have been worried sick about my dog every since he started having a uti that didn’t clear up with the first dose of antibiotics. He seems to be doing better on stronger amoxicillin. Ultra sound showed a tumor on his urethra. His bladder was very swollen And he couldn’t pee, now he has to strain to pee and it takes his a little whole to go, he also has been peeing a lot. Last night he peed himself in his sleep and seems to think its ok to strain in the house and pee on the floor. Has anyone else had these same things happen and if so does it get better with meds or is the end closing in on us? I don’t know how I’m going to say good bye, it scares me.

    • Erin March 18, 2014, 9:57 am

      Jennifer, I don’t know if your situation has gotten better since you posted this, but since no one had replied yet, I wanted to at least pass on what I know. My vet diagnosed my dog with a tumor in his bladder and partway down his urethra. He had been doing the same as your dog- straining to go, going often and in the house. I decided not to do chemo due to his age and so I have him on Metacam- a type of NSAID. That was 1 month ago and he seems to be at least holding steady. The vet did tell me, though, that the straining was a bad sign- if urine can’t get past the tumor, his bladder will burst which would be a painful way to go. So I’d recommend getting your dog on some kind of meds asap, or at least going to get another ultrasound to see what the status of the tumor is. Good luck.

  • Rae March 6, 2014, 3:35 pm

    My 11 year old beagle was diagnosed with TCC, spread to lymph nodes. We have been dealing with UTI since Dec and all the classic symptoms. She has also had surgery for a cancerous tumor on February 14th. On this same day she had X-rays and the next day radiologists reviewed confirmed that cancer had spread to her lungs.

    So much information in such a little time. She has always been such a docile little one, you can tell that her disposition has changed, when she goes in the house she just looks at you with that, “I am sorry, I didn’t mean too”.

    We have been give the option of putting our beloved baby girl down or putting her on meds, with the hope of extending her life for maybe three more months.

    We lost our other beagle two years ago, I absolutely hate having to make these kinds of decisions. Why does it have to be so hard. My son who grew up with her is just heartbroken.

  • Eric March 8, 2014, 11:42 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about these stories, but it has also been reassuring that I made the right decision with our dog. Our 10 yr old Rhodesian Ridgeback mix had a large cancerous tumor removed in January. Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with advanced cancer and recently with advanced TCC recently. This afternoon we made the difficult decision to euthanaize her. It was excruciating. Especially since she was still moderately happy and robust (although she – like most dogs – hid her symptoms well.)

    Her symptoms, which started about a week ago, were similar if not identical to what others have posted: The most obvious was the the extreme difficulty urinating (if she was even able to urinate at all after a long time in the yard). Because of her full bladder, she would also strain in the house (something she never ever would have done.) At night, urine would trickle out when she slept and we had to use training pads on her sleep cushion. Just as has been described in this forum, a tumor was pressing against her urethra, basically closing the tube to a pinhole and preventing flow almost completely. Her bladder was completely full and very large. Toxic urine had also started being absorbed by her body, or would do so soon.

    The decision for us to euthanize was based on this: surgery was too dangerous and really not an option and attempting to drain the bladder with a syringe or by catheter was not only dangerous, but was not resolving the issue. Her bladder was days (if not hours) from bursting and if that happened, it would not only be painful but would be preceeded by non-stop discomfort from the full bladder.

    As others have mentioned, our decision was based on allowing her to avoid a tortuous death and instead, die with dignity and peace.

  • cbwright March 14, 2014, 6:00 pm

    Mable update – sadly, I had to say good-bye to Mable on Tuesday. Since her diagnosis in Oct. 2013, she lived another great 5 months with chemo and steroids. However, the tumors in her lungs stopped responding to treatment and grew very large in a short period of time. The oncologist and I discussed 3 options: 1) keep her in the hospital and let them treat the pain until she passed, 2) take her home and keep her on pain meds until she passed, or 3) euthanize her now before her organs began to slowly shut down. I didn’t want her to suffer any more.
    The vet gave her enough pain meds so I could take her home for a few hours. We laid on the bed and I petted her for a long long time.
    My heart goes out to all of you. It’s such a deep, profound sadness.

  • Jeff April 1, 2014, 7:09 am

    I am really saddened to read all of the posts regarding this terrible disease and our loved ones. My dog was 14 when she was initially diagnosed in January of 2013 and is still alive today. She is currently battling a UTI. She has been on Prioxicam every other day since initially being diagnosed. She could not tolerate taking it daily (upset stomach). She has been on chemo drugs Mitoxantrone, vinblastine, and chlorambucil. After some initial positive results trying each of those drugs with the Piroxicam, the cancer has still spread and her tumors still continue to grow. Here is a link to a lot of information about the disease:


    I was taking her to Purdue University and I encourage anyone who can to take their pet there. They are experts regarding the disease.

    • Tanna November 27, 2015, 12:16 am

      No! Don’t go to Purdue! Find a real vet!
      Purdue will trash your dog, even kill it, and you won’t even get an apology, and dog owners have complained that they won’t even get the dog’s body back. They destroyed my dog’s eyes, then told me it was “No big deal.”
      Very Sketchy Place. Avoid.

  • Tracy April 3, 2014, 11:59 am

    I am so sorry for your those of you who have lost your loved ones.
    My lovely adopted Keeshond “Paris “who we think is 13,was diagnosed December 12, 2013. His symptoms started in late October .
    He had an ultrasound after countless urine samples, antibiotics for a suspected UTI and an X-ray . It is such devastating news.
    My vet who has since retired told me there was nothing we could do as chemo was temporary at best, surgery would cause it to spread and because of his age.
    I read the book I found on the Internet about curing dogs with cancer.
    Paris has been on piroxicam since the first week in January . This has given him much comfort. I am giving him several holistic remedies daily.
    He eats a diet of puréed vegetable and fish which has really helped clear up old skin problems. I give him 1/2 cup of yogurt mixed with a tbsp of cod liver oil each morning and mix in one beta glucan capsule. At night with dinner he has the other cancer fighting remedy called ave ultra.
    I have also tried acupressure taught to me by my acupuncturist using a specific laser pointer.
    I know in my heart this is temporary. However he is happy and for the most part “accident” free if we get him out every 2 hours. He does strain when outside and pees frequently on walks. He will still run happily on the beach and have an all out chase of a bird or squirrel!
    He loves his rubs and cuddles. And has a voracious appetite, but over the months has lost 12 lbs total. he was overweight so its not all bad
    .For now we will cherish every day.
    I am so grateful to have had these last few months. After reading your letters although so devastatingly sad ;I feel better prepared to face the future. Thank you

