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Good Morning and welcome! I am Dr. Loretta, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your question.
Because of Maggie's age, what your vet is recommending is appropriate if money is not an issue. Since this will all cost a lot of money, you can ask your vet to biopsy this mass to know for sure if this is a metastatic bone cancer or a benign lesion that can be removed. On order to do this, anesthesia is required so your vet will run a blood test to be sure that Maggie can handle the anesthesia or if there is evidence of liver or kidney disease.
If this is bone cancer that is severe, even amputation and/or chemotherapy does not give Maggie very long...estimates are 3-6 months maximum because this bone cancer is so invasive. Most people would rather give Maggie a good quality of life for whatever time she has left rather than going the distance which is very difficult for her.
make sure you get the information first before going through expensive xrays and scans...Maggie will do better this way and it will be easier on you.
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So do you think I am wrong to leave her and give her the best quality time she has with just pain medication? if the prognosis is so short term? is there anything else she could have drugs wise that may help? or am I better saying goodbye now before she gets worse. I don't want to prolong her suffering?