I have lost two dogs to this hideous disease.
Remo was chasing deer on a Sunday, and dead on Thursday of the same week. If he had been a candidate for surgery, I would have done it. He was only six years old. I would have spent every dime I had if it would have saved him. I still cry for him every single day. Something inside of me died when he did and I don't think it will ever be the same.
No one can know or guess how things will go. A guy who adopted a foster of mine had her spleen removed when she was 12 1/2. She is almost 15 now and doing really well for an old, old girl. I thought he was crazy when he had the surgery done, because of her advanced age, but he thought otherwise. You just never know.
If you need someone to talk to, please shoot me a PM and I will be happy to give you a call. I am also in VA, close to Dulles Airport. Our rescue group has lots of volunteers who have also lost dogs to this horrible, horrible disease. Perhaps we can be of some comfort to you.
Please know you are in my thoughts.
Yours in GSDs and rescue,
Good Dogs for Good Homes
Virginia German Shepherd Rescue
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