concerned about doing the right thing for my pet

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concerned about doing the right thing for my pet

Post by Uhoot » Thu, 20 Mar 1997 04:00:00



my dog is l2yrsold, he about l00lbs,and mixed lab andcollie,  he has a
problem getting up and around.  he never cries when he looses his balance
and falls.  he just sits there for a few min. than gets up and does what
he has to,  i give him ascriptan in the evening and that seems make him
more comfortable to sleep, i dont know if i am doing the right thing by
keeping him alive,  people that see him say i should  put him to sleep.
but he dont mess the house or give me any  trouble except when it comes to
taking him out  i use to take him out before i went shopping now if he
dont want toget up you cant budge him. am i being selfish by not putting
him to sleep                          love my pet,barbara  

 
 
 

concerned about doing the right thing for my pet

Post by Debbie Jaco » Thu, 20 Mar 1997 04:00:00


It's rough having an aging dog (I've got one too). There are some things
you can try to help him out. I've put my dog on a home cooked diet (I
figure his organs are failing and the least amount of chemical additives
they have to deal with the better) if you want some recipes let me know.
It's a bit more expensive and time consuming, but I chose to do it. My dog
is also a lot smaller than yours. I also give him vitamins and other
supplements (glucosamine might help your dog if he's suffering from
arthritis or hip dysplasia).

Other people look at my dog and see an OLD DOG. I see my pal at a new
stage of his life. It's not as if we're forcing life onto them by choosing
not to put them down. Who knows if we're being 'selfish' when we choose to
wait before putting a pet to sleep, maybe we are, or maybe it's just not
time yet. It is a big responsibility to have to decide when it's time to
end an animal's life. It sounds like you care a lot about your dog, and if
you're willing to care for him at whatever stage he's at good for you!
There's no rule that says you have to put an animal down anyway. It's an
option and if you feel that your dog is no longer enjoying his life, or in
a lot of pain, or you can no longer manage his needs, then you can make
that choice. You might ask your vet for advice but I wouldn't let other
people pressure me into making the decision, since I'm the one that will
have to live with it. We do the best we can. Sometimes it's good enough
and sometimes it isn't. That's just the way it goes. Love him, give him a
big (raw) bone and do what you think is the right thing. I suspect it will
be. All the best to you and yours. Debbie


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> my dog is l2yrsold, he about l00lbs,and mixed lab andcollie,  he has a
> problem getting up and around.  he never cries when he looses his balance
> and falls.  he just sits there for a few min. than gets up and does what
> he has to,  i give him ascriptan in the evening and that seems make him
> more comfortable to sleep, i dont know if i am doing the right thing by
> keeping him alive,  people that see him say i should  put him to sleep.
> but he dont mess the house or give me any  trouble except when it comes to
> taking him out  i use to take him out before i went shopping now if he
> dont want toget up you cant budge him. am i being selfish by not putting
> him to sleep                          love my pet,barbara

 
 
 

concerned about doing the right thing for my pet

Post by Scoob » Thu, 20 Mar 1997 04:00:00


I wouldn't say 'selfish' anyone that has had a dog reach senior years
understands how difficult it is.  For me it is a quality of life issue.  It
is very difficult to seperate his needs from your own, but I would ask
myself whether he is still enjoying his favorite activities.  It doesn't
sound like he is active any longer, but it also doesn't sound like he is in
constant pain.  The elderly dogs I have known reached a point where they
needed at least a mild pain killer almost constantly.  A game of fetch
became rolling him the ball from 3 feet away so  he could catch it.  It
seems like often some health complication comes along in older dogs and
that signals the end.  Personally it sounds like his time is growing short.
 I think you are correct to ask yourself if you are sustaining him only for
yourself or if he still enjoys a good life.  But he is not a member of my
family, you are the one that has to make the decision and I believe no one
has the right to second guess 'the family'.



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>dont want toget up you cant budge him. am i being selfish by not putting
> him to sleep                          love my pet,barbara  

 
 
 

concerned about doing the right thing for my pet

Post by terri_mcaule » Fri, 21 Mar 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

> my dog is l2yrsold, he about l00lbs,and mixed lab andcollie,  he has a
> problem getting up and around.  he never cries when he looses his balance
> and falls.  he just sits there for a few min. than gets up and does what
> he has to,  i give him ascriptan in the evening and that seems make him
> more comfortable to sleep, i dont know if i am doing the right thing by
> keeping him alive,  people that see him say i should  put him to sleep.
> but he dont mess the house or give me any  trouble except when it comes to
> taking him out  i use to take him out before i went shopping now if he
> dont want toget up you cant budge him. am i being selfish by not putting
> him to sleep                          love my pet,barbara

The quality of life issue is one I also believe, and have used that
to make the decision to either put down or not my much loved dogs.
That's something you have to decide for yourself. But if you do decide
to put him down, consider having the vet come to your house. It's much
easier on the dog to be in his own environment. And should you decide
to keep and bury the body yourself, pre-bury the hole and have some
good friends come over and bury your friend for you. I wish I had done
this when Darcy died. I know I couldn't have put her in the ground, but
now I think it would be rather nice to have a special spot on my land
where I knew she was buried. Whatever you decide, best of luck to you.
Sounds like your dog has a very special loving owner.
Terri
 
 
 

concerned about doing the right thing for my pet

Post by sjohns.. » Tue, 25 Mar 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

>my dog is l2yrsold, he about l00lbs,and mixed lab andcollie,  he has a
>problem getting up and around.  he never cries when he looses his balance
>and falls.  he just sits there for a few min. than gets up and does what
>he has to,  i give him ascriptan in the evening and that seems make him
>more comfortable to sleep, i dont know if i am doing the right thing by
>keeping him alive,  people that see him say i should  put him to sleep.
>but he dont mess the house or give me any  trouble except when it comes to
>taking him out  i use to take him out before i went shopping now if he
>dont want toget up you cant budge him. am i being selfish by not putting
>him to sleep                          love my pet,barbara  

Hi Barbara,

No! You are not being selfish. So it's a bit of a hassle to help him around
the house. He'd do it for you if things were reversed. Count on it! Ok,
anthropomorphising over...You'll know when the time comes. Knowing your dog as
well as you do you'll see the signs that he doesn't enjoy life any longer. He
won't want to eat, he may sleep most of the time, he won't seek affection as
much as he did, he won't seem to have any joy any longer. That's the time to
let him go.

When you make that decision, I suggest finding a vet that makes
housecalls. Give your dog lot's of attention and everything he likes to eat
best. Being at home, both of you will have much less stress over the event.    
The process itself is VERY painless and peaceful.

My last lab lived 14 years, and was blind and somewhat arthritic, meaning we
had to take extra time and care with him for several years. He showed us when
the time was at hand. I wish you several more years with your boy.

Good luck,

Stephanie

 
 
 

concerned about doing the right thing for my pet

Post by CLB800 » Tue, 25 Mar 1997 04:00:00


hi..i am sorry you are in the situation you are in..but you are lucky as
you still have your dog..we put our 13 yr old dog to sleep almost 2 weeks
ago now..it was a hard decision to come to do it but i looked in his eyes
and it was as if he said he was ready..he hadn't been himself in quite
sometime..he got into some unsweetened chocolate, how we don't know as it
was up rather high and he was a short dog..i think it messed his nervous
system up..we knew we would have to do it soon but i can honestly say
today i know we made the right decision..he is happy and vital once
again..and that is the way i want to remember him..you will know when the
time is right..for now just cherish every minute you have with him..god
bless and take care

cheryl