Cancer verses Cancer Treatment

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Cancer verses Cancer Treatment

Post by CAROL WHITN » Sun, 17 Sep 1995 04:00:00




A > Newsgroups: rec.pets.dogs.health

A > Is a dog better off going through the natural stages of a disease as
A > opposed to being treated with *** that have tremendous side effects?
A > This is what my new vet said today & I tend to agree with him.  Maybe it

I agree with that too.  I would only treat a dog with radical stuff
if there were a real chance of full remission, I think.

A > is the analogy that I make with human beings under similar circumstances.
A > You have to consider the quality of life.  But the hardest decision is to

Right - for me, it's the quality of life that counts.

A > put an animal down.  They have no control and you're their master and
A > decision maker.  I don't think I can do it.  And how do you know when that

You're right - the dog has no control, and you do have to make the
decision.  I suspect, from the way you write, that you could do it
when the time came that the decision becomes clear.

A > time comes are that they are really in pain.  When I was at the vets today

It's surprisingly easy to know when the time comes, if you're in
regular consultation with your vet.  Your dog is the one that will
let you know.

I lost my very beloved companion, Corazon Twinkletoes, Australian
Terrier, on 26 July past.  Corazon and I knew at the same moment
that it was time.  We were awaiting the results of her latest ***
test.  She had liver cancer, and there were autoimmune complications
as well, but we didn't know for sure about the liver cancer till the
post-mortem, though the liver was clearly involved.

Corazon had spent five days in the clinic for observation, and to
try to nurse her back to health, after a *** test showed serious
problems.  I took her home on 25 July, and nursed her through the
night and the next day.  *** test results came in in the morning
of the 26th, but the vets were having an extremely busy day with
extra complications, and I hung by the phone, calling in a few times
during the day with reports on how Corazon was doing (not well at
all, though she went for a walk with me, and fooled a neighbor into
thinking she was healthy).  By evening, she couldn't even hold any
water down - when she lost everything she drank within a minute or
two, I phoned and said I wanted her put down that evening.

I had to take her to the clinic, though I'd been promised a home
visit for the purpose - because there was a strong possibility that
emergency equipment might be needed (surgical stuff not available in
a mobile van).  Luckily, Corazon always loved car rides.  Also, she
treated the clinic like a second home - wasn't frightened of it in
the slightest.

In her last hour of life, Corazon acted like a healthy two-year-old
- I don't have room here to describe what she did.  Will post some
other time on that.  She sat in my lap, at my request, for the
blessed needle; the vet got the vein on the first try, so we didn't
have to have any surgical intervention, and Corazon slumped in my
arms, as my tears broke out.  She desperately needed that release.
I can't emphasize enough that I couldn't have thought of doing such
a thing until Corazon truly needed it.  When the companion of your
soul, fiber of your body, needs release, you can do it.  Not much
use thinking about it beforehand.

A > someone called in about euthanasia (sp?) .  The girls in the office were
A > laughing about it as it were a big joke.  How much care is there when you

I'm sorry to hear it.  It sounds like displacement behavior, where
it's so rough on the assistants that they laugh and joke to try to
remove the strain and sorrow.

A > hear conversations like this. But how do you determine the extent of pain
A > that the dog feels.

I hope this has been helpful for you.

    -- Carol    o^o Fri 15-Sep-95 19:38

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