  • valerie April 3, 2014, 9:58 pm

    My 12 yr old shepherd/collie/husky mix was diagnosed with TCC 4 days ago. Have had to had his bladder drained twice since then. Luckily the cancer has not spread anywhere else. Lymph nodes, lungs, spine is clear. Surgery not recommended by specialist. Very painful operation and dogs usually end up with incontinence after. Glad I was told that as husband was ready to cash in an RRSP. He seems fine, except for the constant leaking of bloody urine. Mats everywhere in the house. Any suggestions of a type of diaper for him would be appreciated. He’s 85 lbs and can’t find one at the pet store big enough.
    I started him on piroxicam today. I hope it works.
    Does anyone know if the piroxicam helps stop the leakage?
    Thank you.

    • Debbie May 27, 2014, 12:05 pm

      Hi, I’ve heard of others buying adult depends or generic brand diapers and cutting a hole for the tail. They come in all sizes small would probably work for you. If you have thrift or second hand stores near you, they usually get them as donations and sell them very cheaply. I hope this helps you. I’m not sure if the piroxicam helps; I chose to go with a natural product instead. My Rusty still has control, but very frequently needs to go out to pee. It’s very hard because he doesn’t act sick. Best of luck to you and your 12 year old.

  • Pat April 9, 2014, 9:26 am

    I have a 10yr old golden retriever. In March she was urinating all blood. Vet did labs and they were very bad. Vet treated her for bladder infection .Did labs again better but not good. Did X-ray for stones. Negative for stones referred us for ultrasound. Shows very large mass, approximately 1/3 size of bladder however not in the urethea area. Now on piroxicam Pepcid and antibiotics for 30days. Then another ultrsound to check for growth or shrinkage of mass. If larger surgery was mentioned. Does anyone out there have an idea of survival rate for dog her age. She has no systems of frequent urination or accidents or straining to urinate. Thanks.

    • Scott June 3, 2014, 4:44 pm

      Hi Pat, my dog is 11 years old and in a similar situation to your retriever. His tumor is along the top of his bladder away from the urethra so other than blood in the urine he seems to be voiding just fine. He’s on piroxicam too – the doc advised we have his kidneys checked monthly because piroxicam is very hard on kidneys and the digestive track.

    • Amelia July 11, 2014, 12:56 pm

      Hi Pat, I am going through the same thing you are. My 10 year old Sheltie has TCC and is in the same place as your golden. No trouble peeing but a lot of blood and clots. He has had his limit of chemo (5 treatments) and now she changed his piroxicam to deramaxx and will be starting him on Lukeran chemo pills in the hope he stops peeing blood. I read all the survival rates out there but every dog is different. I pray every night hoping someone comes up with a miracle treatment that will kill this disease. I will pray for your golden right along with my sheltie prayers. Let me know how she is doing as often as possible. I will keep you informed should anything new come around Sincerely, Amelia

  • Annette April 24, 2014, 8:15 am

    My dog Jess is a 6 year old miniature schnauzer. Like everyone else thought she had urine infection – straining to pee, peeing in the house, blood in her urine. Antibiotics for two weeks which did not help. Yesterday vet felt a tumour in a her bladder – the size of a golf ball!! They have given her medication to try and shrink it and she has an appt on 7th May for blood test, scan and xrays. To me what I had read the prognosis is not good – I am thinking I may only have two weeks left with my little one and am so upset. Please pray for Jess – thank you x

    • Karen April 30, 2014, 3:11 pm

      Dear Annette, You are not alone. Your little Jess is not feeling well. He time with you is precious. My little 7yo. Maltese Sammy Soc’s had say goodbye last year. He was in a lot of pain, but you would never know by looking at him. So strong, and loving he wanted to be with me always. The Anitbiotics work for a short period of time, then it’s Piroxicam & Cefpodixime.Valium to calm him down with the pain, Pepto Bismol for his upset (diarrhea) stomach…iron supplements…all to make him comfortable. Sam lasted over 6mths till he couldn’t urinate anymore. I was there! He had to leave me. It’s almost a year…he’s in my soul & heart every day of my life. Just make Jess comfortable & be there with her…sleep with her, eat, love her…let her know your there for her. Don’t let her suffer. They are our children. I wish someone would stop this TCC Cancer. God Bless You & Jess. Karen

  • Karen April 30, 2014, 3:17 pm

    I apologize for my misspelled words. But, my heart goes out to you and Jess. I have tears in my eyes for what you & Jess are going through. I will pray for you both in church this Sunday. My God’s Angels be with you both. Karen

  • Scott June 3, 2014, 4:37 pm

    We’re going to put my best buddy Franklin on morphine when the time comes, he’s on tramadol now. He’s not ready to go, he still eats and plays and wants his tummy rubbed and shows lots of affection like he always did. He trusts me implicitly and I just can’t make the decision to off my dog unless he asks me to. One minute he’s here, the next minute he isn’t – I just can’t do that to him unless he’s in uncontrollable pain. I already have a doctor who will make sure he’s close to pain-free, then he can go naturally. And then it’s going to be a long while before I go through this again with another dog. Truly awful.

