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Old 12-12-2012, 06:42 AM
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Some vets will choose not to euthanize if they believe the animal is healthy, but it sounds like your girl is in a lot of pain so i seriously doubt that would be the case.Call your vet to at least discuss the options. Best wishes, I know it isn't easy.
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I have been through exactly the same thing with my westie although not to the same degree as you with your sick husband. I'm so sorry for you. My westie had bad hips and dementia and had completely forgotten he was house trained. I put up with that for about 2 years but you know when the time is right to let them go. I also had this with my mongrel. She was so affectionate I just kept putting it off and she got thinner and thinner (she had cancer). One day I just looked at her and thought I'm keeping you alive for me, it's not fair. The best way to do it is spur of the moment. Both times once I had decided I was at the vets and it was done and dusted within the hour. If I had given myself time to think I would have talked myself out of it. It's so sad, especially at this time of year, my westie was put down in 16th December and I spent most of that Christmas upset. I didn't have any problem with the vets doing it, on both occasions I explained the situation and both dogs were checked over. The vet thought I was doing the right thing both times and even remarked that they probably would have died in the near future anyway.
I'm very sorry for you. I will say a little prayer for your husband. X


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I agree with the above. When it impacts an animals quality of life it's time. It's easy to say but don't feel guilty about it. 2 years ago we had a cat that got sicker and sicker 1500 at the vets later and we still didn't know what was wrong with him. He wasnt eating to start with but was fine otherwise. It was like he had forgotten how to (he was 15) many an hour was spent trying to make him eat but to no avail. In the end we had to make the decision to put him to sleep as there was no way he could continue like this. He couldn't walk and had lost control of his bowels. It was difficult because the vet didn't know what was wrong. They has strong suspicions it was liver cancer but the only way to check was to do an invasive surgery which he wouldn't hve pulled through. I guess what I'm trying to say is as long as you have done your best by your baby (which it definitely seems to be the case!) then you know when it is time

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Euthanising an old,tired,sick dog is the last kind thing we can do for them. I was sad but also had a huge sense of relief. Good luck, let us know how you get on


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Yes it is 100% YOUR decision. A vet will euthanize on request. They also can not force you to euthanize if you don't wish too.

It sounds like the pain is what's causing her to act out so much. For now, try giving her the pain medication with some food. I am guessing it is an NSAID which can have a lot of stomach and GI side effects.

I know this is a very hard decision to make when it's your own pet. If you do decide to euthanasia, I would fully support that decision. It is so hard to see our little ones in so much pain. I think the best thing to do would be to make an appointment with your vet and get her re-assessed, as well as discuss everything you just mentioned here (remember, they can't force you to do anything you don't wish to do).
Thanks, she get the pill with food, in the am.
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Well I finially got up the nerve to call the Vet, and she is not in today. So they are leaving a message for her to call me tomorrow. I told them what it is about.

Thank you everyone, this helped me atleast to call.
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Have a good long chat with her. Things will work out for the best, and remember whatever happens its for the sake of your dog.


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It sounds like it is time for her to go to the bridge, it seems like she's in a lot of pain and it would be the best to say goodbye.

You have obviously taken good care of her, 16 is a very good life.

I had to put a rat down last year at this time and it was a hard decision..she had cancer eating into her skull, couldn't eat solids anymore and eventually her eye died. I had to let her go..it was the right decision, but I miss her.
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