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HarrysMom

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Just got back from bringing my Pom, Harry, home.
He had the CT scan yesterday to see what's going on in his Nadal cavity. It started about 1 1/2 years ago, an occasional nose bleed, then a small nodule on the bridge of his nose. But hes always been such a happy dog he's had no bad days. I took him to the vet many time in the past year; it's his teeth, it's an infection,.x-rays antibiotics the list goes on and on. I finally couldnt bear it any longer now that it's going into the roof of his mouth, so took him to a specialist hospital and did the CT scan and biopsys. Now, we wait. The fluid drained somewhat, he's still eats good, hasn't lost any weight, and loves his ball.
I'm heartbroken. I've had him for 14 years...I'm not ready for this. I'll never be ready for this.
Do I put him through more procedures at his age, or do I let nature take its course and make that decision once it gets too bad.
These are decisions we know when we get them as puppies are far off in the future, and once we get to that point it' just seems too soon.
Sorry, as I said I'm heartbroken today and the waiting is the hardest.

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CK1991

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Dear HarrysMom, I hope you get the answers you need from the CT scan and biopsies. I agree that we are never, ever ready to let go of our pets. In the end we have to look at their quality of life and decide for them. It’s an awesome responsibility but one that we must take on. I’m so sorry you’re having to go through this.
I hope you post here again. So many of us understand and want to offer support.
Harry is just the cutest! Hugs to you!
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HarrysMom

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I'll be sure to let you know how he progresses from here..i so need the support of others during this time, thank you for your concern.
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CK1991

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Hi HarrysMom, I wanted to check if there were any updates. I’m so sorry you are going through this. Having our beloved pets become ill is just the worst! My thoughts are with you and I’ll check back for any updates. Please give your sweet little Harry a hug from your forum friend! Hugs to you too!!
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HarrysMom

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The vet called today and confirmed it, and it took the wind out of me. She offered radiation therapy and said it could prolong his life for another year but that's only depending how much it has spread..His orbital bone is already damaged from the cancer and it will eventually go into his brain.
This is so difficult, I can't believe it and the thought of my life without my little Harry is just unbearable.
I'm going to speak to the specialist and see.what if anything will help him. I want what is best for him not me, I can't be selfish.
Thanks to everybody for your concern.
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Sampson

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Oh my goodness, what a sweet little boy! My deepest sympathy on the awful news you got today. Waiting is hard but it’s even harder when you don’t get the news you were hoping for. I guess you will need to decide what course of action to take. If the radiation prolongs his life for a year will it be a good quality of life? You’ve likely not even had to time to think of all the implications yet. I would never suggest that your vet doesn’t have Harry’s best interest at heart. Sometimes they may want to try and increase their time but maybe we have to question what would happen if we didn’t intercede. Is it the right thing to do if it means suffering?
So many questions and your love for your sweet Harry make this difficult to think about all of this. I’m so sorry my dear! I wish the news has been better. I hope you write here as much as you need to. So many of us have had experience of making that awful decision for our beloved pets. Take Care!
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HarrysMom

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Thanks Sam...I think the vet is trying to give me some hope where there really is none, it will progress and he will die eventually.
I've been very fortunate, I've had him for 14 and a half years and it's been a wonderful life for the both of us. I believe every one of God's creatures is given to us to bring out something better in us, joy, laughter, the softness they bring to our hearts. And now it's his time to go.
I've felt this pain before, differently, but the pain of walking through grief after a pet dies is never easy. We have the choice of when, and how, and time isn't comprehended to their little brains...they just live in each moment, we have to make the hardest choice of doing it for them to ease their suffering.
I will always wonder if I could have done more, or what I did, if anything, to cause it. That's part of grief too. Thank you everybody for your support. My husband was told yesterday and being the man he is he tries to empathize with me but Harry has always been "my dog', so I'm so appreciative for this forum to vent.
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Courtney

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To all that are battling cancer please read my post titled “Wanting To Help A Dog With Cancer” on the grief forum.
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