|Barked: Tue Jun 21, '11 10:06am PST |
|I have another perspective on this only because I have been through it myself. The reason vets do not want to do those kinds of procedures, at least my vets, is not so much because they think the dog is old and not valued. At least in my case, it is because even laser surgery around the eyes requires anesthesia. If you happen to have congestive heart failure, like I do, or anything with the liver, kidneys, etc., anesthesia is very risky, especially in older pups. I also have tumors around both eyes, which I have had for a few years. Mommy wanted to know if there was any way they could possibly remove them with the laser and IV drip, where I would not totally be under, but they said around the eyes is too much of a risk if I should move one bit. So for these reasons, we opted not to have it done. But whatever Mommy had wanted, the vets would have done for me. I am not saying all vets are this way, but there are factors that come into play with them not wanting to do procedures on us Senior pups. The risks involved with anesthesia are probably the major one, though. I hope this helps a little.
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