Dobermans Among Top 5 Cancer Breeds

Doberman Cancer Is A Sad Reality

paw print of doberman that died of lymphoma cancerTrupanion pet insurance looked at their cancer-related insurance claims and discovered which dog breeds were frequently affected. Dating back to the year 2000, they found that boxers, golden retrievers, German shepherds, rottweillers and dobermans were the breeds more prone to cancer.

The National Canine Cancer Foundation doesn’t share good news either. They state that one in three dogs will develop cancer at some point in their lives. Furthermore, this disease is claiming the lives of roughly half of those diagnosed with cancer. Doberman cancer is sadly a tragic diagnosis.

To help your doberman or pet dog, have regular vet check-ups and be attentive to any changes in your dog’s behaviour. Some cancers if caught early can be successfully removed and treated.

Having personally lost a much-loved doberman to lymphoma cancer, I encourage everyone to educate themselves on dog health concerns and support cancer research.  Luckily, I live near the Ontario Veterinary College in Canada that conducts animal medical health research,  and I was able to give my doberman some chemotherapy treatment for her lymphoma. Sadly, it was not successful.   The treatment did extend her life but in the end the cancer returned and the chemo treatments were too difficult for her physically and for me mentally. I made the awful decision to let her finally rest, but thinking back I probably should have done it sooner. It was a heartbreaking year, but I felt some consolation knowing that my dog had a great doctor and vet team treating her.  I also like to think that we contributed to doberman cancer research by trying the chemo and drug protocol options at the time.

Have you lost your pet to cancer? Please share your personal experience in the comments below. I believe these comments help other owners through the grief of losing a loved pet.

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  1. Jamie said:

    My five year old red Dobie, Luke, was diagnosed with internal lymphoma yesterday. To say I am completely and utterly devastated would be an understatement. Luke is my “fur” baby and so much of my life revolves around him. The vet we are working with has been completely wonderful and has laid out many different treatment options including Prednisone & Vincristine. Does anyone have any recommendations or experience with these treatments? Does anyone regret doing chemo? Please comment, anything will help as I am desperately trying to make the best decision for Luke.

    Please pray for myself and Luke.

    November 17, 2016
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    • Jaki said:

      Jamie my Dobe had lymphoma. I tried the prednisone treatment and it did extend her life. But I don’t know how hard the treatment was on her or if it was a good decision to do it for as long as we did (about a year). I like to think she was ok with it and I helped the medical team with their research.
      I think you’ll need to get a sense with your own dog how he’s doing. I’m sure every case is a bit different.
      This question might help your decision making. Is he having more good days than bad days? with or without the treatment. I put down another Dobe this summer for leg issues and decided when the bad days outnumbered the good days it was time to let her go.
      (And lastly it’s expensive, so take this into consideration also) I’m so sorry for the awful news, but feel some comfort knowing how lucky Luke is to have a caring owner like you.

      November 17, 2016
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    • D. said:

      Jamie,
      I am so sorry to hear about Luke. Our red dobie, Tank, was also diagnosed with stage 3 lymphoma this month. He turned 5 the week after his diagnosis. We were and are devastated! It took a few weeks to accept this as reality and it is still difficult knowing he does not have much time left with us. We did decide to treat him because of his age and he was not feeling sick when we brought him in, just swollen lymph nodes. So far he has had lasparaginase, vincristine, and cytoxan and he takes dexamethasone steroid everyday. The day after his first treatment his lymph nodes were back to normal size. He has done well so far, eating and playing, you wouldn’t know he was sick. We will not let him suffer though, so we are prepared to let him go if his bad days outnumber the good. I will keep you and Luke in my prayers, he has already been blessed to have you in his life.

      November 19, 2016
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      • D. said:

        I felt I needed to update my post. The very next day we had to let Tank go. He had been having difficulty breathing when he was on his side but our vet thought it could be from the steroid. He had a perfect day but then during the night he began to hemorrhage from his nose and mouth so we took him to the emergency vet. It was obvious nothing could be done to save him. The lymphoma must have been throughout his body and we did not know. He never lost interest in anything during his last 3 weeks, he ate well, played, howled at sirens, went for rides, went to the office, barked at squirrels and played with our other dobe. He was happy even as he took his last breath. What a magnificent dog he was. I am glad we gave the chemo a try, I do not think it caused him any suffering and probably gave him a few extra good weeks for us to love and spoil him. My prayers are with all who are going through this aggressive cancer with their beloved pets.

        November 29, 2016
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  2. Dean Lewis said:

    We rescued a beautiful 5 year old Doberman “Zen”. At 8 years old, she had a large tumor removed from under her arm (was non cancerous). Check ups every six months. Finally at nearly 10, she was one week due for her 6 month check up and we noticed she had slowed down significantly. We took her in and found out she was covered in tumors. UN-treatable. Our vet told us that sometimes it is aggressive and happens almost overnight. We said goodbye two days later. This was May 25th of this year. Today, we woke up and are again tempted to get a Doberman. This time a puppy. Not sure why, except “Zen” was the greatest companion we have ever had. Dobermans are pure ROYALTY. And pure LOYALTY. I almost cried more when Zen passed away that I did for my own Father’s passing. What am I getting myself into?

    November 16, 2016
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  3. Sam said:

    Cancer research? Good luck waiting for that to bear any fruit. Keep your dogs diet healthy and clean to stay cancer free and stay away from chemo, you will extend their life by doing no treatment than giving deadly treatments like chemo and radiation.

    November 10, 2016
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  4. Gracie Mtz said:

    About 1 1/2 years ago my 22yr old son brought a Fawn Doberman , rare we were told . He paid a pretty penny for Rayo and was only feed the best food and had a special house built , with no limit on the cost, and he instantly became part of our family . My husband and son would take Rayo for walks only to receive stares and complements , he was about 3 1/2 – 4 feet so when my son would take him for a ride behind his truck he was often mistaken for a deer. We notice he started to lose weight , no physical activity and took him to vet , was diagnose with cancer and liver failure, took him for a second option and were told the same . My son decided to bring him home to rest his final day, however we saw he was weaker, no appetite , and losing weight quickly. My son decided to put Rayo to rest. With great sadness today at noon Rayo will be put to sleep however we will be forever greatful for the time we did shared with him and memories made with us. Rayo we love you and you will always have a special place in our heart ..🐶

    July 22, 2016
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  5. Tanya said:

    Jasper will be 8 years old September 18, 2016, in March of this year he had some lipomas in his cheek removed and biopsied which were found to be noncancerous.
    Ever since his surgery though he hasn’t been the same. He has other lumps but none have been checked and all blood work comes back fine. He has lost 12 lbs and constantly vomits and goes through periods of not eating or drinking.
    He is having X-rays tomorrow so hopefully we find out what’s going on with him. He’s such a sweet guy and you’d never know if he was in pain but we know him and something is deffinatley wrong. Just need to find out what!!!

    July 18, 2016
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    • Karen P said:

      Please keep us updated

      July 21, 2016
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    • Tanya said:

      Jasper is at the vet this morning for ultrasound and endoscopy as the barium series of X-rays showed nothing.
      He has continued to vomit and eats barely a cup of food each day. In the last 2 months he has lost 19lbs. He went from 110lbs to 91lbs as of this morning.
      We are hoping they find something today and can give us some answers. It’s awful watching him not eat and just all around look sad.

      July 25, 2016
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      • karen pena said:

        Thanks for the update Tanya, hope the drs find out whats going on asap!! please keep us informed!! We just had bone core biopsies, bloodwork and chest x-ray done on our Bentley yesterday. Bloodwork and chest x-ray were normal now waiting to hear back on the biopsies. Really hoping his vet is wrong about bone cancer even though chances are very slim that its something entirely different and curable. Once we get those results back and will make a decision on treatment. Goodluck and hopefully your dobie gets back to acting like his old self soon! take care…

        July 26, 2016
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        • Tanya said:

          Thank you Karen, I’ll post biopsy results as soon as they come back. It usually takes about a week the Dr. said.
          I hope everything turns out well for you. It’s so heartbreaking watching them in pain or suffering in silence. If only they could just tell US what’s wrong. Praying for you. Tanya

          July 26, 2016
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      • Tanya said:

        Update on Jasper as of ultrasound yesterday. The ultrasound showed a distended gall bladder with anechoic bile.
        A segment of his small intestine had loss of normal layering and was thickened. That segment showed a gas shadowing which was immovable during the exam.
        Lymph nodes were mildly enlarged.
        Due to the finding in the small intestine and Jasper continuing to vomit and or not eat we were advised to take him to Tampa for exploratory surgery.
        The surgery was performed and that portion of his intestine was removed and we are waiting for biopsy. He is recovering and we will be able to pick him up from the hospital some time tomorrow.
        We are praying for good news for Jasper and for each of you on this site. I hope everyone has a wonderful day and thank you for your support.

