Saturday , 25 November 2017

Pampered Pets: Making Tough Decisions Pt.1

As a business owner I am accustomed to making tough decisions it is how you survive and ensure the longevity of your lively hood. Not only in business but in life in general we are all faced with life’s obstacles that forces us to make the tough decisions.
Although nothing could prepare me for the latest obstacle life has just thrown me.
When it comes to deciding the fate of one of my beloved pets I am simply beside myself.

It all started just the other day when I came home late one evening, my beautiful 17 year old cat Scorpio came running over to me when I immediately noticed she was walking funny.
I said to myself “What’s wrong with her leg?!”
As soon as I picked her up I felt a protruding mass sticking out of her rear left leg.
How could this happen? Did I over look this? Is it possible it practically grew over night?
With my mind racing all I know with all my experience in working with animals that this can not be good.
The very next morning I had her in the vet clinic for tests.
The preliminary tests confirm it is a “Sarcoma” Tumor and an aggressive one at that. Her X-rays show hopeful signs that it hasn’t metastasized to her lungs.
Which for now looks okay but will have to investigate further, I’m still awaiting the results of her biopsy to see what the specialist recommends.
However my vet has filled me in on my probable choices.
The only solution to save her life is to remove her leg which at her age is a very extensive surgery or allow the cancer to spread.
How do I chose what’s best for my cat?
Having surgery will mean saving her life but can her 17 year old body handle it?
Will my free spirited semi-outdoor cat really enjoy the rest of her senior years house bound? simply because I’m not ready to let her go?
Or do I watch my loving pet waste away before my eyes?

These are the tough decisions pet owners face, torn between doing what is best for their pet and their pet’s quality of life.
I must do what is right for her but how do I chose what is right?
I must decide, clock’s ticking and time is running out, will I have all the info I need in time to make an informed decision?

To be continued………..

If you have any insights or experiences you wish to share please feel free to do so.

Your Friendly Pet Groomer and Loving Pet Owner

Anna Maria

Pampered Pets of Westmount

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  1. 4.5 years ago I was faced with a very similar decision as you are now. My 7 year old Rottie Tequila started limping. When we took her to the vet and they did an x-ray, it showed that she had a massive tumor on her shoulder bone. It was so advanced that the only way to save her was to remove her entire front leg, and even then the vet said he cannot guarantee that this will buy her more than 6 more months. It was a very difficult decision but I knew that if I did the surgery, it would be more for me than for her. I knew that it could take her 6 months or more to recover from such surgery at her age and that by then she could be sick again. This was no way for her to live out the rest of her life. She had a great life and I didn’t want her to spend the rest of it in pain and unable to run, walk. This was not a dignified life for my loving Tequila. With a sad heart, I made the decision to end her suffering and have her euthanized. 4.5 years later, I do not regret my decision. I remember her happy, healthy, and pain free. Watching an animal suffer is very difficult, as I went though that as well. I do not want to tell you what to do. I simply wanted you to hear my story so that you know that I do understand what you are going through.

  2. Animals are not nostalgic. They live in the moment. I say amputate if the vet thinks he’ll be able to survive the surgery. He will probably happily adapt to his new life as a 3-legged, indoor cat.

  3. I am being faced with a similar decision about my 15-yr old toy poodle, Abbie, who is deaf, half-blind, crippled with arthritis, and has lost most of her muscle-mass (she is literally skin and bone). I am now carrying Abbie from room-to-room and lately she is show a loss of interest in eating. Her eyes seem to say, “It’s time, Mom ….. “. And yet, I hesitate. Just to think about (and now to type) about helping Abbie go across Rainbow Bridge, brings tears to my eyes.

    I am involved in animal rescue and foster little dogs. I have often had to face decisions regarding euthanization in the past, but when it’s your own, it’s a whole different story.

    I’m sure it will be sometime this week and I will bring Abbie for her final visit to the vet and I will hold her in her final moments. It’s the least I can do for such a gentle soul who has been a wonderful companion for the past 15 years.

    “……. There are dogs in my heaven ….. “.

  4. My heart goes out to you all…. ♥ ♥

  5. The hardest decision is to let them go when the quality of life is gone. Suffering eyes should not be a part of your memories of your lovely cat. They cannot tell you how much they are suffering, but it is evident in other ways. Your heart will break, you will cry, and not just for a couple of days, but for a very long time. Be brave and think of your heart’s mate – she will be waiting for you, young, happy and pain free at the Rainbow Bridge, when the time comes. Courage my dear, I send you all my good thoughts and prayers for you at this most difficult of times. Kiss Abbie for me………

  6. To Janet,
    I know well how hard it is to make that decision, but since Abbie has lost most of her muscle mass & is now losing interest in eating, it is unfortunately time to let her go. I’ve been in almost your exact situation twice in the last 3 years with almost identical symptoms & as heart-wrenching as it is, you have to do it. I should have done it a week or so sooner with my 17 yr terrier mix & as a result, I live with the guilt of her last night on earth which was a terrible struggle for her. My 16 yr Yorkie went downhill rapidly her last few days, even though she had improved 7 days before I put her to sleep, losing a 1/2 lb in 2 days. The weight loss after the hopeful checkup & the refusal to eat the last 2 days made up my mind. I held both of the last 2 while they gave the needles into the catheter & for the Yorkie I was with her while they put the catheter in. I held them & kissed them as they breathed their last breath into my face. Because I loved them, still do, I had to let them go, it was the right thing to do, they had no quality of life left.
    I also feel that there are dogs in my heaven.

  7. It is so hard to know when it’s the right time. When we add an animal to our family, we take responsibility for its’ care and ultimately we decide when to let it go. I too have been down that path too many times in the past couple of years, and I still feel guilt that my own emotions and grief may have caused me too wait too long…hoping for a miracle I guess. It’s too hard to be objective when your heart and soul is so tied up with your beloved pet. As I sit here typing this, I look at my senior palliative care foster dog, standing with her face into a corner (doggy dementia). She still loves to eat, but she faces arthritis, spindle cell carcinoma and decreased vision and hearing. How to know when to let her go….I wish I knew.

  8. All pets like grooming or you can say pampering. They can not tell us in words what is happening to them but they express them self by action. We have just understand their expressions.

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