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Old 09-26-2014, 03:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Shadow is now 4 years old.
She is losing weight again, her dog reactivity has taken a turn toward out right aggression, she is coming in heat soon, her coat looks like crap.
I lost Sabi 1 year ago. Bud is 12 and probably wont live forever. Everyone I know is urging me to have Shadow put down and start over.
Shadow cannot be spayed due to health issues. Every time she comes in heat things get a bit worse. She has skin problems, food allergies, impaired vision and hearing, suspected brain damage caused by oxygen depravation and she has some behavioral issues which are always amped up by her being in heat. I have tried diet changes, she has had at least six sets of bloodwork, we have done stress tests on her heart, and eye exams. Testing is limited by the fact that the vets are all advising against putting her under. But a 65 lb dog that drops 10 lbs is a concern and she does this often.
So basically I have a dog that is managed not trained, who is never healthy for more then 5 minutes.
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Old 09-26-2014, 03:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You do have a lot on your plate right now... First of all do not listen to what others (non-professionals) are telling you. They do not have to live with your decision only you do. I hope that everything calms down for you and Allie gets better...
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Old 09-26-2014, 04:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Sabi, sorry to hear about Shadow. You do have a tough decision, but I bet everyone here will stand by your side whatever course you take.
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Think about her quality of life. Where do you think it rates? Since we are talking about a FA dog with ongoing health issues, think about your own quality of life.

As others have said, forget about what others are telling you to do. Only you can make the decision you are possibly facing.

FWIW - whichever way you decide; you have my support.
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Think about her quality of life. Where do you think it rates? Since we are talking about a FA dog with ongoing health issues, think about your own quality of life.

As others have said, forget about what others are telling you to do. Only you can make the decision you are possibly facing.

FWIW - whichever way you decide; you have my support.

^^^^ This. Sometimes the kindest thing to do is release them from their demons.
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You do have a lot on your plate right now... First of all do not listen to what others (non-professionals) are telling you. They do not have to live with your decision only you do. I hope that everything calms down for you and Shadow gets better.......
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Old 09-26-2014, 04:50 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Sabis mom: Your question has the answer in it already. I think you also have to ask yourself how your quality of life is right now, not just your dog's. Different vets have different ideas and most likely you will follow the vet that confirms your own ideas and feelings. Imagine your life without her now and carry that thought for a while. Also look at the other dogs.They also deserve your care, energy and time.
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Old 09-26-2014, 05:00 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Think about her quality of life. Where do you think it rates? Since we are talking about a FA dog with ongoing health issues, think about your own quality of life.

As others have said, forget about what others are telling you to do. Only you can make the decision you are possibly facing.

FWIW - whichever way you decide; you have my support.
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Old 09-26-2014, 06:36 PM   #9 (permalink)
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It sounds to me like she's having false pregnancy issues following heat. My 5 yo shows why the word for female dog gained a negative connotation about 8 weeks after her heat. The last boute was managed pretty well with herbs from an wholistic vet. Accupuncture and chiropractic might also benefit.

All that aside, there is a point where you weigh your options and it really comes down to "this poor dog has too many issues" then that's what it comes down to. Of course it is sad and unfortunate but it sounds as though you have gone beyond what many would for her.
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Old 09-26-2014, 06:47 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I can relate all too well. No one can make this hard decision but you. There was a recent thread "When do you know its time". On that thread I discussed what my 14 month old was going through.
I sometimes think that I acted too fast, till I think about it.
For me, its all about quality of life, both dogs and yours.
I am sorry that you are going through this, I know its painful.
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