When You Find Your Dog Has Cancer.

My 17 year old lab that was my child just passed with esophogeal cancer & did home doggie hospice with her with meds from the vet.  The thing with her is she was too old to go through all of the painful procedures & problems with treating cancer. I am a nurse & vet gave me all the meds for pain & I stayed right by her even at night & when she woke I gave her pain medicine.  I might choose to go ahead & have a dogs leg amputated if young enough.  Some breeds only live to be about 10 years old; so 7 years can be old with some breeds.  I would insist on very good pain med after amputation & be sure your vet will cooperate with that plan.  Buying a little more time for your pet is so valuable to you & dogs do adapt well to amputations & have had a neighbor who had a dog that had to have an amputation & it ran up & down the fence like nothing missing.  The cancer could come back & that is the chance you must take if you want a little more time, or if you feel a little more time is not worth the pain your dog will suffer then I would choose either a partial removal of the tumor & doggie hospice at home, or putting her to sleep.  I hope I have helped.  I have just had to make a hard choice myself & loved my pet like she was my child.  I was lucky my baby went into a coma before she passed & never felt a thing & was able to have sips of water till she went into a coma & take her meds.  It was very hard, but loved her every breath & miss her so much, and know I gave her the best passing possible. 

tweetywoo tweetywoo
56-60, F
4 Responses Feb 24, 2010

Well, as you get older that kind of heartbreak is just too much....loved my Lilly too much & wound up in CCU for a night & the doggie hospice was so loving & good for her, but nearly killed me! Getting too old to love one that much again; so older dog rescues better in latter life that you love & they love you, but not like your child you know! Know when I pass she will be there waiting for me on the other side, and we went through so many hard years together that it was so painful losing her that it nearly did me in; it was worth it & always have those wonderful memories & happiness when I look at her silly ex<x>pression in pictures, but still tear up when I talk about her...she was the most special dog I ever had, and just will treasure those years I had her in my arms with her soft silky black lab fur & her smiling face & her talking was so funny; would argue with me & give me funny looks..she was so smart that the end for her could not be any less than the end you would chose for a human..,.

Loving a dog is not for the faint of heart. It is a relationship that must be entered into with the knowledge that it won't, in all likelihood, end well for you... but the joy on the journey will make the sadness and grief worth it all. Our boy dog is seven now, and beginning to get a little gray on his chin. The two girls are six, and still pretty bumptious, but time is creeping up on them. We take them to the Arboretum as often as we can and hang out with 'em... makes for a very good day for them.

Lost my old friend Lilly about 8 months ago...it was so heartbreaking to see her pass, but 2 other dogs have been a comfort to me & she was just with me for 17 years so; got her as a 1 month old pup & still have her pictures up & remembering all our good times...will never end for me...I find I don'<br />
t get as close to the other dogs & don't think my heart could stand losing another that I loved like her, but love the others & they comfort me...just are'nt Lilly...guess that dog was my baby & others really more attached to my son & husband...don't want another pup yet, and 2 are enough.

Dogs have an uncanny ability to bring out the very best in us humans. There's no ambiguity, no love/hate in our relationships with them. I, myself, am privileged to be able to live with three mini dachshunds, and I love each one very, very much.