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Old October 4th, 2004, 03:04 PM
Lucky Rescue Lucky Rescue is offline
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To be there any hope if it is in fact cancer or heart disease?
For liver cancer, the answer is most likely "No". For heart disease or congestive heart failure - the lifespan after diagnosis could be from months to a couple years, depending on the dog's age and condition.

Older dogs of smaller breeds, like yours, seem more susceptible to CHF.

I certainly understand if you don't want to put a 12 year old dog through any invasive tests, but the heart test is not bad, and appropriate medication could add a year or two to your dog's life, providing he could have a good quality of life!

Your dog does sound like he is very uncomfortable and unhappy now, so I would do something about it either way.

So sorry for both of you, although I'm sure your dog has had a wonderful life with you!
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