        July 26, 2016
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        • karen pena said:

          Bentley”s biopsy results came back and confirmed osteosarcoma (bone cancer) of his front leg. He is scheduled for an amputation Monday morning and hopefully we caught it early enough that it hasn’t already spread to other areas. The fact that his chest x-ray and bloodwork all looked good gives us hope! At least he will be pain free and hopefully have a normal life, even if we only are only able to give him an extra year, Without amputation he would be in pain and maybe only have up to 6 months and we just couldn’t accept that, this is hard enough as it is. Tanya, i am hoping for better news on your Dobie, please keep us updated. Take care….Karen

          July 31, 2016
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          • Tanya said:

            Hi Karen, Jasper’s biopsy came back today and it’s carcinoma. He has an appointment Monday with the oncologist to see what our options are, but due to the fact that it’s a very aggressive cancer and may have already spread to other tissues I’m sure it’s just a matter of keeping him comfortable for now.
            I am so sorry to hear about Bentley, but I hope everything goes well with his treatment and I’ll post as soon as we talk to the Dr. on Monday.

            August 4, 2016
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            • karen pena said:

              Tanya, Please keep me updated, you are in my thoughts and prayers, even though we don’t know each other this news breaks my heart…. I am so sorry to hear this. I hope there is some positive words from his oncologist and the you have more time with Jasper than first thought. I know when the time comes to let our precious guys go, it’s gonna be heartbreaking but knowing they are no longer suffering will help ease the pain. Bentley had his leg amputated 8 days ago and he’s doing pretty good, he’s even going up and down stairs. He doesn’t seem to be in pain thankfully. He goes back to the vet next week to have the staples removed and then we will discuss further treatment. His vet is saying we may have him another 6 months without further treatment and maybe a year with some form of chemo. But at least for now he is not in that excrutiating pain from the bone cancer. Please, please keep me updated on Jasper, prayers and hugs from a fellow dobie mom. <3

              August 9, 2016
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              • Tanya said:

                Hi Karen, well the oncologist appointment went as scheduled and we have the option to do chemo, but with this cancer it’s a matter of when it will come back and not if.
                This cancer is so rare (less than 10 percent) of dogs so there isn’t a definite survival time with or without chemo. the range we were given is 4-10 months give or take.
                Jasper is doing better since the adenocarcinoma has been removed, so for now we are just letting him be happy and enjoy eating and playing again.
                We have no plans at this time to do chemo as that will take a toll on him and make him feel worse. Our course of action as per our vet is just routine ultrasounds to see when the cancer returns and then proceed from there.
                I really thank you Karen for talking with me and I wish the best for Bentley. Jasper actually has a brother named Bentley who I believe lives in Sarasota Fl maybe I can’t remember his exact location.
                I will keep you all in my prayers and will continue to update his condition. My family thanks you and Jasper too 🙂 Love to all, Tanya

                August 9, 2016
            • karen pena said:

              Hi Tanya,
              Your news seems so bittersweet. I’m relieved and happy to hear that Jasper is getting back to being himself. It makes me sad when we are given a timeline for how much longer we will have our best friends with us. I look at Bentley every day and think of how much he means to us. I just keep praying for more time! I’m on facebook if you’d like to be friends, if not i totally understand. My profile name is Karen Burr Pena. Please keep updating on Jasper and i will do the same on Bentley. Doberman’s are a special breed, i just wish they didn’t have issues with cancer, they don’t deserve that! Take care Tanya

              August 11, 2016
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  6. Stephanie Stipp said:

    Denali was a rescue and I had him for three short years. I thought him to be around 5 or 6. The vet said he was around 10. The vet thought he had a couple of bad teeth that he should remove. It turned out to be Osteosarcoma of his nasal passage (bone cancer) only occuring in 1 percent of all dogs, it’s usually is in their limbs. The vet said there was nothing he could do. Everything I read about this cancer said the pain was excrutiating. It was already advanced and I couldn’t let him suffer. One more week, just one more. No! I will not be selfish and make him suffer I love him too much.I’m crying now and do everyday. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

    June 15, 2016
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    • Howie and Lynne said:

      We just went through the same cancer story with dear Dobie Maya. She had bone cancer in the shoulder so bad we had to let her go. One very painful situation for the entire family. We miss her so much! Heartbroken, but not alone…:-(

      July 18, 2016
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  7. Debbie C. said:

    I brought my girl to the vet yesterday because she was limping. I assumed she strained something jumping up to bark at the mailman. I was horrified to learn that she has a tumor on her left ‘ankle’. They believe it is osteosarcoma. I haven’t stopped crying in more than 24 hours. The options presented are: (1) Amputation followed by chemotherapy. About 50% of dogs (unknown ages) live past one year. (2) Palliative radiation, to reduce the pain. This option would not effect the growth or spreading of the cancer. More than 70% of dogs have decreased pain with this therapy and pain control usually lasts approximately 4 months.

    My baby will be 10 years old in October. Her favorite thing in the world is to go on runs around the lake with me. The thought of her waking up without a leg is absolutely killing me…but is it the “right” thing to do? Has anyone made the decision to amputate? How did your dog respond? Any insight/personal experience would be so greatly appreciated.

    June 3, 2016
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    • Jaki said:

      I’m so sorry about the bad news. My 11yr old is also limping but from bad arthritis. I need to make a decision soon also. It’s hard to see our athletic Dobermans with failing bodies 🙁

      June 3, 2016
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    • Israel said:

      We took my 3 year fatgirl today thinking ahe had a broken or dislocated shoulder and they told us she has bone cancer with leg remove amd kimo ill 6 month at the longest so we going to keep her on meds and home with her family till she tells us ahe ready

      June 4, 2016
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    • karen pena said:

      Debbie, We just found out today that our almost 8 year old Bentley has bone cancer. He had been limping for a few weeks and we thought maybe arthritis but then we noticed his ankle was starting to look swollen. We are weighing our options and trying to make this difficult decision. Our vet did say that amputating effects us humans alot more than it effects our pet, that they are not “attached” to their limbs like we are and adopt much easier than we do. But he also told us that in Bentleys case, amputating may not even prolong his life because it’s such a fast spreading cancer and may already be in his lungs. Our hearts are aching thinking of losing our best friend, he has been the perfect addition to our family and i can’t think about not having him here! He will be 8 in september and hopefully he will be up for a special birthday party! I just want more time!!! Please update on what decision you went with for your dobie and how she’s doing….thank you. Karen P

      July 14, 2016
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    • karen pena said:

      Hi Debbie, I was just wondering how your Doberman is doing and what decision you went with in her treatment of her osteosarcoma diagnosis. We were faced with the same diagnosis in our almost 8 year old dobe and opted for amputation. He is doing very well but we know there’s very little chance that the cancer will not show up somewhere else soon. He is no longer suffering the severe pain of bone cancer and that’s all that is important now. Like our vet said, dogs are not attached to their limbs and adjust so much better than we humans. He’s happy and back to his old self, it’s been 6 weeks since his surgery and he gets around great, even going up and down stairs! Please let me know how your girl is doing, thank you. Karen P

      September 9, 2016
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  8. Ang said:

    I just lost my baby the day after Christmas due to Cancer! She was 5 yrs old! She had a perfect vet check then 3 days after her mouth was full of blood! Her name is Twix, a red doberman! I have never cried so much in my life! I knew she wouldn’t live forever but i least wanted more time with her! I miss her every day! I feel like my heart is broke! She was my best friend! I would sit up at night googling why this happened! I blamed myself! Reading everyones post has definatly made me feel that its not my fault! Im sorry for eveyones loss!

