[quote]The Mighty Stu wrote:
While I can’t speak from experience on this specific disease, I can tell you that I’ve always felt a special bond with the canines in my life, and have put myself into debt on more than one ocassion for my ‘furry friends’. Money is just money, and I don’t regret any spending on creatures that bring such happiness and love into your life a waste.
With that said, and older gentleman who lives in my building, and has always had dogs as well as cats, put things this way for me when my old Siberian Husky first started to show signs of ‘problems’: Be his friend just as surely as he has always been yours. Do everything you can, so long as he is not in pain, and is able to carry on with dignity. When the time does indeed come, do for him what he would do for you.
I hope with all my heart that your options allow you and your companion much more time together.
I think your neighbors advice is very sound. I too have an affinity for dogs and am inclined to want to keep them around even if it isn’t their best interest.
Dogs will espouse loyalty and love to the literal very end and it can hard to let go without feeling responsible.
It’s my opinion that if something can be done to save the dog without making suffer for a longer amount of time then it’s a good treatment.
If the dog lives longer but is in more pain, probably not. If subjecting a dog to chemo to squeeze a few more months of life out of him is the gist, probably not a good idea. He will just be sick and suffering for slightly longer.
I too hope that chemo gives him more years of health and happiness once he recovers though.