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Roxy Velotta added to Faces of Courage

January 25th, 2010 · 11 Comments



UPDATE 01-25-2010—

This is our beautiful Roxy. She turned 10 on December 30th 2009. She has been fighting Anal Sac Adenocarcinoma.

She under went a rough surgery, her recovery was tough, but she struggled through. The tumor was removed, we enjoyed our holidays with her, right after her birthday, 3 months after her surgery she stopped eating again. The vet has just confirmed the cancer has metastases into her lymph nodes and stomach.

We have brought her home for now…she is my 16 year old daughters best friend. She has brought my daughter through everything from skinned knees to broken hearts.

Each day I pray that I will see a sign as to when to make the decision. We are losing part of our family, how do you make that choice…
My daughter and I will be by her side and hold her until the end. She has been so brave with her fight we need her to know we are with her, that is the least we can do for her.
She has given so much to us. Unconditional love.

For now, we smile at her, kiss her, look into those sweet big brown eyes, and nuzzle our noses into her warm fur and inhale a smell we hope to never forget….

Tags: Anal Sac Adenocarcinoma

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Cheryl // Mar 20, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story. I have a 10 year old lab mix, Magic, that has a dime size mass in her anal gland. We are in the process of scheduling the surgery to have it removed and biopsied. Although we aren’t sure if it’s cancer yet I just have a sinking feeling it is. She is my best friend and like a child to me and I know the road ahead is going to be a long one. I just love on her every second I can and enjoy every minute with her while she is still well. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family and thanks again for sharing because reading it made me feel that I’m not alone.

  • 2 Catherine // Mar 27, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Hi Cheryl,

    I just lost my sweet Mattie at the age of 10 three weeks ago. She was so strong and brave and managed to battle the cancer for 2 years. When the time comes you will know. At the end, I could tell Mattie was so tired and was hanging on just for me. When you are ready, tell her how much you want her to be with you always but how even more than that you want her to be whole and to rest comfortably. It sounds like you and your daughter have an amazing bond with her and she will want to know from you that it is okay. I wish you well in this difficult time and I know all too well the heartbreak that comes along with the love of an amazing dog and family member.

    My thoughts are with you.

  • 3 alice capshaw // Apr 7, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Our six yr. old Standard Poodle was recently diagnosed with Anal Sac Carcinoma. we had the small tumor removed but decided not to have chemo or radiation and are using a homeopathic vet to tx him. we are hoping for a miracle as i know this is an agressive CA and they detected cells in the lymph system although nodes seemed to be free and organs free. we found it fairly early on a fluke during an exam. All i can say is Alfie is the best of my husband and I. full of joy, a wonderful hiker, a lively spirit, our beautiful little boy.
    sometimes i feel like if he does not survive i will not make it (although i know i will). Only six years old- sometimes i wonder if all the breeding that goes into the pure breads causes this? i guess i just want someone to blame.
    thanks for listening

  • 4 Teri Joseph // Apr 12, 2010 at 10:07 am

    I just had my 12 yr old put to sleep, Saturday April 10th. It was the hardest thing I have ever gone through. He had bladder cancer (TCC) he was slowly getting worse. At first we thought he had kidney stones then we thought it was gall bladder stones. The dye test confirmed a large tumor the first of February. The first of March we took Ceaser to a specialist to see about surgery. It wasn’t to be good but we tried anyway. $3,000.00 later Ceaser was not any better. I watched him everyday and cried everyday. I was not going to let him suffer any more. I heard the last moan and decided it was time. He was healthy as a horse and didn’t look or act 12 yrs old. I held on tight to him with both arms and my head on his head looking into his eyes and telling him how much I loved him from the day he was born. It was all over in about 15 seconds and I still held on tight. I would give my right arm to have him back. Ceaser, you will never be forgotten or replaced. You were my brave little soldier to the end. Love you, mommy

  • 5 sonia // May 3, 2010 at 7:23 am

    My 12 1/2 yr. old dog Buddy was diagnosed March 25, 2010 with Adenocarcinoma of the Anal Sac. He had surgery on March 27, 2010 to remove a very large tumor. He did EXTREMELY well after surgery and had his first chemo treatment on April 19, 2010. He is on day 15 (after treatment) and has showed NO signs of sickness at all. (He is an amazingly strong boy especially at almost 13 yrs old) He is scheduled to have 4 – 6 treatments of Mitoxantrone (One injection every three weeks) and has an EXCELLENT prognosis. I am trying to understand everything that I’m reading on the websites regarding cancer and treatment. I have the Pathology report which states that his margins are clear so I’m not sure if I have made the right decision to have him treated (chemo). Any help would be greatly appreciated. I have never had to deal with a pet having cancer and I want to be sure that I’m doing the best I can for Buddy. Please respond.

