|Barked: Fri Dec 7, '12 11:23am PST |
|H has just seen a vet for some health issues - coughing that has progressively gotten worse, and a tennis ball size growth on the back of her head. Her vet ruled out the coughing as just a collapsing trachea, which is common for her breed and not exactly life threatening in itself. We were more focused on hopefully being able to remove the tumor and give her a few more years of life.
Unfortunately x-rays showed that her lungs are abnormal, and that along with the trachea issues puts her at a high risk for not being able to handle the anesthesia. Vet also mentioned that it most likely will be a coughing fit that is going to take her life. She will pass out and just not wake up again. We came home with some medication to control the coughing and infection in the tumor.
However, this tumor is what concerns me the most. It is infected and smells horrible. The stench fills the whole room she is in, and it oozes and very easily starts to bleed if it gets irritated just slightly. Her neck is always messy with dried blood and puss. I'm so glad H has not tried to scratch at it, but it just keeps getting worse and worse.
Aside from being old and tired, H still has a lot of life in her. She still wags her tail, walks well and can even run around in excitement. She has an appetite. She is still a happy dog.
I just don't know what to do. There is nothing that can medically be done for her, and I don't know how to keep her comfortable. I'm so not ready to let her go yet and I don't feel she is either.
How do you make a decision to put a dog down that has an issue like this, but is otherwise doing well?
Edited by author Fri Dec 7, '12 11:24am PST
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