A No-Win Situation

Hey folks, back in the canine cancer mode again and none too pleased to be here. So many close friends have been hit with it lately that our head is spinning and just today we started a testing process that really brought a dilemma into focus for us that we think might be an issue for many so let’s take a look at that elephant standing over there in the corner…

You go to the effort to become an informed pet parent. You pay attention to your pet and do a monthly check on them to see if any new lumps or bumps appear. You notice something. You ask your Dogtor about it and they tell you it’s just a fatty lump or a place where the tooth always rubs on the lip. Let’s face it. That’s what you WANT to hear so you are all too glad to accept it and all but run from the office and go on with life. But the lump doesn’t retreat and in fact it grows or the discoloration spreads. Maybe your pet paws at it a bit. Now you really have to face it because not only is it changing but your pet might be in pain.

Now we have a No-Win situation. You need to go back in and ask for further evaluation. You know you are either going to walk out feeling stupid for pushing an issue and you were wrong (Nervous Nellie) or you are going to find out your pet does indeed have the big C. What’s behind door number 3 Ed???? I don’t like either of those. Well if you even think your pet might be in pain (pawing, change in appetite or elimination, eye closing, licking…) you have to man-up or put your big girl panties on and go on in and face the music.

You don’t have to go in and demand specific outcomes, rather present your new findings and give your Dogtor a chance to give you options of plans. You really can select a measured, pragmatic approach rather than doing a Thelma and Louise thing and grabbing hands, plunge over the edge right there. You CAN work into this. If your Dogtor does not work with you as a team or shuts you down, then you might want to consider finding one who is on board. You are your pet’s advocate. If your Dogtor is on board, you can move forward and stop the denial process and develop a plan that has your pet’s best interests in mind. As we’ve discussed before, that does not have to include all heroic measures or breaking the bank but it does have to include the best welfare for your pet.

Now you have artfully worked your way through what looked like a no-win situation and found the middle ground. All good Zen dogs seek the middle ground, maybe they have something there?



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