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The family dog, Cookie, is 11 years old. She's a Dalmatian/Lab mix. We all love her (though she drives us NUTS sometimes), but she has some major digestive issues. She has had them ever since we brought her home as a puppy. It seems to be getting worse and worse. My parents spent nearly $1,000 on testing and medicine, just to find out that she has a sensitive stomach. She's eating BilJak Sensitive Solutions, but it doesn't work. We've tried many others that also don't work. It seems that she's been doing very badly lately. She vomits at least three times during the night, sometimes she'll vomit multiple times throughout the day. We don't know what to do. It's no way for an animal to live, but I have no idea what else we can do?? Just experiment with more foods? Is it cruel of me to consider Euthanasia?
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The family dog, Cookie, is 11 years old. She's a Dalmatian/Lab mix. We all love her (though she drives us NUTS sometimes), but she has some major digestive issues. She has had them ever since we brought her home as a puppy. It seems to be getting worse and worse. My parents spent nearly $1,000 on testing and medicine, just to find out that she has a sensitive stomach. She's eating BilJak Sensitive Solutions, but it doesn't work. We've tried many others that also don't work. It seems that she's been doing very badly lately. She vomits at least three times during the night, sometimes she'll vomit multiple times throughout the day. We don't know what to do. It's no way for an animal to live, but I have no idea what else we can do?? Just experiment with more foods? Is it cruel of me to consider Euthanasia?
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Ask yourself these questions.. Is her quality of life good? Is she in pain? If you don't feel that she is happy and has a good quality of life then I would say you can consider it. But don't Eunthanize her just cause she has a sensitive stomach. I am sure this can be resolved.
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Lots of people switch to home cooked meals as they get older.

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Lots of people switch to home cooked meals as they get older.
Yep! Its much easier on their bellies.
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The family dog, Cookie, is 11 years old. She's a Dalmatian/Lab mix. We all love her (though she drives us NUTS sometimes), but she has some major digestive issues. She has had them ever since we brought her home as a puppy. It seems to be getting worse and worse. My parents spent nearly $1,000 on testing and medicine, just to find out that she has a sensitive stomach. She's eating BilJak Sensitive Solutions, but it doesn't work. We've tried many others that also don't work. It seems that she's been doing very badly lately. She vomits at least three times during the night, sometimes she'll vomit multiple times throughout the day. We don't know what to do. It's no way for an animal to live, but I have no idea what else we can do?? Just experiment with more foods? Is it cruel of me to consider Euthanasia?
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I agree that its no way for an animal to live but I don't think its worth Euthanizing her for. If her stomach is sensitive it can be fixed or managed.
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Ask yourself these questions.. Is her quality of life good? Is she in pain? If you don't feel that she is happy and has a good quality of life then I would say you can consider it. But don't Eunthanize her just cause she has a sensitive stomach. I am sure this can be resolved.
She often looks/acts depressed, but maybe it's just the nausea? I'm just not sure what we can do for her.

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Lots of people switch to home cooked meals as they get older.
What kinds of foods would help, and be easy on her stomach?

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What kinds of foods would help, and be easy on her stomach?
Chicken is good, I was also told rice. But not too much! I think they also have food for seniors with sensitive tummies.
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Chicken is good, I was also told rice. But not too much! I think they also have food for seniors with sensitive tummies.
Thank you, I'll look into it!

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I'm confident you will make the proper decision.

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