My dog is sick

GFLPraxis

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Sorry to subject you guys to my complaining, but I felt the need to vent.

My dog is really sick; she barely lifts her head up and won't make eye contact, and has a hard time standing straight. She probably won't survive the week.

She's really old; 16 years old. I've had her the last 13 years. I'm feeling sick to my stomach just thinking about losing her :( Especially on top of just losing my cat a few months ago (April).

Sorry, I just felt the need to vent somewhere :(
 

Lacero

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You should take her to the vet and have her gently put down. I don't think it's right to let her suffer till she does finally die.
 

GFLPraxis

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She doesn't appear to be suffering. She seems dizzy and tired, but not in pain, at all.
 

devilot

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My heart goes out to you.

I've had pets my whole life and have had to endure the pain of one of my cats contracting FIV (the feline, hence the "f," version of HIV) and then leukemia. I'm sorry your dog isn't well.
 

ham_man

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Sorry to hear about that. Your best option may be too gently let your dog down. Hope that everything turns out alright... :(
 

GFLPraxis

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Thanks, everyone.

Maybe you can take her to the vet to see what's wrong?
Perhaps that might be best. Though I have a clue. She's always had this problem since birth; a malfunctioning saliva gland. As a result she had a bulging sack full of saliva under her neck. It was never a problem at all. A few months ago it became very hard, like a rock. We took her to the vet and they took out the gland, which had swollen to a large size. They weren't sure if it was cancerous or not, but the vet said that if it was a cancerous tumor, then she likely had less than a year.

Perhaps thats what it was; or maybe its just old age. A week ago she was doing great, running around all over the place.

Still doesn't seem real that she might die...it's one of those pets that seems like they're always there, you know? I'm hoping she'll pull out of it, but she's so old that it seems unlikely. :(
 

devilot

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To the OP, I think I have to stop reading this thread. Everytime I read one of your posts my eyes start watering. I'm sorry for getting all emotional... but it really is painful to see a pet, a close friend in distress especially if the odds don't seem great.

I wish you and your dog the best-- both for her's and your happiness but also well-being, whatever is best for her is really important right now. :(
 

zach

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that's very sad. i know the pain of losing pets, we owned two dogs that died within weeks of each other after having 14 year lives each.


but just remeber, in dog time, your dog lived a long and fruitful 112 year life, so it's simply the process of aging.
 

Backtothemac

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Man, I am so sorry that you are having to go through this. She has been a great friend though I would bet. We lost a cat that we had had for 14 years about two years ago, and it is still hard. Take her to the vet, and let him check her out.

The sad thing for us is the month after Nick died on Fathers day, my cat Bud (Budwiser) got very ill, and I had to put him down. It was so gentle, and peaceful that it made it easier for me to deal with.

My prayers are with you.
B2TM
 

scem0

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I'm so sorry :(. I am a dog lover and I know the pain of seeing a good pet fade away. My family's dog, Rosie, died a year ago at 16 years.

scem0
 

Roger1

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I really feel for you. I just put my dog down a couple of weeks ago. She was a little over 13 years old. I don't feel bad about my decision, though. She was having seizures, and had lost the use of her back legs. That Monday she was (relatively) healthy, and by Friday we had to put her down. It was really tough to do, but she was only going to get worse.
 

joetronic

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I truley feel for you. As I have mentioned before, my wife runs a shelter for aboused and unwanted dogs. We have seen our share of sickness, and It would be a really good idea to take her to the vet. Dependign on whats wrong, they may be able to make the last few days very comftorable.

I hope all works out. BTW, what breed is she?
 

matthew24

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I know it will be painfull, but later you will remember her with a smile, like I do remember our dachs from my youth, all the fun we had! :eek:
 

emw

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I lost my dog a few years back to cancer - it happened so fast, and sounds something like what your dog is going through; but don't take that as a diagnosis, just an observation. We tried treating her, but to no avail.

The worst part was, my wife was having health issues at the same time as Bailey - I came home from visiting my wife at the hospital following her surgery to find Bailey in a bad state. We decided we had to put her down, so I drove her to the hospital so my wife could say goodbye to her. Bailey died in my arms while I carried her into the vet clinic. :(

God, that hurt just to type.

My reason for telling the story is to say that it is better to put the dog down if she is truly sick and unhappy - they don't want to live like that any more than you would. It sounds like she's led a wonderful life, and would thank you for letting her go. Have her checked first by a vet, but don't make her suffer in her last days, if that is the case.

My thoughts are with you.
 

toothpaste

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16 years old is old for a dog. Do not make your dog suffer for nothing, take the dog to the vet and see if its something they can remedy or you have to let your dog go.

