We have a total NPR issue here and I'd like some unbiased opinions. Please don't sugar-coat it.
We have a wondefulr black lab who I got from a lab rescue 10.5 years ago. She was full grown and already had at least 1 litter of puppies when I got her, so we're guessing that she's minimum 11-12 years old.
She has a few medical issues. All are stable but slowly going downhill - arthritis, digestive problems, heart murmur, cataracts, etc. We know she won't be around much longer. But she is still a happy dog who follows us around, plays, lets the toddler climb on her, begs from the table, etc.
She was diagnosed with a tumor this week. Biopsy was inconclusive regarding the likelihood of an invasive / metatastic tumor vs. one that just takes up space. Given the location and her age, statistically it is more likely an aggressive tumor. Also, given the location, it still needs to come out even if it is benign.
The tumor has to be removed and surrounding lymph nodes examined to make the final diagnosis. The vet thinks she is healthy enough to handle the surgery, but we don't know if we want to put her through it or not. IF it ends up being benign, we only have to deal with the surgery and post-op complications, then we're good to go. Once removed, there should be no further issues. However, statistically, it is more likely malignant and would require post-op chemo. We don't want to put our dog through chemo. If we're not willing to do the post-op chemo, then why do the surgery to begin with? Why have her spend her last weeks / months in post-op pain and complications?
WWYD? Surgery or no? Put her down or let it run its course?
No, we're not going to do whatever you say. But I wonder if anyone has arguments pro/con which we haven't considered yet that can help us figure this out.
Thanks in advance!
Current Age 35, DH 33
BFP 8/2012, Miscarried 9/2012
BFP 9/2012, DS 6/2013
BFP 6/2014, Miscarried 7/2014
BFP 7/2014, DD 4/2015