  • Laura June 27, 2014, 5:14 am

    My 11 year old boston terrier Libbey was diagnosed in April 2013. In the summer of 2012 she was having a surgery to have some mast cell tumors removed and they did an ultrasound to check for spread and saw what they told me was a polyp in her bladder and that we should just keep an eye on it but that it was nothing to worry about. Fast forward to March of 2013 and we had a late snowfall and I noticed a little pink when she urinated. I took her to the vet to have an ultraound to check in the “polyp”. We had tge ultraound and the “polyp” had grown and removal was recommended. We had the surgery and the recovery was a nightmare with much pain, straining and clots. We finally got the call from the biopsy and tcc was the unfortunate diagnosis. We were utterly devaststed and shocked after being told it was a polyp. Chemo was offered but to be honest my faith in vets was shaken. We wanted to taje her home and love her and that’s what we are doing. She eats a variety mix that I make for her in my vitamixer with the main ingredient being broccoli which had many antioxidants that are cancer fighting. She takes piroxicam every other day and takes zantac daily to protect her belly. She had accidents but does her best to get to the puppy pads. We are blessed that our carpet is old and needs replaced anyway. We are just trying to enjoy and love her and be thankful for today. I can not express what a sweet innocent soul my Libbey is who I hate to see enduring the wrath of this devastating dosease. I’ve read the contributing factors for this disease to include smoking and pesticides which we do neither. Libbey has grown up with my daughter and is such an important and loved member of our family. She is one of the sweetest souls bearing fur that God has ever put breath into. Just last week we found out that our cat may have cancer and I am taking him today to have a growth removed.

  • Amelia July 10, 2014, 7:13 am

    Hi,everyone. I wanted to tell everyone my story as my 10 year old Sheltie Butch was diagnosed with TCC in February of 2014. The tumor is not blocking the opening of this bladder or anywhere near but is located on the back part of his bladder. The oncologist convinced us to do chemo (which has taken a toll on our bank account). In the beginning it stopped the blood in his urine after one week but then the tumors became resistant to that chemo so she tried him on another which is not working either. He is still peeing blood and clots. She thinks that maybe it the tumors dying but I’m not sure anymore. I don’t know if she is just trying to make us feel better or not. She just changed the piroxicam to Deramaxx to see if that will stop the bleeding and she is starting him on Lukeran July 19th. I cannot stop crying. I’m at work and crying while I’m writing this and I cry myself to sleep every night praying for him to be better but deep in my heart I know that will not happen. My husband is dying slowly with my boy. That is his shadow and follows my husband everywhere. My heart is so broken. Hard to concentrate on my work. I read all your stories and feel awful for everyone as I feel the same as you do. I’m hoping someone out there has some miracle before I have to put my poor boy down. This is terrible. I’m am devastated. God bless everyone dealing with this disease. My heart goes out to everyone. Should I happen to get some good news I will let everyone know, maybe there will be some hope out there for us who have not lost or babies yet.

  • ava laxton July 28, 2014, 4:51 pm

    My little Scottie Gracie has been diagnosed with late stage bladder cancer. We are trying to make her as comfortable as possible. I know what the vet has told us but can anyone give me an idea what to look for when the end time is closer? We can not stand the thought of her suffering . She is 10 and so much apart of our family. So sad in Tennessee.

    • heather September 28, 2014, 3:03 pm

      We are in the same situation as you. My dog has traveled the world with me and is my best friend. For the past 9 years she has been with me every day. I give her piroxicam but since it’s inoperable there isn’t much else we can do

  • Lynn August 11, 2014, 12:17 pm

    I just found out our sheltie 11 years old has tcc- she has no symptoms – was having other ultra sounds done on her heart and liver, and they found bladder cancer. We have already consented to the piroxicam. I am looking for anyone who had their dog on the chemo drug mitoxantrone. I would like to know how it worked and if the quality of life was better than with just the piroxicam. We just found out last thursday 8-7-14. I have read so much on all of this and really want to make the right decision for her. We don’t want to do anything that will cause her issues or make her suffer. She takes several meds now for really bad arthritis. Vet said if we do both the drugs we might see a year she cant make that a promise. I trust what my vet is trying to do, just not sure about the chemo drug. I have seen humans on chemo and they all say they wouldn’t do it again.. so why would i put my dog through that.. my heart is broken about my baby!! thank you for any information.

    • Nellygirl June 23, 2015, 10:45 am

      Hi all, just wanted to share my story. My chihuahua Penelope was diagnosed with TCC in May 2014. We had to put her down yesterday June 22, 2015. Given that the vet said she only had a couple of months to live, I consider ourselves lucky to have had all of that time with her that we did. But still the pain and emptiness feels almost unbearable. I sometimes think I still see her out of the corner of my eye. She was like my shadow and I took her everywhere with me. The last of three dogs, wow it just feels so different without them. I am struggling to know if I made the right decision. She had all of the same symptoms you all describe, constant urination, straining, blood in urine, occasional vomiting and not wanting to eat. Excessive drinking, she would lick herself constantly. She had life in her but it seemed to us like it wasn’t the good life anymore. Walks were painstaking. She would stop to pee a drop every foot we went and even stayed in a squat while walking. Lameness on back legs from either squatting so much or perhaps cancer had spread to spine, I am not sure. Anyway, just to answer a few of your questions. I would highly recommend the chemo if your dogs TCC is caught relatively early. We did it for her and she tolerated it very well. And while it didn’t rid her of the cancer, it kept her stable for several more months until the cancer then spread down into her urethra. She was a very picky eater and difficult to give mess to, so I didn’t try to do any special diets or hollistic stuff. She never would have eaten it. It was rare if she even took a piece of steak from you! It is very very hard to know when the time is right. You will just know when you both have had enough. I guess one day last week while she just seemed to feel so poorly, I felt it was time. I had cleaned up so much urine and was so tired, I couldn’t do it anymore. I will love and miss her (and our other dogs) forever. If only I could just have that one more day…good luck to all and sorry for your loss and pain if you have lost a dog to this horrific disease.

      • Denise July 28, 2015, 11:40 am

        I am dealing with the same issues right now. My 11yr old Sheltie was diagnosed in Jan 2015 when she was constantly trying to pee and an ultra sound was done. She has been on an anti-inflammatory drug since and seems to be doing great at times.The vet said I would know when its “time” but I am having a hard time with this. She runs around and plays one day and next she doesn’t. She is having a lot more accidents in the house and there is always blood. My husband thinks I am prolonging the decision but I don’t want to do it too soon. I will miss her deeply. I need help in making this decision.

        • Cathy August 10, 2015, 1:31 pm

          I was told that when the bad days outnumber the good ones it’s time.

