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We lost our beautiful boy two weeks ago. There had been no indication he was ill. He was active, and sharp as a tack.He'd just had a complete physical with great bloodwork. He woke up with seizures, and the MRI showed a Glioma. The Neurologist had him in the specialty hospital trying to stop the seizing, but with a bill over $9,000.00 he died. The neruologist said she'd never had a dog that didn't respond to the seizure medications. I would love to know where I could have his records of the medications reviewed. The day after he was admitted, the specialtiy hospital switched their visiting policy, and wouldn't let us in to see him. We arranged to pick him up to take to our local vet because they would let us be with him during euthansia. On the way we got a call he had died. The hospital wheeled his body outside on a gurnee, and that's the only way we could say goodbye to him. We stood outside in the cold, pouring rain.

The hospital say their policy was mandatory about no visiting. I found that that was not really truthful. At that point there were no orders from the CDC that forbid veterinarians from allowing people in their offices. Stay well, and check with your vets to see what the policies are during these hard times.
 

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So sorry for your loss I lost a boxer as well to a brain tumor and it did come up suddenly. I am not understanding why they thought that seizure medication would have helped your dog the way I understand it once the tumor has been found and starts causing problems its too late and there is nothing that can be done. I am so sorry you had to go thru this losing your beloved dog and having it made to be all that more traumatic and expensive that's terrible.
 

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I am so sorry for your loss. Most brain tumours do not respond to anti-seizure medication. Many clinics are not allowing clients within their offices during this COVID pandemic. The moment a staff member becomes sick, it shuts down the entire clinic. It is a precaution to help allow them to see and treat other animals in need.
 

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Thank you for any input. I can't bring myself to read all he medical records I got from the hospital. After the MRI identified a fairly large lesion, the Neurologist continued to tell us she wanted to continue the various anti-seizure medications. She kept saying give me 24 more hours because she thought he was responding. She'd say she never had one that just didn't respond like this. She'd connected us with the radiologist who was going to map a treatment of some radiation treatment from the MRI films. Can't remember the name of the group that was centered in their complex. She says she was a specialist in seizure disorders. I'll have the vet school review the records. I remember telling them in the ER that we could afford any diagnostics, and treatment. I hope that wasn't a factor.

I have his half-sister here, and she's only going on nine.
 

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Aww man so sorry to hear this. It's been a pretty tough year for the Boxer Board so far this year?? And can't go in to say bye, adds insult to injury but they are doing that with people these days also ... so there is that. :(

It always hurt to lose them but do you have more doggies at home?? And yeah the other's are not the same but it does help ... And again sorry for your loss, but Take Care.
 

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So sorry for your loss! My 12 year old deaf white boxer was diagnosed today with a brain tumor. Woke up Sunday morning and her face was swollen..? Got up this morning and it was worse. Vet looked at her and said “she has a brain tumor!” “WHAT”. They gave her a prednisone shot, sent me home with steroids and antibiotics. We go back Friday, and I’m not doing well with all this going on with my baby.
 

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We lost our beautiful boy two weeks ago. There had been no indication he was ill. He was active, and sharp as a tack.He'd just had a complete physical with great bloodwork. He woke up with seizures, and the MRI showed a Glioma. The Neurologist had him in the specialty hospital trying to stop the seizing, but with a bill over $9,000.00 he died. The neruologist said she'd never had a dog that didn't respond to the seizure medications. I would love to know where I could have his records of the medications reviewed. The day after he was admitted, the specialtiy hospital switched their visiting policy, and wouldn't let us in to see him. We arranged to pick him up to take to our local vet because they would let us be with him during euthansia. On the way we got a call he had died. The hospital wheeled his body outside on a gurnee, and that's the only way we could say goodbye to him. We stood outside in the cold, pouring rain.

