My big dog, Cosmo, is a 105 pound, 11 year old, white lab mix. We've had him since he was 3 months old. At 6 months he was diagnosed with severe hip dysplasia in his left hip. Recently he developed a vascular tumor (one made mostly of blood vessels) on his LEFT leg, below his knee. We had it biopsied, and it is malignant, but not likely to spread. We were just watching and waiting, but he fell on Monday, while going up a set of concrete stairs, and opened up the tumor. I took him to a vet on Tuesday, who wants to refer us to a surgeon, as she is not sure she can remove the tumor and be able to close the wound properly. The vet wrapped up the leg because it is just dripping blood, and sent us home to think and discuss. My problem is a 105 pound dog who may end up, for awhile anyway, with both rear legs not doing well. I will be primary caretaker, and between the fibro and the arthritis, and the problems with my hands, I cannot move him around without hurting myself. Getting him into the car about does me in, because I have to lift his rear end for him. Guess I really need to invest in a ramp... The cost of the surgery (between $1000 and $2000) can be dealt with somehow, but I am worried about the cost to me, physically. We just moved to a small apartment, and there is no avoiding several sets of stairs in order to go outside. Also, he is 11 years old. Do we put him through all this? He is old, and has constant pain from his hip. Realistically, he only has about another 2 or 3 years left under good conditions. I don't know what to do. I'm thinking of requesting a referral to the surgeon, so we can get more information. The option of having him euthanized is on my mind, too. Except that when we go out for walks he is so alert and interested in everything, even though he hurts when we get back home. (No option on the walks, as we have no backyard now.) So, any thoughts on all this? I know many of us here are 'fur kid' folk and will understand my painful indecision about this. I cried myself to sleep last night. I just don't know how to make this decision. Peace and thanks, Beth.