    February 26, 2016
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  9. Lisa Kay said:

    I had to have my 11 year old female Blue Doberman put down today due to cancer. It has helped to read these posts. She has always had a lot of lipomas but they have never been an issue. Last summer she developed what I thought was a fatty cyst on her right outside toe. I didn’t think much of it until about a month ago when it started to grow considerably and began to ulcerate. She has also had a cough now and again and sometimes sounded like she was gagging. She had a lipoma on her throat and I attributed it to that. Part of me feels so guilty for not taking her to the vet sooner; I wasn’t aware that Dobermans had a high incident rate of cancer. Another part of me thinks that it turned out for the best, because at her age, I would not have put her through chemotherapy. Two weeks ago, she became listless and I took her to the vet and they diagnosed the tumor on her paw as an aggressive cancer and thought the coughing was the cancer in her lungs. She was spunky at the vet’s office and they suggested I give her more time as long as she had quality of life. I got another 10 days with her for which I am forever grateful. This weekend, she was feeling poorly and I made the heart wrenching decision to have her put down today. I stayed with her through the whole thing and it was peaceful. Dobermans are such a loyal dog breed and she was always part of the family. She was both the sweetest dog I’ve ever had and the smartest. RIP Sweet Layla. My heart is broken.

    February 1, 2016
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    • Jaki said:

      I’m so sorry to hear this Lisa. I’ve been through a lot in my life, but putting my dog down is still the hardest decision I ever made in life.
      Cherish your happy memories and find peace knowing that Layla was so lucky to have you as her owner 🙂

      February 1, 2016
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    • Jay Edwin said:

      The reason I came here or chanced upon here is because my 10 year old doberman, friend,pet, and companion died the other day.. I am so sad and actually, I did not know the reason on what could had been the cause for her untimely death. Reading all stories, and some facts and symptoms from this blog, now I know that it was from a tumor on her chest , where it all started it from. I wasnt aware about the cancer thing which the breed was notorious for. she didnt show anything, as in anything wrong for the past several months, shes just the plain old lively and energetic dog as she were,which rendered me unconcious about the situation, till this past 3 days before she go when she became lethargic. She would still eat, but not that much, and she would just spend most times of the day sleeping. I thought it was because of here old age of 10 going 11. She was very strong and she didnt even let me see her struggling as if she just want me to thik that everything is alright. Then one morning, folks in our house witnessed her final moments.. I was told that she left peacefully. I did not see her last, since I wasnt there, but that is what I want. I just want to remember all the good things and wonderful memories from her life. I love her and I will miss my dog, I m still so sad, but hopefully that sadness will soon be filled with joy knowing that my Chumper lived a happy life.
      Jay from MANILA , The Philippines

      February 29, 2016
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    • yvonne said:

      going through this ourselves at the moment and completely understand what you are feeling. Today may be the day we lose our dobbie after being part of our family for 11 years. A rescue dog and has had a wonderful life but hurt seeing him failing now . a large lump now ulcerated and although still eating well the other signs are there that he is not happy. Feel for you..

      April 15, 2016
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  10. Karen said:

    I just had my Doberman put down last week. He started coughing about three weeks before Christmas – he tends to eat socks and stuff so thought it was just something trying to come up. Took him to the vets Xmas Eve when his coughing turned to gagging and he stopped eating and found out his lungs were full of cancer! He had lost a little weight, but other than that, only the occasional cough. I was shocked and before New Year’s he was coughing and breathing so poorly I couldn’t drag it out any longer. Broke my heart – best dog I ever had – my constant companion. They are such strong animals, they can hide when they’re in pain. I’ve seen that dog hit his head on a corner and not even break his stride – tough as nails. RIP dear Axel…..

    January 4, 2016
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    • Dominic Bamford said:

      HI Karen,
      I just got back from my vets and an xray shows some white spots over his lungs and he is definitely breathing more heavy. I had an xray done 1 month ago that shows nothing and now this I have to take him to the specialist tomorrow and Im not sure what they are going to tell me.

      A very upset ! Dominic

      November 29, 2016
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  11. Keith Lumsden said:

    My Beloved Dobermann ‘Ollie’- A Pal Loyal and True

    Yes, looking through all these heartbreaking comments I’m with you all the way, and it does seem the breed is particularly prone to cancer. We’ve just had to make exactly the same decision with our Dobermann bitch, Ollie, at the age of 10 and had to have her put to sleep a week ago. Needless to say we’re all absolutely heartbroken. She’s always been an extremely exuberant dog and hasn’t really ailed much, but about four months ago she had a seizure and then kept on having them.

    The seizures she had were all of classic grand mal variety, going through the three main stages and lasting no more than a few minutes each. During some of them she lost both urine and bowel control but not so in most cases. While she was having them I made her as comfortable as I could and spoke to her softly to give her the necessary reassurance. We had her to the vet early on in this pattern of seizures (right after the first one in fact) but on immediate examination he said he was unable to find anything significantly wrong with her, adopting a ‘do no initial harm/wait and see’ approach with a view to a further consultation if her condition further deteriorated. The vet then treated them by prescribing Epiphen and thought it might be a thyroid problem via the blood tests he’d done, but all along we (as did he I believe) feared the worst.

    The latter seizures she had following her first were all fairly close together and followed exactly the same pattern as her first, but following these later ones I noticed she was left with a slight drooping to her right eye, although this seemed to clear up after a few hours. Her condition became increasingly subdued and extremely confused, she lost all the exuberance which formerly defined her as the dog she had been and she started to whine intermittently. She was weak on her legs, bumped into things, paced a lot (especially round in circles) and seemed unduly alarmed by sudden noises which would normally be completely familiar to her. Her vision was affected by these seizures, although to what extent I wasn’t quite sure.

    The seizures kept leaving her in a worse and worse state with the drugs having little effect and it all came to a head last weekend when she had two of them in quick succession on the Friday night, and then again one during her walk on the Saturday night in all the rain while out my wife. I had to go out in the car to pick them both up and bring them home.

    This final series of seizures had left her blind, her hearing impaired (I think) and whining in a state of distress. The vet said she wasn’t in pain but totally confused about what was happening to her. I just don’t know how far her brain had been affected by the seizures, or whether it was just the combination of all the other effects, but her distress was clearly evident and the vet said that putting her to sleep was without doubt and absolutely the right thing to do – simply for the dog’s sake.

    I wouldn’t wish what we’ve been through in the last four or five months on my worst enemy; it’s an absolutely devastating thing to go through. Although it was unavoidable in the end, all of us feel about as bad and heartbroken as it’s possible to feel about what we’ve just had to do, since we’ve just lost our lovely ‘Dobie’ and one of our much-loved family members. But I suppose that’s the price we have to pay for the loyalty, love and affection these beautiful dogs give us during their lifetime. So cherish them while you’ve got them, because we just don’t always appreciate the full impact our beautiful four-legged friends have on our lives.

    Anyway, RIP Ollie, my beloved Dobie and best pal loyal and true. It’s all over now girl.

    Thoughts with you all at your loss as well as ours.
    XXX

    Heartbroken Keith and Family

    December 15, 2015
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  12. Morgan Tucker said:

    my dobie has cancer and only has 0 – 4 months left . she is 7 and my other dobie will have it sometime because the cancer is hereditary . (the grandmother had cancer ) . but canver has affected all my dogs , cat and gerbil.

    December 14, 2015
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  13. Melissa said:

    Our 1 year old Doberman Jax was diagnosed with a nasal tumor a week ago Friday. We saw a specialist yesterday and it was confirmed to be a sarcoma that’s already spread to his lymph nodes. The vet said with him being so young and the cancer being so aggressive radiation treatment probably wouldn’t do any good and surgery is not an option because the tumor has already perforated the soft palate in his mouth. He is still acting like his normal self so we are waiting for the signs to know the time is right to let him go. I never expected to lose a dog so young. He is a part of our family, we are devastated and our girls are very upset which makes this twice as hard.

    November 24, 2015
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    • Jaki said:

      I’m so sorry. Cancer is aweful and it’s even sadder when it strikes our young dobies 🙁

      November 24, 2015
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    • Karen said:

      Melissa, How is Jax doing?

      December 7, 2015
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  14. JJ Collins said:

    My 10 year old rescued white Dobe was diagnosed this past Friday with Lymphoma. It’s a tough one.

    November 2, 2015
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    • Jaki said:

      I’m so sorry to hear this. Find comfort in your happy memories and the time left with your dobie.

