Post # 1
My 14 yr old lab has been sick this past week and a half. She throws up in the morning, she’s not eating well, her nose is warm, she seems like she’s in pain from her legs and generally looks pretty bad. My parents took her to the vet, but she got so freaked out, they couldn’t finish all their tests. They’re afraid to bring her back because my dad thought she was going to die on the car ride home; that’s how freaked she got. They did feel a lump in her stomach though, but she has fatty tumors all over the place. In summary, she’s sick and we don’t know what’s wrong.
Our wedding is in a little over a month. When we set our wedding date, I felt like I was giving her a death sentence. I knew something like this would happen. I know she’s old, but she’s our little baby. Even suckier, I don’t live with her anymore, so I can’t go home at night and cuddle her 🙁
Everyone’s bumed out as it is. I really hope she doesn’t get any worse. I also worry about her on the wedding day, being taken care of by a stranger.
I don’t know what to do. I feel so helpless 🙁
Post # 3
14 years old is REALLY old for a lab! That’s awesome you’ve had her for so long, but it sounds like she’s in a LOT of pain and suffering. I’m sorry
Post # 4
So sorry for you. I agree with KMSull 14 years is really old for a LAb. HUGS
Post # 5
Oh no!! Could the vet maybe call in a sedative so that she can be taken to the doctor to have those tests and still be comfortable and not freaked out? I really hope you can find out what’s wrong, or at least that she improves. 🙁 I’m so sorry. 14 is pretty old, she’s an amazing dog! I just love labs… I used to have one myself. I really hope your parents can get her back to the vet. 🙁
Post # 6
I’m sorry. It’s so hard when the end is nearing for a pet. I’ve been an animal lover all my life and have been through this many times. 14 years is a very long time for a lab, she’s lived a good long life and nothing about setting your wedding date has any impact on that.
The vet could easily prescribe something to calm her for the car ride and the exam/tests to be completed. You could wrap it up in a piece of cheese and she’ll probably take it. If not, just put it in her mouth, hold her mouth shut and stoke underneath and up and down her neck untll she swallows it.
There are also still some mobile vets that will come to your house. Harder to find, but they are out there…
Don’t think about the wedding day just yet, just take it one day at a time and see if they can determine what is wrong with her and if/how it can be treated.
Best of luck.
Post # 7
aaww 14 years, that’s rare for a lab. You must take great care of your baby! I know it’s so hard to see them go through pain and not be themselves. I truly feel for you right now, I hope everything works out in the end.
Post # 8
Thanks everyone. I’ll ask my parents about giving her a sedative. They gave her some tranquilizers to take when there’s thunder, but they just made her sleepy and freaked. Maybe something stronger.
Last weekend when I was home, she tried to steal the pie crust off my plate on the kitchen table, so we thought there was a good chance she might get better on her own, but I think it’s best if she goes back to the vet. At the very least I’m sure they can give her something to make her more comfortable.
Post # 9
I’m really sorry to hear about your Lab 🙁 Hopefully she takes a turn for the better soon.
Post # 10
I’m so sorry to hear about your dog. Losing a pet can be awful, especially if she’s been a part of your family for so long.
Post # 11
Oh, hugs. I hope they take her in and find something simple that she can recover from for now.
I’ll be thinking of you today.
Post # 12
Sounds like what happend when the boxer we had for 14 years got sick. My parents made the choice to put him down, and it’s the hardest thing to do. They’re in AZ so I didn’t even get to say goodbye, and they didn’t tell me until the day after. My FIL’s might have to put a dog down, too.
It’s so so hard. I hope your little baby pulls through!
Post # 13
I know how hard this is.. but in the end, you have to think about how your doggie feels and not how you feel. I had to put down my 18 year old cat and my 14 year old dog only months apart from each other last year and it was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.. but they were suffering, and it was right to do that for them.
My thoughts are with you. It’s tough to lose a pet, but you’ll get through it… it just takes time.