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Bear-Shaped Dog Update.

Posted on 2007.02.15 at 17:20


Mrs Salazar - two million years old
cantabile at 2007-02-16 06:44 (UTC) (Link)

There is a sort of a "health warning" about reading the end of this.

First of all, like the others *hugs * to Mandy and her human parents. How brave she is being and how lucky to have you to take such good care of her.

Now the business, if it helps at all. For seven years I did the office management of a very busy veterinary surgery. During that time I saw lots of cases of dogs who had terminal diseases diagnosed. Some "parents" decided to go for some ongoing, costly, and debilitating (usually) treatment with the hope (not a promise) that it would extend their loved doggy's life by some time. Others opted not to, but to give palliative care when the time came. My experience was that the first lot, taking the oncology treatment, were pioneers and brave in their own right, but that their animals probably didn't live any longer (a few days perhaps at best) and had to put up with lots of trips to the surgery, being handled in ways they dind't need. Some had lots of chemo and felt very subdued and depressed - definitely not themsleves - while they were suffering the side effects. I promised myself that if one of mine was diangosed with something similar I'd do what the other half did, the palliative care. I hoped that it would never happen. In June it did. Sadly our old lady, Polly, had a very destructive and fast moving type of cancer and there would have been no time anyway for ongoing treatment.

Dogs only know today, they don't know about tomorrow. They don't have a wedding, a birth, a graduation, or a holiday to look forward to because they don't know about those things, they don't look forward. I think that their now has to be quality, and that their yesterday was too. I'm going on a bit I know, an dperhaps you're thinking that you wish I'd have left this. Please feel free to delete the ocmment.
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-02-16 08:46 (UTC) (Link)

Re: There is a sort of a "health warning" about reading the end of this.

Thanks, so very much.

My first words to the vet when he asked about Radiation was to ask about prognisis with and without. I told him point-blank that I'm only interested if its benefits are significant, and discomfort minimal. I want my dog with me a long time, but I want her happy to be here, not to torture her for a few extra months of pain.
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