View Full Version : What am I gonna do?!

05-02-2008, 04:22 PM
I think my dog is dying. She's crapping bloody stool everywhere and vomiting, despite the $1000 we've spent in the past two weeks on special tinned food, medication, and tests. I'm at my wit's end, having to clean up after her and the stench is terrible. All I do now is worry about her. She's lost so much weight her collar is looser.

I'm supposed to host a dinner party tonight. I was hoping she'd be better but this morning she had another "bout". I think I'll have to try to get hold of everyone and cancel. I was so looking forward to it.

Another horrible thing is that my dog has a brother. Her littermate, and I don't think he'll survive without her. Putting down Chloe is sure to mean the end for Teddy too. They'll be 13 on May 23rd, if they make it. Sigh.

05-02-2008, 04:26 PM
I am so sorry. :-(


05-02-2008, 04:34 PM
Few things are as difficult as inner turmoil and having to face making such difficult choices. Whatever you decide to do, I know it will be done out of love. You and your dogs will be in my heart and on my mind today.


Ol' Fashioned Girl
05-02-2008, 04:37 PM
Hugs, Caro, for you and your whole family... sometimes, the greatest gift we have to give is letting go. Give Chloe and Teddy both a scritch under the shin from Ol' Boy and me.

05-02-2008, 04:38 PM
Putting an animal down is one of the toughest things you'll ever have to do. Rest assured, it may be the best thing you can do for her when the time comes. Let her go with dignity. It sounds like you have tried your best.

05-02-2008, 04:46 PM
I'm sorry about your dog, CaroGirl. It's a tough decision, but sometimes it's the only real option. I'll be thinking of you.

Little Red Barn
05-02-2008, 04:50 PM
Caro, I'm so sorry. :Hug2:

Do give her a little bit of cottage cheese for her upset stomach and try to reach your vet.

05-02-2008, 05:30 PM
oh, Caro- I can empathize- we put down our 13 year old Husky/Lab mix, Bear, last August, I still get teary eyed thinking about him, but I also smile now at all the love we shared in those 13 years. We all go into these relationships knowing we will be the one saying goodbye, but when the time comes, somehow we are never ready.

05-02-2008, 05:31 PM
I'm sorry Caro. Go to Petco- they actually have doggie diapers. Best wishes.

Appalachian Writer
05-02-2008, 05:33 PM
I've had to put two dogs down within the last 5 years. It's a killer. I know how you feel. Lots of tears and lots of second guessing yourself. Did I do the right thing and all. Sounds like Chloe is suffering. Maybe Teddy will make it without her. Lots of love can work wonders. My very best to you and your family. I'm truly sorry.

05-02-2008, 05:36 PM
I'm so sorry, caro.

Sometimes though, you have to do what's best for the dog. You wouldn't want her to continue to suffer, would you?

I've lost several dogs in my lifetime. It's never easy.

05-02-2008, 05:43 PM
Caro, :hugs: I'm so sorry about what you're going through.
I have a 10-year-old pomeranian and is considered our oldest daughter. She used to have seizures, so she knows our vet well, but still doesn't like him. Thankfully, she hasn't had a seizure in over 2 years, but the vet still checks her out from time to time. Anyway, the point is the first vet we took her to told us to put her down. He said it would be the most humane way to help her. The 2nd vet we went to started her on high doses of meds and gradually weaned her off meds altogether.
Bloody stool is cause for concern, but just make sure she isn't having a reaction to something she ate. I'd take her back to the vet. :hugs:

05-02-2008, 05:47 PM

05-02-2008, 05:47 PM
I am so sorry. This is never an easy time. Definitely, cancel the party, and do what you need to make it easier on you and the dog: special treats, lots of hugs, etc.

05-02-2008, 05:50 PM
I'm sorry, Caro. It sounds like your dog had a very good life.

05-02-2008, 07:10 PM
The husband wants to wait for the latest test results before we take her back to the vet. I plan to leave work by mid afternoon to check on her.

Thanks all.

05-02-2008, 07:15 PM
Caro, I'm so sorry! And my heart breaks thinking about poor Teddy, too :(

Best wishes to all of you.

05-02-2008, 07:37 PM
I can't say anything that hasn't been said upstream, so I'll just echo it all. You (and your dogs) are in my thoughts.

Jean Marie
05-02-2008, 07:55 PM
I'm very sorry, Caro. They're like your kids.

Take care :Hug2:

05-02-2008, 08:45 PM

Hugs and prayers. I know what you're going through. We had to have our 15 year old Manda put down and it's been a little over a year now. We still miss her.

You'll know what's right when the time comes. Your dog is your baby and only you can know when to let go. I had to make a tough decision when a vet told me the only possible way for my kitty to survive was an operation that would leave her with a bag. I knew that was not a good life for her...

05-02-2008, 09:04 PM
We had to let our Belle go -- gee, I guess it's been three years now. Seems like yesterday. For weeks we'd been taking her back and forth to the vet. Tests, shots, treatments...she just declined. She stopped loving the car ride, stopped wagging her tailless bootie for the vet and all the technicians, clearly she was miserable. We finally decided we'd done all we could. That day, at the vet, all her joy and love returned. She greeted each tech and the vet with gladness. No treatments or procedures. Just one shot to grant her what she'd known all along she was ready for. She forgave us all that we'd put her through to "save" her. She was so much wiser than we were. I truly look at death, and life, with a different perspective now, thanks to Belle.

Chloe will let you know, Caro.

05-02-2008, 09:06 PM
I'm so sorry. I'm praying for you.

05-03-2008, 05:56 AM
How is Chloe?

05-03-2008, 06:07 AM
Best wishes Carol.

05-03-2008, 07:23 AM
I'm very sorry for you Caro. I also know how it feels. We put our 18 year old dog down. It was very hard, but definitely for the best. I still think of her and sometimes cry. That was 25 years ago.

I'm thinking of you.

05-03-2008, 08:08 PM
Hugs, Caro.

05-04-2008, 03:41 AM
Here's a quick update: all the vet tests came back negative. Chloe seems her old perky self and we're continuing to give her a special medical diet and medication for inflammatory bowel disease (most likely possibility).

Thanks to everyone for you good wishes. You gave me strength and the stories of your lost companions made me feel less alone.

I had my dinner party and it went off without a hitch (except for a small hangover next morning, me, not the dog).

05-04-2008, 03:49 AM
So glad it turned out okay. I was holding my breath reading the thread. Best wishes for much more time together.

Jersey Chick
05-04-2008, 03:56 AM
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she continues to improve. Hugs and good thoughts comin' your way. :Hug2:

05-04-2008, 04:00 AM
Hope it stays good for you all.

Jean Marie
05-04-2008, 04:00 AM
Cool beans, Caro :D

I love happy endings, especially when it involves the pups.

Thanks for the update.

05-04-2008, 04:20 AM
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she continues to improve. Hugs and good thoughts comin' your way. :Hug2:
Thank you (all of you)! She's lost a lot of weight (she's a small dog) so that's the biggest concern right now. The vet's been great and is keeping in close touch with us.

05-04-2008, 05:13 AM
That's wonderful, CG. Thanks for the update!

05-04-2008, 06:01 AM
So glad to hear that! Keep us posted w/ her progress!

Ol' Fashioned Girl
05-04-2008, 06:52 AM
Many hugs! Glad for the good news!

05-04-2008, 07:14 AM
Prayers for your doggie Caro and hope all will be well. :Hug2: