This week has been heartbreaking. We returned from vacation to find notes from our sitter that Rebel wasn't just quite himself the last two days. He was tired and she had to persuade him to eat. A week full of vet visits and tests later, we found he has a large mass in his abdomen that is most likely malignant. His platelets are very low, which adds some risk to even performing a fine needle biopsy of the mass. It is either in the liver or spleen; they couldn't tell from the ultrasound.
Our first reaction was to do no further testing, as the research we did on either liver or spleen cancers in 10 year old dogs showed extremely poor prognosis even with treatment.
I think we may proceed now with the biopsy and at least a consult with the oncologist. I think I need more information on all the options to be at peace with any decision.
We know we favor quality of life over quantity. That will be my main focus; to be sure my desire for more time with my baby doesn't cloud my judgement. I pray I am able to achieve this clarity.
Rebel will be 10 on the 19th; and I know he has had a good life. I just was hoping for more time with him. We got him one week after we were married and he has watched us grow up. He spent many nights comforting me while I was scared and alone when my husband worked night shift. He has given us so much, I can't really imagine what it will be like without him.