When is it time to "put him down?"

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Registered: 07-25-2003
When is it time to "put him down?"
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Sun, 07-27-2003 - 10:52am
You may have run across this message before in another category, but I'm trying to reach as many people as possible as quickly as possible.

I have a 16 year old cocker spaniel. As many cocker's go, he has a thyroid problem requiring daily medication and ear infections requiring periodic ointment. He also has allergies causing matting around his eyes and requires a special dog food because of allergies to dyes and a stomach problem he had as a puppy. He is beginning to loose weight and hair slowly. He can no longer jump on steps, 80% of the time he falls on his face. He is mostly deaf and blind, you have to get within a foot or so for him to see you waving your hand. I give him a special kind of aspirin, suggested by the vet, to help his arthritis, but I don't see that it helps. The vet has concerns about placing him on perscription medication for the arthritis because of his age - most of them cause renal complications. He has elimination problems in his sleep (he urinates on himself and his bedding daily and occasionally deficates on his bed), which he sleeps most of the time anyway. I can no longer keep him in the house because of his accidents, so he lives in a semi-airconditioned garage. I don't want to look back in 2 years and wish I had let him die in dignity, but I don't want to put him to sleep unless I truly feel it is best for him. He doesn't play or do anything that seems pleasurable. Please tell me what you think.
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Registered: 05-20-2003
Mon, 07-28-2003 - 8:48am
First I want to say how sorry I am that you are going through this. Our cat had crystals in her urine and was 20 years old. The vet gave us medication and sent us home with her. She took her medication but was losing weight and wouldn't eat. He sort of spoke like it was near her time to go but was breaking it to us very gently. On our next visit it became clearer to us. She lost so much weight because she literally stopped eating. She would lie by the wood stove most of the time. She let us know when it was time as she became almost stiff and we could see it in her eyes. The vet told us on the second visit "Bring her when you think she is ready". She sat on my lap on the way to the vet and as I was too upset my husband took her in and stayed with her 'til it was over. That was the worst thing either of us ever had to do so I know what you are going through. This cat was my husband's mother's cat and we took her when his mother died suddenly so this was the last attachment to his mother too.

Anyhow hugs to you and you will know when it is time as he will let you know. Sorry this post is so long.

M&M's Meowmom

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Registered: 07-17-2003
Sun, 07-27-2003 - 7:33pm
HI. I KNOW IT IS REALLY HARD TO KNOW EXACTLY WHEN TO PUT

YOUR BEST FRIEND TO SLEEP. I FEEL THAT IT IS PRETTY CLOSE

TO HIS TIME. I ALSO FEEL THAT HE WILL TELL YOU WHEN IT IS

TIME. I HAD A GOLDEN RETRIEVER MIX THAT LIVED TO BE 13

YRS OLD, SHE LET ME KNOW WHEN IT WAS TIME. I HAD DEBATED ON

DOING IT FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS BEFORE SHE LET ME KNOW.

I WILL BE THINKING OF YOU AND YOUR FRIEND. LET US KNOW

HOW HE IS DOING.

ALICIA.

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Registered: 03-23-2003
Sun, 07-27-2003 - 2:00pm
Hi there and welcome to Pets on the Web! I am sorry you are having such a rough time right now! I wish there was something I could say or do that would make this easier for you. If your dog is not playing much and just not himself, I would say he is telling you it's time. It's always hard to make that decision when the time comes, but you need to look at all angles of it. If he has no quality of life anymore, it's time. We had a cocker spaniel when I was little and that dog hung on thru some amazing tragedies. Even when he couldn't walk or play anymore, he still didn't want to leave! My mom had a heck of a time with that, but he just finally couldn't move anymore or eat or go to the bathroom. She took him to the vet who looked him over and said that he was so far gone, it was probably best to put him down. My fiance's mom has a dog that has diabetes and she wanted to put him down immediately. I raised seven kinds of hell with Paul and she ended up setting him up with the shots he needed. The dog was not suffering, he was still eating, drinking and playing like mad! There was no way I was gonna stand by and watch her put down a dog that had such a strong will to live. Basically what I am saying is when you weigh everything out, you will know what the answer is. If your doggie gives you the signs you will know. Just stay with him until the end so he knows that you always loved him. Please feel free to post back here or email me at crzykat1@pie.midco.net if you need a shoulder to lean on! Please keep us updated on what you decide. I will say a prayer for you and your doggie!

Take care...

Kat