Post # 1
Its been a sad few days… Mr. Tubesteak has a enlarged heart which occasionally fills up with liquid (doggie equivilant of cysistic fybrosis) and I think he’s nearning the end of his rope.
The last few days his appitiite has lessened, he’ll eat cooked chicken but this morning, he wasn’t even interested in that. He loves penut butter, but this morning he wasn’t interested… he’s having bad bladder control, he’s having diareaha a lot… and isn’t comfortable lying down more often than not, he doesn’t enjoy his walks anymore 🙁
I think this is it… if he doesn’t get back into his old self in a day or 3 the vet will be called for a housecall most likely euthenasia 🙁
I’ve never lost a pet- how do I comfort myself, and SO? (it’s been his pet since day one…)
Post # 3
Oh, and I am so sorry. Losing a pet is so hard- I had to put down a pet last year when he had a tumor on his neck. At first he was fine and it didn’t seem to hinder his activity, but he slowly got worse. When he wouldn’t move because it was too painful, stopped eating, and stopped pooping (biggest red flag), I had to take him to the vet. It was better for him to not be in pain.
Make the doctor’s visit as pleasant as possible for him- bring a favorite blanket or toy and try to talk in a soothing voice. I think most animals know its their time.
Have a ceremony for him, it helps with closure. The hole in your heart will never go away, but it gets easier with time. I still miss Willy very much.
Post # 4
I’m so sorry sweetie. There really isn’t a way to make it better other than to know you loved him with all your heart and did everything in the world to make him happy. Just smother him with love and enjoy this time with him. It sounds really similar to what I went through with my cat, Smee. You’ll know when it’s time. It doesn’t make it any easier, I know. My heart is breaking for you.
Post # 5
@vmec: Oh sweetie, I fel your pain. My 13 yo pug (approx age b/c he’s a resuce) is not doing well. He went blind over past couple of years & now seems to have trouble walking. He also pants all night long, poor fella. Hope he does not suffer too much. Just be there for your SO, it’s all you can do.
Post # 6
Man, this sucks. I have work, finals, term papers- none of which I can skip without failing damnit!
Post # 7
I’m so sorry, this is an awful situation. Hope the dog gets better!
Post # 8
🙁 We lost two wiener dogs a few years ago due to old age. There is nothing you can do to make it better. You just have to spend time with him and make sure you get to say good bye. It’s tough sometimes to balance not letting them suffer and not wanting to let them go. That is because we love them so much.
I won’t say you ever get over it, but the pain changes over time. Loosing a pet is hard.
I’m so sorry for you and your little guy.
Post # 9
update: the dog has been diagnosed with Colitis… which is basically diareaha- which on meds can be treated. So I hope by tomorrow he’s improved. Fingers crossed X.