Bud's got an inoperable adrenal tumor that his aorta runs right through. He's being treated with chemical chemo & so far has responded well, there's been some shrinkage to the tumor. Vet is hoping to get him on a low dose maintenance schedule to keep the tumor small and relieve some of the pressure on other organs.
So far he seems happy and like his old self, but he has slowed down a lot. Bud's 13 & I've known for a while now that he's in his final stretch. I love him dearly, and therefore won't put him through unnecessary discomfort/sickness. If he continues to tolerate the lower dosage & it helps: great. If not, I'd just as soon take him off meds and let him live out however long he has. At his age, (with or without meds) it could be a year or longer, or not. Impossible to tell. At least with our animals, we have the option of humane euthanasia when the pain and illness of living outweighs the happiness and comfort of simple being.
Happy that he's responded well to the meds so far, but it's sad to see this great old boy slowing down. He's such a wonderful guy. I hope we have a lot more time left together. He's my boy.