Our dog has recently slowed down and we assumed it was due to old age. We began depending on the elevator to get him down and outside rather than let him use the stairs as previously. This seemed to be a great plan. It worked well until he stopped eating and drinking. We were able to get him to eat some ice but that was about it. Now he is really slowing down, so it's time for the Vet visit. He went right on in...not a good sign as he is usually petrified to visit the doctor.
The vet gave him a prescription for infection. He took the medicine in full and did good for a couple of weeks. He began to show the previous signs of illness. We returned to the vet. This time the vet did x-rays...they were not good. There seems to be a tumor pressing on his spine and colon and the cancer was moving to his lungs. First it was thought he wouldn't make it through the weekend. We came home and began cooking chicken and rice...he loved it. He began moving a little better and began wagging his tail. I called the vet back on Monday morning after a long weekend and told him how much better he was acting. The vet stated it could be an infection that looked like cancer on the x-ray. He immediately prescibed a couple of medicines. After a week of the medicine and rice he acts a lot better.
We are so hopeful that he is better and its not just our selfishness that we're seeing. We are worried we'll let him suffer unnecessarily but we sure don't want to do anything too soon. Can he live with the tumor without pain and suffering? Will we know if he's in pain?