Well, as some know, I went through a rough patch with my [15 yo yorkie/pom] Knarly not real long ago. He's actually been doing pretty good. He's been eating well and even playing. But I knew it wouldn't last forever and he once again is showing signs of a infection in his mouth. He is still eating, but I can smell it and today he drooled all over his front leg. Before, I wouldn't risk surgery because of his heart. And if you saw how happy and alive he was all the rest of the time, you would understand why I hesitate. It's not often he relapses this fast. I see him come back with antibiotics and think why should I risk loosing him permanently to surgery, when the bad days are less than the good ones. But regardless, I know time is really getting short for him...I suspect he may have cancer as well [it feels like there is a small lump around his ribs, not to mention the large lump on his toosh that vet thinks is a cyst...this lump is not soft and gooshy like that lump]. I am thinking about when I call the vet tomorrow, if I should ask about just doing the surgery to pull some teeth...and try to look at it as if it doesn't work and he passes, at least it would be in his sleep and peaceful. And if it works, hopefully have a little bit longer with him. I don't know if what I am saying is making any sense...but I do know I can not leave him in this condition. I feel torn every which direction I look at taking.