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#5931311 - 09/16/15 10:12 AM When to say goodbye
CCBIRDDOGMAN Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 11/16/07
Posts: 9277
Loc: CEDAR CREEK LAKE
I have a 10 year old Brittany (Jake) that has been diagnosed with Congestive heart failure, he is retaining fluid in his belly (is on twice daily lasix) and has irregular breathing / coughing plus the squeak in his throat when he breaths, he is on another daily heart pill (can't remember what it is called) and a 4 times a day pill for his cough. This has been going on for almost 3 months now, vet said all we can do is keep him comfortable and ride it out. I asked about bumping up the lasix to reduce the fluid but he said the dose he is on is what he needs.
The past few nights have been rough, he is restless and sits up every hour or so and coughs / hacks and looks like he has to point his head upward to get air (he sleeps on a pillow next to our bed). Only thing that will get him to settle is let him get a drink and he will lay back down for another hour or so. I know he is miserable because of the belly and having trouble breathing but he is still alert, eats pretty good (not last night), doesn't have any trouble going out to potty, etc. I don't know what to do, if he has no quality of life, it is not fair to him to keep him alive just because I don't want to lose him, I am considering taking him this Saturday if he doesn't improve. I can't stand the thought of losing him but I can't stand the site of seeing him miserable either. I really wanted him to make it to bird season so he could point one last covey, but I'm not sure right now if he will make it. Maybe he is just having a bad couple of days. This ones gonna be hard.
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#5931346 - 09/16/15 10:34 AM Re: When to say goodbye [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
Cast Offline
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Registered: 12/14/08
Posts: 14901
Loc: North Texas - God's Country
It's coming for sure, but don't jump the gun. Jake will tell you when it's time.

Dang I hate typing this type of stuff.
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#5931359 - 09/16/15 10:44 AM Re: When to say goodbye [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
Armalite260 Offline
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Registered: 08/24/10
Posts: 1727
That breaks my heart! Most of us have been down that road, I have no words.. I agree with Cast, don't jump the gun - I have no doubt you'll know when that time comes.. Spoil him even more while you have him..

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#5931402 - 09/16/15 11:00 AM Re: When to say goodbye [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
Gangly Offline
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Registered: 10/14/13
Posts: 315
If I was in a lot of pain and the pain would exponentially increase the longer I lived with the end result being certain death, then let me go now. Keeping me alive would be misery.

My last dog had cancer and was able to cope with the pain for the most part, but when it got to where he didn't want to get out of his bed and started skipping meals, my mind was made and I was at peace. Maybe he had a few more weeks or even months to live, I don't know, but in my heart I know that I never want a dog of mine to suffer. Once they get to that point its all down hill and only gets worse and I cant bring myself to put them through that. Again, maybe its premature, but its a personal decision that only an owner can make and you have to be comfortable enough with that decision to know that what you did was best.

If it was you in his place, what would you want done?


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#5931530 - 09/16/15 12:23 PM Re: When to say goodbye [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
bill oxner Online   content
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Registered: 11/03/09
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Loc: Richmond
Only you can decide.
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#5931588 - 09/16/15 12:56 PM Re: When to say goodbye [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
CCBIRDDOGMAN Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 11/16/07
Posts: 9277
Loc: CEDAR CREEK LAKE
Just talked to my wife. She comes home for lunch. She said he seems to be getting worse. Probably not going to be long for my little knucklehead. Man I am going to have a hard time with this.
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#5931592 - 09/16/15 12:58 PM Re: When to say goodbye [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
Cast Offline
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Registered: 12/14/08
Posts: 14901
Loc: North Texas - God's Country
When children and/or dogs get sick, I feel so utterly useless. Stay strong. I don't envy you. Makes my eyes leak just typing this.
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#5931594 - 09/16/15 01:01 PM Re: When to say goodbye [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
HuntnFly67 Offline
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Registered: 07/27/10
Posts: 4496
We put two labs down within 4 months of each other about 4 years ago. Each dog had their own issues.

Ace was my hunting buddy but continually had his intestines healing to themselves after a stomach surgery. After the second surgery to un bind the intestines, we knew it was going to be a chronic problem and he wouldn't make a full recovery. We put him down when he quit eating and wouldn't drink at 5 years old.

His mom, Molly was 13 and had bad hips for the last three years. We started talking about 'the time coming' when she REALLY started to struggle to stand up. A few months later we went in for her annual check and the vet said she had early signs of kidney failure. Within a day or two she stopped eating, drinking and wouldn't even try to get up for the bathroom. We couldn't stand it any more and took her back to the doc for the last time.

I miss both those dogs. It's unfortunate they can't tell us verbally when they are ready - its our price to pay for the joy they bring us.

I feel terrible that you are at that point in your pet's life. It is tough and it hurts - alot. Your heart will tell you when it is time. My condolences.
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#5931711 - 09/16/15 02:34 PM Re: When to say goodbye [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
Baylor_Bears Offline
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Registered: 04/21/12
Posts: 1046
Loc: Austin
All the sympathy in the world too you, it is just an awful time. Your guy will let you know.
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#5931730 - 09/16/15 02:41 PM Re: When to say goodbye [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
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Registered: 08/01/09
Posts: 3768
Loc: Spring, Tx
When they have more bad days than good, its time to let them go.
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#5931743 - 09/16/15 02:49 PM Re: When to say goodbye [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
CharlieCTx Offline
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Registered: 05/27/13
Posts: 774
Loc: Flower Mound, TX
He will appreciate you taking the next step for him, as he cannot do it himself. If he ever needed you, it's now. Have done it twice, never easy, but it's right.

Charlie

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#5931805 - 09/16/15 03:35 PM Re: When to say goodbye [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
CCBIRDDOGMAN Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 11/16/07
Posts: 9277
Loc: CEDAR CREEK LAKE
I probably would have left here at lunch and taken him but my vet is out today. My wife didn't want to put him back in his crate & leave him at lunch but she had to go back to work. She said he wasn't doing good at all. Wouldn't even eat a piece of ice and ice is one of his favorites. Said he wouldn't come up the steps on the porch, she had to carry him. I'm worried he will be dead when we get home (and my wife will beat me home so that wont be good). I wish I would have just taken off of work today and had him put down. It's killing my wife. I guess we will see how this evening and tonight go.


Him as a pup.


Him in his prime.
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#5931892 - 09/16/15 04:45 PM Re: When to say goodbye [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
CRAnderson52 Offline
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Registered: 08/12/11
Posts: 2282
Loc: Highland Village, Texas
Prayers for you brotha, it's never an easy thing to do. Been about two years since we made the decision to put down our 17 year old blue heeler and I just can't talk myself into getting a new one because I know the new one isn't going to fill her shoes.
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#5931959 - 09/16/15 05:31 PM Re: When to say goodbye [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
txshntr Offline
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Registered: 09/24/10
Posts: 33682
Loc: Mansfield, Texas
Hate to hear that bud, never an easy decision. You will make the right decision bud. Prayers sent.
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#5932065 - 09/16/15 06:37 PM Re: When to say goodbye [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
Michael W. Offline
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Registered: 11/22/10
Posts: 2684
Loc: Central Texas / Comal County
We went through the same thing with out Mini Dachshund for about 8 months. Cancer but had the same symtoms your dog has. Cast said it, don't jump the gun. Dogs can hang in there. You will know when its time. Our prayers go with you, its a though decision to make.
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