I have a 10.5 year old dog, with a tumor that has been removed before, that just grew back. The tumor ruptured, and it smells absolutely terrible. Does the smell of the tumor imply anything in relation to euthanizing the animal?
I have a pit bull / black lab mix who is 10.5 years old. About 3 years ago, she started growing a tumor on the under side of her tail. We have the tumor removed, but we didn't have it tested or anything, since it wouldn't have changed how we treated her (I don't believe in giving chemo to a dog that old, and I also can't really afford it).
After we had the tumor removed, and she had healed from the surgery, she seemed fine. Flash forward about six months, and the tumor started to grow back, in the same place. We knew this would probably happen, because the vet told us he couldn't get all of the tumor without possibly damaging her anus (it was on the underside base of her tail). Well, I couldn't afford to have the tumor removed every six months, so I decided to leave it alone for a bit, and have it removed every year to a year and a half. Once she had had the new tumor for a year and a half, she was healthy (besides starting to limp slightly, which I imagine isn't rare for a 9 year old dog), and I decided to leave the tumor alone. I didn't know if it was cancerous, and she had been fine for well over a year since she originally grew the tumor. This may or may not have been a mistake, but that's what happened.
Well, yesterday her tumor ruptured. She seemed to immediately be in a lot of pain, and was bleeding a lot. I started to freak out, because (stop here if you are squeamish) the inside of the tumor looked like hamburger meat, and the smell was unbearable. I contacted my vet immediately, and I have her scheduled for a surgery to remove the tumor again. After closely monitoring her over the past day, she seems to be acting completely different (which makes sense because of the pain). She is limping much more, she's panting constantly, she won't eat, when I pet her she doesn't react. It's really difficult seeing her like that. She's on pain medicine, but even with that, she just seems like she's in terrible shape.
Here's my real question:
Does the smell that is coming from her tumor, imply anything in relation to having her euthanized. I'm horrified of the idea of removing the tumor, putting her through so much stress, and pain with that, just to euthanize her a month later. I'm also horrified of the idea of euthanizing her, when removing the tumor could have solved several issues, and kept her alive another year or two.
I know that no one can answer whether or not I should euthanize right now. That's why I'm specifically asking about the smell. I've only ever smelled a dog like that one other time, and it was from a dog that was in so much pain from cancer, that it made me sick seeing it. Any knowledge is appreciated.