A friend asked me to post this...
"At age 8, my GSD Reno began having serious nose bleeds. While eating, her nose would bleed into her kibble and would sometimes cover the bottom of the bowl. I took her to my Vet who immediately sent me to a specialist who performed a scope of her sinus cavity. The picture revealed a large tumor covering the right side of her sinus. The Vet did not perform a biopsy, but told me he was 98% positive that it was malignant and that without radiation and surgery he gave her 3 to 6 months to live and with radiation and surgery possibly up to 10 months. He told me he would have to put her under again to do a biopsy, but he was very certain of his diagnosis. I was so upset and just wanted to take her home, that I told him no. After a few days of deliberation, I decided against the radiation and surgery as I was told the radiation would burn her face and that the surgery would require they cut the roof of her mouth and that it would take her a while to recover. I made the painful decision to make her comfortable and do no further treatment. The specialist wrote a report to my vet and stated - "owner choices to do nothing, dog will be dead within 3 to 6 months". The specialist told me most people in my situation who refused radiation treatment would make the decision to put their dog to sleep. I started doubting that I had made the right decision, but did not change it. For the first year the nose bleeds continued, and she had difficulty sleeping. My vet guessed that the tumor was probably moving into the other sinus and eventually she would not be able to sleep on her side and then it would be time to put her to sleep. Reno turned 13 YEARS OLD in May of this year and she is still going strong. She suffers from very weak hind legs and has difficulty getting up and still has nose bleed several times a week - but other than that she is well.
My question is has anyone else ever heard of something like this?
It seems highly unlikely that the original diagnosis was correct, but what could be causing these nose bleeds? My vet and I had made the decision years ago to just make her comfortable and not to put her through batteries of test - but now I regret not finding out what it is and also am thinking that it could have been something that could have been treated years ago. My Vet calls Reno - our Miracle Dog and tells me to be grateful for this extra time I was given. I would just really like to find out once and for all what this could be."