I can hold a steak in front or right next to his face and he doesn’t even see it, I have to literally touch his face with the meat (or snack) for him to realize it’s there. You see, I was so lost one day some seventeen and a half years ago in Atlanta where I had been so abused and beat up I had to fend for myself until the day a guy found me in the middle of nowhere as my nose kept looking for a home. Due to his age I chose not to biopsy it and the vet agreed. I give him all the vet suggested supplements, but he always has a lot of trouble during the change of seasons each of the past few years. It all depends on the dog. If not you should ask about it. And well, she eats (she’s a lab after all). I think you did the right thing. I decided that meant it was time because she had always his her pain from me even when she was bleeding internally she didn’t cry so I knew she was in great pain and not getting better. But, her mom before me is in heaven and I’m sure she will be there to welcome her, as she was her friend before me, I am just thankful to God for allowing me, although to me far too brief a time with her, or to see her in her youthful years, she’s just old and her poor sweet little body has worn out. And now my baby is experiencing some deafness and the change in his eyesight. I am cleaning up after her several times a day. We just put our dog down and it was the hardest decision I make. Please take her to a vet so she can get an assessment of her pain. Many dogs will try to spend every waking moment next to their human companion.A few dogs seem to be so all over the place that you never know where they'll end up next. I’m not sure what to think. Reading this helps me, it allows me to share my pain with others. You should check with your vet. It’s been two weeks but I have no regrets or second thoughts. I miss my buddy, Charlie. Thank you so much. Her entire abdomen is essentially one large tumor and that cancer has spread and there is a single nodule in her lung. I’m sorry. Help!!! In the last few days she cannot stand and sleeps all day. He growls at my other dog who had been with him for 5 years He comes into my room in the morning, panting and pacing, and low and behold, there’s poop downstairs. She also has bad arthritis. We are left with so many beautiful memories, but absolute broken hearts. People who clean sidewalks manually usually leave some traces of ice and snow. There are no rules unfortunately. My boyfriend who’s known her for a year now winces when he sees her, and I think thinks it would be best if I put her down but definitely feels that it is my call and supports me, but my best friend in town (who’ve I known since high school) adamantly feels my dog isn’t ready to go. I think many dog owners wonder if there was more they could do. From your description though it sounds like you already know what you should do. I’m sure you’ll know when he’s ready to let go. She gets very thirsty. In her last few days she was not able to get outdoors without assistance and her back feet were “knuckling under”. Today, she fell in the middle of walking and then just laid there. Thank you for this blog. I have a beautiful 14.5 yo English Springer Spaniel, my Oliver. It will be a very sad day for us and just the thought of it brings tears to my eyes. I am trying to make this decision. But now, years later, her back legs never were the same and the arthritis I suppose is really making it hard for her to get up and down. So when faced with the decision to give one final kiss goodbye, what can we do to ease the guilt our action will surely cause? We had two corgies, William and Harry. I’m not sure he’s right though. I will wake up if I hear her pacing in my bedroom and take her out at 3 or 4 am. Our daughter would run in the house and head straight for her furry buddy. The vet stayed with us for two hours until my husband and I realized that the kindest thing we could do for our dog was to end her misery. I did everything I could to help her and it was my last gift to her while she was dying. Now my 17 year old chihuahua is not doing well. They believe he has liver cancer. She seemed to be able to get him to play more often and they get along wonderfully. He is still happy and eating and playing. Hugs to all! She refuses to take any kind of medicine. She’s sleeping close to 20 hrs a day. Each time he was less like himself. Usually when she has her seizures I’m right there and I prevent it but I wasn’t home this time. But I will miss him so much. If you know his quality of life is poor then you probably know what you should do. Went outside in the a.m., came in slept. I waffled on the decision but she seemed to be in less pain and only needing to go to the bathroom once at night so I told my husband that I wanted to just take her