I felt so sad reading (your post) and reply. I’m also very sorry about your other rescue dog but please don’t blame yourself. You tried to give him more time because you loved him.
Thank you for the info on Ozzie’s background! It’s hard to think of a dog wandering around alone but luckily he was found and then you brought him into your lives and have given him 12 wonderful, happy years! As Jennifer said, it’s so hard to really see that our pets are getting old. I’m just wondering if it might be helpful to get a second opinion as opposed to the needle biopsy. To be honest, I’m a little surprised that your vet told you so definitively that she would want to know. Please don’t let this influence your decision or make you feel that you have to know. Your reply to the vet was right on target. Good for you!
I loved the quote that Jennifer shared: “Dr. Karen Becker, who says, 'pet owners sometimes do all they can (in terms of testing etc) to know they did all they could, but it is at the detriment of their pets”
I think this is so true. I had a similar situation with my 2 beloved Shih tzus. I still feel guilty for putting my first dog through so many tests. As soon as it was determined that he had cancer and he didn’t seem to be enjoying life anymore, I did make that awful decision but I wish I could have trusted my gut instincts a little earlier on. When his sister became ill and stopped eating I did everything so differently. I had blood work done and it was abnormal which was consistent with what I was seeing so I said no to invasive testing and instead I made the absolute most of the time she had left.. I took her to the dog park every day and tempted her with every treat she’d always loved. When she completely stopped eating and didn’t seem interested in the park any more, I had the vet come to my house and let her go peacefully. I’ve never felt guilt about that decision but of course the day itself was the 2nd worse day of my life. If I can offer some advice it would be to take each day as it comes and try and keep your thoughts in the present. Enjoy Ozzie every day while also keeping an eye on how he is doing. I’m so glad he still has quality of life and loves to have your husband take him to the park. All any of us really has is today so enjoy this day with your beloved boy.
Please keep us posted. My heart goes out to you!
To Jennifer (P_Mom), I’m so sorry for the loss of your beloved boy!