I honestly did not know how I was going to live without my sweet Clover, but I realized she lived a long, good life with her family and I did the best I could as her human momma. Two years ago I had a full back MRI done and he had 10 compressed discs and 3 herniated discs in his neck, The vet neurologist put him on a regimen of rimadyl and gabapentin which he did very well on. He always loved food, but now refuses to eat much of anything. However, it was last February he experienced what his vet best can be described as a stroke. I’ve been crying all day thinking that I will call the vet tomorrow and possibly bring her there tomorrow. I did everything I could to help her and it was my last gift to her while she was dying. It was time to let him go. Dylan’s last day. She “complains” any time she has to reposition though. I don’t know how to make this decision. She has soiled her bedding in her kennel. It sounds like you did everything you could. After she recovered she was doing even better than before the attack but my hi and and I assumed it was all the rest and time off rather than the five days of fluids she received and figured her creatine levels were off because of the stress. I’m so sorry. But Beamer is different. We have a split level house, so the stairs have been a huge, huge struggle. I wish I had seen the list of 10 things as it would have helped make the decision. About a year earlier I wrote a post about finally acknowledging that he wouldn’t be around much longer because he stopped running upstairs to the kitchen when he heard me making a meal (or doing anything with food). Not eating ? ♡, This is a touching, beautifully written account of the journey with a beloved pet. Thanks for sharing Duke’s story. My 14 1/2 year old Pug Vinnie is having trouble walking as well and does not see to well and I am sure is going deaf also but he still eats, walks as much as he can but I know my time is coming to make the decision and I have never done this before…I am heart broken already…I don’t think it is time as of right now but I feel it is heard to tell…his back legs are staring to swell a little and it is a concern at this time…Please and advice will help…he is on a coupe of different pills for this legs…. I would do anything for him, and I am beginning to think “anything” means letting him go. As difficult as it was, I felt she was grateful. And he is blind, deaf, and has bad arthritis. This is a dog who had a freak accident and lost her hind end to paralysis (Fibrocartiliginous embolism=stroke in the spine with a 50/50 recovery rate).. We did physical therapy and ultimately became rockstar hikers together as part of her healing process. She has hot spots in the warm months. They do count on us to make the right decision. I had her since I was 5. He went through surgery, physical therapy, and with constant work began to walk again after a year. But now it’s worse than ever… she barks at us for long periods of time even when we are at home (not only when we arrive home). The vet indicated we could try force feeding or an endoscopy style lung biopsy …. I’m so confused on what to do.please help! Now he is waking up at night, sometimes coughing, and always panting, and has a hard time settling back down. I’ve never had to put a dog down before, the few I’ve had have went on their own. I can’t leave the house for more than a few hours without being worried about her. heaven is for real that is where our babies go my heart still hurts from my boy had a brain tumor had to put down at ten god gives us free will but you must use love to make that decision he said to take care of them not make them suffer if your animal is suffering love them enough to send them home if they are slower do less they are old so going for a ride not what they like any more if they are different we are different when we are old love them in their new way when time is right get a new gift to love better to love then not they will be there waiting for you god bless we all go home in the end. His vet could help with that. He is still eating…but not the whole bowl that is given to him so it’s slowing…taking in water. She tremors/shakes in her legs constantly and although she eats constantly it is obvious without weighing her that she is loosing weight. I keep telling myself I will not let it go on for as long as I did last time. The rest of my family will be there for her on Friday, but I feel like I am Dr Death and I am person in the family that this burden has been placed on. He decides to try to eat a treat and fell over while trying to get it. It takes him a while to get warmed up to move. I know her time will be coming but she currently is still eating and drinking normally and doing her business outside. If you haven’t taken her to a vet recently she needs a full checkup to determine what’s going on. I’m so sorry. My first born, Mason, is soon to be 16 on feb 1st! I feel like someone is suffocating my heart. He weighed 103.6 I took him in because his eating was getting worse and worse.. His blood test came out great, dental exam good health exam good.. She gave me science diet ID wet food.. She learned not to go in the house after having her for 2 days, and never needed to be crated. #1 – Bulldog Not much to say here, we all know these guys are lazy and love their naps. Took him to the vet, and after testing, they found no reason for the blood. You can visually see that the muscles in his back legs have deteriorated as his front half of his body is a lot thicker/muscular. But I can’t stop second guessing myself and he seems young compared to the other dog stories here… I’m worried I rushed it and should have pursued every measure – he was the mascot of our neighborhood – snoozing on the front covered porch and walkers and even drivers would call out to him as they went by- he looked like a cartooon character and he had my heart locked down. Could it just be arthritis? She can no longer do any of the things she used to enjoy: car rides, walks, sun bathing, eating, scaring the neighborhood kids… This is probably the hardest decision we had to make, we were there for 3 hours as we could not agree what to do. My dog has been sleeping all day. I have used a regular one but I know he really just wants