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Re: [activedogs-150] Meetups Needed for Seattle Active Dogs!

From: Cynthia
Sent on: Thursday, July 19, 2012 8:49 AM
I had to face the same thing with my 17 year old cat.  At 15, she was diagnosed with cancer of the salivary gland.  She could have had surgery to remove the the glands.  It was very expensive and, in the vets opinion, may have only extended her life for months.  Molly has never done well at the vets and I elected not to have the surgery because I thought it was better to have a few months with a good quality of life, rather than risk a long and painful recovery period.  Molly had her 17th birthday last month and is doing great - still has cancer but doesn't seem to notice.

In contrast, I had her sister/littermate's thyroid treated, which is not surgery but still required extended care.  She was fine for a couple of months but had to be put down when her liver failed due to cancer.  In retrospect, at 15, I think it would have been better not to put her through the treatment.

I know it's a hard decision and easy to second guess yourself.  If you decide not to have the surgery, just remember you've already given her a long and good life.


-----Original Message-----
From: Candace <[address removed]>
To: activedogs-150 <[address removed]>
Sent: Wed, Jul 18,[masked]:46 pm
Subject: Re: [activedogs-150] Meetups Needed for Seattle Active Dogs!

Hi Everyone:
 
     Chelsea & I haven't been at the Meet-ups and we've missed all of you very much, but Chelsea has a mass in one of her lungs and the surgery to remove it would be very risky and she would most likely suffer even more than if we did nothing at all.  She is on painkillers for arthritic pain in her knees, though her hips are all right.  
     She had surgery to remove a 7-pound tumor in her spleen in February and she took awhile to recover from that, but she is still doing all right, except that she can't walk very far without getting out of breath.  
     She is now over 12 years old and we've been very torn about what to do about her lung situation.  The Veterinarian said he would have to remove one of her lungs.  I feel bad about not getting her the surgery, but I would feel even worse if it just added to her suffering.  As a single parent I can't really afford all of the tests that we would have to have for her along with the surgery either.  We're not sure what to do. 
 
Thank you,
 
Candace McCutcheon
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-----Original Message-----
From: Meredith <[address removed]>
To: activedogs-150-announce <[address removed]>
Sent: Wed, Jul 18,[masked]:49 pm
Subject: [activedogs-150] Meetups Needed for Seattle Active Dogs!

Hi everyone! Now that summer is here again let's start having more meetups! The last one I planned had a low turnoput so I would love not only to get suggestions for places, activities but also have all of you consider planning a meetup in your area. The important thing is that we gather, meet new friends and that our active dogs get a chance to socialize!
 
Suggestions welcome,
 
best,
Meredith




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