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Old November 23rd, 2009, 12:47 PM
ScottieDog ScottieDog is offline
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Pitter, my heart aches for you. The blood work can show if the tumor is affecting organs such as the liver and kidneys. The bloodwork can also tell your vet if your dog is even a candidate for surgery. X-rays and ultrasounds can be done to see if a cancer has spread (to check lungs, heart, liver, etc.) Ultrasound may be able to pinpoint the tumor location (in my cases it did.)

It all comes down to your dog's quality of life. Even if you had an unlimited supply of money, there are some things sadly that just can't be fixed. After you get the bloodwork back, please talk to your vet. You were already planning to let her go. Really have a heart-to-heart talk with your vet and find out what you need to look for at the end of life. You don't want to let her linger in pain, but you also want her to live her final days/weeks/months to her best. Treasure every moment. Sending your girl (and you) many prayers.
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My history with this: one 10-year-old Scottie had emergency spleen removal (not cancer) and had one year after surgery. She had multiple health issues, surgery for bladder cancer and the cancer meds through her into irreversible kidney failure. We put her through too much--I am still guilt-ridden. Our other Scottie was 14 1/2 and went off his food. We addressed a dental issue, but he didn't get better. Blood work (which was great 2 weeks earlier) showed liver enzymes too high to measure; ultra sound revealed large mass in liver. We sadly let him go. It was hard, but my heart is at ease knowing we didn't force him to linger and suffer.
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