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Here are pictures of our beloved Zeb with osteosarcoma of the jawbone. You can see just how painful it must have been for him. This cancer has usually metastasized by the time it is diagnosed and is very aggressive. We discovered the cancer in October and when he took him in to the vet she gave us all the options and then told us that we would be better off taking him home and to just enjoy him. That is what we decided to do until he stopped eating, which was in February. Having to put him down was one of the hardest things we have ever had to do.

The last picture is of Zeb in October when he was first diagnosed and you couldn't really see the tumor. He was almost 10 years old when we put him down.
 

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He was a beautiful boy....when we had to put our boy Dakota down (one year ago this Aug 19th) it crushed me. I still have a hard time reflecting...he was one of a kind...and I would be lucky to have another one like him in my lifetime.
On a positive note...we did meet the nicest "Hospice Vet" who came to our house to end Dakota's suffering. He was with us at home...in my lap...and went in peace.
 

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OMG that brings tears to my eyes, FL Cracker, just hearing that! I would have loved to have a "Hospice Vet" come to our house. I have never heard of this before. I will have to check into it. I so agree with you about being lucky enough to have another one like him. May ALL our rotties that have passed rest in peace and live forever in our hearts and minds! Amen
 

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I lost my Bubba on 07/17/10 from old age. He was 15. I miss him every day of my life.

Zeb was a beautiful boy, and I hope he, Dakota and Bubba are together enjoying an afterlife.
 

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i am so sorry =( its too hard to even think about it, i know hes in a better place with my dogs up there too,,
 

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Rottiesrule, that is a very long time for a rottie to live. How wonderful that you were able to enjoy him for so long, but all the harder to lose him. I am hoping that Maddy, who just turned 11 yrs. old on July 6th, will live that long or longer. She has arthritis, but other than that she is healthy.
 

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Zeb was so handsome. I never saw anything like that. I wish we really knew why so many rotties and other breeds get cancer like they do.
 

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I wish I knew too, unfortunately cancer seems to be very prevalent in rottweilers. They must be predisposed to getting cancer, I guess. I was hoping that by feeding a raw diet instead of kibble, that it would help, but my husband said that perhaps it did help, who knows, Zeb may have gotten cancer sooner in life had he not had a raw diet. All I know is, it is so hard to see your pet get this awful disease and see how quickly it can take them. It's just not fair.:(
 

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Jan, My last rottie who will be gone 2 years this August got cancer and died very quickly. I don't allow myself to think about it but the day we took him for his last ride he was looking out the car window and I have that moment in the car stuck in my mind. He had to be PTS.
 

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Jan, I don't know if feeding raw or feeding kibble prolongs their life. I think alot of the problem with cancer comes from our toxic environment.
 

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Rottiesrule, that is a very long time for a rottie to live. How wonderful that you were able to enjoy him for so long, but all the harder to lose him. I am hoping that Maddy, who just turned 11 yrs. old on July 6th, will live that long or longer. She has arthritis, but other than that she is healthy.
Yes 15 is a very long time, a friend had a rottie for 20 years, i hope with proper responsible breeders, and a good diet, plus exercise, we would be able to have them for long, i really hope so
 

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What a beautiful boy and he was still smiling through all that.

How very brave of you to share that - big hug sent to you

I flippin hate cancer
 

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Kaza, this is the first time I have shared these pictures with anybody. For one thing, it was hard for me to even look at them without crying. I figured that it was time to show this horrible disease and it's effects. Someone needs to come up with a cure for cancer in our pets.:(
 
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