  • nan August 27, 2014, 7:01 pm

    Our shelter rescue pure Sheltie may have had symptoms for a while. (Guessing he is 10 to12, we have had him 8 yrs) He weighed only 10 lbs when brought to the local shelter by animal control, and had been seen in a nearby small town for about a month before being picked up. (We neutered him)
    He never made much effort to lift his leg to urinate and we called him a stealth pisser, as he would sometimes leave small spots in our house for the last year or so ……. never realizing this was a symptom he is now urinating the spots followed by blood. He is straining so….
    On the (far) outside chance it is an infection he is on antibiotics. I just wonder if he could be taking something to make him more comfortable. Now he is eating and drinking well and still running and barking at noises outside with the other 3 dogs…….but he is obviously uncomfortable…
    Should we have something else for him???? Something I could ask for???? He is so sweet and I don’t want him to suffer but this is pretty far along already. Thanks for all your input here and sorry for all of your losses. …

  • Dana September 25, 2014, 8:06 pm

    My dog had and ultra sound in November and all was well but she has been having some issues so the specialist she was sent to decided to do a follow up. He found a small nodule which was biopsied and today he told me she has been diagnosed with bladder cancer. I have been reading all the posts and I’m at a loss at what to do. I figured he could just cut it out and all would be well but from all your stories it sure isn’t sounding that way. I am just wondering since it literally just started in the last few months is there a chance this could be cured or is this always a death sentence just a matter of time. This breaks my heart. She is the coolest little lady and my bestest pal and she is only going to be 10 yrs old in Oct 2014. Ugh this is so frustrating. I feel helpless.

  • heather September 28, 2014, 2:57 pm

    My girl is 9 yrs old and was diagnosed with inoperable bladder cancer. Even with piroxicam she still bleeds when she urinates. The past few days she now has diarrhea with blood. Other then those things she seems very happy and still playful. My 4 yr old son and I are trying to give her a good rest of her life. But my question is what are the other warning signs when she is closer to her end? She still eats well too. She was diagnosed over 6 months ago. Just need to be prepared and know the signs.

  • Bob October 5, 2014, 4:19 am

    Our shepherd mix Barkley was rescued on 4/28/09 and was estimated to be between 4 & 5 years old. He was very fearful of me at first but really improved over time. He was diagnosed with bladder cancer on 9/9/13 and placed on piroxicam. The vet informed me that he could last as little as two weeks and that when he lost his appetite it would be time to put him down. We took a three mile walk every day and made lots of visits to the local dog park. He seemed normal except for some weight loss until 9/21/14 when he lost his appetite and started getting sick. He died at home early on 9/28/14. I am heart broken.

  • Tee October 13, 2014, 11:54 am

    So sorry Bob for your loss. My girl also has TCC and we are putting her down this week. Our vet said better to do it a month early rather than 24 hours too late. I do not want her to suffer so with heavy heart I have to make the right decision for her. She is almost 14 and has had a wonderful life with us. Our vet will come to our home for her but I had hoped she would go in her sleep. It breaks my heart because looking at her you would never know she is sick. We have been in comfort mode for her since 9/5/14

  • Bob October 15, 2014, 10:05 am

    I am so sorry Tee for your loss. I am still mourning daily. Some days are better than others.

  • Shamella November 18, 2014, 5:14 pm

    My Baby Doll is 6 years old. She started urinating blood and clots. The vet gave me antibiotics for her, yet it is really hard to get her to take it. Any little bit of water she drinks, out comes the bloody mess and sometimes I see her forcing too. Otherwise she just lies down quietly and then to my dismay, there would be blood flowing and I would have to quickly pick her up and clean her off. She is not eating, only when I start crying then she would try one or two mouthfuls. I can’t let her go and I don’t want her to leave me.

  • Rhonda Fisher November 22, 2014, 3:11 pm

    We have a beagle. He is nine years old. Max started to drip blood every now and then. We took her to vet and they did blood work and ultra sound and said he had prostrate cancer. We took him to Ohio to Med Vet for second opinion and to see what could be done. They done a ultra sound and biopsy. Same thing!!! Can start him on the chemo pills but will not help but maybe give him a couple more months. He’s eating well, and don’t even want to go out and potty a lot but when he does maybe two or three times. He played with my husband probably forty five minutes the evening before we took him to Ohio. It’s so hard to believe this because nothing has changed but a drop of blood every now and then because they put him on a pill to reduce swelling and pain combined. They say maybe 6 months or less. It’s hard to believe..Does anyone have any suggestions?? We are so stress out and about to lose our minds. Thanks!!

    • CWright December 22, 2014, 5:05 pm

      I’m so very sorry to hear about Max. My female beagle had bladder cancer that spread to her lungs. We did chemo at OSU for 3 months and I got to spend a total of 5 months with her. One night I could tell she was in pain and a scan showed that the tumors were no longer responding to treatment. Her oncologist and regular vet agreed with me that it was time. It really boils down to quality of life – she was a happy active girl until the last 24 hours. The oncologist gave her enough pain meds to spend 2 hours at home before saying good-bye.
      During the last 5 months, I gave her grain-free food with healthy extras like blueberries and pumpkin. I wish I had more concrete suggestions other than lots of love and attention.
      Thinking of you and Max.

  • Tricia November 30, 2014, 1:20 pm

    Quick question if someone could answer …once your dog was started on perioxicam, how long did it take to notice any difference?

  • Stacy December 14, 2014, 10:20 pm

    My Maltese/shih tzu 11 year old girl Trixie was diagnosed in May with early stage bladder cancer after blood in her urine was found on a routine check up. But she had been incontinent before that for months. She has been on the peroxicam since then and has still been eating well and playing happily until a few days ago when I noticed she was urinating inside again, not eating as much and very withdraw . Today she has spent almost the whole day sleeping in her bed, not wanting to be with the rest of us. My vet said I would know when the time was right to put her to sleep, and i don’t want to leave it until she is in a lot of pain. Does this sound like the right time to let her go? 🙁

  • Carol January 4, 2015, 10:33 am

    My 15.5 year old cross breed lab/collie – Cassie – started having bladder problems summer/autumn of 2013. Antibiotics resolved urinary infection but when they reoccurred further tests were undertaken. After about 4 months it was determined that had bladder cancer, although she did not have a biopsy as both the vet and I thought that her age, there was little point putting her through the anaesthetic and trauma. Now, January 2015 and she is still going strong. The only treatment he has had is metacam, occasionally antibiotics and a few months ago steroids after she developed a hacking cough. The amount of blood she is passing is increasing, including clots, and I daily have to get he vax out as she won’t use he puppy pads anymore (dementia I think). Part of me thinks she mustn’t have TCC as she has lasted so long. I am waiting or that time that I know with certainty it is time to let her go, as I did with her sister, Bess, 2.5 years ago.

