Thanks so much for the answers to my questions.
If this were my dog, I would understandably be reluctant to subject her to surgery at her age. I know that guarantees can't be made but much depends on the location of the spinal mass as to whether or not I would even consider surgery.
If there's a reasonable chance of removing all of it, then I might consider it....maybe.
But if it can only be debulked, I wouldn't consider it at all.
Even if surgery is not pursued, I wouldn't consider euthanasia just yet. It sounds to me like her quality of life is still good and that's the most important thing to me.
I'd get her on medication and supplements though. I'd discuss either steroids or anti-inflammatory drugs with the neurologist.
I'd definitely start supplements (if she's not currently taking them), such as
Dasaquin or Cosequin which are veterinary products specifically formulated for dogs. Quality control is a big problem with these products since what’s on the label is not necessarily what’s in the bottle which is why I mentioned specific brands. These are available on the internet.
Also, fish oil supplements can be helpful since they have anti-inflammatory properties. Welactin and 3V Derm Caps are good veterinary products and are also available on the internet. It takes several weeks for these products to build up in the system, so you might not see immediate results. But once started, these supplements should be continued for them to be effective; you wouldn't stop and start them, in other words, like you would drugs...but you may already know this.
Another option would be Zeel which is a combination homeopathic that can be used in conjunction with other NSAID medications and has a very low incidence of adverse effects. Dose would be one tablet two to three times a day....I'd go with three times a day for the first 2 weeks, then drop back to twice a day for maintenance.
You might also consider alternative therapies and ask the neurologist about them as well: hydrotherapy, laser therapy, massage therapy and even acupuncture may be helpful.
If both front legs were affected, a wheelchair for her might be an option but probably not if both a front and back leg are involved.
I hope this helps; this is a really difficult situation and I'm sorry that you're both having to go through it. Deb