Story told by Linda D.
My Rottie, Emma, had Malignant Histiocytosis. She had her annual check up, shots, etc.. in March 2005 and seemed fine. Maybe a little 'down', which we attributed to not getting out in the desert enough to run.
Emma was a 6-1/2 year old spayed female and we had her from the time she was 8 weeks old. What a beautiful and special dog. She loved everybody!!! (Except cats, vacuum cleaners and lawn mowers). She was absolutely my best friend.
Three weeks ago, Emma started not eating, and then vomiting. She also developed some small 'bumps' all over the top of her head. I brought her to our vet and he was baffled. She had gone from 107 to 96 pounds in the 2 months since he'd seen her. He did blood work, which looked fine. Two days later, she was still vomiting, and I brought her in again. He did xrays and a biopsy of two of the bumps, which were spreading further. The xrays showed masses in her lungs and in the media-steinum(?)(chest cavity?) The bumps came back as MH. Doc put her on Prednisone and an antinausea drug, so she could maybe eat. Within less than a week Emma lost another 10 pounds, her bowel movements were bloody and she couldn't eat, even with the anti emetic.
So on May 28, I drove her back to Dr. Moore's (who loves her too) and we made the decision to let her go. I stayed with her til she was gone, and I'm glad I did. She was so tired, struggling to breathe, and probably in pain, though she didn't whine at all.
We will go pick up her ashes on Tuesday, and bring them out to the desert, where she loved to run and run and run.
Emma was a beautiful dog, incredibly loving and sweet (also mischevious and funny, as all doggies are). I will always love her, she'll always be my special dog.