Charlie Update: Next Step – Surgery

Today we had our last consultation regarding Charlie’s eye and the cancerous mass removed behind it last week. After talking with multiple vets and asking a vast array of questions, it was time for us to make a decision.

First off, there are no “good” options. The Cancer diagnosis took that away from us and left us with “best case” scenarios. Our objective throughout this entire ordeal was how do we keep Charlie with us as long as possible without risking his quality of life. The message from the vets, across different practices and specialties, was the same: eye removal. The belief is that this procedure gives the vet the best chance to remove (hopefully) all of the cancerous tissue in the socket. Nothing is guaranteed, but this procedure gives Charlie the best opportunity to wag his tail for years to come. With all of the information in hand, we made the decision to go this route and remove Charlie’s left eye. His surgery will be tomorrow morning.

It hurts my heart to know what Charlie is about to go through. He’ll never know why we took him to the vet and brought him home without an eye. But, this is why dogs are much better creatures than us humans – because he’ll look at us, with his remaining eye and still love us unconditionally. This is why we have dogs, why we bring them into our families, and this is why we make hard decisions that they don’t understand. We do this because a house with a one-eyed, tail wagging, dachshund named Charlie is much better off than one without.

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