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Some people feel most comfortable applying science to a problem.  Others of us work from the gut, simply knowing something is true.  We work on faith.  Faith gets a bad rap but it’s powerful.

When I work I look for the truth about this pet in this home.  Science says, this dog has a physical symptom and this is how we treat that symptom.

I talked to a dog with cancer who was treated at a nearby vet school.  The school said, it’s a cancerous tumor on the leg.  In these situations we remove the leg. The dog’s human wondered how he felt so she contacted me.  I asked the dog.

The dog was clear.  I don’t want my leg amputated. When I looked at his field I saw a second spot on his lung.  The cancer appeared to have spread but more to the point that dog was tired.  He told me he’d worked hard and he was complete, ready to go. 

This is a  hard message to deliver.  I hesitated but then he said, “tell her”.   I told her.  The school said, it will take him y months to adjust.  You can expect him to live up to x more years. These dogs do just fine.

Within days, the leg was gone.   The dog didn’t even try, in three weeks he was dead.

I had no precedent, no double-blind studies, no replication of results and no proof.  What I did have was faith.  Another dog could have thrived with three legs but not this dog.  He was preparing to die and he wanted to do it on his terms.

Science didn’t wonder how this particular dog felt about amputation and I want to know, why not?

How could this story have ended differently?










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