to the park across the street only and stay downstairs so she didn’t have to go up the stairs anymore and see how she did. I really just don’t know what to do .. We could have done more procedures on our dog before we let him go but what little time it would have added to his life would have been miserable for him. My 16 ye old terrier mix started eating less last week. We took him in, they took a urine sample through a catheter, took blood sample, did an ultrasound, performed X-ray, only one because when he was on his side he had difficulty breathing. Thank you for reading my story. I asked if I could also get one for the anxiety (with tears streaming down my face). I want to believe that one day we will be reunited been my time comes. Have a look at booyahstrollers.com – I bought one for my 15 year old pug 2 years ago & he seems to like it. I tried to help her get up and she looked like she was going to snap at me-she would never have done that before. Thank you for sharing what so many of us feel. Bringing relief from pain now is imperative and unselfish. I know her time will be coming but she currently is still eating and drinking normally and doing her business outside. If you believe he’s in pain or stops eating you should consult with your vet regarding what you should do. Assuming there is nothing physically wrong with her, refusing food is one sign that a dog is ready for you to let him/her go, but if you believe your dog is suffering you don’t have to wait. Heated sidewalks are perfectly clean. The greatest beagle hound of all time Mikey! Vet said she is dizzy as eyes are going back and forth. I’m not saying you should put your dog down now – just monitor her quality of life/pain closely so you’ll know when to make a decision that’s right for her. I’m not a vet so I can’t offer medical advice. She spent most of her remaining time in the kitchen as she no longer seemed to know how to use the litter box. We have a split level house, so the stairs have been a huge, huge struggle. Love to all pet parents … from It really depends on the dog and how "velcro" they are. If one of the other dogs leaves a toy in the path she stops and I have to go move it so she can continue. My boy is 12.5. I can’t give you specific advice on what to do since I’m not a vet, but I can tell you my experience with my dog. I am devastated. My son brought home a kitten he found and Snowball developed another herniated neck disc. Heidi will turn 18 this month. If she is suffering you aren’t giving up on her, you’re relieving her pain. She hides under the bed. I’m sure you will (or have already) make the right choice. I have a 14 yr old cavalier King Charles. He had deteriorated to the point where he had a hard time getting up, had no interest in anything, either laid around in a catatonic state or wandered aimlessly like he was drunk getting lost under tables. Her appetite is good. No food for 2 1/2 days (not even treats she loves) & started not drinking yesterday. It is so sad to watch her falling down. If she is in constant pain and the vet can’t do anything about it you have to determine if she still has a good quality of life. I’m a 56 year old guy 6’2″ fat guy (call a spade a spade, right?) Thanks for sharing your experience. I don’t know if this applies to your dog but in my opinion it is better to let them go sooner than later. In the BIble, when farming livestock, they did what had to be done for the sake of the animal. I felt at the time that Earl was enjoying his last trip. And apart of me says no. I want to sell my home and travel in my trailer for awhile but they do very poorly in the trailer and they can’t do that. If he wasn’t eating? She has the dreaded degenerative myelopathy disease. It sounds like you’re doing everything for her you possibly can. About a month ago she began to vomit and could not hold her food down, Abby (from the hit show ) started becoming lithargic would not eat, and began to sleep more. We are taking him tomorrow to the vet, but I think there’s not much more that can be done. This is so hard, for all of us. Two years ago I had a full back MRI done and he had 10 compressed discs and 3 herniated discs in his neck, The vet neurologist put him on a regimen of rimadyl and gabapentin which he did very well on. Letting your dog go when he’s ready is one of the most important decisions you have to make for him, and people ask every day if it’s time to put their dog down. He suffered some early hardships by his previous owners (that we are aware of). He’s lost so much muscle. Same both animals and humans both got hearts.are animals are family. She is still eating well but she is hard of hearing, doesn’t see well anymore, has trouble getting up on both front and back legs, she leaks intermittently and has a very foul odor when