  • Luah May 14, 2015, 11:35 pm

    I just had my Beagle Buddy diagnosed with TCC. It’s 14May2015 and he had surgery this 11May2015. They removed most of the tumor from his bladder and all of his spleen. I just found out today and I am so heart broken. This blog has really help me and reading more about the cancer and potential piroxicam treatment and chances of survival in months and in small case, remission, based on Purdue University study really helped me through this. I think it just becomes so important that people do this… my beagle helped my mom through her stroke and he is the most important positive thing in our lives, I can’t stand it when the day comes where I give him to God.. for now, I will cherish all the days I have left with him. For those that feel hopeless, know that you are not alone. Do get a second opinion if you need it in terms of other potential treatments… I am gonna keep him on piroxicam and a stomach reliever to prevent GI irritation from piroxicam. God bless your little one(s)… I will keep you informed of Buddy’s situation.

    • Karen Jerding January 6, 2016, 9:06 pm

      My 15 year old Maltese, Sweetie, was diagnosed with TCC in April 2015. She was put on piroxicam at that time. Her vet said she had maybe 6 months. She is on borrowed time now. Yesterday she pee’d on my tile floor. It looked like a large amount of mucous snot. It seemed as if she didn’t realize she went in the house. My pup has been on Proin since she was a year old for night-time incontinece. Both medications seem to be working well. Sweetie needs help getting up and down off my couch and bed, however a doggie step world for her. She asked to go out often. No other symptoms. Because of the mucous/urine my vet is putting her on an antibiotic. Has anyone else experienced this?

  • stacey May 20, 2015, 7:50 pm

    My 11 year old yellow lab Butterball was diagnosed with TCC in Jan. 05….We decided not to do chemo because of his age and a recent surgery due to bladder stones. We started piroxicam the following week after his diagnosis…..which only gave us 3 months with him after that…not really sure if the piroxicam helped at all….maybe with pain…on April 21st …we had him put to sleep in our home…his health really declined quickly..within weeks and finally he stopped eating and drinking..it was time..tomorrow will be 1 month already since he has been gone…and I keep replaying those last three months wondering if I could have done something differently…my heart goes out to every one of you and your fur babies dealing with this terrible disease….the only advice I can give is love them…enjoy every moment you can with them…do all you can …and when that time comes…you will know…that was my biggest concern being I never had a pet before…I knew…not a day goes by I don’t think about him…what i have learned about this dreaded disease is that it is terminal…diets,meds,chemo, etc. yes they all buy our babies time but the end results are inevitable…I wish that would have been explained better to me….as pet owners…we do all we can because we love them…again ..thoughts and prayers to all of you and your babies who are fighting the battle

  • Lynn June 23, 2015, 5:56 pm

    How do I know how much pain my dog is in from TCC. She has many tumors in her urethra and strains to urinate with just drips coming out a lot of the time. She is on tramadol and piramox. Please help as I can not bare to have her suffer but I do not want to cut her life short.

    • VetDepot June 24, 2015, 7:57 am

      Hi Lynn. The best thing you can do is discuss your dog’s quality of life with her veterinarian. He or she can help you make an informed decision. We wish you the best.

  • Katie July 24, 2015, 5:16 am

    I have done nothing but cry since Wednesday. My beloved Molly, who turns 6 in three days, went to the vet to have a bladder scan because mess for UTI have been given 3 times and it keeps coming back. Vet did an ultrasound which revealed the ugly truth: a large tumor in her bladder. Supposed to hear by tomorrow if it’s TCC and all the signs are pointing to it. It’s not even confirmed yet and my heart is broken. It’s just not fair. I adopted her from a shelter when she was 2 months old. She has seen me through a broken leg, 7 broken ribs, and everything else along the way. When I rescued Molly, it was to give her a better life. Truth is: she has given me a better life! I love this dog to my very core and am so nervous for the next few days and weeks ahead. All I want to do is take care of her but I’m afraid it’s going to end up like theajority of these stories…. 6 years… Just doesn’t seem fair. Thanks for this blog and everyone who has shared. Although still very sad, it’s helping me come to terms a little more. Praying for peace for everyone, including myself.

    • Cathy August 10, 2015, 1:23 pm

      Katie I can understand perfectly. I cry in private because some people around me think I am silly for being so emotional. If it’s possible to have a fur baby soul mate I think we both found one. My prayers are with you.

  • Barbara August 6, 2015, 10:40 pm

    I have been reading all the stories of the love and hoplessness each of you feel, I too feel hopless at this time as our golden retriever Barley who is 12 now has been diagnosed with TCC, He is on abx and piroxicam at this time. His xrays revealed a large mass at the neck of the bladder, he had started straining and having to go out frequently when I took him to our vet. She has been very kind and informative in what to expect. Right now he is still eating drinking and straining to urinate. He is our buddy and has brought so much love and memories and we are taking it one day at a time. Being in the healthcare field I always want to believe there is something else that can be done, but do realize all does come to an end. We are giving him as much love and attention he had always received and when the time comes will make the best decision for Barley…..until then will continue on this path to keep him active and happy, pain free and yes he is getting all the vanilla wafers he wants:) Love and prayers for all of your babies.

  • Cathy August 10, 2015, 1:20 pm

    Last Friday Aug 7 2015 my vet called to confirm my beagle/Doxie mix has
    bladder cancer. I am heart broken . Because she is 13 we are not doing anything but antibiotics. Today we went for a walk in a park she loves. She had to rest frequently and it broke my heart to see. She is still eating well and plays once in awhile so I am hopeful I will have a little more time with her, and I hope I know when it’s time to say good-bye.

  • peter October 12, 2015, 4:55 pm

    just found out yesterday my best mate has TCC,it felt like the world stopped spinning when the vet told me.very early stages yet but its not looking good for Maggie,shes a nine year old Jack Russell who ive had since she was six weeks.weve been inseperable all her life,been thru hard times together,i had cancer a few years back and shes had a couple of serious run ins with ticks that nearly nailed her so I’m shattered today and just cant believe it.
    we begin her journey tomorrow after the vet gives us the plan for her.
    my deepest sympathies go out to all the people on this site who have gone thru this.

