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Old 10-04-04, 06:29 PM
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Unhappy Need advice about my dog

have a soon to be 12 yr old toy poodle who is not in good condition. She is overweight. 10 days ago she stopped eating her dog food. She won't eat any dog food I give her. She was eating cheerios and cheese but now she is refusing cheerios. She is having diarrehea and she has a multitude of old age problems.......peeing all the time, drinking too much water, trouble walking, panting, heavy breathing, etc.

I brought her to the vet and he suggested either putting her to sleep or running a bunch of tests that would cost 279 dollars. Money I do not have. Also I am not sure I want to put her through a bunch of tests only to be told that it is terminal and it would be very scary for her. Every day since she stopped eating she is failing worse. Today she sits and shakes off and on. She also has the big round cyst that popped yesterday and oozed blood and pus and today it filled right back up. All she does is sleep and she just doesn't seem to enjoy life.

However, I hate to put her to sleep as I just am not sure that is the right thing to do. Although, I am not sure how much longer she can survive without eating.

I just pray that I am able to make the right decision.

Lisa
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Old 10-04-04, 06:43 PM
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Lisa,
my heart goes out to you. I also have an elderly dog, a 13 year old border collie, that has just began showing signs of her age, i.e. drinking lots of water, can't hold her bladder, etc.
Putting the family dog to sleep is a big and difficult decision. If my dog were failing and improving his life was not viable medically or financially, I would make that decision still with great reluctance but would know it's best for all, especially the pet.

I pray that you will find the right decision for you and your family.

Trisha
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Old 10-04-04, 10:36 PM
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We don't have any pets but that would be a tough decision to make.
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Old 10-04-04, 10:59 PM
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Thanks for your thoughts. I tried feeding her cheese and actually anything and she refused it. She would ALWAYS eat cheese so it is a sure sign she is certainly sick. I keep crying tonight but I know I have to do the right thing.....now I need to get the courage up to bring her and walk out without her.

Lisa
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Old 10-04-04, 11:01 PM
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I would definately put her out of her misery. She sounds like her life has ended. If she were human, she'd be in the hospital and 'made comfortable' until she passed on her own. Since she is not human, the options are not as nice usually. I definately would put her to sleep.
(btw, I've had to say goodbye to many of my best friends thru the years for such reasons)
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