Submitted by Julie and Len.
I want to share our so far short journey with our beloved boy. Rudy is half Border Collie, half Australian Shepherd. He joined our family of two cats and another 5 year old Border at 6 weeks old in May 2012. What a sweet baby he was!
This past March (2014) we noticed a lump on his back. We weren't too worried about it and when we took him for his shots in June the vet agreed it was nothing serious. However, after that visit the lumps started popping up like popcorn. When he developed them on his eyes we took him back to the vet and had them do an aspiration pathology. We were told it is cutaneous histiocytosis and nothing to do but steroids or it would go away on its own. We opted out of the steroids because of the side effects, he has always had a weak bladder and increased urination would be a problem.
It is now December and the lumps are multiplying daily. His lymph nodes in his neck by the jaw are large. He is sneezing and snorting a lot. He is still active and eating. I believe it is now systemic histio. The vets won't commit to that diagnosis. We are deciding whether or not to do steroids, we don't want to trade one devil for another especially since there ultimately is no cure.
He is laying on my legs while I write this, still such a sweet boy.