Should I Get Treatment for My Dog with Thyroid Cancer
My 11 and 1/2 year old labrador cross has just been diagnosed with thyroid cancer and has a large lump in her neck which the vet has said would be dangerous to operate on.
Blood tests and chest x-ray show that she is otherwise entirely well and healthy (apart from a bit of arthritis) but the lump is pressing on her windpipe.
She has always been the happiest of dogs and I'd hate her to go through painful treatments or any that make her feel ill.
My gut feeling is to let her live in blissful ignorance until she starts showing symptoms of difficulty breathing or eating but I'm not sure if this is just chickening out and I should do everything to save her.
Do other readers have experience of thyroid cancer treatments with their dogs and how long can I expect her to live happily without treatment? She is a much loved dog by everyone who meets her and apart from her snoring getting worse is showing no symptoms. Would love to hear other people's experiences of this with their dogs.