|10-13-2013 03:45 AM|
Thank you for your kind words. It's so hard because GSDs seem to have an "extra dimension" to them I can't explain.
|10-12-2013 02:49 PM|
Run Free Frisco
My heart breaks for you and the loss of your beloved Frisco. I'm crying as I type this, as my almost 9 y.o. boy, U.B. has PF and DM. It's the DM that's taking away his quality of life. For the last 2 months, he's having accidents in the house, even when we're here. When he looks at me with those sad sad eyes, it tears my heart out. I know he's saying "I'm sorry mom...I didn't mean to do that". We've been struggling with knowing when it's time, and I'm afraid the time is drawing nearer and nearer. He can still use his back legs, but he's walking on the knuckles and criss-crossing his legs when he walks. If I leave him out too long, he just lays down. Altho he likes that as he can survey his domain! He will only chase his favorite Cuz maybe 2 times/day, when before he'd drive us so crazy with it we had to put it away. I love my boy with all my heart, but I will not let this proud German Shepherd lose his dignity. He's gone from 102# to 78# in just a matter of 4 months. He's losing control of his poop and pee ~ altho not all the time, but enough that it's gotten troublesome. The killer for me is those sad, sad eyes. So, in the near future, my beloved Uncle Buck vom Stolzhaus will be running and playing with your beloved Frisco. God speed all you beautiful dogs that have gone to the bridge.
|10-10-2013 02:19 PM|
|GSDMUM||Frisco passed this morning. He had a fever of 106 and was breathing heavily. I called the vet first thing in the morning. The story is in the memorials section of the forum. My heart is aching so badly.|
|10-09-2013 04:29 AM|
Well Frisco was on three antibiotics and they were all finished after 1.5 months of them and three sets of x-rays at each stage of resolution, left with a little bronchitis. He has been doing so much better in terms of spirit, eating, pestering us for snacks and dentastix after 1,000 "no's" he never gives up!, and my 2yrs old GSD is no longer attacking him but actively playing with him and he has been enjoying it. He has been "walking" around the house with more energy,legs dragging behind him but has bad diarrhea from all of the antibiotics and he also has Inflam BD. He has been on probiotics and some immodium but it is a mess to clean up as he drags himself through it and over about 4 throw rugs and floors. We are always washing rugs and junky towels, using baby wipes etc but the diarrhea really gets all over his furry hind quarters, even with a trim back there and his tail. He drags throgh it so it distributes all over him. We have to wash him outside and rinse him, then put his belly band back on when he is dry. We take him out many times a day with the harness after meals but he usually poops during sleep. I have a cheap vinyl table covering over a thermapedic mattress and under felt throws on his bed but he moves around so much it gets all over him.
He has been on veterinary formula low residue intestinal formula food but it is no longer helping. Immodium helps some but with the IBD it is almost constant. Now after a pretty darn good week for him, he has started to cough alot today. He does not have megaespphagus but it looks like the aspiration pneumonia may be returning.
Does anyone know if it is usually a recurring happening in dogs with DM. His voice is gone and air barks so I assume his swallowing is a bit off too. We feed him by spoon in small mounts with his head up. I don't know what to do already. We were all so happy he was doing well. I will call the vet in the am and ask.
|09-10-2013 12:32 PM|
|pyratemom||Let me say my heart goes out to you. When they look at you and you can see the love in their eyes it's hard to let go. I know that when the quality of their life is not the quality they need then I know it's time. I kept my old guy going through many illnesses but when the time came he had a stroke and I knew that night I had to say goodbye the next day. I couldn't watch him suffer any more. I spent the night with his head in my lap talking with him about our lives together. The next day I took him in and stayed with him throughout the entire procedure and even for a while afterwards because I was so grief stricken I just couldn't leave. I knew I had given him the gift of being able to go with dignity because he hated to mess up in the house and was so sad when he lost control. I could see in his eyes how ashamed he was when that happened. As much as he took a piece of my heart with him I knew I did the right thing. Only you will know when the time is right. Talk with your vet seriously and make the decision only you can make.|
|09-10-2013 12:20 PM|
GSDMUM, I lost my Hero to DM at 9 yrs old, so I too know what you are going through. We also had a wheelchair for him but couldn't use it in the house since it was so big ( but used it to take him for walks ). You could see his spirit was still there but his body couldn't keep up. He had a sling on him all most all the time so we could pick his back end up and help him when he needed, other than that, he would just lay on the floor.
We made the decision before it had gotten worse that once Hero started loosing control of his bladder and bowels, that it was time. Hero knew not to go potty in the house, so when he had no idea he was doing it and then noticed the end result, he was devastated. It is still hard to this day and it has been over a year and two months but it was the right choice for us.
|09-10-2013 02:18 AM|
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|09-09-2013 12:48 PM|
|CapeCodGSD||I'm sorry to hear Frisco is having such a tough time. My old girl "only" had DM (and some other more minor issues). She loved to eat, have her ears scratched, and go outside to sniff around, but it got so she couldn't move without help. I had a Hartman harness for her, but when her front legs started to collapse, that was definitely the end. It was the hardest decision I've ever made, but I waited too long - some pictures of her inside on her bed two months before she died showed her sad eyes that I couldn't see at the time. Right after the vet left, in the most eerie sensation, I felt her spirit telling me she was ok, and she was running free again with the wind blowing through the trees.|
|09-09-2013 11:53 AM|
|shepherdmom||I lost my boy to DM unfortunately it wasn't the slow kind. He was always active playful and full of life. The day he could no longer lift his tail to wag it I knew. His eyes were so sad. It was clear he wasn't happy about being like that. DM sucks in a way because they are not in pain so you can't use that to judge. He hung in with me as long as he couldn't but I could just see in his eyes how unhappy he was he couldn't run and play anymore. We spent the day doing all his favorite things. I spoiled him rotten. Then we got into the car drove to the vet and she put him to sleep while we stood next to him petting him and hugging him. He even closed his eyes which was something the vet warned me would probably not happen, but it was clear he was at peace. It was the hardest thing I've ever had to do and we've had to have plenty of dogs put down over the years this was just so sad because his mind was still there. His body just gave out on him. I have no regrets. I know I did the right thing for him. It sucked for me, but it was right for him.|
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