Comet's diagnosis

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Registered: 06-27-2000
Comet's diagnosis
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Tue, 03-12-2013 - 5:05pm

We went to the vet this morning, and as I suspected, Comet is in the early stages of kidney failure.  He's started losing weight and not in a good way.  I've watched some of my other dogs and some well-loved humans as they cope with the end days of kidney failure, and it's not pretty.  Our vet estimates Comet has 4-6 months of quality life left.  Since I'm retiring at the end of the month, I will have plenty of time this summer to spend with him, make him happy, and let him go when he's ready.  We'll make it a good time and he'll leave knowing he's a good dog.  Then I'll rescue another one, and do it all again.

Barbara

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Registered: 03-20-2001
Tue, 03-12-2013 - 5:37pm

Barbara, I'm sorry to hear of Comet's condition.   Very sad and I wish you patience in the road ahead of you and Comet (()).  It's comforting to know that you'll be able to spend  quality time with him, for him and for yourself.  You are both in my thoughts.  (I'm an email away if you need to talk )  

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Registered: 06-27-2000
Tue, 03-12-2013 - 6:58pm

Thanks, Suzan.  I'll keep it in mind.  Comet is such a lover, and when he has his accidents now he's so sorry.  I never yell at him, though I do get excited about him getting off the carpet and onto the tile!  Our vet is wonderful and has been in our life for many years.  When he came back with the blood test results he said "I should alway's trust mother's intuition."  Sure enough, I had nailed it by Comet's slight weight loss and change in his behavior.  Commy is my 18th dog.  It surely doesn't get any easier to take an older dog, fall in love with them, and then let them go.  I think my next dog or two will be younger.  I've lost two already in the past 8 months and now their forever homes are in my heart.  Still hurts though.  We've all been there.  I'll enjoy my time with him and won't let him suffer. 

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Registered: 11-19-2001
Tue, 03-12-2013 - 8:51pm

Oh Barbara - I'm sorry but I'm so very happy that you will be able to give Comet full-time love in his last months of life.  I think that is truly a blessing!  Hugs to you and Comet!

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Registered: 11-01-1999
Wed, 03-13-2013 - 10:59am

Oh, no!  Poor Comet.  Hugs to both of you.

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Registered: 11-01-1999
Wed, 03-13-2013 - 11:03am

Having to say goodbye is so hard, but I think I will continue to adopt seniors.  They are so so loving, and so often get passed over in favor of young dogs.  Oldsters need homes, too.  And I'm an oldster, myself, and I can do that! 

I fell in love with Jabaar, and I said I didn't care if I had him six months or six years, I was going to love him and make him happy every day of the rest of his life.

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Registered: 11-21-2001
Wed, 03-13-2013 - 5:33pm

Oh Barbara...I'm so sorry.  I had this with my beloved ^Valentine^...but she was only 8YO.  So we spent thousands on hydration clinic stays, tests...and finally I was giving her fluids every day...until it just didn't help any longer.  With ^Samantha^ the fluids helped for a bit, but she was 16YO and I told DH that I just wouldn't do the daily fuids with her.

I'm sure your vet has told you that the K/D food will help...and there are also home made recipes you could try from the internet.  I did that for Samantha, but she was too picky an eater.

Of course, my thoughts are with you and your {{{Comet}}}....whatever happens he is greatly loved and cared for.

Laura
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Registered: 06-27-2000
Sat, 03-16-2013 - 4:37pm

Thanks, Laura.  I switched Comet to a high omega, no grain, white fish and potato food.  I just want him to be comfortable.  He gets an egg every day for extra protein.  I know this can go fast.  I stopped life prolonging efforts 12 years ago after spending thousands on my first Weim for my own benefit, not his.  He's happy and thinks he's special!

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Mon, 03-18-2013 - 2:28pm

I don't know how I missed this post. Yes, I can - iVillage!! grrr

I'm so sorry about Comet. My thoughts are with you during this time.