to sniff around though so I hate putting him in that instead of at least giving him a short walk. I’m sorry about your dog. At 2:00 the vet came. If you have them try putting down throw rugs or yoga mats. I’m sorry. Her back legs would go out couldn’t hear couldn’t see good, had a cough. When we do get her to a standing position, she waivers like a drunken sailor. I’m so sorry about your dog. I still am torturing myself with this decision. She would not eat. Your dog was lucky to have you looking out for it. In February of this year they tested her liver enzymes and found them elevated double from last year. As I picked her up to take her in she wet all over me, letting me know that it WAS the right decision. Some pups like to play outside all the time. It continued to grow over the next couple of days so we took her to the vet. My son brought home a kitten he found and Snowball developed another herniated neck disc. Pain can cause a dog to snap. Thank you all for your stories. I know he misses her and is probably depressed and is still grieving. Her diagnosis was a couple of weeks ago and I want to believe the feeding every two hours and the expense of baby food and high quality puppy food is helping but I know it’s just a matter of time and I don’t want the last days of her life to be spent feeling anxious and mine of pure exhausting from trying to keep her alive just for my sake. She was a happy Metro dog – hopefully they’ve played together. OMG thank you for this write up could not have come at a better time, I am going through this right now, its so hard I have 2 Chihuahua/Miniature Pinscher I guess there Chipin’s they are brothers & just turned 15 Dec.10. He loves me and still wags his tail and seems somewhat happy especially at meal times. My beagle has always been pretty active, and he's 14 y.o. People told us something would tell us when it was time to put him down, and that’s exactly what happened. And now my baby is experiencing some deafness and the change in his eyesight. I got special soft food from the vet and hand fed him for weeks to get some food into him. I thank God that we had such a wonderful and loving companion for so many years. I thought maybe his legs had went to sleep on him but the more he tried to walk around the worse he got. Our other dog was freaked out for a couple of days but after that he was fine. Drinks like you wouldn’t believe. I haven’t but maybe others who had a similar problem will post on this thread. I wept. She does not have arthritis yet and if she does it is minimal, but the vet said she still has so much muscle around her knees that she will have difficulty and it will only get worse. last week she was normal fun playfull not overdoing it and this week shes been sleeping all the time. I’m sorry your dog isn’t feeling well. She no longer poops outside. That is usually a sure sign that something is wrong. She is nearly deaf and mostly blind and would be in pain if not for tramadol. My uneducated guess is she may have some anxiety if you move her to FL but she will eventually adapt. I had people tell me “you’ll know when they’re ready to go” but I didn’t believe it until I went through this with my dog. I know your pain it was only a few months ago for me and I already might have to do it again. ok sorry this is so hard my baby girl is 12 yrs old a mini daushaound If yours still eats and doesn’t appear to be in pain he should be ok but that’s my non-veterinary opinion. They believe he has liver cancer. Once he stopped eating we knew it was time to let him go. He seems to have lost his eye sight and some hearing. He made his way down the stairs twice and coming back up, he kept falling. I just wish he would pass peacefully in his sleep. I put my dog down yesterday he was blind and had fluid on his lungs n heart he had a hard time breathing he couldn’t even lay down anymore he would sleep sitting up I did all I could to save him but there wasn’t nothing I could do I CRY all the time I had him for 12 yrs I’m dying inside I feel so guilty but I know it was the right thing to do its not easy BUT HE WAS SUFFERING MY POOR SUNSHINE !!! In my experience, a dog is ready for you to let him go when he stops eating. I have taken him they said there is no way to remove it we just have to wait it out and take him when it gets bad enough. And gives me lots of kisses daily. She has some accidents at night, but I try to carry her out to make before I go to bed. It’s heartbreaking cause chief LOVES car rides he just can’t get in & out of the truck anymore. On his birthday I told him, “if today’s the day, you’re doing it on your own because I won’t/can’t do this on your birthday. I can’t tell you what to do, but after my experience I think it’s better to let them go a little early than a little late so they don’t suffer. She lost interest in playing ball, doesn't have the strength or energy to go on walks. The same boy who would lay at my feet whenever I did anything. But she appears to enjoy the big soft dog beds I lay out and usually sleeps soundly. She also had trouble going down the stairs to go outside. She gave him the second shot and he was gone without taking another breath. Lucy is lucky to have you and your family. It didn’t lessen the pain but at least we made the most of our last year with him. Some do sleep all day. I may need to have the stones removed but i am debating since his overall health is not great. We have had her since she was 8 weeks old. My brother stated he knew it was time to put his Golden down when he started to get angry at her for things she couldn’t control. About a month ago she began to vomit and could not hold her food down, Abby (from the hit show ) started becoming lithargic would not eat, and began to sleep more. In May she started eating a ton and then reverted back to barely eating even when I tried to hand feed her although she still wanted treats. I feel like I’m betraying her by putting her to sleep, should I do it? My beloved Heidi is almost 14 and has been going down for the past year,becoming totally deaf last year and gradually going lame in her rear legs. We won’t be doing that again! This frightens me because I have three children. He wears what we call a piddle pad, a doggie diaper. I have put