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
Pampered Pets of Westmount