  • 6 Alisa // Dec 29, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    O.k. here is all of the information I have. Bailey, my black cocker spaniel, was diagnosed December 23, 2009 with anal sac adenocarcinoma spreading to the lungs and lymph nodes and we have seen a Chinese Medicine Oncologist in Michigan (though I am from Canada). You need BOTH traditional medicine and alternative medicine.
    Turmeric Pills
    Omega 3 Pills
    Paw Paw Pills
    Chinese Herbs (contact Dr. Erin Bannink from Oakland Veterinary Referral Services)
    Organic Food (including Broccoli, Carrots, Blueberries)

    Pray every day and be positive – it has been over a YEAR and remember, his cancer had spread. The tumors are still growing but he is happy and alive! Good luck!

  • 7 Mary // Jan 20, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Our 9.5 yr old shepherd husky mix Della was just diagnosed with an anal sac adenocarcinoma. We started out the new year with surgery to remove an egg sized tumor on her right side. She’s been a champ so far in her recovery post surgery – however now we don’t know what to do.
    Radiation, chemo, naturopathy…what are people’s experiences?? The tumor popped up out of nowhere and her ultrasound came back clean for now – so I don’t know what we should do. other than smother her with more love for the time we still have together. Any feedback or experience comments woudl be welcome….

  • 8 Cheryl // Apr 22, 2011 at 11:18 am

    My sweet Golden,Casey, had anal sac cancer two years ago; had surgery and several sessions of chemo(mitoxotrone) and did very well through all. Now another small tumor has appeared and will be taken off soon ,as it is the same cancer on the other side of anus but not in the sac. It has not been detected anywhere else from ultrasound. So my prayer is that we can get it all . But who knows? The chemo apparently did not quite get it all two years ago. Casey is now 12 years old and happy! Have hope for more years with your beloved dogs!

  • 9 Crystal // Jan 2, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    I currently have 5 dogs and two cats. 4 of the dogs are Australian Shepard (two male, two female) the other is a male pug beagle mix. They are all wonderful dogs and I love them all to pieces. Nika is the eldest, at around 13 and Jasper was once her mate. They had puppies together almost 10 years ago and the one we kept is Pablo. Pablo and Jasper live together in the back yard. Pablo and Jasper both have heart worms. When it was first discovered, the infestation was minimal and the vet recommended putting them on preventative to keep the levels at bay. This did not work out, as my husband and I both lost our jobs and could not afford to keep them on the preventative, nor could we manage the health maintenance of so many pets. I have always had a soft spot in my heart for all animals and have rescued many, many of all kinds over the years. Currently, I am in over my head. It has gotten to be such a financial strain to provide the proper care for all of these animals that I am now overwhelmed and don’t know what to do. This past summer, Pablo developed a large lump right above his eye. We took him to the vet only to discover it was a cancerous tumor. The vet removed it and the dog recovered well. The surgery cost over $600.00. A month later we had to take Jasper in for severe hot spots, at which time we noticed several lumps on his anus. The vet recommended surgery and advised it would cost approximately $600.00. Jasper was treated for the hot spots and the surgery was delayed. Jasper needs surgery to remove the lumps an he appears to be suffering from arthritis. Both dogs need to be neutered and treated for heart worms and now Pablo has developed three more large lumps on his head. I don’t know what to do. Just feeding all of them is a challenge. Pablo and Jasper are suffering and I want to help them, but where to begin. Everything they need will cost thousands of dollars, which I do not have. Even if I had the thousands required, I don’t known if it would help. I am at a total loss. On top of the urgent needs of Jasper and Pablo, all of the others need shots and check ups, too. I am just wondering…are there any vets that would offer assistance in the form of a group discount and/or a repayment plan in a situation where so much is needed and time is of the essence for a multitude of pets?

  • 10 Brenda // Jan 23, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Our then 13 year oldish hound mix was diagnosed with anal sac adenocarcinoma in November 2009. I’m not sure of his age since he was a rescue at about 1-2 years old. I couldn’t bear to watch him struggle with the tumor. Without hesitation, we had the $3K surgery to have the tumor removed. Luckily, it had not spread to his lymph nodes. The tumor was large and hard as a rock, so the surgeon was concerned about his calcium levels having caused kidney damage. We did not do chemo or radiation. Forward 2+ years later, he is now 15ish and still with us. He takes Deramaxx and more recently a daily pain pill, but still has some spunk in him. He has just started to really slow down. Realistically, he has his bad days lately and has so many lumps and bumps I can’t keep track, but and I couldn’t be happier that we’ve had over 2 years with him since diagnosis. I really didn’t expect that long, so please know that it is possible to have at least a few more great years with your beloved dog beyond the diagnosis and with surgery only.

  • 11 DEBBIE // Jul 9, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    I have a 13 year old white german shepeard and i think she has this cancer but nobody said anything about the bleeding in the anus and i mean alot of blood i was sure she must cut her tail off. And i am disable so i live on a low income so know vet would see her uless i had money up front that idid not have. Istill have my baby she is my whole life we have through and i do not know what i will do with my best freind THANK YOU AND PLEASE PRAY FOR HER

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