plastic runners down over all my carpet to preserve the carpet. For them you can. Now her nails are growing in different directions,one completely fell out. We heard a little stumble, but nothing concerning as he got some water and came back up. It is so very, very hard, and you’ve hit on a couple of really key things: advanced age and when a dog loses all interest in food, being with their pack, and getting better. Has anyone else dealt with this? I think you did the right thing. She can’t eat on her own anymore so I hand feed her every two hours. Been to a couple Vets who told me there is nothing else to do, they think brain tumor, or buy more tests but no matter the result, she can’t go under anesthesia because of her heart. Last May we said goodbye to my Little Bear who was the love of my life. As i write this, i think it’s becoming clear. The other night he woke the whole house up wailing like a banshee. It's no secret that dogs sleep a lot, particularly when their owners are gone. He started having them daily, then multiple times each day. He is deaf and blind, but still sniffs out food. I sorry. Because he had given me 12 years of love and joy and laughter and comfort. Thank you for sharing your story, hopefully with time I’ll accept our decision, because right now I feel that I gave up on him and killed him. There is no way to time it perfectly. Vet tried 3 days of fluids and support. But she couldn’t get up to go to the bathroom-I could have handled that for awhile-or maybe she would have eventually been able to get up again. Trolling for food in the kitchen He has had two big ones really that’s it and we have just let them be as they don’t bother him at all. She is now completely deaf , has little interest in family. I am being selfish, same as with Zoey. Thank you for doing what is best for Casper. He still eating and drinks. If I take her for a little walk when she lays down and try to get up she is in pain and yelps I know she is old I LOVE MY SASHA SOOOO MUCH. My husband started last night putting their water up on the counter which worries me because if she didn’t need all the water she’s drinking she wouldn’t be drinking it. You feel guilty no matter what you do. 1. What a great lesson of love, compassion and honor Mikey showed me as I learn to forgive myself for letting him pass. lol. 20 years is a very long life for a dog as I’m sure you know. I know she in a lot of pain. The vet found an enlarged spleen and required surgery to remove. I researched her symptoms on the web and the vet agreed that she has cognitive disorder. I just want to know that it’s the right thing to do right now. I give her fluid with a syringe squirting it a few drop at the time. The more your dog is using his energy in acceptable ways, such as through exercise and training, the less chance they are going to become destructive when you are gone. All of a sudden he started have seizure and it was horrible. I okayed it because I need to know I’ve done all I can… The surgery showed no obvious signs, and new blood test are still in the normal range, so now we wait for his biopsy results… He weighed in at 90.2 … He drinks water, wags his tail looks otherwise heathy to others, but he is not himself… They gave us meds for intestinal infection just in case.. But this time my heart is breaking. Never in a billion years did I realize what a huge part of our life she was. I love you Mikey. In most homes, it’s rare for every little thing to remain the same through the entire day. They are in a severe panic while you're gone. He is no longer intrested in playing with his toys or going for long walks, He can hear the doorbell and bark like I used to when it would ring. Each person has to make a decision based on the information they have. He has started to pee and poop in the house, occasionally with bloody diarrhea and more recently a few episodes of vomiting. I have wondered when the time will come – and who makes that decision? She is having a hard time breathing. He was struggling with a variety of health issues including major breathing problems. If still high, do ultra sound. But now, now there’s a sadness on her face as she sleeps all day, doesn’t want to be outside and her only “fun”is eating. He acts as if something is chasing him all the time. Thank you. As was my case, a few years ago with the best black dog…. I know this will pass and my wife says we did all we could and he had a great long life, but I can’t help wondering what if? I am grateful that she came into my life and for so long. Does he ever look happy during the day? At any time of year, but especially around the holidays, social media feeds are packed with heartwarming stories of shelters adopting out large numbers of dogs to their forever homes. The biggest thing with him is that he is very arthritic and is losing his back legs. I don’t want her suffering but I need solid proof from God that murdering my blessed baby is right. She can’t see or hear. She’s a miracle dog for living over 4 years after bone cancer.She has been having back problems for 5 weeks, and we’ve tried everything. This is very hard, she has been my companion for many years but I think it’s what I have to do. It does sound like you realized the answer. We took in my sisters’ little longhaired Doxie about 4 years ago when she was going through a divorce. He did really well. I’ve had him over 14 years and he has been my best friend through many ups and downs. How bad is bad enough to put her down? That is useful info. I have tremendous guilt in my gut that I gave up on him too early, but with the 2 separate vet/hospitals giving the same advice, and your reiteration of how stoic dogs are, I have a modest relief that he isn’t in any pain anymore. Kidneys, good. I’m so sorry. The next day we were told there was nothing they could do. They will ALL be carried in our hearts while we walk this earth & it will NEVER be an easy decision or a task in our everyday life. Kenya is a one person dog and she only cares to be with me. Logan’s hips had been grumpy for years but he never let them stop him. Check for physical problems first, but if you can’t find anything and the symptoms continue, he may be depressed. 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