We have to brave for the dog's sake, and do the right thing. Don't think about how sad it makes you feel. "YOU" are not what is important, the dog's pain/suffering is the only important measure. Most vets will tell you when the time is near. Important tip: You really need to go to a specialty clinic for treating most serious illnesses like cancer. They have oncologist's, internal medicine specialists, etc. On their staffs. Your average vet is great for routine care, basic surgery but go see the experts if your dog has a problem. I say this from much experience. We have a small dog rescue group (rescue & foster about 50 dogs a year) and work with 6-8 local vets for the routine stuff, but we take our dogs to the specialty clinic for more serious illnesses.
I'm more than a little surprised to hear that a vet gave someone sedatives so they could end the dogs life at home. That is just such an incredibly bad idea. If given an overdose, they won't die fast, they will die slowly and painfully while every
organ shuts down and they STRUGGLE TO BREATH.
If people want their dog to die at home, work it out with the vet to come to over. It may take a bunch of phone calls to find one who will but they are out there. Also, it's
not that expensive to do this at the vet office. I heard someone say they paid $10 at the Petsmart/Banfield clinic and it was very peaceful/humane.
Good luck to you all.
I know this is an old post, but I came across it looking for an answer as I believe I am dealing with my Corgi's final day. As there seems to be other's with questions about how to handle earlier stages as well, I would like to share my experience.
Two and a half years ago my 5 year old corgi was diagnosed with Lymphoma and given a few weeks to live if we did nothing, or a couple months of we tried chemo. Without hesitation we committed to chemo. What they say about dogs with lymphoma is true: If you treat them, they bounce back pretty fast. The first month was hard, lots of vet appointments, our dog was nervous each time. Eventually he got to know the oncologist and began to sit on th floor, in her lap during his treatment. After a few weeks, his energy, appetite, and smile were back. We didn't even need the anti diarrhea and vomit meds they gave us. The only thing we missed were his whiskers, as they fell off during chemo.
After about 5 months they through him a small party at his visit (with a banner!), he was finally in remission. We only had to go in for check ups once a month. After a while, it was once every 5-7 weeks. We almost forgot he was sick.
He was in remission until his 2 year cancerversarry, so much longer than anyone thought he would make it. We decided to try treatment again. Our vet had left her office, so this time the visits were in-home (which our boy loved). We tried a few different multi-drug cocktails, at first it seemed to help. We did this for 3 treatments over 2 months. Finally the vet told us he was no longer responding and she had no other treatments to try.
That brings us to about a month ago. We have kept him on increased prednisone, but we have watched him age overnight. In the matter of a week the tumor on the right side of his face has swollen to the size of a baseball, he's lost at least 6 pounds, and he's having a hard time breathing.
Despite how hard the last couple weeks have been, the past two and a half years with my dog were worth it. He was happy and healthy. He got to sleep on my bed, chase the cats, bark at noises that weren't there, and eat quite a few cheese burgers (and a couple steaks too) in the time granted to us by our decision.
If you have the means (monetarily, timely, and emotionally), I urge you to give your pet the best chance possible. I'm so happy we did.
The reason I found this thread is because this morning that tumor has a hole in it and is leaking either pus or lymphatic fluid, and my husband nor I cannot stop it. I had hoped someone here would have an answer to the OP's question to help me. It's Saturday, my resources are not available, and I am heartbroken. Maybe someone who has gone through this will see this and tell me what is happening, as I have searched the Internet and cannot find anything about lymphatic tumors leaking.