We took my dog Skye to the vet today because she’s developed a really nasty cough, which turned out to be kennel cough. But worse than that, they found a small (for the vet, huge for me) lump in her breast and now we have to get that biopsied for cancer and it’s like 90% chance it’s cancer because of her pyrometra last year.
The vet says that if a dog has pyrometra it pretty much means that breast cancer will follow.
I have to say that the education level of people regarding the spaying/neutering of their dogs and probably cats needs to be much better. If I had been told when Skye was a year old that if we didn’t spay her and allow her to have a litter of pups then one day her uterus could fill up with puss and blood and require emergency surgery and then after that her chance of developing breast cancer would be inevitable, well then I’d have thrown money in the vets face and gleefully told the vet to remove that unnecessary organ that I never intended for my dog to use but never in a million years thought could have the possibility of killing my Princess not once but twice!
It’s almost exactly a year later and the vet said that it’s pretty much on the right timeline for cancer developing. Skye is 10, so if it’s cancer we’re not going to do any surgery or put her into any treatment. I know it’s harsh, but I think that the best thing would be to just let her stay with us, happy and pain-free for as long as possible and then one day if she starts to show lots of pain and is suffering we’ll have to put her to sleep.
It’ll break my heart, but she’s been a wonderful dog and I think we’ve done everything to give her an awesome life.