Our Boomer had to have his right eye removed due to a tumor.  It may have been able to have been diagnosed earlier.

The signs that were missed are redness in the white of eye. Early sign of tumor. This was evident about 9 months ago.  Our prior vet dismissed it as normal.  It may have been but in retrospect I would have like it to have been looked at more thoroughly.  Although outcome probably would not have been any different, he would not have been in discomfort.

This is a link to the discussion in the Medical Group:

1/22/16 Update:  The tumor was much bigger than anticipated causing surgery to be more extensive.  Yesterday we got biopsy results, unfortunately it was malignant.  We are hoping to see an oncologist today.

1/22/16 Oncologist appt:  We saw the oncologist.  He took a chest xray and took samples from the lymph nodes for biopsy.  The chest xray was clear and we have to wait until early next week for the biopsy results.  If lymph nodes are clear the recommendation is to start on a treatment using the Oncept vaccination.  The idea is the immune system is "ramped up" to attack any cancer cells in the body.  It is very expensive and requires boosters every 6 months.  Unfortunately there is little information about this therapy as it is relatively new.  All the information is related to oral tumors.  Malignant eye tumors are very rare, so there is little information available.

We will make our treatment decisions this weekend.

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  • I'm new to this site, but I am sorry to hear about Boomer. Wishing Boomer a speedy recovery and sending thoughts and prayers your way.
  • I hope Boom r feels better soon!
  • I am sorry t hear about Bomer.
  • Sharon ~ I hope Boomer is feeling better.

  • Thank you for sharing what to look for and I hope it helps others to ask more about redness in the eye should they notice this in their dogs.  Hope Boomer continues to heal and feel better.

  • Thanks for the information, Sharon. I hope Boomer makes a speedy recovery from the surgery.  A Golden belonging to my sister had an eye removed and lived very happily for many, many years afterwards, without even seeming to notice that he was minus one eye.Wishing the same for Boomer.

  • Thank you for posting this.  PLEASE know I am lifting YOU and Boomer in prayer.

  • Thanks for sharing this useful information--I want to add to Andrea's reply--my dad had an eye removed due to a tumor waaaay back in 1928 when he was just 8 years old--he lived until August of 2015--95 1/2 years old--may Boomer have a good long life!!

  • Thanks for this information.  Heal quickly, Boomer.

  • Sorry to hear about Boomer. Hope he heals quickly. Thank you for sharing this important info.
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