      November 2, 2015
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  15. Chet said:

    Hello
    I feel the pain from each and everyone on this site.
    Nobody can measure another person pain from a beloved friend like there Dobberman. It terrible that this type of thing happens. I still hurt from the first one. I make sure they have the best and they come first but there is nothing we can do to stop these terrible things that happen to such a loyal and loving dog. I pray one day they do because each and everyone one of us have scares in our hearts from it.
    I lost my beloved kieser to liver failure little over a year ago. I spent my life savings tring to save him he was 2 years old. I rushed him to University of Missouri and did everything i could but i had to let him go 4 months later. I miss Him so mucb. Well the day i had to let him go i just thought for some reason dont know why something told me to Look on craigslist for dobermans. Well one picture showed up same dog three times. No other Dobermans I thought Kieser and God sent me this message. So i went and bought him they had to get rid of him for some reason. He was ornery. So i took him home. No he didnt replace my Kieser. But he is something elss. I Love him dearly. Its been a little over a year now. i cook him fresh chicken everday for snacks and fresh vegetables and and feed him good dog food. then he just stopped eating and drinking my heart dropped i took his temperature it was 103.8 and i took him to the vet the next day they looked at him and said here is some antibiotics i said no lab work. I made them do it . His lymphs are low 0.46k pct are low 0.11% Plt low 107k they tell me its nothing to worry about! Well im scared to death he is eating but not of his normal . Im so scared something is wrong bad. They act like its not a big deal
    I am going to drive to the University of Missouri school of veterinarian. Tomorrow and home to get a answer.
    I wish the best to everyone and every doberman out there.
    God bless

    September 13, 2015
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    • Karen said:

      Any updates?

      October 5, 2015
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  16. Karen said:

    I am so sorry for your loss Pagi, my heart hurts for you and your beloved Bubba. Dobermans are the most loyal and loving! Take comfort in knowing that you gave him an awesome, loving home for his short time here. I so dread the day i lose my Bentley because i know it’s gonna hurt bad. Again, i’m sooo sorry. hugs…Karen

    June 5, 2015
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    • J said:

      I lost my 2 yr old Dobe to dog lymphoma in Aug 2015 – and it happened VERY quickly… it suddenly looked like I had quit feeding her – and then thinking back noticed she wanted to be in the house instead of running around outside like she used to. Took her to the vets and he felt a mass on her chest, lymph node above her tooth was swollen, and when she laid down saw 2 masses in her underbelly near the back. After the vet told me what it might be I looked it up on the internet and her symptoms were to the T and I knew in my heart it was in fact dog lymphoma. They called the next day and gave us the bad news. At this point I knew it was too late for her, and reading how chemo only extends their life by maybe weeks, I knew I had to put my feeling aside and do what was best for my sweet girl Q… kids had about 2 hours to process that we were going to lose her and then we traveled to the vet. we got another puppy but it will never replace her. I hope no one has to go through that, for she was our first Doberman and the most precious dog! We got a new puppy but it will never replace her. She watched over her ‘kids’ and our family and I knew when she was there, everything was safe at home. Hugs to those that have gone thru this too – its a terrible terrible thing!!

      August 21, 2015
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      • Marilyn Muir said:

        My beautiful Daisy is going through cancer now and has very little time left. The vet tells me she is not in pain and we are so grateful for this. Daisy is only nine years old, too soon to leave us we love her so very much she is the third Doberman we have lost to this dreaded disease. For me another dog is not the answer as my heart says no more. She is so loyal and loving, I will miss her more than I can say and comparing another dog to her would be unfair I just want my Daisy

        December 5, 2015
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        • Jaki said:

          I’m so sorry for you & Daisy 🙁
          Cherish all your happy memories of her, and be thankful she enriched your life.
          take care

          December 5, 2015
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  17. Pagi said:

    Jaki,

    Thank you! I am so lost without him!

    May 31, 2015
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  18. Pagi said:

    Yesterday I had to put my 3 year and 10 months old Black and tan doberman, Beau down. He was diagnosed with lymphoma 5 weeks ago. Beau would of been 4 on July 10th. I took him for what I thought was a basic eye infection and the Vet noticed that he had what appeared to be blood gathering in the bottom of his eye. Beau was the most loving, loyal, devoted protector I have ever had. He was unbelievably smart. I could train him to do anything. I am a realtor and he was trained to enter houses before me. I also showed him our property lines and taught him to patrol our 10 acres. He spent all his time loving and protecting us. He never failed me, ever! I am having the worst time with this. I feel like a part of my soul went with him. I was there the day he was born and picked him out! I took him home with me when he was 5 weeks old. Yesterday I held him in my arms like I have so many times before but this time whispering in his ear I love you, go see Jesus you are the most amazing bubba. I am devastated beyond words!

    May 31, 2015
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    • Jaki said:

      I’m soo sorry Pagi 🙁
      Please feel some comfort knowing that your dobe was lucky to have such a wonderful owner and life with you.

      May 31, 2015
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    • Susan said:

      Reading everyones comments brings me comfort that I didn’t do anything to cause my sweet Lucy to have cancer. She is our 4th Dobie to have cancer. She is 7 years old. Our hearts are broken. We are treating her like a Queen. When we notice any pain or she is happy anymore, we will once again say goodbye to another loyal sweet Dobie.

      September 28, 2015
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    • Gracie Mtz said:

      About 1 1/2 years ago my 22yr old son brought a Fawn Doberman , rare we were told , which he paid a pretty penny for, The whole family embrace Rayo with loving, open arms. He was part of the family and was feed only the best food, special house built, daily evening walk.and whenever he would be behind the bed of the truck , People would mistake him for a deer. My husband and son were proud to walk Rayo with all the stares and complements that were received , he was a tall (4 feet )well rounded ,Eye catching Doberman . He has now been diagnosed with cancer and has liver failure,he is weaker , losing weight fast, no physical movement, We have taken him to get a second option, but we were told the same thing. With great sadness we will be taking Rayo to be put to rest tomorrow ,with the greatest love we have for him, it hurts but we do not want him to suffer any longer. We will always have great memories of him. We love you Rayo.

      July 21, 2016
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      • Jaki said:

        My heart breaks for you 🙁 I can even picture him prancing like a deer, Dobermans do have an elegant walk. Take care.

        July 21, 2016
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  19. karen said:

    Our red doberman Bentley is 6years young. He has several “fatty tissue” tumors, one on his chest,one on his side and a rather large one in his front leg pit. I check him often for any other tumors but yesterday my kids asked if i saw the huge lump on his hind leg. I looked and was shocked, there’s no way i would’ve missed that! It looks like his leg muscle is severely swollen. Took Bentley to our vet today, first thing she says is she doesnt like this mass. I knew it wasn’t going to be another “fatty tissue tumor” because it feels very solid. She gave me a couple numbers to call because this is something she is not able to treat. I’m thankful for her honesty. What the future holds for our Bentley is unknown at this time but praying for the best outcome possible, he has been with us since he was 7 weeks old and can’t stand the thought of him being gone.

    February 18, 2015
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    • Karen said:

      Update on Bentley: We consulted with another area vet and he took biopsies of several of Bentley’s lumps, sent them away for testing and thankfully they came back as fatty tissue. We had 4 removed with no complications. He still has one on his side that we are keeping an eye on. I make sure to check him often for any unfamiliar lumps so we can catch anything as early as possible. We want to keep him as healthy as we possibly can, he is an important part of our family <3

      October 1, 2015
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      • J-Qwellin said:

        Wonderful!

        October 1, 2015
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  20. Leslie Adams said:

    We just had to put our wonderful Doberman Fred down yesterday. He was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma, a massive tumor of the liver and spleen. He wasn’t eating hardly at all, and had been suffering from severe diarrhea. We had an ultrasound performed yesterday, which revealed the massive tumor, that was also pushing on his stomach. With the high incidence of cancer with Dobies, I don’t know if I can do it again…..Fred was 8yrs old.

    January 10, 2015
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  21. Rey said:

    Although over 20 years have passed, at times I still get teary eyes when remembering Mr.T. My Doberman was my best friend. He developed cancer at around 10 years of age. To this day, I wonder if I was hasty in allowing the vet to send him to doggie heaven.
    Mr T developed a cyst on his side about the size of a pea. Our vet injected the cyst, did not take it out. Two weeks later the cyst had turned into the size of a golf ball.
    We had the tumor removed and things were back to normal for about three months. Then, I noticed another growth on the left side of his chest. The vet told me that there was nothing we could do and that eventually he would die from the tumor. At this time Mr. T was not showing any signs of sickness until later on when he started having issues getting up from the floor. Eventually he started to show symptoms of pain but only when standing up.
    Based on the vet’s suggestion we agreed to put him to sleep.
    I have never asked a vet for his/her opinion after that time but to this day, I regret not getting one before allowing my friend to be euthanized. I was 20 years old when Mr. T was put down. Now in my forties I still live with a sense of guilt.
    Forgive me my friend. I did not want you to suffer.

