Dog Cancer Above Sinus
by Andrea McEwan Ridout
Border Collie with Bone Cancer
Our eight year old border collie has a 2” wide bony protrusion between her eyes and stretching back about 2 inches. It’s under the skin but very firm. We’ve had several vets look at it and they think it is probably bone cancer. Rather than put her through extensive and expensive treatment that will probably end in death, we’ve decided to make her as comfortable as possible as long we can. Do you think we’ve made the right decision or should we jump into radiation and chemotherapy? My feeling is that it’s going to end the same way but just prolong her life and make her miserable for several months. Do you agree or disagree?
Editor Comment Regarding Dog Bone Cancer Prognosis
I'm truly sorry to hear about your border collie's condition, and I can only imagine how difficult this situation must be for you and your family. Making decisions regarding the treatment of a beloved pet is never easy, and it's clear that you want what's best for her.
It sounds like you've consulted with several veterinarians and have seriously considered their recommendations. If they all believe that the prognosis is poor, then focusing on her comfort and providing palliative care may be a compassionate choice. Prioritizing her quality of life and minimizing her suffering is an expression of your love and care for her.
Your feelings and instincts regarding the potential impact of radiation and chemotherapy on her well-being are important to consider as well. You know your dog better than anyone, and your insight into her behavior and demeanor is invaluable in determining the best course of action. Ask your veterinarian about the prognosis and how long life will be potentially extended and the related quality of life.
Ultimately, the decision is a deeply personal one. It's important to be guided by your values, beliefs, and understanding of your dog's needs. If you're still unsure or want more information, seeking a second opinion or consulting a veterinary oncologist may provide additional perspectives that can help you make the most informed decision possible.
My thoughts are with you and your family during this challenging time. Please remember to take care of yourselves as well while you support your beloved border collie.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this trying time.
Editor and Publisher
Dog Health Guide