she is leaking. She wouldn’t eat anything, and that was not normal. Last night was the first night he was incontinent, urinating in both his bed and by the back door. I love my dad. My dog is turning 13 this August. But i just don’t know if its time. Maybe it already has. Right up until during the first half of the 20th century, most dogs worked for humans, hunting and herding for us all day long. She still wags her tail when I greet her in the morning and scritch her ears. She turns 16 on July 2nd. She “complains” any time she has to reposition though. Go on outings (we had to start bribing him with treats to go down the 45 stairs to and from our house) I just had to let go of my 16 year old cat Snowball last month and the only thing wrong with her was her thyriod, however it effected her eating and she got too weak to take the medicine, so it was time. She’s mostly deaf and can’t see well. My biggest issue in trying to make this decision is that I will be having major surgery next week with at least three months recovery time. However he still loved to “play”, go on car rides, chase after cats / birds and watch me bbq, oh and dig his holes. Some pharmacies will put medication in liquid form which is easier to give. I had to put my 14 year old German Shepherd to sleep July 9 and I feel so guilty and so hurt. For them you can. Although he will eat his little brothers dry food but he doesnt chew it. We took her to the vet, ex rays and ultra sounds and they found nothing. Some dogs become more difficult/aggressive because they are in pain, which would make sense for a dog that age. And he was also somewhat imbalanced. So it is hard for me to tell. He was a gentle soul! Or both? He was the happiest, most grateful and intuitive dog I’ve ever known. It’s humiliating for them to soil their own beds, and they wouldn’t do it unless they have serious medical issues. When she’s up she tends to pace and pant. My daughter and I have moved from NJ to Florida, she is still in NJ with my husband. It is incredibly hard to let them go freeing them from their pain is the best thing you can do for them. Every day I cry.. After the first of the year, she yelped trying to jump up on the bed, and quickly started developing problems even walking. Not eating ? It is similar to Vesibulaire disorder. Did I act too soon? Until I saw how quickly he went, I had no idea if I was doing the right thing. Also, seems to be confused at times. Right now, he's staring me down while I'm at the computer. I hope I’m not acting selfishly! Should I buy pads for my little Tuck Tuck? She drinks water, but often I have to bring it to her because she won’t walk to go get it. I give her fluid with a syringe squirting it a few drop at the time. This frightens me because I have three children. I can’t recommend what you should do as I’m not a vet and haven’t seen your dog. I had to make the decision to let her go yesterday-she hadn’t been able to get up for 17 hours. Am I doing the right thing? But it’s been quite some time since we’ve been able to take him back because between his age, joints, & the big tumor, he can’t get in the vehicle anymore. She is back to eating and with the help of lasix and seizure meds she is doing ok but not back to her 100%. Puoi modificare le tue preferenze in qualsiasi momento in Le tue impostazioni per la privacy. He doesn’t seem to be in alot of pain, he doesn’t cry. He was 14, mostly blind, mostly deaf, fought back issues for the last 6 years, and yet it was a stupid brain tumor that was his final nemesis. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. We started weaning him off the prednisone to put him back on the Rimadyl. We miss her terrribly but know we made the right decision. Thank you for sharing your story. My story is like so many others here. I’ve had other dogs but nothing got me like this gentle old creature. I had her since I was 5. He drew some of the fluid from the lump and was sending it off on a slide to be tested. I feel like i would be killing him. Wsh we could keep them longer! My Endlish Cocker Spaniel is almost 18. Nearly 2 years ago he had a large abscessed tooth so we took him in. The ‘list of favorite things’ has been what I was looking for…I know there isn’t a definitive or perfect way, but reading the stories of loving pet owners has been so helpful in giving me a little direction when I felt like I was spinning around and would never know which way to even look. Sending love and peace to all who are going through similar times or dealing with recent loss of their furred family member. He had a good run. She wouldn’t greet us at the door when we came home. She has soiled her bedding in her kennel. It’s the best thing you can do for him. My maltipoo, Leila, will be 16 in 5 days..Sweet Sixteen. I just don’t know what to do. Thank you for listening. 