  • Glenn Thompson November 11, 2015, 9:50 am

    My dog Annie has been diagnosed with bladder cancer and we don’t know what to do. She is more than a pet, she’s a friend and companion and is loved so very much. She has the blood in her urine, strains to urinate and the vet said the cancer is also in her urethra. I already know what the answer is that we have to do, but when your friend has been with you for more than 10 years it’s just hard.

  • Phil D November 20, 2015, 8:31 am

    Our white miniature schnauzer, Tinkerbell, was diagnosed with TCC over 1 year ago at age 11. We were told that we could try treatment but the cost and the prognosis made us decide to not go that route. She has taken some meds for bladder spasms but that tended to make her lethargic and we felt it wasn’t for the best. She’s 12 now but I believe that the time is rapidly approaching to have her put down. We don’t want her to suffer and the signs are indicating she is worse than we know. About 2 months ago she stopped jumping on the bed at night and my wife had to pick her up but she would yelp when she did. She is constantly licking herself to the point that she is raw and bleeding and her fur around her mouth is brownish from licking the blood. Last night, I discovered while giving her a bath that she actually has matted blood in the little bit of a beard she has. She also has seemed to lose some of her hearing over the past few months and she suddenly jumps up and runs around the house at times. I believe the pain is there but she doesn’t show it. She is also showing signs of difficult urinating that weren’t there previously.

    Tinkerbell has been a constant companion to my wife. I talked with her this morning and even though we have known the day was coming for over 1 year, it is very hard for her.

    I’m thankful that we may not have had some of the more difficult symptoms that many of you have had to deal with but I sympathize with you all. I planned to be a veterinarian while in high school but after working for 1 for a year I couldn’t deal with the people who wouldn’t take care of their pets and put them down for much less severe issues. I have always taken a stand that when quality of life goes down then it is time and I think we have reached that.

  • Brigitte December 1, 2015, 9:01 pm

    My dog Bella had to be put down on Thanksgiving day. She wAs only 4 years old. I don’t see a lot of other dogs on here that young. It happened so fast. I didn’t even know she was sick. She had cancer around the neck of her bladder. I rescued her and her sister from the pound when they were tiny pups. They are lab mixes. I never thought our time would be this short together. It kills me every day.

  • Kelly December 5, 2015, 12:03 am

    I hope this isn’t somehow a repeat as I started an earlier post and the site locked up on me. Anyway, in that first post I explained some of the details of our situation. Our little girl is Maise, a puppy mill dump dog whose poor little face still shows the scars from the many years of abuse she endured. She has not been an easy dog to live with—god the stories I could tell! She has cognitive disorders as well, so she has really been a challenge. Yet, for all the craziness she has brought into our lives, we love that manic little dog with all our hearts. As i sit and type this post, I weep. 5 months ago Maise was diagnosed with tcc. And, up until this past week she was doing fine: eating like a horse, billygoating around, just being crazy Maise. We thought we had beaten it. Then, all of a sudden, last week, when she was straining, we noticed her rectum was pushed out. Then her interest in food slowed. Then the times she would eat, she started sitting and not standing. We rushed her to the vet who said, “she is holding her own” and that the tumor hadn’t increased in size. However, she had lost a pound and when you weigh 10lbs, that is a huge deal. Maise is yorkie. So now we are on a full-time mission to rekindle her appetite. I stopped tonight and brought home an egg and sausage patty, which I puréed and spoon fed her. I, like all of you, am waiting for that moment when i know it will be time to let her go. In truth, we know the end is near now and will probably even accelerate, but I am still holding on, trying to make sure it will be her decision, not just mine. I know she is uncomfortable and now that she has slowed eating, i know it Is inevitible. I kiss her twice daily, telling her the second kiss is in case I get busy and miss a day, but I know all of you know that doesn’t happen. She is kissed many times each day. I’ve had to let other babies go and it is the hardest, most horrible experience I’ve ever endured. I hold them, look them in their eyes and sing, ‘hush little baby don’t you cry…’. As you can tell I am preparing to let my Maise go…even tho i have ordered emu oil which is supposed to be a miracle. I still hope. thank you all for giving me a place to share my sorrows and feelings. I am so sorry for your losses. They never really heal and our special friends stay always in our hearts…

  • Jessica December 28, 2015, 11:15 am

    My chow mix was 11 years old when he passed away. It all happened very suddenly, I took him out one evening and he was fine, the next morning he woke up and he was crying in pain and couldn’t even walk. I got him as comfortable as possible, and when my husband got home from work he was acting like he wanted to go outside so we put him on a blanket and got him outside. To my surprise he stood up but as he started to get off the porch he peed and It was full of blood. I called the vet and they told me to give him benadryl. He finally got comfortable enough to get some rest. When we woke up the next morning, hr was gone. It almost killed me he was my first baby, the start of our family. He was the best fog anyone could hope for and my kids had all grown up with him since they where born. I still sit and cry wondering what if I did something different would he still be here? I’m not sure that is what he had but it seems so much like what happened to him.

  • Emma December 28, 2015, 12:20 pm

    My dog had signs of uti a little while ago but when we gave her medicine she still would act like she had to pee by nothing would come out. We had her urine tested and they said her PH levels were off, and her urine color was green. They said we would have to get an ultrasound to determine what it wrong. We don’t have the money so we’ve been waiting for a little while. Now she seems to be licking her groin area and her skin is red, she’s recently started biting her side right below her hip and above her leg raw. We think shes trying to get to what is bothering her on the inside. We don’t know what to do, could someone help us out?

