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    Quote Originally Posted by EnigmaO01 View Post
    The downside of putting a pet down is many of us tend to question it later on as in did I do the right thing etc.
    *Cuddles*

    No quality vet would let you rush into that, unless you were just broke.

    Most people extend their pet's life too long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    That is one gorgeous dog!
    Thank you. Supposed to be a $700.00 dog but I got her from a local shelter for $40.00. Someone dropped her off in the middle of the night and stuffed her in a pet carrier the shelter had left outside. Got her at a year old back in 2008 when the economy tanked. My guess is someone went in to foreclosure and couldn't keep her. In the picture she's probably about 7 or 8 years old. She's about 10 now.

    That said I usually prefer mutts and didn't pick her because of her pedigree. The pure breeds seem to have more health issues.

    BTW she retrieved a tennis ball for me at the shelter. I thought, "Wow that's cool! I've never had a dog that retrieves!" After I got her home she just looked at the tennis ball as if to say, "What the hell do you want me to do with it?"

    Her favorite thing to do was drop the tennis ball from the top of the stairs and run gangbusters to the bottom to get it even bouncing off the door at the foot of the stairs! Then she would take it to the top of stairs and drop it again. Still wouldn't retrieve for me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post




    Caring for severely ill animals causes same stress as caring for humans, study shows | cleveland.com

    Most of us have had this horrible experience, or know someone who has. But until now, it would not have occurred to me to view it as creating this level of stress.

    Your thoughts?
    Absolutely no difference for many. Your pet is just always with you.
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    Hm. Maybe it is the nature of the illness. I certainly was not un-attached to my last cat that was ill, in fact she was one of those people call a 'soul animal' to me. But things were very cut and dried. She had swelling on her brain that was incurable. Period. (neuro FIP).

    Specialist said this steroid will work and she will have up to 6 months or it won't and she will die in a week. So, I felt REALLY blessed that a couple of 'injections' each evening (liquid into her mouth) bought her 5 months. Every day was literally gift to treasure. What would have been terrible is if the meds didn't work and no 5 months to treasure.

    But anyway I didn't feel caregiver fatigue. I felt lucky every day I woke up. That cat had her eyes on me just waiting for me to wake up so she could come to me. The bad part came when she did not get up and come to me and I should have known it was a final crash, but I let the Pet Hospital give me false hope. They didn't know much about FIP and felt they could get that fever down. Alas, they could not.

    So, that false hope caused me to be in disbelief that it was all totally over. So much so that I didn't do her last night/day right. Too busy dealing with my own 'shock' and grief. :-(

    When they sent her home they said if she continues to refuse food and tries to hide, she is dying. And that is exactly what she did and I just crumpled. Perhaps part of my brain had false hope the entire 5 months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Sampson Simpson View Post
    Instead of caring for, shouldn't you do the humane thing and put them to sleep? Seems kind of cruel. If its distressing, they must be obvious pain for the dog. I know someone who put their 15 year old cat through chemo, and it ended up dying anyway. THat is just ridiculously cruel and completely irrational.

    I would think getting another dog could be the best way to get over a lost pet. For me, it was about a week of coming home without the dog there and being sad but I got over it. Still sad sometimes when I think of her. I would get another dog in a second, just waiting to have a better situation, it was very hard to own a dog when renting and moving to new places not really having someone to take care if I went away. Plus, the freedom is kind of nice, not having to worry about getting home to let the dog out
    It is hard to determine when the "good time" is to take them to the rainbow bridge. My older gentleman had a heart murmur that caused his heart to become enlarged and began to block off his trachea. He coughed constantly but had good days and bad days. He ended up having a heart attack at 4 in the morning and died in my arms while speeding to the emergency vet office. I need to have a dog in the house...hard to describe. So when I saw my little guy declining at a rapid rate, I got a puppy for me and for him..to see if a youthful puppy would bring back his puppy years at the end. They lived together about 6 months before he died. My little girl had a hard time after he died, so I got her a puppy to play with so she would not grow up a only dog. The thought of coming home to a empty house would have torn my heart out and probably would have avoided home all together and just worked all the time. Now, I come home to little savages who jump in my arms as soon as I open the door. Getting the puppies right away helped me big time. One of them is just like my little gentleman, same mannerisms, they look alike, same personalities. All three are/were Jack Russells.

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    I have had to put a cat down as she had cancer. I was the only one in the family that could actually do it as the others were wanting to put her through surgery and then treatment only to actually end up dying anyway after all that. I had to put what was best for the animal in front of out own feelings.
    The vet said it would be painless putting her to sleep but I was there and it didn't seem that way. If I ever have to do that again with another animal I will make sure there is another method perhaps tranquilizing the cat so that it is asleep before the final injection. I saw the fear in the poor cats eyes and it will haught me. It was not the best way that it could have been done. I was angry at the Vet for not making it easier on her for those final seconds. I'm sure suffering through the cancer surgery and treatment would have been much more prolonged and painful but still I would have paid anything not to see that look and have her last moments be trying desparately to breath.. For me it was nothing short of torture..
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    Quote Originally Posted by EnigmaO01 View Post
    Thank you. Supposed to be a $700.00 dog but I got her from a local shelter for $40.00. Someone dropped her off in the middle of the night and stuffed her in a pet carrier the shelter had left outside. Got her at a year old back in 2008 when the economy tanked. My guess is someone went in to foreclosure and couldn't keep her. In the picture she's probably about 7 or 8 years old. She's about 10 now.

    That said I usually prefer mutts and didn't pick her because of her pedigree. The pure breeds seem to have more health issues.

    BTW she retrieved a tennis ball for me at the shelter. I thought, "Wow that's cool! I've never had a dog that retrieves!" After I got her home she just looked at the tennis ball as if to say, "What the hell do you want me to do with it?"

    Her favorite thing to do was drop the tennis ball from the top of the stairs and run gangbusters to the bottom to get it even bouncing off the door at the foot of the stairs! Then she would take it to the top of stairs and drop it again. Still wouldn't retrieve for me!
    My dogs are pure breds and they are indeed more difficult.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eve1 View Post
    I have had to put a cat down as she had cancer. I was the only one in the family that could actually do it as the others were wanting to put her through surgery and then treatment only to actually end up dying anyway after all that. I had to put what was best for the animal in front of out own feelings.
    The vet said it would be painless putting her to sleep but I was there and it didn't seem that way. If I ever have to do that again with another animal I will make sure there is another method perhaps tranquilizing the cat so that it is asleep before the final injection. I saw the fear in the poor cats eyes and it will haught me. It was not the best way that it could have been done. I was angry at the Vet for not making it easier on her for those final seconds. I'm sure suffering through the cancer surgery and treatment would have been much more prolonged and painful but still I would have paid anything not to see that look and have her last moments be trying desparately to breath.. For me it was nothing short of torture..
    I could never do that.

    I would have to do it myself.

    Nobody is touching my pets except me.

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