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    End of life planning for dog

    This is a hard thing to write about, but I think it will help hearing other experiences/advice.

    We have a thirteen year-old Newfoundland mix. She is losing sight, and hearing. She is incontinent, has displaysia in her back hips, and some neuropathy. She has lost four of her sixty pounds in the past few months. She doesn't appear to be miserable, but she doesn't really have any life in her either. She struggles with stairs, but can manage.

    All that said, we took her for her annual visit today. The doc was explaining to us that we can put her down anytime we feel we should. He stated that there is a large gray area in a pet's life to make this decision. You can do it at the beginning so that they suffer the least or you can stretch it out to have as much time as you can. It seems selfish to me on either account, so I'm trying to reconcile my thoughts. She has never been a people dog, always done her own thing, so this decision seems to be harder to make because she doesn't seem to be telling us her feelings.

    Anybody have this experience? We knew with our last dog and probably waited too long.



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    Re: End of life planning for dog

    Not one of these threads again



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    Re: End of life planning for dog

    Why did I open this thread?

    My Patterdale Terrier turns 10 on the 11th.. I don't know what I'm gonna do without him in a few years


    OP, obviously there's no easy answer. We just wish they could live forever.



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    Re: End of life planning for dog

    I had to do this last year. Tough decision, but happy that our dog is no longer suffering. 13 yrs is really good.



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    Re: End of life planning for dog

    Yeah, our last dog was brutal. He was such a special little guy, it broke our hearts to lose him. Although it hurts to say, neither of us have that kind of attachment with this girl. She's been a good dog, we got her from the kennel shortly after she was born. Just looking for any direction, from God, from her, from here, from anywhere. I don't like playing God's part in a pet's life.



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    Re: End of life planning for dog

    I can sympathize with the OP. We have two cats but one of two is very old (had her since 94 and she was probably a couple years old then.) She has had her struggles but like you it's hard to decide on this.


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    Re: End of life planning for dog

    I'm sorry to hear what you're going through. I had a miniature pinscher several years ago that got to about 13 years old and was going through a lot of what your dog seems to be going through. We eventually decided to put her down because she was obviously uncomfortable and miserable. I stayed with her until she "fell asleep" so I could be sure the last thing she ever saw was one of her favorite people. Still one of the hardest things I've ever done but glad she was and is not suffering anymore



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    Re: End of life planning for dog

    I've been struggling with how I'm going to handle the actual time when it happens.

    Obviously I wanna be there with my buddy, but how can I be in that room??




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    Re: End of life planning for dog

    I was with the wife and my parents coming home from Southern Illinois a few weeks ago, and the vet called..... Needless to say my parents dog had died the night before in her kennel there. She was a massive St. Bernard. My parents took it hard obviously because we were still in Illinois when we got the news. They made me call the vet back and tell them to cremate her because they couldn't stand to see her dead, I wasn't all that close to her but that was freaking hard. When it comes time to make this decision with my dog it will be an all out water works fest for me.



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    Re: End of life planning for dog

    I think you can make that call if you feel it is necessary. My grandma decided to put her dog down before the winter because she didn't think she would survive through it or it would be really hard on her. The dog was a 16-17 years old and was losing most of its senses. She also wanted to be able to bury her in the yard.



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    Re: End of life planning for dog

    Quote Originally Posted by theantiAIRBHG View Post
    I've been struggling with how I'm going to handle the actual time when it happens.

    Obviously I wanna be there with my buddy, but how can I be in that room??

    A familiar face is what the dog should have in the room. Regardless of your beliefs in the afterlife, her best friends face should be the last thing seen.



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    Re: End of life planning for dog

    Quote Originally Posted by theantiAIRBHG View Post
    I've been struggling with how I'm going to handle the actual time when it happens.

    Obviously I wanna be there with my buddy, but how can I be in that room??

    We had a german shepherd mix when I was a kid. My dad took him to the vet to put him down, and left the room. He told me later he wished he'd stayed for the dog until he was out, because the dog wanted to get up off the table and go with him. Me? I stayed home and cried like a baby.



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    Re: End of life planning for dog

    [QUOTE=stateofmind;3033725]Yeah, our last dog was brutal. He was such a special little guy, it broke our hearts to lose him. Although it hurts to say, neither of us have that kind of attachment with this girl. She's been a good dog, we got her from the kennel shortly after she was born. Just looking for any direction, from God, from her, from here, from anywhere. I don't like playing God's part in a pet's life
    But, to her you are God and have been for all of her 13 years. And that is a good thing.











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    Re: End of life planning for dog

    To the OP--my opinion is that the best thing you can do is minimize your pet's pain and suffering. As others have alluded, you'll know when you need to do what you need to do. Having said that, my wife has told me I'm taking care of all that when that time comes for our lab. It's gonna suck. Heck, I'm getting misty just thinking about it.



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    Good luck with your decision, whatever it may be. This Cyclone family is all here for support



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