... In her right humerus/shoulder. The vet gave us tramadol and an anti-inflammatory drug and she seems more comfortable now though she is still limping. We are going to a specialist this morning. I never expected this. I thought she had arthritis or a sprain. The vet mentioned amputation and chemo, and I can't wrap my mind around that. What would her quality of life be like? Oh well, hopefully we will know more today. I love her and I don't want to see her suffer.
Keeping you all in my thoughts. It is so hard to see them get older.
Thinking of you and your dog.
It's a hard decision.
I Lost my boy, Jack, 8 yrs old, to cancer June 30, I chose not to do chemo after discussions
with the vets. He had malignant melanoma. Geeze choking up as I type this, but
I chose to have him happy and comfortable for the last 3 months of his life.
Instead of dragging him back and forth to the vet, meds and such...
I spent that time doing all the things he loved, going places he loved.
He already lived a charmed and spoiled life, in those three months,
he had heaven on earth.
I think that was the best decision for him and for myself.
I hope that you get better news from the specialist.
Trust YOURSELF to make the best decision for you and your dog.
Do what you know is right for you.
so sorry to hear this
Sending good thoughts and prayers.
If dogs do not go to heaven, then I prefer to follow them where they go.
Thank you, everyone. The oncologist told us that her platelets were really low and given that and her age surgery would be risky. We are leaning toward not putting her through that and keeping her comfortable for as long as we can, which, we were told, could be weeks or months. Looking at her on her meds, she seems her old self.
I lost a dog to bone cancer and still involved in the Bone Cancer Dogs Org so if you want to read any more on it the link is under my signature. Surgery is hard on them and many can't cope with the chemo. The platelets have to be right for the chemo. I don't think I would put her through it either at her age.
Good thoughts she has many more months with you.
So sad to hear of the diagnosis. Had to euthanize my 9 year old lab on August 18, 2012, from, what the vet felt was a brain tumor. She could hardly walk, would walk into the corner of the room and just stand there. Did not recognize us or even turn her head when we would call her from across the room. Would swallow her food, whole. Had a distant stare and was having 7 to 8 seizures each day with medication on board.
I can't tell you how much I struggled making the decision to help her suffering stop. I searched for and searched for answers. I came across this bit of insight - Name three things your dog loved to do and can he/she do them anymore? Was a good way to measure quality of life.
I am in no way suggesting you end her suffering. This just helped me decide for Lexie what she would have wanted if she could tell me. I couldn't fix and I had to stop being selfish and think about her and what she would want. She would want to go to the garden with my husband, ride in the car, swim in my brother-in-law's pool and visit my daughter who lives next door. She could do none of those things. She was existing, not living.
I'm sorry I have gone on so long. My heart aches or you and your lab. Your head will make the best decision. Your heart will ache forever!!!!
I wish you the very best and please give kisses and hugs from us!!
I want to thank everyone who's shared their experience/thoughts. Babe is a wonderful dog who's had a life full of love, both giving and getting. My husband and I have decided not to put her through surgery. Right now she seems like her old self with the pain meds. The vet said it would be weeks or months. So we are taking every day to love her and to say goodbye.
Bodies13, the specialist told us to make a list of the things Babe loves to do and notice when she no longer did them.
Cherish each day. Give lots of hugs and kisses. Make lots of memories and take photos. I just filled two photo albums of lexie and will cherish them forever. It was a great way to celebrate her life with us.