    December 2, 2014
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  22. Lorrie said:

    The hardest thing my husband ever endured was the loss of our Apollo; the perfect example of what a red male Doberman should look like. Loyal, loving, devoted and very protective. He was only 4 years old when I noticed two lumps under his throat. We took him to the vet and the vet wanted to keep him under observation and have a tissue sample sent to the university for verification. Apollo stayed at the vets for almost 2 weeks, they kept telling me don’t drive all the way here, he is fine, but I knew something was off. When we got there our baby was already yellow and only weighed a mere 50 pounds of his once massive 95 plus body. I immediately requested him to have some peace…… I regret not going sooner so he wouldn’t have had to suffer…. But, we had a close friend a K-9 officer that even after telling him not to, went out an bought us a black and mahogany 13 week old male pup. I didn’t want to love another, but that puppy had me within 2 hours, Gunner is now 4 years old now, weighs a whooping 94 lbs, is a massive boy with a personality like Apollo and my previous Zeus all rolled into one neat little ball. Gunner kept me from hurting so bad from Apollo.

    September 23, 2014
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  23. Christina said:

    I lost my much loved Third Gear to cancer. He was my daughter’s best friend as she was an only child. I was a single mom and he was my best friend. I got married and my husband adores his Zeus. He is his first Doberman. Zeus has a lump so we will be taking him to the vet. Yes I am fearful. We have put $1000’s in him for knee surgery and he is worth every penny spent. He is this retired couple’s baby.

    August 17, 2014
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  24. Crystle said:

    I lost my baby boy early Saturday morning. He was a 6 yr old Blk/Tan Doberman named Vice.He was 110% himself all day friFriday and sat morning. I left for work and when I got home I knew before I was in the house something was wrong, he wasn’t whining at the door, I found him in my bedroom on my side of the bed where there is only maybe 2 1/2 ft from wall, his ears down, and wouldn’t come. I finally got him to living room with promise of a treat, which he wouldn’t eat. He never, ever turned down a treat. I checked him from head to toe, I noticed his gums were a little pale so I immediately called vet, had to take him to an ER Vet about an hour away. By the time I got there his gums were almost white, not even 10 min later the vet came out to inform me he had a tumor on his spleen that had ruptured and was bleeding internally. He mentioned surgery and I said Yes, didn’t even give him a chance to finish. He told me that he could see spots on other parts of him and that he had less than a 25% chance of making it out of surgery, and then at most 3 myths to Live if I put him on chemo. He informed me my baby had hemangiosarcoma. I could not and would not, have my baby in constant pain, and his quality of life low just so I could be selfish and have him a littlelonger. So I spent some time with my baby,my son, my best friend and then I held him as he took his last breath. I am beyond devastated, my world revolved around Vice. I had no idea that Dobermans were prone to cancer and so many different forms. I have read all the comments on this article and my heart broke a little more with each of your stories. people who aren’t Doberman ppl don’t get how we feel about this breed. I can’t even think about another dog right now, but I know that the only breed for me is Doberman’s , we have to figure out a way to save our breed.

    July 30, 2014
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    • Jaki said:

      I’m soo sorry to hear your aweful news.
      Please take comfort in all the good memories and I ‘m sure if he could, he would thankyou for a great doggie life in your home and heart.

      July 30, 2014
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  25. Jerry said:

    Tom: She is so young, hopefully she can be treated and you’ll get a few quality years with her. We feel so bad for you and sympathize with everyone who has lost their blessed friend.

    June 17, 2014
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  26. Jerry said:

    Just found out yesterday our female black and tan Dobe “Jezebel” was diagnosed with Stage 5 Lymphoma, and also Pnewmonia. We also had no idea that they were in the top 5 for cancer.

    This baby is a real jock, she loves leaping up in the air and snagging balls, that at times bounced over my head. She was an excellent swimmer, jumped off docks after her ball, and very smart. Luckily I have some awesome pictures of her doing this.

    She loved all the kids in our neighborhood, and she would “sit and stay” for them while they hid her ball somewhere in the yard and when they released her, she would go and sniff it out. She truly loved games.

    We got her as a pup and she is only 5 1/2 years old. We were looking for many more years than this with her. She has such a sweet and loving spirit and it’s hard to see her so sick and not able to play.

    She went to a campground with us last weekend, swimming and chasing her ball, and the weekend before we were in Ohio and she had a glorious weekend out in the woods, swimming in streams, and chasing her ball.

    She had been treated for a couple of sprains in her front paws before, but we thought this was because of all her athletic activity. We had no idea this cancer was happening, until she started acting lethargic, depressed, and started this hacking cough on Sunday. We took her to the emergency room Monday morning, and got her results.

    Her prognosis is 1-2 weeks. Maybe 4-6 if we did chemo.

    We also like quality of life over quantity, and have decided to bring her home and treat her with L-asparaginase and prednizone. Hopefully this will give her a few quality days with us before we need to have her euthanized.

    Thanks for letting me share this with you. She was our second Dobe, and both were awesome friends, and companions.

    June 17, 2014
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  27. Tom said:

    Our dobie started acting strange at about 11 months. She turned 1 on May 13th. Yesterday I noticed a lump on her neck. Today she was diagnosed with Lymphoma.

    Sad sad day

    June 12, 2014
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  28. Laurel said:

    We just found out two days ago that our 6 year old dobe, Osiris, aka George, (Where did you go George? Yes, he’s a dopey dobe!)… Has bone cancer 🙁 I have been in tears all weekend and my husband has barely left his side… Here’s our story below if anyone is interested

    http://www.growingfourlife.com/?p=1166

    May 12, 2014
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    • Michael Grosso said:

      Dear Laurel. I read you email and wrote one of my own about my 6 yr old male Doberman. I am so sorry about your loss. I know how u feel. If u have time please read mine. Mike

      February 24, 2016
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  29. Justyna said:

    My beloved Lola. 7,8yo doberman… Today I got this devastating news that she has cancer I was sure that she just pulled her muscle so the news are devastating …I just can’t live without her… She is my best friend, my shadow:), my baby… How can I watch her getting weaker and weaker…I just can’t stop crying…

    May 7, 2014
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  30. Debbie Keen said:

    I have a black and tan male Doberman named Noble with intestinal cancer. He is doing really great and has been for over a year now. We thought for sure he was going to die, he was skin and bones. Every time we went to the vet he said he didn’t know what was wrong with him and charged us $100. I went to another vet and he also took all kinds of test and couldn’t find anything wrong. Finally a friend of a friend who was an ultrasound specialist offered to look at him. She found something on the ultrasound that didn’t look right but wasn’t sure what it was. My vet said lets do an exploratory operation. We did and he gave us the bad news that there was so much cancer on his intestines that he closed him up and said there was nothing he could do. The ultrasound specialist said let me talk the internalist I do work for in North Carolina. He is the one who saved my dog. He is on Luekeran and prednisone. If you want to save your dog call Kevin Munce an internalist in North Carolina. He gave us 3 different options of medications, good, better, best, we went with the best. Unfortunately its also the most expensive. I wish we had insurance because we can barely afford it. But it is worth it to save Noble!

    April 26, 2014
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  31. Jared said:

    Hi my name is Jared. I’m currently giving my 3 year old Doberman prednisone to help keep his lymphoma swelling down. He was diagnosed February 3rd, 2014. Not having the financial stability to try chemo, I decided to treat him with prednisone. All I can do is continue to give him a great life and make him as happy as possible until it is his time. Its possibly the hardest nightmare ive been through in my life so far. Since I’ve gotten him at 8 weeks old he has been by my side almost 24 hours a day and I spent one full day away in the three and a half years he’s been in my life. I feel so much pain for anyone going through such bad times with their companions, it truly is heartbreaking!

