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It has taken me several months to post about the loss of my precious Zeus I lost him to hemangiosarcoma in Sept. I know goldens are over represented when it comes to many cancers. I remember thinking that the poodle part of the mix might offer some protection, but it was not to be. I honestly don't know if I could ever deal with this heartbreak again. I still feel that doodles are the absolute best dogs, but the thought of dealing with this again is terrifying. Just curious, how many of you have dealt with, or are dealing with this issue?

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  • Pauline, I just want to say how sorry I am for your loss of Zeus. I hope you are healing and remembering him with smiles through the tears.

    I know we have had a number of doodles here who were lost to cancer. Hemangiosarcomas and lymphomas seem to be the most common. Many were goldendoodles, but there have been some labradoodles lost to cancer as well. I don't think most of the owners are still active here, so you may not get many responses. 

    66% of Golden Retrievers will develop some form of cancer in their lifetimes, and it doesn't seem that mixing their genes with those of a Poodle improves those odds, from what I have read. Another breed in which cancer is extremely common is the Bernese Mountain Dog, so much so that they have a life expectancy of only 6-8 years, one of the shortest of all dog breeds. I know that Bernedoodles have become very popular recently, and I fear we will see the same cancer rates in them as well. I hope I'm wrong. 

    • Karen, Thank you for getting that information out there. 

  • I am so sorry for your loss. It is so heartbreaking.  Jack is my first fur child and I always say I will never get another one because of the amount of fear I have in losing him.  Then some days I think of all the dogs in shelters that already exist that have no one to love them or care for them and It makes me wonder if I could ever try it again after Jack passes.  

    I am so sorry for your heartbreak. I am sending you a lot of love.

    • Thanks everyone for your replies and condolences

  • I am so sorry for your loss! I don't know any of the statistics on Doodles, but it seems we have lost several this past year to cancers. I feel like many of those were Goldendoodles and not Labradoodles, but again, I could be wrong. I hope at some point, you get to a place where you might want another dog. There are so many out there who need homes. That said, after our Hershey died....she was 13....I swore never again. I lasted less than 7 months. We adopted Honey from a rescue and after she died, I said never again and now have Fudge and Vern. Our home just seemed so empty without a dog. Again, I am so sorry for your loss and that Zeus got cancer. 

  • I am so sorry for your loss of Zeus. I live in fear of this dread disease. Gavin has a spot of skin cancer excised in September but luckily it was not the type that matasticizes to the organs. I hope your pain subsides with time.

  • I am so sorry for your loss of Zeus. Each breed has serious health possibilities but we hope our beloved pet won’t be one to add to the statistics. We never have our beloved pets long enough. My heart weeps for your loss. 

    • Thank you everyone

  • I lost my Chase in July to haemangiosarcoma. He was 9 1/2 years old, multi-gen labradoodle. 

    • So sorry for your loss. This cancer takes their loss to another level.

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