Westie Hamish with Adenocarcinoma
My Westie is 16 years old and was diagnosed with probable adenocarcinoma four days ago. He has had problems with his nose for some time and at first the vet thought it may have been a tooth abscess.
A large swelling developed on his nose and on examination he has a distended shifted palette, blocked tear duct and as said swelling on top of the nose.
As he is so old we have decided to keep him comfortable only and commenced him on prednisolone, codeine and bruprenex.
He had the steroids for two days and I had to stop them as he was so distraught on them but have continued with the opiates. He has deteriorated very quickly with a noticeable twitch and noisy breathing.
We have no children and he has been my boy since he was 8 weeks old. I am beyond devastated.
Does anybody else have a similar story or advice? I know the time is coming but how long should we wait?
Any advice for his comfort would be appreciated.
(Submitted Tuesday, July 09, 2013)