It was the hardest thing for me to let my first dog go, but I was only suffering mentally, while my dog suffered physically. So it was only the right thing to do to relieve his pain and let him go. But it might not be as bad yet, go to the vet.
 

emw

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Thought this might be appropriate...
TREAT ME KINDLY

Treat me kindly, my beloved friend,
For no heart in all the world is more
rateful for kindness than the loving
heart of me.
Do not break my spirit with a stick,
For though I should lick your hand
between blows, your patience and
understanding will more quickly
teach me the things you would
have me learn.

Speak to me often, For your voice is
the world's sweetest music, as you must
know by the fierce wagging of my tail
when your footsteps fall upon my ears.

Please take me inside when it is cold
and wet, For I am a domesticated
animal, no longer accustomed to the
bitter elements. I ask no greater glory
than the privilege of sitting at your
feet beside the hearth.

Keep my pan filled with water, for I
cannot tell you when I suffer thirst.
Feed me clean food that I may stay well,
to romp and play and do your bidding,
to walk by your side, and stand ready,
willing and able to protect you with
my life, should your life be in danger.

And, my friend, when I am very old, and
I no longer enjoy good health, hearing
and good sight, do not make heroic
efforts to keep me going.

I am not having fun. Please see that my
trusting life is taken gently. I shall
leave this earth knowing with the last
breath I drew, that my fate was always
safest in your hand.

--- By Beth Norman Harris 1968 ---
 

mactastic

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I'd go see the vet too, just to find out. You don't want your dog to suffer unnecessarily, and conversly you don't want to be worried that it's something terminal if it's not.

It sucks to lose a pet, but it's part of the deal when you get one. Be there for your pet like they would for you. Good luck.
 

clayj

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The worst day of my life was when I had to drive from Charlotte to Raleigh in the middle of the day because my Mom called and told me that our Golden Retriever, Hero, couldn't stand up and wouldn't eat or drink. He was 13 years old and had had a tumor once before, and my Mom, my sister and I drove him to the vet. It was obvious that it was his time to go, and we all stayed in the exam room while the vet put him to sleep. Losing my dog was almost as bad as losing my brother would be (which I hope never happens).

My feelings go out to you, Praxis.
 

rainman::|:|

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Time with a pet wouldn't be such a gift if they lived forever, unfortunately. I have a particularly hard time saying "no" to special-needs animals, so I've lost my share over the last few years. If this is her time I hope it's peaceful. Not to sound like a broken record, but you should consider the vet or a dog ER, if it's something like kidney failure, suffering should certainly be monitored and medicated.

my heart goes out to you :(
 

wdlove

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I'm very sorry to hear about your ill 16 year old dog. What breed of dog and what is the dogs name GFLPraxis? There is no way to really know how much a dog is suffering. She sounds as though her quality of life is very poor. It would be a kindness to her to not allow any suffering. Agree that it is never easy to loose a dog, that are like family. Just hate to see any suffering, with a dog it is allowable to end the suffering. Also allows you time to say goodbye. The vet would also be able to give you a second opinion. Good luck with your decision. :(
 

GFLPraxis

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She seems to have made an improvement today; I got up in the morning and she was gone (she had fallen asleep on the back porch, where she was too dizzy to move from, last night). I looked around for her (backyard is an acre) and she was looking very alert, in a hole she dug a long time ago under a tree, her favorite spot for shade. She had to go down quite a lot of steps and walk a notable distance to get there, so she must be feeling considerably better after yesterday when she was too dizzy to go anywhere. So I don't think she's suffering.

My father is helping watch her, he's had to put down his dogs in the past that were suffering; he's watching her and doesn't think she's suffering either.

I appreciate all the support, guys, thanks. I'm hoping for the best but expecting the worst.


Her name is Susy, and she's a mix, part sheep dog.
 

mactastic

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I had a scare a couple months ago when our dog couldn't get up on his own from his bed (he sleeps at the foot of our bed). I got up in the morning like usual, but he didn't follow my into the shower. Now that's not terribly unusual, sometimes he just sleeps on his bed until I'm done, but when I left the room and he didn't follow I got a little worried. I went back to check on him, and he was trying to stand but couldn't. I had to help him to his feet, and then he'd only go about 5 feet before he'd stop and lay down again. You could tell it hurt him to stand or move.

At that point I got really worried, and took him to the vet right away. The vet looked him over, but couldn't find anything wrong with him. I'm guessing he either sprained something, or slept weird so that his hindquarters were asleep when he tried to get up.

He was pretty much normal the next day, thankfully. Scared the crap out of me though.

Hope Susy keeps getting better.