Weeping Wednesday: Pathology

15 Dec

We got the results from pathology regarding the growth that was biopsied in Louise’s mouth. It is a fast-growing tumor that destroys the jaw called Canine Acanthamotous Ameloblastoma (CAA).

WARNING: Stop reading now if you will get uncomfortable with the details. 

Basically, she has a mass in the lower part of her front jaw that is visible and is around her front teeth. The good news is that CAA has never been reported to spread to other parts of the body (metastasize), so it is often called ‘benign.’ However, it is locally aggressive and her tumor is doubling in size every 10 days or so. Underneath what we see it is destroying the jaw bone. It is life-threatening.

The first option for treatment, due to a large amount of underlying bone involved, is to surgically remove a portion of the jaw, called a mandibulectomy (graphic link), and to take large margins around the tumor to ensure it is all removed. For patients, like Louise, where surgery is not an option because of multiple reasons, the second option would be radiation.

Louise turned 12 last October. The normal life expectance of a dog her size is 10 to 12 years. She has pancreatitis and irritable bowel disease. Figuring out what health intervention is in her best interest is one of the hardest decisions we ever had to make. We do not want to put her through either of these options. The surgery would take her lower jaw, which I think at her age would be a difficult recovery to regain function, and the side-effects of radiation are horrible (if her IBD would even tolerate it.)

I have started a Facebook group dedicated to this journey. It is called Canine Acanthamotous Ameloblastoma – Dog Oral Tumors Please feel free to join if you want to follow what is going on. I am not going to fill DogDaz with her medical stuff because it is graphic and sad, so I will put it there.

Keep us in your prayers as we go through this thing. We are heartbroken.

Please, don’t post any negative comments on the choices we have made for Louise’s care – they will be deleted. 

NOT Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on December 15, 2021 in Dogs


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12 responses to “Weeping Wednesday: Pathology

  1. bumpyroadtobubba

    December 15, 2021 at 03:43

    So sad for you all x

    Liked by 1 person

    • dogdaz

      December 15, 2021 at 05:43

      Thanks. We are hoping for many more days.


  2. easyweimaraner

    December 15, 2021 at 03:49

    we are heartbroken too… but we know that all decisions you make, are made with love for your pup… we cross all paws and send you positive throughts…

    Liked by 1 person

    • dogdaz

      December 15, 2021 at 05:44

      Thanks. Keep paws crossed for many more days.


  3. Genevieve Petrillo

    December 15, 2021 at 05:32

    Prayers and wishes for courage are coming your way – for our good pal Lu and the rest of the zoo, plus all the doctors and nurses along on the journey. She’s in the best hands – as she has been for all of her 12 years. xoxo

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake and Mom

    Liked by 1 person

    • dogdaz

      December 15, 2021 at 05:45

      Thanks. We appreciate all our helpers.


  4. Catherine Fox

    December 15, 2021 at 09:13

    You know my feelings. You give her so much love. 🦊💜

    Liked by 1 person

    • dogdaz

      December 15, 2021 at 12:02

      Thanks. You have been a big support.


  5. Jodi Stone

    December 15, 2021 at 21:29

    Nobody has a right to question your decisions. This is hard shit right here, tell them to piss off and if you’re too nice to, send them my way. Hugs to you dear one as you navigate this difficult journey.

    Liked by 1 person

    • dogdaz

      December 16, 2021 at 07:41

      Haha. I will send them to you. Thanks


  6. Vicki L Flaherty

    January 4, 2022 at 14:36

    Just now catching up on blogs I missed. I am holding you and Louise in my heart and sending healing energy. May you trust what your heart tells you is best for your sweet girl.

    Liked by 1 person

    • dogdaz

      January 4, 2022 at 20:51

      So far so good. Thanks


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