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Feb 27th, 2018 at 11:56am
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Long story short... our 7 month old border collie got a lump on his chin just before xmas, had it removed 11 Jan. Biopsy came back grade 2 sarcoma, very aggressive. Treatment would be expensive and unlikely to succeed. Last week the dreaded lump returned and is growing fast.

The lump is about 7mm across and pushing his lip out and down.

The only positive is it has low likelihood of spreading anywhere else in the body.

How do you know when the right time is to put him to sleep?

(fwiw family is shattered. he's an awesome dog).
  
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Reply #1 - Feb 27th, 2018 at 3:19pm
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Sorry to hear, Ive been in your situation and youll know the right time when it comes  Sad, Ive made the call when they cannot live a happy and content life.

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Reply #2 - Feb 27th, 2018 at 6:40pm
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Sorry to hear this. Sadly its not uncommon. You will know when its best for him and best for you. Likely when its getting too hard on both of you.
  

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Reply #3 - Feb 27th, 2018 at 7:46pm
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that just plain ol sucks....loosing your four footed mates hurts and hurts really badly
catch 22 with dog that young
the longer you leave it the more attached you get but you want to spend as much time as you can
as for when........my advice having lost Buttons my first gundog to dreaded C is dont spend anymore money than you need to do to keep dog not in pain and trust your vet as to when time to go is at hand..... sooner rather than later Cry Cry Cry
my heart goes out to you and your family.
  
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Reply #4 - Feb 28th, 2018 at 7:16am
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cheers guys. This is him. The lump was taken out on the right side of his chin, this photo is from ~ 2 weeks ago, now the lump is back and big that quickly.

  
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Reply #5 - Mar 1st, 2018 at 8:23am
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That's a real bummer man. You will know the right time by when he's not keen on his favourite food, and looks like he's not keen on anything like going outside with you or for walks etc...

I would just keep getting it cut out for a while and see if the growth slows down after a while.
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Reply #6 - Mar 1st, 2018 at 4:25pm
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Sad to hear that. Bury it yourself when the time comes.† If you have a nice spot of forest somewhere you and the dog both know.. say your goodbyes before the time comes. Will make it easier later.† Smiley
  

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Reply #7 - Mar 1st, 2018 at 7:38pm
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similar issue at present - just picked up dog from the vets after a lump removed from above the eye

2nd lump in 3 years - fingers crossed that there are no more for a while
  
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Reply #8 - Mar 1st, 2018 at 8:07pm
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What a cool looking dog.
Give him as many good times as you can, and when you know thatís itís time for the inevitable, donít put it off. Plant a tree over him as a memorial and go get another pup and move on.
  
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Reply #9 - May 12th, 2018 at 2:59pm
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What a bastard about the dreaded "C" a neat looking dog,' I have lost 2 great hunting dogs and working companions to it, and they were only young too. My heart goes out mate to you and the family, a real shame, but here's hoping all the same.
  
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Reply #10 - May 14th, 2018 at 9:27pm
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That really sucks man. Hopefully you have some more good times together before that time comes.
  

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