09-27-2016, 02:46 PM
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I'm so sorry. That is so hard.
I guess I can't give you any answer but I can tell you the story of our dog we lost (the first dog we lost). His name was Arby and he had very bad arthritis because of poor-shape of his back-legs. He lost a lot of weight and started being unable to stand easily, he would cry when he fell and was reluctant to be petted. He seemed sad and lifeless. That is, until we started him on steroids. He was great! He ran around, he played, he was happy, he was eating well again. The last day he was on this earth, he was still in good condition but began to pace. That morning he had a bad seizure and went to the vet. He laid down and never got back up. We put him down while there because they said something inside of him broke and he was ready to go. He likely had cancer that spread.
My point of this story is that Arby acted ready to go, but the meds helped him have a happy last few weeks and it was totally worth it. If your pug wags her tail, looks you in the eye, stands when you stand, asks to cuddle, is excited about food or walks, ect, then she is still enjoying life with you, despite the pain or trouble getting around.
It is between you and your dog when you truly know, but just because a dog has pain does not mean it doesn't enjoy its life with you. When a dog starts ignoring your movement, hanging its head, or not meeting your eyes, it is saying it is getting ready. You can see it in wildlife, when the animals become with-drawn or go off on their own.
You sound like a wonderful owner and you gave and are giving her a wonderful life. I hope the vet says the tumor isn't too bad and she can finish up her Golden Years happily.