I completely understand this. I was shocked that my Newfoundland, Griffin, had gone so far downhill when I went away for a few days and boarded him that when he came home he collapsed. He couldn't walk at all, but there was hope he would. I know that some of the vets at Cornell, where he was hospitalized, questioned my desire to go all out to save him (which I did). Since I had said I didn't want him euthanized, they called me at 5AM to say they were going to have to do an extreme surgery for esophageal paralysis (one my Lab, Biscuit, had had when he was younger and stronger) to save his life. I said absolutely not. I would not put that dog with all that he had gone through through another major surgery. Enough is enough. You cannot deliberately inflict pain and suffering when there is only a tiny glimmer of hope that the animal you love will live through it, let alone get better. Let him go. I would want someone who loved me to let me go.Thank you all for your kindness! I should also mention another issue I have with the surgery.....there has only been 1 scientific paper discussing long term outcomes of this procedure, and only in 100 dogs. As a scientist/practitioner, that is REALLY not comforting, and means much more research is needed. Obviously it's great they can do anything, but it still is quite new. And of the 100 dogs, 16% had serious complications within the first 72 hours. Which also doesn't boost my confidence. I certainly have the utmost respect for the surgeon and the procedure, but just don't think I want my puppy to be one of so few dogs to do something so risky.
@SandyinAnaheim I'm going to email you this morning. I certainly hope the vets estimates are wrong and the meds/food can help her live longer! That would be amazing, and wonderful.
Omg what a precious creature!!! I love that pic! We hope she lives longer than expected. She is just the best dog in the world.We have a 12.5 year old doodle and he is the best decision hubby and I have made as a couple. He goes to work with DH, and patients actually confirm that our boy will be in the office for their appointments. My heart breaks for you. I have words for your "breeder".....
Just love her and hope she beats the odds.