    April 26, 2014
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  32. Terry said:

    I had no idea Dobermans were in the top 5 breeds for cancer. And I don’t know if that would have changed our minds about Gage. We adopted Gage from rescue about 18 months ago at roughly 18 mos of age. (We estimate he will be 3 in March 2014). And he was still in some bad shape. We had no idea he was “Blue” He looks Blk/Tan. But he chimed right in with our Italian Greyhounds and cats who love to groom him. He is our entertainer and goofball. He drools, belches, groans, and farts on a regular basis. And then crawls in your lap like the 2 IG’s. he has no concept of his 75 lbs. We have an 8lb cat that bosses him around. And everyone who meets him falls in love with him. We joke that the Greyhounds are Wine/Cheese and elegance and that Gage is Beer/ Pretzels and Monster Truck Rally’s. And not even a good beer, more like a pitcher of Pabst (no offense to anyone who likes Pabst). We recently got the diagnosis of liver cancer. And of course were dumbstruck. We have elected not to do the very expensive treatment not because he is not worth every penny but because there is no guarantee and it is hard on their bodies. So we have put him on Prednezone (sp). And are keeping an eye on him. Since the pred all his symptoms have seemed to disappear. And he is back to his energetic goofy self and eating up a storm. I spoke with my vet again and was told that the blood tests showed nothing, the fluid sample was inconclusive and the liver cytology was also inconclusive, but that they were sure it was liver cancer because during the ultra sound they saw nodules on the liver. He had also (being an indiscriminate eater) gorged himself on acorns just a few days before all this. So now I am wondering if we should get a second opinion at a different vet, or have the same vet test him again. I have also spoken to the Doberman group we adopted him through and was told that they had heard nothing about cancer being an issue in the breed. But obviously from what I have read from all of you it is.

    I am so sorry for all who have lost their beloved companions.

    November 8, 2013
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  33. denise said:

    my red boy ,xavier just turned 4 on june 24th.2013 ya he even got a birthday card in the mail from his vpi inc. they send him one every yr. , just yesterday i took off my fireplace mantle. so sorry it landed in the trash now. but we all know you can not save everything. 2 weeks ago he was out under our lg.sapping pine trees ,i had thought he got a spider bite ,well at least it looked like one. so he was licking and so on ,he has aliergies every yr.at this time until early september ,but this morning i went to clip his nails this sm. lump was still there located on his upper left rear thigh. as soon as my vet openend at 9 i called i explained the situation it had gotten larger and was red. got him in at 10:30.we took an asperate and this appears not good to my vet or me.BLOOD VASCULAR ,dear god my vet admits she is an AHHA ACD. VET. but not a pathololigst .you would never guess by my spelling here,but yes i resurch and dabble in the sub. off and on since 1993.it appears to me to be (hemangiosarcoma) i pray i am wrong!it has to be one of the worst.very grim.he is the light of my life,and i do love him so much i would rather it be me.he had me at hello.this big sweetheart never chewed ,peed,he was always perfect.he lays with cats,he goes to va. centers,nursing homes and takes so to people that are sick and impaired.a sweet loving soul.he is going in on wed. july 17th. to have it removed.i dont know what to do next,that i will have to figure out .if you would like to see him and our family of pets go to his facebook page ,xavier smith,scranton pa. and my poor tiny blue seal point on the same page has inoperable breast cancer,they stamped a time date on her, but june has past and she is still alive and ok ,i am starving her cancer off with a very high protine diet.i love each and everyone of my pets.but that dobe stold my heart away ,and now he will break it in half.he is so loving to so many people that are old and sick and terminal themselves.sure hope i am wrong and my vet by the look in her eyes too. ps. must sign out crying.denise

    July 10, 2013
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  34. Aspen said:

    Our Jackson was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma in September 2012. By October of 2012 his health had declined so much we set him free of his pain. He was 6 years young. We adopted him as an adult from a lady who had little history on him. We had him for 18 months before we set him free. We miss him everyday.

    June 30, 2013
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  35. Mary said:

    We lost our cherished Doberman, Princess, to bladder cancer in May, 2006. She had just turned 7 when she was diagnosed in December, 2005 and we said our final goodbye five months later. Our vet was very honest and told us that when cancer affects an organ, the disease is (or was at that time — 7 years ago) resistant to chemotherapy. Nevertheless, we took her to a specialty vet who recommended chemotherapy. We tried it, but it was unsuccessful for her and terrible for us. The weight fell off her and she got one bladder infection after another, all related to the cancer. She refused to eat, so I would lie on the floor with her and try to coax her with small pieces of chicken and beef. Finally, we made the heartbreaking decision to let her go. I’ll never forget that day, in fact not a day goes by that I don’t think about our beloved Doberangel. Her illness taught me much about selfishness — the chemo was for us. She suffered. I very much doubt I will ever try it on another dog. I pray that this terrible disease in humans and pets will be eradicated much sooner than any of us imagine.

    April 17, 2013
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  36. Agis 's mommy said:

    I lost my beautiful Agis to lymphoma in December 22, 2012. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that when I took him to our vet in December 20 that would be his diagnosis. He breathing had been funny off and on for a couple of days. He was also acting strange. He wouldn’t sleep on his bed the night before I took him to the vet. He would come to the edge of my bed and lay his head in the side if the bed and stare at me while I was sleeping. This of course woke me up. Thinking he needed to go pee I would let him out. All the strange behavior and breathing, I decided it was best that he be checked out. Next day I took him to our vet, she of course realized immediately that something defintely was not right. Initial bloodworm showed that he was anemic but nothing major so we thought. X-rays showed a mass but she couldn’t tell if it was pneumonia or a large mass. We decided to go ahead and treat him for pneumonia with IV fluids and antibiotics. If it was pneumonia he would show signs of improvement as soon as the next day. She decided that he would need to stay overnight and in the meantime she would send bloodwork off to see exactly what was going on with him. By he next day he had improved some, he was up walking around some but would not eat for her. She wanted to keep him another night to continue with antibiotics and try to get his temperature up. She said I would be able to pick him up the next day and bring him home. I was overjoyed. I would be bringing my sweet boy back home. Saturday came and I was so excited that i would be bringing him home with antibiotics to treat pneumonia. When i got to the vet she had him laying in the office. She said that his test results came back and the diagnosis was not good. His white blood count was high and that he had lymphoma. It was in his chest cavity. When she said that it felt as if someone had just ripped out my heart. It was broken. My dream of bringing him home died there. I knew in my heart he wasn’t going to make it and he was too far gone. All I could do was sit in the floor and cradle his head and tell him how sorry I was that he was going through this. I made the decision to bring him home and try prednisone to treat the tumor so that I could have more time with him. I just wasn’t ready to let go. Once home, I only got a couple of hours with him. He refused to eat or move. He was trembling and his breathing was not improving. I think this was the hardest part. I had I make the decision then as to what was best for him and not me. That evening I had to say goodbye to a wonderful friend. He was my first “baby”. It’s been a month now and I can’t seem to get over losing him. The times that I have cried my 3 year old tells me that its going to be on because he is with baby Jesus now. He would have celebrated his 6th birthday this week.

    January 26, 2013
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    • Jaki said:

      Your story breaks my heart as it reminded me of my Xena that also died of lymphoma. Your 3 year old couldn’t have said a more beautiful, comforting thing. I believe we will be reunited with our beloved pets one day. God created these wonderful creatures for our enjoyment here temporarily on earth but then for eternity in heaven 🙂

      January 26, 2013
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  37. Chance said:

    I’m young and about to get my first Doberman . But how often do you take it to the vet

    January 3, 2013
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    • Jaki said:

      For puppies you’ll need to see vet regularly for shots, adults once a year checkup should do.

