Whatever it takes unless my pet was elderly and then I think I would treat with all meds and keep him/her comfy until the end. I learned a very hard lesson a few years ago, I had an old Prairie Dog with a liver tumor and knowing how much I loved my pet the vet said essentially you don't know how long he'll live and since he doesn't have any illnesses he should be a good candidate.
The surgery was a success but he had no quality of life until the day he died, which was about 6-8wks later. He'd been on all kinds of meds, I was trying to syringe feed him, he developed thrush(poor thing) and on his last day he wound up having seizures and I ran him to emergency to have my sweet baby put down. I'm so glad a friend was with me because I was hysterical crying then and I'm crying now as I type this.
I learned a very important lesson because of my little Bucky - It wasn't the money. I wanted to do all I could to keep him alive and the Vet did her job - she did a beautiful surgery. But in the end it was just too much for him to go through but once I started I couldn't stop until finally Bucky said "Enough"!View Thread