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Tough Decisions

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

I did talk to my doctor about feeling so sick from the new BP meds. She has me on that now every other day and my old one every day. I'm hoping that works. My BP is just not that high. Even if it were, I can't keep feeling awful like I do with that drug.

On another note, we are on a debate. Many of you know that my dog is pretty old. She will be 15 and she has lost most of her bloom. She pretty much lays all day and follows me. She can no longer hear which is not helpful where I live. I feel like I spend everyday watching her waiting for her to tell me something. This is not the year old dog I got 13 years ago.

This morning she didn't even want to go for a walk. Her day consists of sleeping, sleeping, going outside, going outside, sleeping sleeping, eating, drinking and begin again. It is so hard to watch.

We are debating about getting another dog. Syd loves other animals and I would love a dog that I could walk with again. Where I live, you do not want to walk alone. We are not trying to replace Syd, but trying to take the pressure off of her.

This is so hard to watch. She probably senses what we are thinking about her and that doesn't help things. I wish there was an easy decision.
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    Oh my, undoubtedly that's one of the hardest decisions you'll ever have to make...
    But Sydney will let you know when it's "time".
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    I tried to leave you a comment on here earlier today, but Spark People site wasn't cooperating! I had a whole note written out to you and then lost the whole thing. I think that Syd may be OK with you getting another dog, since you said that she likes other animals! Probably not a puppy that would maul her and try to get her to play, but maybe a rescue dog who knows how to be quiet company for Syd but still be eager for walks with you!

    Hope the new regimen with your BP works, and it stays under control! emoticon
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    If you're going to rescue, they would probably allow you a few weeks to make sure things work out well with an existing pet!

    BIG emoticon !!!

    As for the meds, and what you added to my blog - I'm glad you shared that knowledge, and I'll definitely be asking my Doc to do the same plan... I know I tolerated HCTZ well, and seem to be good with just the 10mg Lisinopril... but certainly think the 20mg that the other Doc wants would be too much to take.
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  • JUSTME29
    How convenient - I have a beautiful, sweet, almost year old spayed female that I need a home for. Too bad geography intervenes.
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    My dog of 16 yrs died last August. I always felt she knew something wasn't right she just seemed depressed. She passed withi 1 hour after eating dinner one night. Sorry to hear you're going through the same thing. I don't think I would've brought a younger dog around I think it would've irritated her. Hope all goes well.
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    That is such a rough decision!!!! It is one that only you can make though. I do think maybe a new dog will give Syd a little more pep
    1852 days ago
    its a hard decision but maybe a new dog will keep syd company and may give a little more energy
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  • TERESA159
    If not having a dog that will go on walks is preventing you from going on walks then you should go ahead and get a new dog regardless of what you do right now about Syd. She might perk up with a puppy around and she could show him the ropes. Or maybe introducing a new dog will make it all the more clear that Syd is in such serious decline that it does make sense to have her put to sleep now.

    It's hard to lose a dog, they are our fur babies but having a new dog there and ready to take over will help.

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    So sorry you have to make such a tough choice. emoticon
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    It's a hard decision, only you can make
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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I sure do feel your pain.
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    We had a lab for 11 years and he was my 'first' baby. When he got into anti-freeze on one of his escapades - he came back to a point of no return. We had to put him down as there was no way I could watch him be reduced to what the poison had done to him... they are truly our 'family' and I can totally relate to how difficult this is.
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    Comment edited on: 4/30/2013 12:54:49 PM
  • 4CYNDI
    There are no easy decisions when it comes to pets as they age. Getting her a companion might perk her up a bit. I know this new one is not a "replacement" for her. For myself in that situation I would go ahead and get another one, as companion to her & you.


    PS I'm glad your doc is willing to work with you on getting the right medications to help and not insisting that you stay on something that makes you so miserable.
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    Comment edited on: 4/30/2013 12:51:08 PM
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