      January 3, 2013
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  38. Tammy said:

    We just lost our Bukowski to cancer this past Friday. I’m still numb…

    January 2, 2013
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  39. Jinju's Mommy said:

    I lost my baby girl, a sweet black Dobe named Jinju, she was only three years old, she died on December 15, 2012. We were told it was brain cancer. I’m so disappointed in our vet and yet at the same time I know they gave her the best care through the 2 1/2 years we had her. When we got Jinju she had just been returned to her original mother and father because of her illness, they thought had something to do with some type of intestinal bug. This illness which would attack her intestines making her throw up and lose weight persisted at least twice a year. I had her on a special diet, I had her on supplements & enzymes, I had her on anti-inflammatory and anti-gas pills. The vet often thought her illness had something to don’t do with her lymes disease which she got at a very young age. So which time she was still there was a blood panel run trying to figure what was wrong with her. We had a cyst removed from her ear, at that point it seemed like a common cyst…..that was about a year ago, the vet warned if it came back it would probably be either in the same spot or somewhere on the outside of her skin. However they never told me she could likely die of it. At that point they made it sound like a harmless cyst. And since she had such a history of illness almost every six months of losing weight, going on antibiotics….when she started to lose weight in September no one raised the alarm at that point. It’s a long story but the vet who did her last checked up never called me on this issue…. As I said it was so long story but she had been dropped off for a weekend stay and they did a check up while we were gone. Since we picked her up on a Sunday there was no vet to consult us and no phone calls came after. I notice she started losing weight and I tried to beef her up again… By November I was getting worried she was going to get sick again. Her previous illness had been pretty bad. But the antibiotics always brought her back out of it and she always got healthy again. By December she started throwing up, we didn’t know she even had cancer. Took her into the doctor and once again put her on antibiotics, did another blood screen. After nursing her, I called to complain, her antibiotics weren’t working and in speaking with the doctors (at least 3) her last day, we were shocked when she started to hyperventilate & drool uncontrollably, becoming listless & feverish. We really had no idea that was her last day with us…. No idea at all. We rushed her into an emergency hospital that night, Where she was stabilized we were told, we were not allowed to be with her after she was admitted. We thought we could go get her in the morning and start her on a new type of antibiotic and she would be getting better. Had I known that was her last night being cognitive I would’ve wanted to take her home with me. In the morning we picked her up, It appeared she did not have any brain activity at that point, her pupils had reduced to a pin point and she was lifeless. We took her to her own vet and we were told she had a brain tumor….. We had no other choice but to put her to sleep. Just explain, our vet consists of six different doctors at least. The doctor spoke with the night before we took her to the hospital was probably the most competent one and I sincerely and truly regret not having met or worked with her prior to Jinu’s last night…. I feel I could strangle the doctor who did her last checkup (He never even called me back in September to alarm me about her weight loss) and I ran into this next time I took her in for her illness. I just want to strangle him. I can only surmise that he had no clue she had cancer. My baby had just turned three in October. We were not expecting cancer to be the end of her. She was so healthy otherwise, so vibrant. She was the love of my life. I love my family my husband my daughters but she was my baby my only baby she needed me nonstop. Even her last day when she was probably Sotol and not feeling well she never let on that she was in pain until the very end. I miss my baby so much! It is such a hard thing to talk about. I have talked about getting a new Dobe just to help me get over my loss with Jinju, we will hopefully look in 2013. But she will forever be in my heart….

    December 26, 2012
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  40. Elon said:

    We have an 11 year old Doberman Boxer mix who has been “lumpy” since he was 3 when he got his first cyst at the base of the back of his head. He still has that! He kept getting more tumours of various types: lypomas, cysts, and eventually a mast cell tumour on his flank when he was 7. It was sucessfully surgically treated. But our Dodger got very unhappy with the post surgical care, mostly the drainage shunt that had to be place to drain. They removed so much of his side flank. But they got clean margins. We said no more aggressive surgeries. Then at 9 he developed another one on his leg mixed in with the leg muscle. He only surgical option was amputation. That was a resounding no for us. And chemo odds weren’t good enough to put him through that. So we went the palliative care route and decided to keep him as comfortable as possible with a barrage of meds to manage swelling, infection control, appetite stimulation, etc. that was 2 years ago and he is still alive! We are so happy we chose the route we did. He has had a tough year this year and we thought we would lose him twice but he has pulled through with a smile on his face and a wag in his tail. This week he’s having trouble emptying his bladder. Poor dog had to be cathederized and his bladder was the size of a melon the vet said. I thought it was time to let him go after a valiant and brave fight. But we took him home on some muscle relaxants to ease bladder muscles and he’s pottying well again! This dog has cheated death so many times. He’s my role model for when I’m old and sick. I don’t know if it will be another week, month or more but when he goes, it will be surreal. I only mean that if I had a dollar for each time the vet gave me the pensive warning…..I’m amazed how much can be done with medical interventions to keep pets going comfortably even when there’s no curative treatment. I love my dogs very much as do all who have posted here. Good luck to you all. Just love them and do your best by them; they appreciate us. Dodger’s mom

    November 21, 2012
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  41. Kim said:

    My son’s female dobie was diagnosed with bone cancer in Nov 2012, right leg. We opted to have her put down rather than put her through the pain of chemo and drugs. She was only 6yrs old. Her male red pup is 3yrs old and been with her since birth. I hope we can help him through the grieving process with lots of love.

    November 18, 2012
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  42. donna christine said:

    I am sitting here tonight with a heavy heart. MY DOBIE WAS DIAGNOSED PER X-RAY IN JUNE WITH BONE CANCER AFTER SHE BROKE HER LEG PLAYING IN THE BACKYARD. SHE IS AROUND 13 YEARS( WE ADOPTED HER…A RESCUE DOG SO AGE IS A ESTIMATE)WE HAVE HAD HER 10 YEARS AND SHE HAS BEEN A JOY. SHE HAS BEEN PAIN PAIN MEDS VERY LITTLE,HE HAS FELT WELL AND STILL EATS VERY WELL BUT NOW ITS BEEN 5 MONTHS…THO SHE EAts WELL SHE HAS A FORLORN LOOK, WOBBLES TO GET UP AND WE HAVE TO HELP HER GO OUTSIDE TO USE THE BATHROOM. ALL HAS COME ON IN THE LAST WEEK. she has no trouble breathing, still an appetite but i can see her growing more thin and frail with each day… I Gave her a sponge bath tonight, her rawhide treats and am trying to make the dreaded decision if tomorrow will be the day..if this week will be the week:( im heartbroken already but i promise my dogs no suffering and thats what i mean. 🙁

    October 31, 2012
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  43. Scott porter said:

    I have just recently lost my five an half year old brown male dobie to cancer he was always in good health up to a week ago wen he started peeing an drinking a lot so we done the vets and he sent us to a specialist the specialist done a scan and found he was completely riddled with cancer on all organs and in his chest he never showed any signs and died within 24 hrs of finding out that he had it he had a heart attack early in the evening obviously I’m devastated about losing him but at least he never had too much pain

    October 9, 2012
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  44. Josh said:

    I just lost my second dobie to cancer! Very sad 🙁

    My first dobie-gal, Stella, was a large red female and got osteo-sarcoma in her nasal passage (caused her face to distort as the cancer grew). This cancer is non-responsive to chemo. I put her down 3 months after diagnosis. She was 9 years old.

    My second dobie-boy, Bubba, another red dobie. He just had to be put down due to cancerous tumors in his intestine. Ultrasound showed multiple tumors, all bleeding into the intestine. He was severely anemic and stopped eating (even fresh cooked chicken and steak). He was also 9 years young. I LOVE dobies but this is getting really tough to have to put down so young….

    August 23, 2012
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  45. Linda said:

    24 years ago, I rescued my first dobie. She only lived 3 years because she had been so abused. Her downfall was liver cancer which we believe was brought on by the abuse.
    14 years ago, I lost my beloved dobie Sam to a cancer tumor that destroyed his lung. We had no idea it was there until it was too late. Six years ago, I lost my wonderful Samson to bone cancer which started in his ankle. When he started limping, we x-rayed but found nothing. Less than a month later, his bones looked like swiss cheese. We had no choice but to relieve his pain. Now, my beautiful Bianca (age 13) has bone cancer in her front leg. Due to arthritis and age, there will be no choice. She is home with me until it is time and my heart is once again broken. Thankfully, Balboa (age 5) will be here to help my heart heal.

    June 16, 2012
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  46. David Duvall said:

    My wife and I had to make the tough decision March 24 2012 to put
    Our beloved Gunnar down due to osteosarcoma. He had broke his leg last
    October and wasn’t diagnosed until January with cancer. We decided against
    amputation due to him having wobblers also, so we treated him with pain
    meds and no chemo. We are advocates of quality not quantity. Gunnar lived
    His last 5 months in a leg cast on his front right. He lived up to his name Gunnar
    meaning brave warrior in German. He was such a great boy from the only
    breed for us. He was my second Dobe and my wife’s first. My wife was
    actually apprehensive at first but now she won’t have another breed. We have such
    a emptiness in our lives right which hopefully be filled soon. We put a
    deposit on another black. Gunnar will always have a special place in our heart
    that will never be replaced but we want to give another Dobe our love.

