Post # 1
We just found out that our much beloved 12 yr old German Shepherd, Fenja is in total kidney failure. We’re going to keep her at home as comfortable as possible.
It was just a few months ago that we lost our carpe diem male to cancer. Now this.
Fenja is a wonderful girl–she loves everybody. She’s been with me for 10 yrs. She is from Germany & came to me via Amsterdam–it was very exciting. I never bred her, although many people wanted me to due to her fabulous, mentally stable temperament, good hips & elbows.
She is also having trouble with her back & her hind legs aren’t working right, so it’s a little tough for her to get around.
We finally found a food she would eat, thankfully. She’s not in any obvious distress. Luckily, I work from home, so I can be with her.
Dh & I are devastated.
Post # 3
I am so so so sorry you are going through this. Losing a pet is a terrible heartache. ((hugs))
Post # 4
@sassy411: im so sorry 🙁 just a thought, but would you consider putting your sheppard down at your home ? Sometimes vets will make house calls as the pets are more comfortable. I can’t imagine kidney failure is a walk in the park. As much as it would pain me to do it to my Luigi (chihuahua) I would do the same if he were in that position.
Post # 5
@sassy411: I am so sorry. that is so heartbreaking. my thoughts are with you and your pup at this time
Post # 6
@sassy411: I’m very sorry to hear that. I know how hard and heartbreaking it is to have a sick dog. I lost my childhood dog, a Doberman, to cancer a few years ago. She was 12.
Post # 7
She is still feeling pretty much ok, so we have some time left, thankfully. She sleeps a lot & it’s been a real challenge to find a food she would eat, but we’re not at the end yet.
Her BUN & creatine numbers are literally off the charts, though. They’re so high, they can’t even be measured, so the vet said she is in total kidney failure.
She actually enjoys going to the vet– it’s a social event for her. We don’t know how long she has. Her body can’t rid itself of toxins. Eventually, she’ll fall into a coma.
Post # 8
That is so sad. I am so sorry for what you’re going through. My pup is 16 months old so hopefully what you’re dealing with is a long way off. I can’t even imagine, especially at xmas. I suggest taking as many pictures as you can and doing one of those plaster paw molds so you always have something tangible of hers. It sounds like you gave her a great life and that she is a lucky dog. I’m so glad you can be home with her.
Post # 9
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@sassy411: I’m so sorry 🙁 Hugs to you and your husband. It sounds like she was a very lucky dog to have had such a great life with you.
Post # 11
I am so, so sorry. It brings me to tears just thinking about getting to this point with my dog! It sounds like she has had a great life, and you obviously love her so much. Lots of treats, lots of cuddles, and lots of pictures. Big hugs, OP.
Post # 12
I’m so sorry. I know what it’s like to lose a pet… I lost a much loved cat and kittens about 2 years ago. I also currently have another missing pet, so I know how tough it is.
Post # 13
Thank you all for your support, it really does help. Yes, Fenja has been very loved with us, she is such a nice girl. I wish you all could meet her–she adores people.
She also gets on with other dogs. She’s especially fascinated by small dogs because she thinks they’re puppies & she loves puppies.
I never bred her because I don’t do that, though she was breeding quality & people tried to talk me into it because of her temperament, working abilities & good hips & elbows.
As you can tell, we think pretty highly of our Fennie.
Just like all of you adored the pets you’ve loved & lost.
I can’t even imagine what it would feel like to have a pet go missing! My heart breaks just thinking about that.
Post # 14
i’m sorry 🙁 losing a loved pet is never fun. stay strong!
Post # 15
@sassy411: I’m so sorry for you. Losing a pet it truly one of the hardest things. I think that it would be wise to look into vets that are willing to make the type of house call mentioned by BellaDee. I have a lot of experience dealing with humans in the end stages of kidney failure, and once the kidney function completely fails, fluid can build up in the lungs and cause some pretty distressing shortness of breath. It’s not something any human or animal should have to go through. It might not be time to put her down yet, but my experience has been that having arrangments made ahead of time for emergency intervention made the experience so much easier for us. We had a 14 year old German shorthair that was nearing the end but still doing ok for awhile. One day it suddenly became difficult for him to breath and it was awful to watch him struggle. Luckily, we had arrangements made with a vet who was at our house within an hour and peacefully ended his suffering. I think we all hope that our pets will peacefully pass away, but it’s best for them and us to be prepared just in case some compassionate intevention is needed at the end. Either way, it will never be an easy decision. Hugs to you and your family.
Post # 16
Ughhhhhh losing an animal is the worst. We just lost our 17 yr old cat to kidney failure. 12 is amazing for a big dog, he’s had a successful life and is lucky to be so loved. (((Hugs)))