I feel so strongly about
this so I'm sorry if I come across the wrong way but I feel it is something we can do for our animals OUT OF LOVE, to keep them from suffering for too long. I have had dogs for over 30 years and most of them have died from cancer. I have put all of them down and it never gets easier but every time, I have reminded myself that quality of life is what is important here, to put my feelings aside and think of what is best for the dog. You might ask but I don't know when? And I will tell you what I've been told, over and over "YOU WILL KNOW"...think of 2 or 3 things that your dog really loves...might be eating, taking a walk, being massaged, and when those things no longer are enjoyable, then it is time. Don't allow him to suffer. Euthanasia is an act of love and does NOT hurt the animal. I've been with every single one of my animals, cats and dogs each time, holding them close to me and I can tell you there is no pain involved.
I am really sorry you are going through this.
I am currently fostering a Golden, who is 3 years old, with lymphoma. He also has a congenital heart defect and seizures, so chemotherapy is not an option for him. He is on high doses of Pred and currently his lymph nodes are in remission. He's been with us for three weeks and doing pretty good. Oncologist thinks he has about
2 to 3 months. With chemo, they can survive for 3 years. I had a Golden with lymphoma about
7 years ago that lived 15 months with chemo and had superior quality of life during that time.
Again, my prayers are with you. I'm not saying it is easy...it broke my heart each and every time. What you need to keep reminding yourself of is QUALITY OF LIFE...for all the love they give to us, unconditional love, it is the most selfless thing we can do for them.
I wish you well
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