    April 23, 2012
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  47. mary franco said:

    I lost my dog moriah to cancer in her cheek,I was not. Aware or ever informed this ways a dobie trait.the disfigured face it left her with was heartbreaking.she would look at you with a why can’t you help me look,can you stop this,and when she would lose her bladder,her look of sheer embarrasment broke your heart for her.I can only remember the sheer joy she brought our family in the 7 short years we had the pleasure of her company.she was a pistol.put a soup bone through my mothers hutch,loved to put the cats head all the way in her mouth for a joke.knew every word my mother said to her.l love dobermans.they look mean,but have hearts of gold.

    March 11, 2012
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  48. Monica maxwell said:

    It’s been over a year now since we lost our Ammo to osteosarcoma, Feb 2011. He was just shy of his 6 year birthday. Diagnosed in November of 2010, we opted not to amputate or do chemotherapy. We thought it was the best decision for Ammo. One of the hardest decisions we have made as a family. We treated with pain meds and acupuncture. He was given 3-5 months. He eventually fractured his leg and we put him to rest. A very sad day because Ammo was my baby boy, my first real baby:) I loved him so much and never thought I could love a dog more. I usually don’t call him a dog-I call him a kid, because he was truly amazing and so smart. He was my protector and the protector of our 2 girls. Our second daughter was born right before he was diagnosed and she was 4 months when he passed. I have not felt the same since he passed. I can barely type this without crying. Dogs in general hold a special place in our lives. I’m sure we all have/had an Ammo.
    With this being said, we will be proud parents of another red Dobe tomorrow. We are all so excited, especially our 4 year old!!

    March 2, 2012
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    • Jaki said:

      Thankyou for sharing your story. It made be a bit tearful reminding me of my Xena.
      And Ammo is a fantastic name!

      March 2, 2012
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  49. Marie B said:

    Our red girl will not see the spring…
    Kate will turn 3 in February. But the cancer that caused a toe to be amputated last spring has returned on another toe. We knew she was not completely cancer-free because her appetite was never the same and she throws up if she drinks more than a couple cups of water.
    We already miss her…

    January 19, 2012
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  50. Meg said:

    Our amazing 10-year-old black female Dobe Gimmel was diagnosed with osteosarcoma when her right front leg fractured while running in the back yard. Horrible day, but after 3rd and 4th opinions, we opted to amputate and were told she’d have 6-9 months before the metastasis in her lungs would mean the end. Well, she live 15 wonderful months… loss of the front leg made for much shorter and more tiring walks but she loved them to the last. I didn’t think I’d get another dog, but not having that dobie energy around the house was too much… after 4 months, I spotted the sweetest red-girl dobie face on Petfinders and now Jersey melts my heart. A very special breed.

    January 7, 2012
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  51. Margie Caporusso said:

    Our six year old Dobie girl “Isis” (Ravenswood Starr of the Sea)….died from neurofibrosarcoma in her cheek. We did metronomic chemo, palliative radiation, cancer diet and holistic Chinese herbal therapy. We had her almost a year after diagnosis. We had to put her down as the tumor had encroached on her eye, and jaw, she was starting to suffer….something I vowed I would never tolerate.
    Sweet Isis, you will live in my heart forever….you were my “heart” dog and the bond of love we shared will always live in our hearts.
    We have since adopted two Dobies…..we just cannot be without a Doberman- they spoil you for any other breed.

    January 7, 2012
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  52. Kris said:

    My beautiful blue dobie, Eva, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at only 4years old. She had the (front left) leg amputated and 4 cycles of chemotherapy. I was told the 12month survival rate with this treatment was 30%. My stoic, determined (read stubborn!) Eva lived til 11.5years old. Unfortunately she developed a new osteosarcoma in her back hip which fractured – not treatable and she was in a lot of pain her last 2 days so I had her put to sleep last year. It truly breaks your heart, they are with you through good and bad, everything. I miss her hugely.
    However I now have my 4th dobie – a beautiful black 6month female Helvi who is just such a joy – not a replacement, she’s special in her own way. It has helped with the loss of Eva too – not for everyone but it helped me :))

    January 7, 2012
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  53. Dobermom said:

    We lost our 6 year old boxer, Daisy, to lymphoma. She was totally misdiagnosed for the first 6 months, even though she had textbook symptoms. By the time it was caught, chemo would only have given her a couple of months. We decided to maintain quality, not quantity.

    We now have two dobermans. Hopefully, they will not be part of a statistic.

    January 7, 2012
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  54. Emilse said:

    2 DOBERMAN mis primeras perritas (imperiales)marrones, mis amores. Una de ellas contrajo tres tipos de cancer, lamentablemente el veterinario que inicialemente las atendía no les dio importancia a sus dolencias.
    Una de ellas comenzo con problemas en el caminar, la llevamos, le hicimos ecografías y cuando no podía hacer pis (el veterinario que siempre las atendió me abandono) me dijo que con 12 años ya era vieja y que todo lo que pasara de aca en adelante podía ser rapido para su muerte. Lamentablemente confie en este veterinario, cambié y cuando la lleve estaba agonizando ( se le habia estallado la vegiga), tuve que operarla de urgencia, lo peor es que cuando le sacamos la sondita detectamos una masa entre la vegiga y la pelvis. La operamos, pero su cuerpito no soporto y al otro día fallecio de un paro cardiaco.
    Me quedo su hermanita, pero la mala experiencia de haber confiado en un medico veterinario que no valia la pena.
    Cambie por su puesto de medico, pero nadie me devuelve a mi gordita.
    Alguien que me explique porque le dan un titulo a cualquiera…
    No se. Para mi todo lo que tiene vida, siente, sufre….es importante.

    October 29, 2011
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  55. Veronica said:

    We lost our Atticus (blue Dobe) to cancer this week. He was only 7 years old. It seems so unfair that such an amazing breed is at such a high risk for cancer, but after having researched so much information online, I fear it must be true. Dobermans are my preferred breed, I’ve had two in my lifetime and even now I dream of having another Doberman in my home. I find no other canine so completely fills a home, protects and guards in quite the same fashion, or shares the rare blend of poise, grace, confidence and loving nature as does a Doberman. That being stated, after this profoundly sad experience, and with knowledge of the propensity for cancer in the breed, I don’t know if I have the room in my heart for another gamble on such an untimely death as was Atticus’. He was a soldier to the end. Just one more quality I love about the breed. Such an amazing breed.

    October 17, 2011
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    • Jaki said:

      Veronica I am so so sorry for the loss of your Atticus. I hope all the wonderful memories he gave you brings some comfort to your heart. He was a lucky boy to have you as his owner/caretaker.

      October 17, 2011
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  56. Jaki said:

    thankyou for sharing this Jeff, it sounds like Angel was a great dog and we feel your sorrow.

    January 7, 2011
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  57. Jeff C. said:

    We lost our 10 year old black female doberman to bone cancer on November 12, 2010. We were not familiar with cancer in dogs until this happened and we have learned a lot since dealing with making Angel as comfortable as possible until the pain medications were no longer an option once her hip swelled up and her leg finally broke from the evil cancer cells eating away at the bone in her left hip.

    We finally had to make the difficult decision to put our beloved doberman to rest once we were no longer able to keep her comfortable. We got her when she was 3 years old right when we got a house and got married so she was part of our beginnings as a married couple, Amy and I. We saved her from the Detroit Humane Society. The previous owner was actually en route with Angel when we were asked about her and he turned around and brought her to us instead of DHS. Whew! That was close and we were lucky to have her. She represented the Doberman breed with class, sweetness, beauty and the proud looks of a sleek guard/family dog that only the Dobe can give!

    Some say “once a dog owner, always a dog owner” and we believe this to be true for most. We did not like our home without the presence of a dog and we searched for different breeds but the Doberman always seemed like the best breed for us. We got another black female on Dec. 5, 2010 and it has helped us overcome the sadness of losing Angel.

    The staff at the animal hospital where we take our new pup Jade say that they have been seeing more and more doberman pups coming in for ear croppings so the breed is making a comeback at least in the metro-Detroit area!!

    Live, love and share in the joy of the breed. Dobies are really great dogs.

    January 7, 2011
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