I have not peeked in in a while.
My 11.5 year old goldendoodle, Pierre has been getting lipomas for three years. They are all over but have been on the surface. He also had a small metastatic tumor on his eye lid two years ago, I know it is rare, but supposedly the type he had only hangs out around the eyes. The surgery went well and he looks just fine. My vet said his eyes are starting to get cloudy from old age when we had his physical Thursday. His blood work is fine.
Now he has something the vet thinks is infiltrative making his right rear, hind/thigh much bigger than his left leg area. She tried to aspirate but only got blood, not like his other lipomas. It may be under his muscles, because it is not easily moveable like his other lipomas.
I have been crying since yesterday. I am in knots. I am afraid we are near the end. My vet thinks Pierre needs to go to a vet specialty complex about an hour from my home for a CT Scan or maybe an MRI to get an idea of what it is. If any of you have dealt with this issue, please let me know how it was diagnosed and if you decided to treat it, what was the outcome?
I have done a search, but it looks like some dogs have since passed on. And if they had this surgery, they did not live significantly longer.
I live alone most of the time. I am older. Pierre has been one of the greatest joys in my life. He has certainly been a big help during the pandemic. I started crying when he turned 8, because I knew his life was half over. it sounds silly, I know. He is not my first dog. My last long love was a Samoyed who made it to 13, and the last two years were tough for her. I finally needed to end her suffering. She was such a good girl. Pierre has been my favorite dog of all time. Doodles are so smart and such great true companions.
I have had enough dogs and cats to know I do not want to do anything long and exhaustive, and at this age I am very practical, but I am going to be a basket case. If I don't have Pierre, my house will be quiet for the first time since I can't remember. I always had other animals to cushion the blow. This time I do not. I just helped my daughter raise her pandemic puppy, an English Lab and I know I am not ready for a puppy. Maybe I could volunteer somewhere if they allow. I feel like I need a plan to get through this.
Any words of wisdom?