Back in the end of August 2016, Dolly had a lump removed from her throat Dolly in the wars. The lump turned out to be a Squamous Cell Carcinoma which I talked about on the blog Dolly and the big "C" On Friday I could feel a lump on the left side of her trachea, and on manipulation, I thought I could feel that the thyroid gland was separate to the lump. So Monday morning I rung the vet to book Dolly in to check out what I had found. So I could see the vet that removed the previous lump, my appointment was this morning just after 9 am.
The vet confirmed my findings, that the thyroid seemed not swollen and the lump was separate, but attached to the outside of her trachea. It is flattish and attached pretty firmly to the trachea, so it was decided that surgery would be a bit risky to remove it, so for now the course of action is to give steroids to see if this reduces the mass. There is a chance that the lump is just an inflammatory response, but with the history of having removed a Squamous Cell Carcinoma from the throat around 6 months ago, it has a high probability of being another Squamous Cell Carcinoma.
Dolly is 10 years old this year, and she has been a very healthy happy girl for those years and at the moment she seems unaware of the lump on her trachea. Nearly 10 is not real old for a dog, but neither is it young, and for me quality of life is more important than quantity. We could go for it,and be really aggressive with treatment,but should Dolly be put through that for me to gain a few more months with her? We can keep life going these days, way past a good quality of life, and the issue is fast becoming were is the line that the suffering of living should cease for our pets. So I will hope that the steroids work, or at least contain things for Dolly for a while, but I can't help but think that we may be playing out the endgame with Dolly, my sweet, gentle, loyal, little shadow.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me (Jane) with Puddin' and Teagol, waiting patiently to flush a patch of kale, December 2019
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