Some clients I have encountered decide they don’t want to treat the cancer. What do I say? What does the veterinarian say in these cases? There’s no black and white answer when it comes to putting your dog through treatment. And, when it comes to our dogs, it generally doesn’t come down to the money involved. The main question usually is… “should I put my dog through the treatment?”
There’s no ‘cure for cancer.’ Those who decide not to treat have often weighed the odds and have decided to make the remainder of their dog’s time as comfortable as possible.
Why am I addressing this? Because you don’t need weight on your shoulders as you’re reading this book, another book, talking to friends, talking to colleagues. This is a heavy decision that must be made with a clear mind and heart.
Laying Out the Options
When your veterinarian tells you that your dog has cancer, of course they will recommend treatments. That’s their job. They are in the profession to see the magic of those who pull through this condition.
You’ll likely have several options laid out before you by your veterinarian. They will have carefully weighed out the options based on your dog’s overall health, age, type of cancer, and stage of cancer.
Contrary to popular belief, this is not easy for your vet to do, so don’t think it’s not heavy on their mind. There are many times where they have to give you the news then walk out of the room to shed a few tears of their own. This is a stressful time for you, but it’s also a stressful time for them, so do your best to ensure you are carefully listening to what they are saying.
You Don’t Have to Get Validation From Others
I know how difficult it is to keep this kind of news in. Be sure you tell a supportive circle who will understand whether or not you decide to treat. This part is critical to your mental well-being and critical for your dog who depends on you to be okay.