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My dog has a large mass in her left lung. The CT scan and samples indicate a malignant tumour. She is 10 years old and the surgeon wants to do major surgery to remove her lung and if successful she might live another 2-3 months or maybe a year. Can anyone tell me if this procedure will be too risky at her age and should it be left alone and just managed in her condition. Thanks in advance.

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I have old dogs, their vet has made clear to me that if (and probably when) they get cancer there will be no operation.

It's made clear that the dog's best interests in putting them through a huge operation for a little more time is the main factor.

I think you know the answer as you have posted your question here, just cherish her until you know you must say goodbye

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A kind thank you for your answers.

Sadly Cali never made it back home. She died at the surgery the next day and now we are having ethical and moral disagreements with this particular vet service over several issues about her care and what they are charging us for.

Thanks everyone

 

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Sorry to hear this.  Was there anyone on duty in the clinic overnight?

 

I have had 2 giant breed dogs die of lung cancer  in the past.  Both died within 2-3 months of diagnosis.

 

None of the vets/cancer specialist mentioned removing a lung as a possible outcome.

 

 

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Richard

I'm sure a lot of us dog owners have been in this situation.  We had a similar experience years ago when one of our dogs was being treated with Chemotherapy for Lymphoma.  We paid thousands for the treatment and lost the dog due to the Chemo affecting his heart.  

 

Was it a local vet or one of the Specialist Clinics in Sydney.  I am curious because that is a major operation to remove a lung .  I can't envisage a local vet clinic taking on such a major operation.

 

 

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5 hours ago, Deeds said:

Richard

I'm sure a lot of us dog owners have been in this situation.  We had a similar experience years ago when one of our dogs was being treated with Chemotherapy for Lymphoma.  We paid thousands for the treatment and lost the dog due to the Chemo affecting his heart.  

 

Was it a local vet or one of the Specialist Clinics in Sydney.  I am curious because that is a major operation to remove a lung .  I can't envisage a local vet clinic taking on such a major operation.

 

 

Hi Deeds

Yes it was one of those new specialists clinics.

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Sorry for your loss and in particular how it happened.  I can imagine the size of the bill and it didn't save your dog.

 

This chemo we had was around $10,000 and around 17 years ago and we lost the dog as well. Also at one of the Specialist Clinics in Sydney.

 

We would have been better just putting the dog on prednisone and letting nature take its course.  All easier said in retrospect of course.

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