Post # 1
My baby girl is 16, she’s a maltese/toy poodle mix. Even into her old age, she’s still been pretty active (only slowing down some in the past year or two). Monday she threw up a little bit, but since then she’s been throwing up daily.
She sleeps a lot and won’t eat her normal dog food. She will eat some people food (that’s okay to give her), and she’s still drinking water like normal. She’s the family dog, and I grew up with her. This morning she was shaking a bit. My parents are taking her to the emergency vet as I type this.
Has anyone else here experienced something similar with good news? I’m hoping so badly it’s an infection or something that can be treated, but her age works against her here. Bees, I can’t stop bawling, I truly treat her as if she’s my child.
Post # 2
So sorry . I hope you get good news. I think you should prepare yourself for the worst though. 16 is pretty old for a pup. Hopefully it is just something minor and she still has some time left.
Post # 3
my thoughts are with you for a good prognosis.
Post # 4
I’m so sorry.Its so hard when our pets get older. I hope you get somr good new back!
Post # 5
Scorpio88: 🙁 poor you and fur baby!
Well the good news is that she is still drinking water, that’s a really good sign that she might still have some time with you. Hopefully just a bug or something. Of course the reality is tha you’ll have to be ready for the inevitable at some point, 16 is very old even for that breed. You are SO LUCKY to have had your pup for such a long time!!
Post # 6
A part of me already knows the answer, I studied Vet medicine in college for a bit, and I worked at a clinic. It’s just a shock to me, she was fine a week ago…
Post # 7
So she just got home from the Vet, it cost a few hundred dollars to do x-ray and the Vet didn’t seem to think we needed to do them, he thinks it’s possible she got into something or ate something outside or he said it could be that she’s just getting old. He gave her sugar, and penicillin to be taken daily, and told us to come back in 2 weeks if nothing changes for free.
2 weeks??? Should I get a second opinion? Times like these I wish I finished my education in Veterinary studies.
Post # 8
Scorpio88: i am so sorry.
i haven’t had any experience with this, but I do know what itlike to not know whats wrong and feel helpless waiting for your pets results.
I would watch her over the next few days. It normally takes 3 days for the penicillin to kick in, if by the 4th day she has no improvement, take her to a different vet.
But it’s a good sign that the vet was not too concerned.
Post # 9
16 years is a good life for a dog. I think if it was anything urgent the vet would have you come back sooner- but most likely your dog is just getting old- and there is sadly no cure for that 🙁 sorry!
Post # 10
That is almost the exact description of symptoms before my 12 year old boxer passed in February. I had her since I was 14, trained and showed her. She was my family dog and my baby.
I am so sorry you are going through this. ((hugs))
Post # 11
Scorpio88: Did they do labwork? In an older dog with vomiting and loss of appetite, I’d be worried about kidney failure amongst many many other things. If they didn’t do labwork, I’d definitely be seeing another vet ASAP!
Post # 12
Scorpio88: Alright tough love here. This is coming from someone who absolutely adores their 11 year old dog like he is my baby. 16 is old…very old. Not eating and fatigue is a bad sign. If your dog is suffering from some type of organ failure at that age, there won’t be anything that they can do. If it is an infection, which would be your best case scenario, then the penicillin should help. Toy breeds do not do well under anesthesia to start with–especially when they are old and sick. So investigating an ailment that would require surgical intervention would most likely subject your baby (and you) to needless stress of diagnosing something that cannot be fixed. And if whatever it is has already caused the symptoms you are describing, it is probably too far along to really help with medical treatment. You also need to think about how much you want to put her through to prolong her life for a few days, weeks, or months, because at 16 it’s not going to be years. I hope that this ends up being treatable and you get a few years left with your baby, but the agony of pet ownership is that there comes a time when we have to let go. If it were me, I would start to think about quality instead of quantity. Make her as comfortable as possible. Spoil her. And as impossible as it may seem, start to plan how you want to say goodbye–when the time comes. I am so sorry for what you’re going through. It brings tears to my eyes just imagining it. My thoughts are with you and your pup.
Post # 13
I would get a second opinion, honestly. My beloved Labrador retriever had to be put down 2 years ago at age 13 (which is old for labs). He wasn’t eating or drinking, and we found him shaking in a corner (NOT trying to say it’s the same situation as yours!) The day before, he had fallen and it turns out, the fall ruptured his spleen. We had to put him down for his comfort. If your baby doesn’t seem more comfortable soon, I’d probably go to another vet. I hope I’m wrong, but like PP said, your dog has lived a very full life! best of luck and I hope all works out!
Post # 14
Just wanted to say thanks to everyone and give an update…she passed away Tuesday morning. Hardest part is I left for work and had my parents bring her to the Vet, and she passed right when the Vet saw her. Just killing me I didn’t get to be there for it.
It was her kidneys, they shut down completely. As I knew, which it’s been nearly 2 days and I’ve taken time off work, it’s absolutely eating me inside knowing I knew this months ago (when she started drinking more often) and didn’t do anything to stop it. I’ve been at my FI’s place for the past 2 days because it’s just been to hard to deal with sitting here in an empty house now.<br /><br />If anyone has a smaller fur baby, please make sure to get blood work for kidneys done yearly.
Post # 15
Scorpio88: Im so so sorry for your loss 🙁 Try to focus on the amazing long life she had with you, and not on the pain of her not being here anymore.