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Old 10-12-2011, 01:57 PM   #41
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As far as getting wrapped up in his tie-out cord. Could you get him a small outdoor kennel.

Here is a link. Doc Bob® Professional Kennel, Extra Large Breed, 5 ft. W x 10 ft. L x 6 ft. H - 3606033 | Tractor Supply Company

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Old 10-30-2011, 09:39 PM   #42
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I'm new here but I thought i'd chime in, as I've just gone through this. I can only tell you that you'll know when it's time to put your dog to sleep. Every dog owner knows the behavior of their pets, and when they're not 'acting' the way they usually do it's a sign of an underlying problem.

Our dog passed away last month but I could see his health starting to deteriote over the course of the summer. He was a 13 yo Lab mix and pretty fit for his age. With that said, there were little things I noticed that he didn't do before. First, he had several episodes where he collapsed. He had done this on 3 or 4 seperate occasions but each time the vet said he was ok. He'd also go through stages of not eating and he had a recurring cough that wouldn't go away. I'd say it was more like a dry heave than anything but I just assumed it was something he ate off the floor. Anyway, one of the telling signs for me was that our dog stopped pulling on his leash when we took him for walks. He became noticeably tired walking short distances so I cut his walks down to a block and back. It was difficult for him to get up most days. He would also do things like walk into the yard and just lay down. Usually if I let him out he'd walk around and sniff everything. I also noticed that his urine had changed color and that his stool had turned black. Shortly afterwards our dog had collapsed again in September and then vomited everywhere. I took him to the vet, they did blood work and took x-rays and they discovered that he had a cancerous tumor that had erupted into (or from) his spleen and he was bleeding internally, hence the black stool. He also had lesions of some sort in his lungs which would account for the constant dry heaving. It took my wife and I by surprise and we basically had 1 day to decide what to do. Our choices were either A) do an emergency spleenectomy and blood transfusion. even with this procedure his prognosis wasn't good. He could've lived 10 days, 3 weeks or 2 months. Or B) put him to sleep. So, we decided that we had no other choice than to put him to sleep the next day. It was the most painful thing we ever had to do and it breaks my heart just thinking about it right now. We were allowed to spend 1 last night with our dog. He was given tramadol to ease the pain and we gave him whatever food he wanted, in this case it was pork and beef jerky because he loved meat.

Anyway, this is never an easy decision to make, but you'll know when it's time. Cherish the moments you have with your dog.

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gaseousclay, welcome to the forum! I'm so sorry to hear about your dog...

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Old 10-30-2011, 10:10 PM   #44
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Thanks, gaseousclay and others as well. It has become painfully clear that Rocky won't be with us much longer. He is suffering and deteriorating more quickly every day. We're saying our goodbyes tonight and just trying to make him as comfortable as possible before taking him in tomorrow.

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Old 11-05-2011, 04:58 PM   #45
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Sorry Sunnyhedgehog. Like I said you just wake up one day and realize its time. Bobo was deteriating for 6 months but when he was getting lost under tables and knocking over lamps in the middle of the night i knew thats when it was time. Someone on here was saying you realize things they are doing different. The last week bobo would go outside and be all confused like he didnt recognize his back yard. he would just stand there and stare and forget how to get back up the ramp. I was the only one he would still get excited to see in the house and the last week he was scared of me and that killed me. All these little things started to add up and I knew it was time. Its never easy. Honestly it su#@@!! Till this day I still feel the quilt leaving him there and knowing what they where going to do with him when I left. Mindy

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I had to put my lhasa apso and poodle down. Well my lhasa apso had brian tumur and arthris and he was dieing in my arms when I took him to the vet before putting him down. And my poodle was diabetic and blind and He had a bad sugar level OMG I MISS THEM SO MUCH! Crying :*( They were both 15 years old My poodle came from an abused home and my lhasa apso i got from a pet shop. I still remember the days
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