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05-12-2014 07:04 PM
katieliz ...we are thinkin' of you...
05-09-2014 09:42 PM
katieliz Today she's hounding me for cookies and is having a pretty good day. They are so resilient. And so strong and stoic. We are thinking of you and Lennox too. Take care.
05-09-2014 11:15 AM
RebelGSD I would not put a dog down as long as they are happy, eating and not in a lot of pain. There are ways to manage difficulties with walking, there are so many tools available. With the raw diet the stools are hard and not difficult to manage.
05-08-2014 11:12 AM
kelzec I am sure she enjoyed the comfort of your touch. Although we did not have rain here my husband laid with Lennox all night on the chaise that has been Lennox's bed since he was a puppy. Yesterday he had a good day. We spent a lot of time with him outside etc. His walking seems to get alittle worse every day. The affects DM is affecting Lennox quickly. I will keep you and your girl in my thoughts and prayers.
05-07-2014 10:03 AM
katieliz Thinking of you and Lennox today. Storms here last night...my girl can't get on the bed anymore, but glued herself to the side of it right next to me, and I slept with my hand on her the rest of the night. Wishing you strength and peace.
05-07-2014 07:56 AM
JakodaCD OA I can't tell you what to do either

From my experience, all my dogs have passed from old age related things, their minds were still there, their bodies weren't I think it's harder to decide when the 'mind' and 'will' is still there, but the body isn't..I know it's made me feel guilty most times, but I felt when the time was right atleast they still had their dignity..

So I can't answer for you, only to say, I'm sorry, it's not an easy thing, and there were times I just "knew" ..
05-07-2014 04:45 AM
Romany I found these forums a year ago while researching Canine degenerative myelopathyouple that my 12 year old GSD Libby seemed to have.
It had seemed to come on really fast,I came from work and Her backlegs just seemed to stop working.My Vet said give Her a week or two and see if it improves.
Luckly She did recover some what,I was able to help her go down the short flight of stairs at our house.I still had to lift Her in the car when we went for dog walks.
While She never really ran much after ,she still wanted to go for Her walk.
Futher after that She lost Her hearing and eye site in one Eye.
She did still enjoyed Her chow and would show flashes of Her former self.
After Christmas She really started to slow down and would not show the same interest in going for walks.She spent most of time sleeping.
I'm March She was having great difficulty get up and walking and finally She stopped eating.
I found a lot of good answers and advice here.
Libby was almost 13 ,would come up to me and give my that look that it was time to let Her go.
I took Her back to the vet and we agreed it would be the Kindest thing I could do for Her.
My girl Libby was a month short of Her 13 th Birthday
And it was the hardest thing I have ever had to do.
I stayed with Her to the very end,She went very peacefully.
I still feel like ****,but I was thinking of Her ,because of Her total love and devotion to me for all those years.
You can only do what's right for them,if your Vet agrees that the quality of Life
Is not there then it's time to start thing about it.
My heart goes out to you to make a heart breaking decision when it comes.
05-07-2014 03:45 AM
Ellimaybel I will not say either way. I know it would be so much easier for you to get help with deciding so I can only tell you about our childhood GSD. She didn't have any diseases. She had 3 strokes, each time my mom worried but then the next day she would be up in the yard playing. After 18 years and 3 strokes we opened the garage door one day (the dogs slept in the heated garage with beds at that point as our family had grown so much and my brother had life threatening asthma and allergies) and Cheyenne was lying at the bottom of the steps. She was lying in a puddle of her own urine and the look in her eyes was one of shame, humiliation, and pain. I'll never EVER forget that look in her eyes. She was begging us to forgive her, when there was no forgiveness required. Look into your dogs eyes. You will see it. At least that's what I'm counting on when my time comes to make that decision since Cheyenne told us.
05-07-2014 03:20 AM
Chip18 There is no right or wrong here, it's going to be your call only you can decide what's best for your dog!

I had to put my baby girl (Struddell White Boxer) to sleep 24 months after she could no walk. Nov of last year. DM is rampant in Boxers, the primary requirement is time and patience, your life will change! Pretty much someone has to be with her 24/7. Bowel movements and #2 will have to be dealt with using potty pads and sanitary napkins and tissue paper. A wheelchair "if" he will/can use one will be necessary and with a GSD most likely a lifting harness will be necessary.

Tons of info on the two links below and sadly I have first hand experience with a DM dog!. Struddell could no longer use her wheel chair after about three months. I think I got it to late for her to much time passed and I just couldn't think straight!

If they don't exercise pneumonia will sit in!

I'm Gunther on Boxerworld:
Thatcher has DM. Anyone use Dwanecart wheelchair? - Boxer Board
DEGENERATIVE MYELOPATHY - Gentry Boxers
05-06-2014 11:50 PM
SPOTACUS MAXIMUS Sorry to hear about your dog. That is is tough situation. All the previous posts are good advice.

We put our 15.5 year old shepherd down last year. She had DM and could no longer control her bowels. When we had to pick her back end up to get her up and outside we knew it was time, She was fine in the head but she knew it was time too.

Its super hard to do, the hardest, but be strong when the time comes, which may be very soon. When you know your dog isn't going to get better, then its time. It gotta be all about dog, not the people.

Plan it with your vet now so you are ready when you need to be.
Just be there for your dog as he passes, it will be ok.
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