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.
Ugh, sorry to hear this man. Any new news on treatment?
My Husky recently had surgery to remove a malignant Mast Cell Tumor, but showed no other signs of it spreading. So far so good on the tumor not coming back. She didn't undergo Chemo or any of that type of therapy.
Lymphoma, unfortunately, is a whole different ball game, I don't envy the choices you have to make. It's not an easy thing.
No specific experience with lymphoma, but one of my dogs (mostly my mother's, really), who has since passed away, had a cancerous tumor on her brain stem, of all places. I don't know specifics about it, but she was pretty bad... started having trouble walking, was always losing her balance, had mini-seizures, etc.
They couldn't do surgery because of where the tumor was, so my mom opted to go with the chemo. It was expensive and it's not exactly a great time for the dog, BUT... she lived 3-4 more very happy years. The way things were going, without treatment, it didn't look like she was gonna make it another month.
I have been there. I have had a bulldog and bull mastiff that were stricken with lymphoma. Bulldog was 5 when diagnosed, put on the wisconsisn protocol (26 weeks), and lived approx another two yrs. In the end the chemo drugs and resurgence of the cancer got him. Cost was approx 4-6k? Bullmastiff passed within 3 weeks of diagnosis. Don't know what path i would choose if faced with same decision again.
Been there. I bit the bullet & got him the chemo. He's now completely rid of it. Though he is missing half a lip. Outside of what I think we humans go through, tired, sleep, lethargic, he championed his way through it. The little weasel in my avi, is the one that I speak of.
I was even told that it was unheard of for a lab to get this kinda Cancer. Considering the shade of him & his personality, it would not surprise me if he had Weimaraner in him.
Sorry to hear that. Sick/dying pets are so tough to deal with emotionally-- they certainly become part of the family. I've always wondered if it's better or worse that dogs don't have a longer lifespan.