If you are already at the point where you are thinking about when to euthanize a dog with hemangiosarcoma, we can’t begin to understand what you are going through.
We do concede that whether or not our pups are going through a difficult time, deciding to euthanize them could be really difficult.
However, through it all, it is important that we try to do what is right for our dog, irrespective of how it makes us feel. Now, let’s see what hemangiosarcoma is really about.
What Is Hemangiosarcoma?
Basically, hemangiosarcoma is a cancer of the blood vessels and is usually found in the liver, the heart and the spleen too. However, it isn’t unusual to find it in some other parts of the body.
Unfortunately, there is no known cure for this cancer. A dog that has hemangiosarcoma can be made to undergo surgery.
However, this can only remove the primary tumor and maybe also stop the bleeding. As for the other places the cancer has spread to, even surgery won’t be able to remove those tumors because they are so microscopic.
Now, with hemangiosarcoma, you hardly ever notice any symptoms out of the ordinary until things are already pretty serious.
And as a result, by the time a dog has been diagnosed of having hemangiosarcoma, they are already pretty close. That said….
Symptoms Of Hemangiosarcoma
At the early stages, hemangiosarcoma will resemble basically any other ailment with presentations such as diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss and a loss of appetite.
As the cancer continues to spread, your dog might begin to present symptoms such as a distended belly, difficulty breathing, reclusive behavior, internal or external bleeding and they could even just collapse all of a sudden.
One thing you’ll have to bear in mind, though, is that the symptoms will not get better. Instead, they’ll progress for the worse. It’s sad but true.
Your vet might suggest euthanization to you if they think it is what is best for your dog. However, something as serious as this is your decision to make.
Now, while making that decision, consider the fact that your dog might be seriously uncomfortable. However, this is different for some dogs and they might not be in so much pain till the last day.
So, here is what we’ll say. Be attentive to your dog. It is easy to think about yourself and the fact that you’ll miss your dog when you consider euthanization.
However, we implore you to think about your dog and the discomfort and pain they might be feeling.
So, if your dog looks like they can’t stomach the pain, they cannot move and they are not even eating, you might want to consider euthanization.
However, if your dog still seems fine; eats his food, plays around and generally still has a good disposition, you might as well enjoy their last days with them and hope that their passing is a very peaceful one.
Also, be prepared to take the euthanization road if anything changes for the worse.