Yoshi's momma

by Linda B
(Texas)

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.

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Feb 19, 2013
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Yoshi
by: Gary

Can you give us an update on Yoshi?

Feb 19, 2013
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Hi Gary
by: Yoshi's Mom

Thank you for asking about my little man. We caved and decided to have the surgery done because he was in pain from the tumor on his leg and in his ear and had started to scratch, bite and lick them until bloody. They also said he had a tumor on one of his testicles that looked bad. All tumors were growing so fast too. We had 5 of them removed hoping we would buy him time. This was done the middle of January and although he is doing better now, I'm still not sure i did the right thing. When I saw him after surgery he looked so bad and was in so much pain I just broke down and cried. We promised him this is the last time we would ever put him through any operation. It was a very bad time. That said, he is doing much better and the tumors are gone, so no more pain and self mutilation. I hope we bought him some quality time, but if the tumors return, we will help him by letting him go without pain and in peace. How is your sweet Rudy?

Feb 18, 2013
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Yoshi
by: Gary

Everything OK with Yoshi?

Dec 04, 2012
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Thanks Gary
by: Yoshi's mom

I am sorry to hear you find yourself in my situation. I have cried for days and am researching until My eyes blur.

I think you have a great idea and I want you to know I will be taking Yoshi in for a second opinion to see where that takes us.

I will also give it a few weeks to be sure of what is best. This will give me the time needed to see another vet and be sure I make the best choice for my sweet boy.

Good luck to you and your baby. :o)

Dec 04, 2012
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Yoshi
by: Gary

So sorry to hear about Yoshi. He sounds like he is such a wonderful addition to your family and well loved. It's so hard to say what to do in cases like this. We struggled with a very similar decision with our Jack Russell. Our doctor gave us low expectations for removing the tumor he had and it really sounded like it wouldn't prolong his life by much. I'm tearing up us I write this because we are in a very similar situation to you. We have decided not to do the surgery for many reasons - expense, because of the tumor location, the risk factor, etc. We plan on just doing a wait and see. If our Rudy is in any pain and doesn't seem to be happy anymore and not eating then we will have to "let him go". So far, he still seems to be the happy go lucky dog he has always been.
It can't hurt to get a second opinion if you are really on the fence about what to do just to see what a different vet would suggest.
Thinking of your family and Yoshi and wishing for the best!

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