Correct, lung surgery is a long shot. Every person is different and each situation is unique, but if you were to ask me to make a list of all of the possibilities that could cause a mass on the lung that would be simple to treat and lead to years of added life expectancy for Colby, my list would be blank.
I'm so sorry.
The devastating fact is that while lung surgery is the best we can offer in an attempt to try to solve Colby's problem, the likelihood of success is minimal. In a sense, pursuing surgery falls into the category of things like "heroics" and "hoping for a miracle".
By all means a person can choose that path, but it's valid to recognize that it's territory that is out of reach for most pet owners logistically and financially.
If, on the other hand, you're the type of person who has no barriers of cost or access to veterinary specialists and feel compelled to be aggressive with doing whatever it might take to see if Colby can survive this problem (which is currently appearing to be terminal), then pursue the surgery.
As I said, everyone's perspective is different. While in my eyes
, a decision to pursue an aggressive path for a dog with this severe of a disease would be more about doing what the owner wanted rather than the dog, if you were my clients and you wanted to go that route, I would do all I could to help you with the referral to a specialist.
If you did not, I would do everything in power to help you through the end of Colby's life as humanely and compassionately as possible. After all, we all must die at some point, and I believe it is important to try to die well. I never met a dog who wanted to live a *long* life, after all. Just a *good* one.
Please understand I do not wish to offend you with this discussion. I know these are deeply personal and important issues.
Please let me know your thoughts.