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Originally posted by bluemirage5
reply to post by JerryB08
Don't compare a child to a dog!
Fact is the dog is 15 years of age, in human years that a mighty long time for a dog. Surgery for this animal will be very very high when the dog most probably would'nt live another 1-2 years even if this did'nt happen. I think the owner will have to be practical and humane; it's not easy task...I cried for 4 days straight after putting my 7 year old cat down because she had cancer; I never felt guilt putting the cat down but I did feel guilty for letting her go as long as I did.
Of course the dog is suffering. Do what is in the best interests of the dog, not your own feelings.
Originally posted by TomServo
Same situation with my black lab. Try feeding you dog Nutro Natural Choice - High Protein. My girl loves it, much more than the Happy Hips recommended by the vet. And it seems to be 10x more effective. Good luck!
There are several things you can try to help improve your dog's quality of life and prolong the inevitable. There will be times you would give anything for just one more day with your unconditional companion. However, there will be a day when you go to pick your dog up off the ground or help her up the stairs, and she looks you in the eye just so. Then you will know, it's time. It should be obvious if you are in tune with her as much as she is with you...
Originally posted by Vandalour
Why not take him with you ?
I dont kill my friends when leaving town
Originally posted by maddogron
your dog lived a good life.... let him go in peace. animals should not suffer...
Originally posted by oggleboggle47
reply to post by meathed
The exact same thing happened to my first dog. She actually had bone cancer that broke her back, and she was in a great deal of pain at the end. My parents decided to put her down, which I think was the right thing to do. I know that you love your dog, and electing to have him euthanized may seem cruel, but I see it as the compassionate thing to do for him. He's probably in a lot of pain and pretty miserable. How would you feel if you couldn't move around on your own? Prolonging his life will only prolong his suffering. Ultimately, the decision is yours; just think about the welfare and the quality of life of your dog. That should be your primary concern when making this decision.
I'm really sorry about your dog and your current situation, I hope my two cents helps.
Originally posted by lunchmanstan
I would probably rather put down the EX and keep the dog. But on a more serious note my best friend is getting old to I fear his days are very numbered. I cant imagine him not being here to great me when I come home. Always so happy to see me no matter what happened during my work day.
But then again I know his arthritis is really hurting him and he suffers every day and night with pain. Damn tuff decision but it will have to be made. Good luck to you
I hope my boy will go quietly in the night.
Originally posted by Gazrok
If your friend is suffering, you need to do what is right for your friend.
It's painful (I know, I've had to do it a few times with different animals, cats mostly, from cancer, feline AIDS, etc.)
My last remaining cat is 17yrs old (which is ancient for a cat), and I know he's going soon, but currently, he's still outside and running around, so he's still happy).
My dogs are all about 7 years old, but they are little dogs. I really feel for what you're going through. It's never an easy decision...but you just have to weigh all the factors, and examine their quality of life.
Originally posted by Illegal Alien
My heart goes out to ya mate.
Horible decision to have to make, and very painful.
I had to make the same decision for my beloved cat Merlin, after a prolonged unwillingness to let go, despite the inevitable.....
Now I feel it was the best thing I could have done for him, and I am certain he appreciates my setting him free from a body which was giving him nothing but pain and suffering.
Your dog is so fortunate to have a friend like you, who has cared so deeply for him for so long, and his situation would only be made worse if he had to lose you on top of that.
I believe even death cannot seperate true friends, and even though the body is no longer around for direct physical contact, the self, or spirit continues and is always willing to be around when needed.
I can't add much more than what has already been said already by others, but as another poster said, DO NOT give yourself a hard time about it, and know that whatever you do, it will be in the best of interests for your friend and companion.
All the very best.....
I.A.edit on 18-4-2011 by Illegal Alien because: spellingedit on 18-4-2011 by Illegal Alien because: (no reason given)