I recently witnessed a scenario where a very friendly and lively dog was euthanized. This kind of scenario certainly has a way of breaking one’s heart, however, I quite understood the decision of the owner to tow that path. The reason for this is that the dog had been diagnosed with a case of Hemangiosarcoma. With such a condition, it is only ideal to euthanize on time rather when it becomes a little too late.
How to Euthanize a Dog with Hemangiosarcoma?
If you are wondering how to euthanize a dog with hemangiosarcoma, just know that it is not rocket science. But first, understand that euthanasia is simply an act of kindness when your dog is on the verge of death. This condition is malignant, aggressive cancer. It may not be obvious but the pains will be there. For you to euthanize such a dog, what is required is that you first consult your vet doctor to ascertain the severity of the condition. When this is done, the dog should be given as much last-minute comfort as possible before the process is carried out.
What Exactly Is Hemangiosarcoma?
Hemangiosarcoma or HSA is simply a violent malignant blood cancer that is usually developed as a mass within the spleen, heart or liver and some other parts of the body. More often than not, by the time the animal begins to display clinical signs, the issue must have spread to the other parts of the dog’s body like the lungs. Hemangiosarcoma can be easily detected by several means such as ultrasound, X-Rays as well as mass biopsy using the exploratory surgery technique.
What Are The Ways Hemangiosarcoma Can Be Treated?
The saddest part of this condition is that while there are several treatments available out there, there is yet no known cure for the condition. The most effective way to approach this condition may be surgery; however, it will not be able to remove all the metastatic condition. Usually, this condition is microscopic at the time of diagnosis. Usually, chemotherapy is combined with surgery to fight the cancer cells that must find their way to the other parts of the body.
How Can You Determine The Prognosis Of Hemangiosarcoma?
The diagnosis of hemangiosarcoma comes with a usually poor prognosis except for the one that originates from the skin of the dog without any external implication. In a case where treatment is not the viable option, you may want to consider euthanasia if you intend to avert the dog having internal bleeding.
The survival rate of using just surgery is between 1-4 months, while in the case of chemotherapy combined with surgery, there is a survival rate of about 8 months. However, even in a case where surgery and chemotherapy are applied, the disease will still find a way to spread while the cancerous cells begin to metastasize. These situations lead to the creation of masses all over the dog’s body.
Hemorrhages may also evolve via the site of the cancer sites thus making your dog very weak until the bleeding ceases. In a situation where the bleeding does not stop, the dog will begin to exhibit symptoms of collapse and shock. I, therefore, counsel that if you want to avoid all such horrific experiences, it is best to get the dog euthanized
What Are The Implications Of My Dog Suffering From Hemangiosarcoma?
All living creatures deserve the best and your dog is certainly not an exception. And in a bid to give your dog the best, we must factor in the long and short term implications of our actions on them. What are the implications of your dog suffering from HAS?
Anxiety and pain
This is perhaps one of the most discussed topics in the world of veterinary medicine. A lot of professionals think that dogs do not conceal their pain because pain does not affect them the way it affects us, humans. It should also be noted that animals usually do not possess any form of emotional connection to their pain as with humans.
Furthermore, animals do not possess any form of emotional connection to their pains like us. We, humans, are bound to react to an issue like cancer in a manner that is different from our pets. The main reason for this is that dogs do not know that they have a terminal condition and as such, it may not affect them as it affects us.
This situation is however quite different from animals such as guinea pigs and rabbits who usually conceal the pains they may be going through to avoid been preyed upon. When you are considering the option of euthanizing your dog, we must factor in anxiety with them.
The simple reality is that anxiety can be worse than pain for animals. Hence, you should reflect on the last time you took your dog to the vet. What was the behavior of your dog like? Did he behave nervously while in the examination room? Did your dog give you the impression that this is terrible?
The next thing for you to do would be to reflect on the lasts time your dog hurt itself. The fact is that my dog reacts in a more intense way to anxiety than he does with pain. This fact is also applicable to other creatures that are about to die. A typical example of this is dogs suffering from the advanced stage of arthritis, usually, they begin to cry, pant and whine. One thing I believe heightens this feeling of pain among dogs is the fact that they do not know what may be causing this pain.
It may also be a way of nature indicating to the dog that he is no longer the strong animal it used to be and if he is not careful he may be a victim. Using anti-anxiety medications may sometimes help out with the dog, but when a dog gets to a certain stage of cancer, it simply means that its end is close.
An interesting fact I have observed is that the more frequent families go through the death of a dog, the quicker the decision to euthanize is arrived at. Usually, pet owners that are experiencing the illness of a dog for the very first time may be tempted to want to give it some more time to see if it would improve. Most of such people are usually afraid that they may be pulling the plug too soon.
The sad thing we have observed from experience is that most of these dog owners end up regretting the delay. The guilt of the pains the dog must have gone through weighs heavily on their conscience. Hence, by the next time, such a thing will be occurring, they would be more favorably disposed to ending its life.
Why Do People Choose Not To Euthanize?
Several dogs die a natural and peaceful death. However, just as in the case of human beings, such a process is usually not common. Several pets are afraid of their pets dying alone while a number of them do not fear. For different reasons, such families are not usually favorably disposed to euthanasia.
Usually, the vet in charge of the case would take time to explain how a natural death process is like for dogs. Things like the way it looks like, the time it takes, and what the experience would be like for their pets. At the end of it, most families that choose the path of natural death for their dogs regret afterward.
A natural death for your dog is certainly not a delightful sight to behold for humans; ,some people are more comfortable watching a human in pain than a dog. The reason for this is that we may be able to talk to humans through pain, but there is no easy way to comfort a dog that is suffering.
Consider Your Options Before You Leap!
If you are looking for a situation where you will be bidding your dog goodbye at the last minute, you may be faced with an emergency and sufferable state for your dog. It may not be a peaceful process and you may end up regretting having to wait that long. If what you desire is calm, peaceful and homely death experience is what you desire for your dog, then you will have to decide quicker.
Making the aforementioned decision should not be solely predicated upon ceasing the suffering the dog may be going through. Instead, it should also be about averting the continuance of the same. Your dog deserves the best both in life and at death; you should not deprive it of that due to emotional sentiments and attachments. Do the needful today!