By Eva Osborne
My dog Samson is a rottweiler and has been diagnosed with some form of histiocytosis in October 2007. They weren't sure what kind. He had 9 tumors removed and 2 weeks later he had 15 more. So far he is eating and drinking but we are terrified at what will happen next. They seem to think he has cutaneous histiocytosis because it's not in his internal organs yet. It's only skin related and he might have one in his nose because he has nose bleeds sometimes. The tumors appear as large lumps and then they break open and drain puss and blood. He got the one on his paw in October and it's still there, and his paw and leg pretty much stay swollen. Both sides of his face have multiple tumors that are breaking through and also his neck. He also has a bunch on his shoulder that are getting ready to come through. He doesn't act completely normal anymore but he still eats and drinks and goes out to do his business. But his play time or walks in the park... he just doesn't really care right now.
It's very expensive fighting this disease as he is on lots of medicines. He is taking Prednisone (30)mlg. morning and night and Imurane also every other day. He also takes an antibiotic for the infection of the tumors when they come through. It seems like it's a waiting game with this disease and so unfair. I read your (time to euthanize) and I'm glad I did because we thought it might be time but now I changed my mind. I'm going to wait and see if he gets any better or worse in the next week or so. Thank you again for having such a wonderful and helpful website.