  • Donna reichert February 15, 2016, 5:41 pm

    Hi my girl Ruby a ?? 10-12 yards old mutt rescue mix that had a hellish start in life. She has bee the best girl I have ever had. A true kind spirit. A few months ago started drinking more and asking to go out more. Thought UTI treated X 3 but started having more blood. US shows large 5cm tumor at the snack of her bladder. Stared her on gabapentinm metacam and amoxicillin . I need assistance on when to know when it’s time.. She has moments I’m sure she is in pain. Peeing pure blood now. Has good moments and eating good.. Is the increased blood a sign it’s worsening? Could this mean she is in pain? I love her way to much to let her suffer one minute as she has suffered to much in the past. She is a remarkable gift. Please help Thanks

  • Tom March 2, 2016, 9:24 pm

    I recently had to euthanize my 11 year old female JRT after what was diagnosed as dementia several months prior at the vet while being treated for an infection on her back (mange like spot the size of a silver dollar). As the circling and bumping into things worsened, it led to her often getting stuck against things or in corners. She would get into tight spaces and eventually force her way through. In the final weeks she lost her housetraining, often urinating on the floor, and in the last week she wouldn’t eat or drink, and was doing the hiding thing typical of a dying animal. I was intent to try to get her to eat and drink since the dementia, or possible Ataxia, wasn’t in and of itself supposed to be painful or deadly in the short term. Then came the blood from the urinary tract. Dark, jelly-like clots and occasional drops of blood. I panicked at that point and we went to the vet for a quality of life evaluation, which led to setting her free on the table.
    As I struggle to understand what caused her demise, it is evident she may have fallen victim to a perfect storm of bad health. The vestibular disease symptoms, which as I find could be chalked up to dementia, or even more severe, a brain tumor. The mangie lesion which could have been a result of a weak immune system? Then that bleeding, which points to possibly TCC or another form of cancer in the bladder or liver. It is just too much of a coincidence with all of these symptoms escalating at once and her quick decline in the last month. It’s even more frustrating to learn that many symptoms of vestibular disease share those of brain tumors and cancer, plus many other afflictions.
    I know there’s nothing that I could have done to save her and I don’t second guess the euthanization one bit. It’s just one of those things. You miss your pet and you want answers.

  • jeanine March 4, 2016, 9:53 am

    it is with a heavy heart that i am reading all of your posts. my 10 year old long haired mini dachshund was diagnosed yesterday after exhibiting symptoms including UTI, straining and frequency of urination. bladder stones were removed about two years ago and she’s been her usual energetic, happy, playful self since.
    we will start piroxicam today after receiving news that her blood work was “great.” i’m so confused by that declaration. how can her blood work be great?
    she is my best bud. i’m a widow with no family. the only time i’ve been alone in the home was one evening when she was hospitalized. i have not stopped crying since the completely unexpected diagnosis.
    if the vet is correct, jersey girl will live from six months to one year from now.
    thank you for sharing your stories. love to all.

  • Christine August 16, 2016, 6:51 am

    After numerous trips to the Vet, we thought it was a UTI. No wonder the antibiotics didn’t work, my sweet little min-pin Myca had a tumor growing by her bladder. It was the size of a marble. She was peeing blood. I didn’t want her to suffer in pain. She was almost 13 yrs. old. We said Goodbye yesterday. It was the hardest decision I have ever made. Tears are streaming down my face. The house is so quiet without her. I know she is waiting for me on Rainbow Bridge. Until we meet again. We love you Myca!

  • Melissa September 10, 2016, 10:23 pm

    Yesterday I had to make that horrific decision to do the right thing by my beautiful Golden Ret./Border Collie Summer. She was almost 12 and I nearly lost her 3 months ago to what the vet thought was spleen and liver cancer. She had surgery to remove her spleen and biopsy her liver, amazingly enough it came back non-cancerous. I thought I was home free until just 4 days ago when I noticed her straining in vain to potty. I took her to my regular vet and she couldn’t find anything worrisome on x-rays or blood work. That same night she would spend 30 minutes outside squatting every couple of feet trying in vain to potty. She had hip arthritis and was 75lbs. so it was exhausting to her to keep squatting. I had to make her come inside and once she was inside she immediately wanted back out to try again.Watching her struggle and look at me for help was gut wrenching. She was up all night panting and wanting outside, finally she started to squat inside the house (Summer would never potty in the house) so I knew she needed to get to the emergency vet. then she vomited foamy bile. The e.r vet did an ultrasound and showed it to me, Summer’s bladder was so huge from the blockage it could rupture at any time. I was/am beyond devastated! I asked about surgery and was told that where it was was inoperable. I spoke with my regular vet and between both I knew that there was no hope. She continued to squat in the office every 1-2 minutes and the agony on her face told me everything I needed to know. She was her loving, sweet self in every other way. After her successful surgery 3 months ago I thought we had years left, not a measly 3 months. It would have never been long enough. I was completely blind sided by it, I thought maybe a bad U.T.I but never would I have thought I would lose my beautiful Summer to bladder cancer. I am, of course second guessing myself but no way could I allow her to suffer for even one second and she was suffering. I never thought when I took her yesterday that I would be leaving without her. She didn’t even get to go to the dog park one last time or eat some yummy people food again. My dogs are my life and losing my princess is heartbreaking. I cannot stop crying, seeing her dog bed, her bowl, her daily meds and only feeding 3 dogs instead of 4. I have lost 5 out of 8 dogs to cancer. Dog cancer is evil and more money needs to be spent to save our precious babies. God bless anyone and their baby who is going through this living hell. I wish you all the best of luck.

  • Denise November 11, 2016, 5:52 pm

    My 10 year old mini schnauzer started having accidents in the house and was losing weight but not a lot so I took him to the vet and they did bloodwork and urine tests and found nothing but a bladder infection. I took him back again because he was constantly going out to pee and I noticed a pink tinge and thought something must still be going on. Took him back to the vet and then they did an x-ray and said they saw a mass. He could not longer pee or poop and didn’t want to eat so I had to put him down. Still never received a definitive diagnosis but after reading all these comments it had to be bladder cancer. He was the best little dog miss him dearly.

  • Patty December 11, 2016, 4:19 pm

    Just barely a week ago, my world shattered. My darling Bella, an American bulldog I rescued received the bladder cancer diagnosis. She is 9 years old and I love her with every fiber of my being. The tumor is 3 inches, and my vet said 2-4 months. I have her on piroxicam and keep praying for a miracle, that this is not happening. I anxiously watch everything she squats to pee, hoping to not see blood, to no avail. My biggest worry is that I won’t recognize when it is time to let her go. She is eating well, playing, running around the yard eating snow and is so full of life. Reading all these comments – wow, so many of us out there going through this horribleness. Any advice, support appreciated.

