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......
"Finish each day, and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities have crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can."
Happy is the day I'm pain-free
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