Q. Vet diagnosed large oral cancer

Wed, Dec 14, 2022

Just returned the vet after sudden experience of difficulty breathing through nose and bloody drool. He took a look and saw a large mass in posterior left hard palate. The vet is highly experienced and told us that it is an invasive oral cancer and there was not much to be done outside of euthanasia. He does not seem to be in great distress but has some difficulty chewing and any water he takes in comes out of his nose. The vet said we would know when the time comes but I don't and my heart is breaking. Can you give me a better idea on when we send him on? Photos are not possible due to the mass location and the tumor is probably greater than 3 cm.

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Thank you for using our service. I'm sorry to hear about the difficult situation with your Pomeranian. It sounds like your vet has done a thorough examination and made a diagnosis of an invasive oral cancer. This is a very serious condition and it is understandable that you are feeling heartbroken.

It is important to keep in mind that every animal is different and will experience their illness in their own way. Some animals may continue to feel well and have a good quality of life for a longer period of time, while others may experience more rapid deterioration. It can be difficult to predict exactly when the time will come to say goodbye to a beloved pet, but it is important to pay close attention to your dog's quality of life and comfort.

If your dog is experiencing difficulty breathing or has difficulty swallowing or eating, it is important to address these issues as they can cause discomfort and distress. Your vet can provide pain medication or other treatments to help manage these symptoms and improve your dog's quality of life. If you are concerned about your dog's comfort or quality of life at any time, it is important to discuss this with your vet. They can provide guidance and support as you make decisions about your dog's care.

It is also important to provide your dog with love and comfort during this difficult time. Spend time with your dog, offer them their favorite treats, and provide a warm and comfortable place for them to rest. These small gestures can make a big difference in their well-being.

It is understandable that this is a very difficult and emotional time for you. Please don't hesitate to reach out to your vet or a support group for additional guidance and support.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us. Thank you.