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This is probably not the response you are looking for. Your dog, at 15 yo, has lived a long and happy life. Once a cancer goes systemic the prognosis is not very good. Yes, you might buy a little bit of time but the result, at the end, will be the same. We all like to do everything we can for our pets but sometimes it is not in the pet's best interest and can be financially ruinous for the owners. My heartfelt response is to enjoy your pup for the rest of the time he has left and when he tells you he has had enough, the best, kindest, most humane thing you can do is ease his burden and let him cross the Rainbow Bridge. It will be one of the hardest decisions you will have but the right one for him. He will not be alone as 4 of mine would be there waiting for him.
 

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I would ask your vet that question. Some cancers progress slowly until you mess with them and suddenly they take off and are unstoppable. The only ones I would be concerned about are in the mouth and relate to being able to eat and drink with some normalcy. If the vet says it would be a crap shoot and potentially be worse off then accept that. Most vets tend to hedge with the bad news but if they don't approach it with enthusiasm but are hesitant and seem to ponder it for a long time, then the risks are probably more to the negative than positive. You also need to consider how an aged dog will handle anesthesia and the recovery especially with the mouth. Large holes may be the result and no way to close them up so now you have a new problem. Talk with your vet. Ask them to be honest with you even though it may not be good news and take it from there.
 
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