I'm faced with an incredibly difficult situation.
About 3 weeks ago (two days after my father passed away), my 11 year old poodle mix and I was playing in our front yard. While playing fetch, she ran to get the ball, yelped and then refused to use her leg. At first I thought it was a wasp sting under her pad, because she had redness between her toes, but after a visit to the vet, she was diagnosed with an acl tear in her knee (without xrays), and I got 10 days worth of medication to see if the medication would remedy the issue.
Two weeks later, after finishing the medication and seeing no improvement, I called the vet and she recommended an x-ray. At this point, after doing some research, I thought it wise to go for a second opinion because I felt that my initial vet should have recommended an x-ray immediately, so I made an appointment with a different vet.
The second vet took an x-ray, confirmed that it was a total acl tear in her knee after palpitating the joint and recommended surgery which would be $3500. But after examining the x-ray she saw a lump about the size of a golf ball in my dog's stomach cavity that is abnormal. The vet said that I would need an ultrasound to determine what it was and then an additional surgery to remove it.
I've been crying for days over this now, because I don't have the means to have both surgeries done on my dog and I need to leave the country to go and take care of my mother who is now alone.
I'm at my wits end and do not know what I should do. I want the best for my dog, but at this point I'm starting to think that I'll have to humanely euthanize her which is tearing me apart! How do you make such a hard decision????