|09-17-2013 01:41 PM|
|kiya||I'm so sorry. Could you set up a camera to watch while your at work or have someone come in at lunch time to check him?|
|09-17-2013 01:38 PM|
I am so sorry...
This is the link to our story, day by day... maybe it helps...
We made the point to live fully and enjoy every day we had.
|09-17-2013 01:00 PM|
Again, thank you for the feedback.
(Shade) Thank you , I will watch his eyes, he still has a spark in him. I will also insist on the sedative. I've decided to make "the appointment" as opposed to him dying on his own. Based on what I've read, it's not going to be very pleasant if he goes naturally so at least I know this way it will be peaceful for him. The big question now is going to be WHEN?
|09-17-2013 12:57 PM|
My heart goes out to you. It's a tough decision, I've been there. As it has been said, watch the eyes and you will know.
As for euthanasia, it is a very personal and stressful moment. I have some things you might want to consider. Some vets will come to your home and help your beloved pet to the bridge in his/her place of comfort. This is especially helpful if you have other pets in the home to help them with the loss. And, if you have the ability or desire to bury you pal on your property this is a wonderful option. You might want to ask your vet about this.There is also the option of cremation.
Spend your last days together and make them special. They will be memories you will never forget. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your forever pal.
|09-17-2013 12:40 PM|
I am so very sorry, I know how hard it is to let go.
My dog had that cancer too and we had his spleen removed, he had another good 4 more months with us.
Your dog will "tell you" when he's ready to go, his eyes will tell you.
|09-17-2013 12:34 PM|
I am so very sorry It's a really tough decision to have to make , the worst
I would say quality of life as well..I do agree with you, I wouldn't want to come home and find my dog had died without me around
So sorry to you and your wife.
|09-17-2013 12:28 PM|
It really is about quality of life, there's a difference between surviving and thriving. If the eyes are bright and the overall demeaner is still upbeat then it's not time, if the eyes are dim, there's no 'spark' left then I would schedule the appointment. With cancer they can go downhill extremely fast so be prepared
It's absolutely awful to make that decision, most of us have been through it unfortunately It really does come down to what's best for the dog
Regarding the actual euthanization, make sure to insist they do a sedative first. Most will do it automatically but some won't and it really does make the whole process much easier.
|09-17-2013 12:18 PM|
I'm so very very sorry
|09-17-2013 12:03 PM|
Thanks for the reply,
My biggest thought right now is do I end this and be able to be next to him when he goes. My wife and I work full time and the thought of him dying alone in the house is tearing me up. I'm pretty sure after researching this that he will not beat this. He has extensive arthritis and now this. But the selfishness in me whats to keep him around. I know I owe it to him to do whats right but I guess I'm just wondering (based on anybody elses experience) if it's time. I also know that I'm the only one who can make that decision but I also don't want to jump the gun on this either.
|09-17-2013 11:55 AM|
I'm so sorry It all depends on the dog, some live days some live weeks,etc. I find the eyes are the thing to watch, you'll know when it's time
Basically it's about quality of life and keeping them as pain free as possible, there are a multitude of drugs that help keep them comfortable. Each day is precious, spend as much time together as possible and do anything special you like to do together (walks by the lake, etc)
When it comes time, have that last car ride, stop at McDonalds and get a ice cream or plain hamburger and hold him close as the vet helps him cross the bridge.
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