I’m not looking for a medical answer just a bit of an opinion ad maybe advice. My 10 year old rott has recently been diagnosed with bone cancer.
She seemed fine for a while just limped around. Now she has a bit of trouble getting up so we have excused her need to go outside because of the steps being too difficult for her to get up and down.
So we have her comfortably staying in the part of our house where the mess of her going to the bathroom isn’t causing a problem. Besides that she hasn’t physically gotten up even to just walk to her food bowl today and she also hasn’t urinated in a day and a half.
First of all I want to tell you how sorry I am to hear about your Rottweiler’s cancer. Unfortunately this breed is predisposed to many forms of cancer and it’s not nearly as unusual as we would like it to be.
I know you are not asking for a medical answer, but you really do need to talk to your veterinarian about these concerns and ask for his/her advice. If your Rottie hasn’t urinated for over a day, and isn’t drinking then she’s probably considerably dehydrated – this is dangerous in itself and needs veterinary attention.
I have no idea what the prognosis or recommendations of your vet have been for her and obviously you are doing everything you can to keep her at home and comfortable. However, there may be suggestions your vet can make to help ease her such as painkillers if she’s in pain, nutritional supplements if she can’t eat and so on.
It is so incredibly difficult when you have a dog in this situation because it’s heartbreaking to see and very difficult to make any sort of objective assessment or decision yourself. 10 years of healthy life is good for a Rottweiler, because at the moment their lifespan averages around 9 years. Big dogs live shorter lives and purebred dogs have certain hereditary tendencies to diseases that make them less long-lived and with a lower level of overall health than mixed breeds.
Figuring out what the quality of life is for a dog who is terminally ill, or just very old and suffering from degenerative conditions, is difficult because they can’t tell you how they feel. You will need to rely on your vet to give you an idea of what her condition is like for her and what the prognosis is, then decide how to handle it yourselves.
I wish I could help more, but this is really a situation where you need advice from a professional and your Rottie needs to be examined regularly. Best wishes to you all.
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