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    Putting down our dog today - Update: He lives until Monday

    We are putting down our 3 year old shih tzu today. I really really don't want to, but there are so many factors at play that I don't think there is a better option. Our dog wigs out on himself erraticly and often keeps us up all night, it's the opinion of some that they are seizures, his liver may or may not be able to handle anti-seizure medication, he's developed a couple other behavioral problems where he doesnt always play nice with our 2 year old son, our son recently saw an allergist who recommended not having pets in the home, and the stress of everything is affecting my wife's health with her pregnancy and crohns disease as well, which can lead to big problems. Even if we can fix the dog's problems with meds, we shouldn't have him in the home according to the allergist, so we would have to rehome him.

    I feel so bad and guilty about choosing to put him down, especially since he is my first dog, and he is still young. He hasnt been the same dog lately though, as he's usually wigging out or sedated. My brain tells me it's the right decision, but my heart says otherwise. How have you people dealt with putting a dog down?? Were you present when the vet did it??
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    Re: Putting down our dog today

    Try taking him to a shelter first. Is there a Shih Tzu rescue group in town? I really don't think its fair for you to choose to end his life prematurely unless there is a serious illness in play here.



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    Re: Putting down our dog today

    This has to be one of the toughest decisions that a person can make. I had to put down my Shepard mix last July 5th. He was 14 had cancer, and his quality of life was very poor. My daughter grew up with him and it was a very emotional time for myself, and my two kids. I literally cried like a baby for a couple of days. I still think of him often when I am out in the backyard where we spent so much time together, throwing the ball, or the frisbee or just wrestling around. Just writing this is very hard. Dogs can be a man's best friend, and mine sure was.

    I am sorry you have to go through this, but it sounds like the right decision for your family and him also. Take care.



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    Re: Putting down our dog today

    We put my cat of 14 years down Mothers Day 2008(it was her present if you will because she always hated him, screwed up I know.) I was there when he took his last breath. It was really peaceful, he just slowly drifted off and showed no signs of pain at all from it. My situation was abit different though. He had developed diabetes in 2005 and his body was slowly failing him. I still havent really dealt with it, even thinkin about it now makes me pretty sad. The best I can say is that if you and you're vet feel its the best option, then dont let Tz or anyone else tell you otherwise. If it isn't, take him to a shelter.



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    Re: Putting down our dog today

    I had to put my wife's cat down and I didn't even like the thing. I got misty in at the vets and there is no way I'd be in the room with him. I'm a nancy when it comes to pets though.

    You might want to check out the Shih Tzu rescue avenue... but IMO your family comes before any animal. You sound like you wanted to provide him a good home and you did the best you could. I don't have a problem with your decision. If he really doesn't play well with your 2 year old he could bite him 3 weeks from now and everybody would ask you why you didn't put him down when you got the chance.

    I once knew a guy whose dad would get a dog, and if that dog chased cars he would shoot it and get another one. This doesn't sound like the case with you. Do what you can to prolong his life (rescues, etc) but if he truly isn't good with kids, requires meds, and can't live outside... well there isn't a whole lot you can really do for a Shih Tzu.




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    Re: Putting down our dog today

    Quote Originally Posted by tzjung View Post
    Try taking him to a shelter first. Is there a Shih Tzu rescue group in town? I really don't think its fair for you to choose to end his life prematurely unless there is a serious illness in play here.
    I agree, but I don't know the details.



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    Re: Putting down our dog today

    Quote Originally Posted by tzjung View Post
    Try taking him to a shelter first. Is there a Shih Tzu rescue group in town? I really don't think its fair for you to choose to end his life prematurely unless there is a serious illness in play here.
    It sounds like there is a serious illness here, and taking him to a shelter would just be pawning off the problem on someone else. It seems to me as though it would be a kindness to put the poor dog down--and if it weren't, any vet would tell him so.

    After my mother passed away, and both of our beloved Siamese cats had within a few weeks as well, when next our Chinese Pug (Mom's dog) fell seriously ill, our vet in Muscatine (he's a hero to me) put her to sleep gratis. I don't know how my Dad stood all of the losses. Of course, all of these pets were in their mid teens.




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    Re: Putting down our dog today

    You need to do what's best for you family. A shelter would not be fair since the dog is not well. Don't feel guilty, you're doing the right thing.



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    Re: Putting down our dog today

    My parents put down our dog when I was a youngster. It was a yorkie and it was a dang good dog, and I cried when I was a kid because they dad that, but now looking back I know it was the right decision.

    Dogs for the most part can be better friends with you in your lifetime than people will be.



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    Re: Putting down our dog today

    Just from the information provided, it sounds like there just MAY be an illness that MAY not be fixable. I agree that it's not fair to end the animal's life because of the reason's provided. Take it to a shelter if you do anything. The shelter generally will release health information to a prospective adopter and there are many kind-hearted people that would actually prefer to adopt an animal like this, because they know a lot of the other dogs without health problems would go to a home.

    Whether we like it or not, people take on a responsibility when taking in an animal, and putting it down for the reason's giving is not the right thing to do.



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    Re: Putting down our dog today

    Quote Originally Posted by Aclone View Post
    It sounds like there is a serious illness here, and taking him to a shelter would just be pawning off the problem on someone else. It seems to me as though it would be a kindness to put the poor dog down--and if it weren't, any vet would tell him so.

    After my mother passed away, and both of our beloved Siamese cats had within a few weeks as well, when next our Chinese Pug (Mom's dog) fell seriously ill, our vet in Muscatine (he's a hero to me) put her to sleep gratis. I don't know how my Dad stood all of the losses. Of course, all of these pets were in their mid teens.
    The vet in Muscatine, is it the Drahos? If so they are excellent excellent vets. Dont have enough kind words for them.



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    Re: Putting down our dog today

    I did a quick search and couldn't find a rescue in IA. That doesn't mean there isn't one in-state of regional. Perhaps these folks can help...

    US Shih Tzu Rescue

    Good luck.

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    Re: Putting down our dog today

    If the dog seems dangerous around children you're making the best choice. Sounds like its quality of life won't be that great anyway and you would hate to have the shelter re-home him to somebody with kids.

    Not sure a shelter would have a spot for him anyway - expensive meds AND potentially a threat to kids? yeah, I'd say listen to your brain on this one.



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    Re: Putting down our dog today

    Man - I don't want to read this thread.

    I hated life when we put our last dog down - and it was really the dog that came with my wife, so I didn't have near the attachment. Can't stand the thought of when the time comes for our current pooch.

    Had to put my 7 y/o cat down two years ago, that I had since a stray kitten - and that tore me up.

    My sincere condolences. It sucks. I was present for both the dog and the cat. I think it's harder watching it go. Personal opinion. But I felt like I would regret it if I wasn't, perhaps owed it to the pet to be there... Corny.

    But my in-laws are our vet - so they made it as easy as we wanted it to be. Hopefully your vet would do the same.


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    Re: Putting down our dog today

    CraigsList?

    Seriously, take him to the vet to do it.


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