Scooby diagnosed with oral malignant melanoma
(L. I., NY)
Buddy, Baby & Scooby (l-r)
My dog Scooby, rescued from a shelter, is between 12-13 years old. I love him so much, he is like my furry son and doggie soul mate. I also have a beagle mix, lab mix and 2 cats (all rescues).
Well, Scooby has been diagnosed with malignant oral melanoma. The tumor is on his upper gum, over 2cm (not good). I had a consult with a vet/oncologist, and was told that option(s) include a very invasive surgery involving cutting away jawbone, followed by radiation or chemo and the new vaccine. Even with surgery he may only live 3-6 months (and would obviously be uncomfortable).
I don't think I can put him through this, and he seems fine so far. Without surgery the doctor said 3 months! I am hoping he beats the odds and goes on longer, but I know I can't see him suffer so I would put him down if I had to, heartbreaking as it would be. :(
Any support would be helpful.