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People so often say "You'll know when it is time." I wish that were true, but I have the hardest time. With some dogs, I've kept trying to deep them alive, and regretted making their last days miserable. With others, I've made the decision to let them go while they were still able to enjoy their last day and then wondered If I had jumped the gun too soon.

All I can tell you is that I have most regretted the times I tried too hard to keep them alive. Better to let them go a week early than a day late. I've been fortunate in never having to make the decision to euthanize a dog under anesthesia at the vets. That would be horrible. I believe I would have done what you did and brought him home. I always want to be with my dogs when they go, preferably at home.

I'd make the appointment with the mobile vet, even if there is a risk that he could become critical before the appointment. If you think the risk is too high, find a vet that will yet you be with him when he goes.

It's the worst thing about having a dog you love.

Kelly
Thank you. Everything you said makes perfect sense. Like you, I think I would have more regrets knowing I waited too long vs maybe doing it a little too soon.
 

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Jaxon is still with us. He is happy and not in pain. Still doing all the things he loves. If he stays with us he will turn 10 this Monday. I plan to have him a great party, including everything he loves….. pizza, ice cream, a long walk in the park, etc…

One of my clients that was in today told me they lost one of their Goldens to the same type tumor. He said that the tumor ruptures and they “bleed out”. I was caught off guard and didn’t ask him what exactly “bleed out” means. Does that mean he might actually bleed externally? I thought my vet had told me if the tumors bleeding increases that his heart would stop. I’m starting to feel anxious at the thought of watching him bleed externally. I don’t want to remember him that way.
 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAXSON! So happy he is doing well and not showing any signs. 🤩🥰😎🙏🥳 You are a wonderful Daddy. The experience we had with Golden number three ( TAG 😇RIP 12-27-09) lived a happy full life until the tumor bled. Months and months beyond what the Vet initially thought. One day he had a seizure from lack of Oxygen to the brain and was very weak after recovering from that brief episode. We did not know his pancreatic tumor was about to rupture. All tests reveled ( ultra-sound ,CT scans etc).That it was remaining rather dormant. Naturally he was rushed to our Vet who is also the areas Emergency Room and a University Intern Hospital. Ultrasound confirmed he was bleeding internally from that tumor. We were with him and had no choice that it was his final day. It can be painful in humans-internal hemorrhaging.( I am and ER nurse) Unknown the pain scale for our fur babies as they are SO STOIC FOR US. Everyday a gift. Read his signs if he may be in pain or not thriving and take it from there. You, Jax and family are always in my thoughts and prayers.
 

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I have read that you should look at the gums now to see how they look and then watch them. Here's a little info from a quick Google search
Even at a microscopic level, hemangiosarcoma can spread and progress throughout the body, forming large, blood-filled tumors virtually anywhere. When one of these tumors bursts, it can cause an immediate internal bleeding crisis signified by sudden whitening of the gums, weakness and collapse.
I'm sorry this even has to be a discussion any of us has. Give him a big birthday hug from me.
 

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I have read that you should look at the gums now to see how they look and then watch them. Here's a little info from a quick Google search
Even at a microscopic level, hemangiosarcoma can spread and progress throughout the body, forming large, blood-filled tumors virtually anywhere. When one of these tumors bursts, it can cause an immediate internal bleeding crisis signified by sudden whitening of the gums, weakness and collapse.
I'm sorry this even has to be a discussion any of us has. Give him a big birthday hug from me.
Agreed- I didn't want to get that technical but you are absolutely correct. @cwag. Pale gums is an ominent sign. He would act sick and lethargic. Also add a pulse rate above 100 and slow capillary refill. ( blanche visible skin on ears or gums and the color is slow to refill ) But I do not want you to focus on such details You know your boy . You will know if he is not feeling well, enjoy him for as long as that can be 🙏
 

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Agreed- I didn't want to get that technical but you are absolutely correct. @cwag. Pale gums is an ominent sign. He would act sick and lethargic. Also add a pulse rate above 100 and slow capillary refill. ( blanche visible skin on ears or gums and the color is slow to refill ) But I do not want you to focus on such details You know your boy . You will know if he is not feeling well, enjoy him for as long as that can be 🙏
Thank you both for that information that will be of much help to me!

We were not sure we would have this celebration but the Birthday Boy is 10 years old today!
Happy Birthday my sweet Jaxon 🥰🎂🐕

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Thank you both for that information that will be of much help to me!

We were not sure we would have this celebration but the Birthday Boy is 10 years old today!
Happy Birthday my sweet Jaxon 🥰🎂🐕

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Thank you both for that information that will be of much help to me!

We were not sure we would have this celebration but the Birthday Boy is 10 years old today!
Happy Birthday my sweet Jaxon 🥰🎂🐕

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY HANDSOME ! 🥰
 

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Happy Birthday to your sweet boy. Hope there are no signs to see for a good long time.
 

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I do hope that you have gotten a second opinion. There are several things that you have mentioned that don't make sense to me. No, I am nit a vet but an R.N and a nephrectomy patient myself. My M. D. made more than one mistake in my diagnosis. Good luck to you.
I was thinking the same thing. I am no doctor or vet, but know people who have had a kidney removed and lived for years with just one. Is there a reason apart from that the kidney with a tumour is bleeding why they can't remove it.
 

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Jaxon crossed over at 1:15 this morning. He had a good walk yesterday morning and enjoyed his McDonalds Sausage biscuit 🙂. Late yesterday afternoon he didn’t want to get up and he wouldn’t take a treat. I was lucky that I got home from work and managed to get him to follow me to the backyard. We laid in the grass for at least an hour, just talking about old times. His eyes told me that he was ready so I told him we would be ok and he could go to sleep when he was ready. He came inside and settled into his favorite place in the room. I slept on the sofa to be close. His breathing woke me at 12:45am. I woke my partner and we held him and talked to him, reassuring him he would be ok. By 1:15am he took his last breath. I don’t think he was in distress until the very end so I’m hoping we did the right thing by letting him pass on his own. I was holding him tight so I hope that he felt safe. We took him to the vet this afternoon so that he can be cremated and returned to us. It was 65 days ago today that the Specialist wanted to put him down. I’m so glad I said no because we have had 65 wonderful days of good food, long walks, tons of tug of war, etc…. A part of my heart will never be the same. Run free, my sweet boy! I know we will be together again! 💔
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I'm sorry for your loss 😢 I just read through the thread today from the beginning and was feeling extremely positive that Jaxon was going to be fine and going strong until your post that he has passed... Even so, all the words written in this thread touched my heart and served as a learning process for me. I thank you and Jaxon for sharing this experience and giving me time today to reflect and appreciate the special moments my golden retriever has given me so far.. And most importantly to cherish them... Rest in peace Jaxon....
 
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