by Linda B
Hello Jack Russell parents,
I have a wonderful 14 1/2 year old jrt named Yoshi who has remained a happy boy even though completely deaf, 80 % blind and tormented by arthritis. I took him in to see his doctor for an old man check up and to get some meds to help with pain and got more than I bargained for. The doctor found a melanoma tumor in his ear that he believes to be malignant. He is suggesting surgery to remove as much as he can, but he will not be able to remove all of it because of where the tumor is located.
Is it fair of me to do this and cause him pain in order to hold onto him longer? Should I leave it alone and hope he remains pain free as long as possible? The tumor looks like a misshapen black berry that is mostly black and has a small amount of red and brown. Has anyone gone through this? I am so sad and just don't know what to do. Any advice would be great...
He is my last baby ... He had two older sisters who passed away in their 13th year. He was the peacemaker of the pack. My girls fought horribly until he came along, then with a gentle disapproving look from Yoshi, all fighting stopped. He is everything to me and I want to do the right thing. How do I know when to let go and how do I decide to put him through a painful operation? Is that even fair? Not to mention they say he can die on the table during the surgery.