I am so sorry to hear about Dusty. It is hard because like with my lab when she had laryngeal paralysis she still wagged her tail-there came a time when I could see she was tired and ready. I would say see what happens with Dusty, explore all options. My prayers are with you and Dusty.
What Cancer Cannot Do-it cannot invade the soul, it cannot suppress memories, it cannot kill friendships, it cannot destroy peace, it cannot conquer the spirit, it cannot shatter hope, it cannot silence courage, it cannot cripple love, it cannot corode faith
A few years ago we had an Aussie Shep, and I discovered a hard lump on the lower end of her tummy. We had the tumor removed, and she did wonderful for 1 1/2 yrs. They warned us another tumor could show up in her lungs, or anywhere. One night Heidi acted like she couldn't breath real well. She wanted to go outside and what I thought, go potty. She just kept walking in circles, then laid down in the backyard, and just stayed there. I knew she was letting me know it was her time. So at 4am my Daughter and I took her to the emergency hospital and we let her go peacefully. She was excited about the car ride, and that was her last memory..Going for a car ride with my Daughter and I. Like Bridget said, your dog will let you know when she is ready to go. We have gone through this so many times, but it never gets easier.
Edited by: HICKOK-HALEY at: 12/13/2011 (03:59)
A dog wags his tail with his heart.
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I'm really sorry you are going through this. I lost two of my dogs last year to cancer within 6 weeks of eachother. It was such a sad time for us. They were sweet, nice dogs, and I had to decide when it was time to have them euthanized. The vet who did the euthanization gave me some guidelines that really helped me made the decision. When your dog has more bad days than good days. when you can see they are in pain and distress, when their quality of life is not good anymore, when eating is difficult for them, it's time to let them go, and say goodby, One of my dogs, a Rottweiler, had osteosarcoma, had big tumors on her head and face. I had to give her high dosages of painkillers, and she was loopy most of the time from them. My elderly English Bulldog had breast cancer, and it went into her lungs. She struggled to breathe when she was sleeping. I knew it was time when things got this bad for both of them. It was really hard to do, but it was the right thing to do.
Can I give a little advice from my almost 70 years on this planet?? When a pet enters our lives, our families.....we give them unconditional love and we get the same in return. We want our furballs to stay around forever!!
But there's another side to the story. Our pets also are our responsibility, which we have gladly taken on. It's our responsibility to do our best for them, to love and take care of them === and, finally, to know when their time has come, and not to let them suffer. They can't tell you what they want....you have to 'divine' it from the signals they send.
I had a cat I loved so very much....when I adopted my doxie, Lucy. We all lived in 'almost' perfect harmony -- until I noticed Graycie was getting thin under her thick coat. Ironically, she had lymphoma also. She was failing fast....and the vet didn't even offer treatment. It was too late. She went peacefully, in my arms. I still cry for her........
I also had a cat (for 15 years)...Sam, a little boy in a cat suit. I loved him so much!! When he showed signs of gastric distress....we (the vet & I) did everything possible to diagnose and treat. Sam still had a good quality of life. For the last 8 months - my living room looked like a hospital....with an IV bag hanging so I could hydrate Sam and keep him going. I promised him I would never let him suffer. One day....I knew it was time. His hind legs gave out and he cried in pain. I called the vet immediately - and at age 15 - Sam died peacefully in my arms.
I've made the same promise to my Doxie, Lucy who is now a very healthy 10 yrs. old. When her time comes....she won't suffer. It's sad that we have to outlive our beloved pets.....but it's a fact nonetheless. Dusty is depending on you for that one last act of love and kindness. Don't let her suffer...........
My heart goes out to you...... Libby
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Just spend time with her, you will both enjoy the closeness, I think she'll let you know, I also have made the experience that animals (and maybe people) will sometimes wait until we can let them go. You'll be able to see it in her eyes.
Hi Healthy I truly hope Dusty will be alright....those decisions are hard but I'm sure you'll make the right one good luck to you both
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That is a tough dilemna to be in. Sometimes I feel like just tossing a coin, heads ucky treatment and tails Not. Our little foster dog is quite sick right now and soon a decision must be made as well.
"The world is one country and mankind its citizens" one of the many truths spoken by Baha'u'llah and "Love is the light that guideth in darkness, the living link that uniteth God with man, that assureth the progress of every illumined soul."
My girl Dusty has made sure the past 11 years of my life were full of laughter, unfortunately she was diagnosed with lymphoma last year. We fought it, her more than us obviously and we have had her for another year. Now sadly she has a mast cell cancer in her lower intestine. It is a REALLY unusual place and seeing as she has had the lymphoma we do not know how her chances are. I hate putting her through everything so that I can have her around for a little while longer, but she doesn't act like she is ready to go. Oh how I wish I could ask her what to do. I believe we are going to do another treatment, but she doesn't tolerate any of the meds well. I am not ready to let her go and I am scared of going too far because of what I want and not what she needs. Always questions and choices. I hope for the best everyday and she is a trooper. Fingers crossed.
Edited by: HEALTHYWANNABE at: 12/12/2011 (19:53)
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