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possible cancer in 8 year old lab

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Hello, looking for some advice. Our amazing 8 year old Chocolate Lab might have cancer. On Dec. 23rd out of the blue she stopped eating. Aftet many vet visits during emergency rooms visits, xrays and ultrasoinds and blood work. She has a tumor on her lungs and one near her heart. They did a biopsy and we are awaiting the results
The problem now is the vet is talking quality of life. Shes refusing to eat anything at all now
And all she wants to do is sleep. She still greats people at the door just very slowly. And we've gone for walks but you can tell it takes everything out of her. I know my baby is in pain. But am I wrong to what seems to be the easy way out? I know im not ready to say goodbye.
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I'm so sorry, watching a pet decline isn't fair and is the worst part of having them. As cliche as it sounds, you will know. One day she will look at you with a look that she's ready, and you will know that it's time. I'm not going to say it will be easy, because it won't. In fact it will be heart wrenching, but I would rather lose my best friend a little too soon then make her suffer because I'm not ready to lose her.
Sorry to hear that your dog has cancer. How long has she not eaten? Your vet is quite right to be talking about quality of life. She may still be appearing to be enjoying things like walks, but if unable to eat, she will start suffering very soon if not already.

Making that final decision is never easy, but watching a dog suffer is even worse. If the vet doesn't think there is a glimmer of hope that she could be cured/kept comfortable, then please don't delay, don't wait for her eyes to plead with you to release from her pain. Be strong for her, and then don't be afraid to cry and go through the grieving process afterwards.
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