8. Still heartbroken that I made the right choice. Chan will be 18 in January. I wish we had put our lab down 2-3 days sooner – he was miserable and had virtually now chance of recovering (aspiration pneumonia). I’m not a vet and can’t tell you what to do. He has been such a good boy. Well here's a little glimpse. Is coughing up blood a no question end marker ? This is the hardest decision to make, when to say goodbye, to see your baby with laboured breathing, battling to get up, to walk, loss of appetite, cancerous tumor is back and a big hunk of dried meat refused… My heart knows but my mind doesn’t want to accept. In most homes, it’s rare for every little thing to remain the same through the entire day. I don’t know how to make this decision. He roams around like he is confused and walks into walls. Including me forcing a bite or two. I agree that you should think about his quality of life but you are the one who sees him everyday so you are the best judge of how he’s doing. So as soon as I got the leash out to take her to the car to go to the vet she jumped right up off the couch, and went down the stairs to the door. I honestly did not know how I was going to live without my sweet Clover, but I realized she lived a long, good life with her family and I did the best I could as her human momma. She has developed a growth on her tail and we have been treating it due to her incessant licking. Knowing that he’s in a much better place and remembering the good days makes it much easier. My uneducated guess is she may have some anxiety if you move her to FL but she will eventually adapt. Her back was so sore. Any advice? The next day we were told there was nothing they could do. My heart is so sad but grateful for this article and the shared comments/stories that followed!! Am I doing the right thing if I agree to let him go now? So troubling for me, I should known everything about my loving girl. I have a 12 year old daughter and this was our first dog together, she used to stand on the edge of the couch and stare at her in her crib when she was a baby and has always been her little protector, so I share this experience of watching my little doggie struggle with her as well.. Last time I went downstairs to check on him he raised his head but didn’t get up. Hope that helps. I would get your dad to talk to a vet. I read your article about knowing “when the time was right” for your dog. She’s a mellow dog and has never been one to play much. I’m sorry about your dog. He’s pretty much a house plant at this point but he was or until recently always himself. Our dog started pooping in the house about a year before we had to put him down. The same boy who would lay at my feet whenever I did anything. With the 13 yr old, if he is in pain constantly i will choose to stop it by euthanasia if pills don’t work. Is this a typo? He still eating and drinks. One of the things that the vet asked me to think about was whether Chan was the same dog from six months ago or nine months ago? He does have accidents in the house usually if he doesnt let us know or we dont hear him moving around. It is really breaking my heart that I cannot afford a lot of Vet bills also but I am really having a rough time with the idea of making that final decision to have her put down. Our beautiful girl has been part of all of our four children’s lives but I feel as though I want to let her go before she loses her dignity. My darling baby girl, Coco, who is a 12 year old choc lab and the light of my life, is due to be euthanized tomorrow morning. He spent the night at the emergency vet. She is a beautiful black Doberman. He has partial collapsed trachea, a heart murmur, when he was about 7 he tore his meniscus which surgery helped with that. I put my dog down yesterday he was blind and had fluid on his lungs n heart he had a hard time breathing he couldn’t even lay down anymore he would sleep sitting up I did all I could to save him but there wasn’t nothing I could do I CRY all the time I had him for 12 yrs I’m dying inside I feel so guilty but I know it was the right thing to do its not easy BUT HE WAS SUFFERING MY POOR SUNSHINE !!! She also tore something deep in her shoulder in stumble where she landed bad in a hole. Personally I think letting them go a few days early and avoid suffering is better than a few days too late. My two teens haven’t been through this before as I have, but as soon as they are ready and have mourned sufficiently, we will rescue another wonderful furry soul. I had to wheelbarrow carry him everywhere because he was 100 pounds, and me hardly more than that. That tumor should be examined. I just truly do not know what to do. My Westie, (West Highland Terrier. 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