The hospital say their policy was mandatory about no visiting. I found that that was not really truthful. At that point there were no orders from the CDC that forbid veterinarians from allowing people in their offices. Stay well, and check with your vets to see what the policies are during these hard times.
My sincere condolences on your loss. I don't know if you saw my post but we lost Kai 3 weeks ago also to a brain tumor, they felt it was a brain stem tumor , He also was not sick a day in his life and had all good BW . The only thing with him and it may not have been related was his eating. For a long time he seemed to have trouble chewing his food, but he was always a little like that. That week he seemed to be having trouble eating and like on a Tuesday he walked oddly and I had said all that week something was off, so she took him to the vet Tuesday evening and the vet felt it was a tumor but said it could be something simple too like a inner ear infection so we would put him on antibiotic. Thursday he seemed to feel better and was walking normal but Friday not at all. We schedule specialist but they couldn't see us till 1. one on Monday then the MRI on Wednesday. That Saturday before, he started to have seizures and did not come out of it. He kept on seizing. We got him to the ER but he was bad, breathing bad, temp 107, and they felt the seizures weren't stopping. WE did get to say goodbye. I'm sorry your goodbye wasn't what you wanted. I am still totally devastated. Kai was only 5 years 6 months old.
For the first time in my life I don't know that I could go through this again. I've lost dogs many times in my life but none has had the effect this has. Again I am so so sorry.
 

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I don't understand how they can come up with a brain tumor from a swollen face? That doesn't make sense. Swollen face is usually an allergic reaction to something which yes they would give prednisone for. Sometimes there is a rush to judgement as its the worst thing it can possibly be if your dog is a boxer sometimes it is but maybe you should get another opinion
 

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So sorry for your loss! My 12 year old deaf white boxer was diagnosed today with a brain tumor. Woke up Sunday morning and her face was swollen..? Got up this morning and it was worse. Vet looked at her and said “she has a brain tumor!” “WHAT”. They gave her a prednisone shot, sent me home with steroids and antibiotics. We go back Friday, and I’m not doing well with all this going on with my baby.
I'm so sorry you have to go through this. Gus would have been 12 in August. Hold that sweet girl close, and she knows how much you love her. We had no face swelling by the way. Hugs!
 

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My sincere condolences on your loss. I don't know if you saw my post but we lost Kai 3 weeks ago also to a brain tumor, they felt it was a brain stem tumor , He also was not sick a day in his life and had all good BW . The only thing with him and it may not have been related was his eating. For a long time he seemed to have trouble chewing his food, but he was always a little like that. That week he seemed to be having trouble eating and like on a Tuesday he walked oddly and I had said all that week something was off, so she took him to the vet Tuesday evening and the vet felt it was a tumor but said it could be something simple too like a inner ear infection so we would put him on antibiotic. Thursday he seemed to feel better and was walking normal but Friday not at all. We schedule specialist but they couldn't see us till 1. one on Monday then the MRI on Wednesday. That Saturday before, he started to have seizures and did not come out of it. He kept on seizing. We got him to the ER but he was bad, breathing bad, temp 107, and they felt the seizures weren't stopping. WE did get to say goodbye. I'm sorry your goodbye wasn't what you wanted. I am still totally devastated. Kai was only 5 years 6 months old.
For the first time in my life I don't know that I could go through this again. I've lost dogs many times in my life but none has had the effect this has. Again I am so so sorry.
I'm so sorry Lindar51. I'd wondered about an inflamed ear since Gus would make a point of rubbing his head against me. Kai was so young, and it was so sudden. I can't imagine your grief! It won't sink in yet for quite a while>
 

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So sorry for your loss! My 12 year old deaf white boxer was diagnosed today with a brain tumor. Woke up Sunday morning and her face was swollen..? Got up this morning and it was worse. Vet looked at her and said “she has a brain tumor!” “WHAT”. They gave her a prednisone shot, sent me home with steroids and antibiotics. We go back Friday, and I’m not doing well with all this going on with my baby.
There is no way to tell if a dog has a brain tumour from a swollen face. The cause could be anything from an allergic reaction, an abscess or infection of the salivary gland or an infected tooth. Giving steroids without a proper diagnoses is dangerous. If I were you I would be seeking another opinion from a different vet.
 

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So sorry for your loss! My 12 year old deaf white boxer was diagnosed today with a brain tumor. Woke up Sunday morning and her face was swollen..? Got up this morning and it was worse. Vet looked at her and said “she has a brain tumor!” “WHAT”. They gave her a prednisone shot, sent me home with steroids and antibiotics. We go back Friday, and I’m not doing well with all this going on with my baby.
My dog had no swelling...normally steroids & swelling go together more for a bite or allergic reaction. I don't know why a vet would give steroids and antibiotics for a brain tumor. In any event I hope your boxer is better and doesn't have a brain tumor. 12 year old boxer that quite good. Mine was still a baby at 5 1/2.
 
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