My Sissy Puppy and Lung Cancer
(New Orleans, LA)
My dog Sissy, a 16 year old pitbull/catahoula mix, was diagnosed with lung cancer earlier last week, after we brought her in because of rapid breathing. The vet removed a liter of fluid from her chest cavity, and now we are giving her prednisone.
I am struggling with whether or not we should help her cross to the other side. She is experiencing shortness of breath and slightly rapid breathing, but it is not yet to the point where she is unable to move or lay down comfortably. She sleeps well through the night. She still has a great appetite and is moving around a good bit, although her arthritis is still hindering her movement slightly. Today I noticed that her belly moves when she is breathing.
I am afraid that if I don't take her in that she will have a painful and scary experience on her way out, like a collapsed lung. Nonetheless, it feels wrong to end her life when she clearly is still eating well, seems relatively pain-free, and can still move around.
If anyone can give me some advice, I would be so grateful. I am very thankful for this site, as many of the stories I have read on here have been helpful.