  • Tina December 18, 2016, 9:49 am

    My Rottie Mercedes who is 10 was diagnosed with bladder cancer several months ago. They treated her with antibiotics 3 times which she did not tolerate very well made her throw up even when given with food and gave her seizures ( Which she had never had before) The vet did not think it was due to antibiotic but pain ( I disagree she doesn’t appear in pain) . We decided to not do anymore antibiotics and keep her comfortable and enjoy as many days with her as god was willing to give us. Like I said it has been several months and there has been no progression. She has blood and clots in her urine and occasional incontinence, which she had when she was originally diagnosed. She eats well, enjoys walks and rides in the car, plays with her BFF, which is a cat. Has even helped yourself to a steak and fudge off the kitchen Island. She has a wonderful quality of life. I am now starting to question the diagnosis.

  • Alexis March 8, 2017, 3:59 pm

    Our dog Russell a poodle mix was diagnosed with tcc June of 2016 and we put him on peroxicam right away. He was 13yrs old . The tumor shrunk quite a bit right away and he had to take a 1/2 of Pepsid every morning to protect his upper g.i. because of taking the peroxicam daily. Then in January of 2017 the ultrasound showed that the tumor was growing a little not fast but there was a change in growth from his last visit. We decided to do palliative radiation but Russell didn’t do too well as the anesthesia was hard on him . So we decided to stop then just a couple of days ago he had a cough that sounded like a goose honking and all the doctors told me it was from the intubation during the anesthesia from his last radiation treatment. He then started having trouble breathing and we rushed him to the animal hospital where they put him in an oxygen chamber . He stayed in there until this morning when we had to put him to sleep as he could not breath outside the oxygen chamber . He was 13 yrs and 8 months old.They attribute this to possible blood clots in his lungs which could have happened from prolonged use of the peroxicam , his bladder cancer and who knows what else. It was the hardest thing we have ever had to do. He was a huge part of our family and we will miss him terribly.we knew he couldn’t live in an oxygen take forever and that’s not any quality of life.this is a terrible disease and there is no exact proof but I have spoken to several different people whose dogs were diagnosed with tcc , breeds that usually never get it like poodles, and we are in agreement that the pesticides used on the lawns could have played a factor in addition to any topical flee medications. Like I said there is no for sure proof but it’s food for thought. I wish everyone the best whose pet is diagnosed with tcc and only you as their mom and dad can make the best decision.

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  • Rick November 16, 2017, 7:26 pm

    In June, 2016 we lost our beloved dalmation mix, Daisy to bladder cancer. The day we said good-bye was the worst day of my life. We rescued Daisy from the local shelter as a 6 month old puppy in November, 2002. She was “the best dog in the world”. Our journey with TCC started in the spring of 2015 when we noticed that she was squatting more than usual. At first we thought she was just marking her territory more than usual (yes girl dogs do that too!), but then we became suspicious. We took her to the vets and they analyzed her urine and found some suspicious cells and blood in it. When they performed an abdominal ultrasound, the vet. tech. started crying and we knew it was bad. The diagnosis was TCC, and she was given 6 months by the vet. Thankfully the tumor was small and not blocking any urine pathways. When I got the news, I decided to become Daisy’s nurse. We elected not to do chemo. or surgery because we knew those would be miserable for her. Instead we opted for a natural/homeopathic approach to treatment. The vet did put her on peroxicam, and we started that immediately. I also switched her over to grain free food, grain free treats, salmon oil, and standard process vitamins, and I reached out to to a homeopathic vet for help. The homeopathic vet was Charles E. Loops, DVM of Pittsboro, NC and he prepared and mailed us homeopathic remedies the entire time Daisy was sick although he never saw her once. Daisy did very well for the first 6-8 months on that regimen of food and treatment (vitamins + homeopathic remedies + peroxicam). We also added a supplement called Crananadin at Dr. Loops recommendation. In November, 2015 Daisy had another scan, and the tumor had not grown at all…I was stoked. Plus the peroxicam showed no signs of hurting her liver or kidneys, and her appetite was still strong. Around this time I also added a supplement called LifeGold by Pet Well Being. It was February,. 2016 when things became more difficult. Daisy became incontinent, and so we put diapers on her through the night. She also became more picky with food, and so I started cooking for her, usually preparing rice and meat. Despite these setbacks, she was still enjoying life. It was several months later when things started to deteriorate. Daisy’s weight started to decline as she became more picky with food and her incontinence became 24/7. Our local vet thought the peroxicam might be impacting her kidneys, so we dialed that back a little. That only caused the incontinence to worsen, so later we had to go back up to the normal peroxicam dose. By June, Daisy’s weight was noticeably down and she was not doing well. We began to ask the vet the tough questions. By mid June Daisy has contracted a UTI and things were really tough. The antibiotic was ruining her appetite and she was miserable. We noticed that she was no longer greeting us when we got home, and she was barely eating anything. Her weight was way down at this point. We also noticed that she was digging a hole in the backyard one day around this time. Also, she was spending so much time squatting that her back legs were giving out and she was starting to limp around. Our vet said that we had done everything possible and that we could bring her in to be euthanized at any time. We decided over a weekend that we would bring her in the following Wednesday. That Monday we stopped all medicines, supplements, homeopathics, etc. and for her last 3 days, I fed her cooked hamburger and dog cookies. She was barely eating by the last evening. We made her last day special, by taking her to one of her favorite places and showering her with love and outside time. Our last special memory with her was going to Chic Fila and letting her have an ice cream cone. After that, she had to be sedated in preparation for that last trip to the vets. We said good-bye to her in the late afternoon of 6/22/16 and it was gut-wrenching. The grief that followed was powerful, and after a season of grief, I asked our vet if there was anything specific that might have caused the cancer. He mentioned that lawn chemicals are bad for dogs, and we should use home water filters. We never used lawn chemicals, and we have added in home water filters. Everybody including our current dogs drink filtered water, and we also give our dogs crananadin each day to promote urinary tract health. I’m thankful that we got the extra time with Daisy, and I would like to think that the vitamins, supplements, and homepathics made the difference, but I will never know for sure.

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