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Old 07-23-2007, 06:30 AM   #1
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Dog Advice

It seems to be taking me too long to get another dog! My dog is so alone when I leave to go anywhere. Constantly on my mind. I am looking but not too much as I could go to more shelters or websites than I do. I thank you all for understanding and making me feel better.

I wrote a vet in our paper and he responed to my dilimma by telling me to euthanise the dog. No dog should live in fear he said. Even though I made suggestion of another dog he told me to put him down. Here I am again feeling depressed about it. As you all have advised me to find another one. He is deaf and going blind but I don't think this is something that we both can't live with. If he can't make it to go outside I don't think I would want to be here either. What a way to start the day! My own vet has never really advised me to put a dog down. I imagine he feels the owner knows when it is time. Wonder how many people do what he says? He is all of the country not just here in Missouri.

I am grateful you all love animals else I would feel odd. Thanks for all your advice.


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Old 07-23-2007, 07:51 AM   #2
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Gosh Kitchen, I wish I could help. I have dealt with all sorts of animals and have even put some down, when it was time. I just don't know your situation.

But your vet does. You stated he has not suggested euthanasia, and perhaps for very good reasons. But you could broach the question with him. Tell him you are confused because of the advice you have been given, and make sure he knows that all you want is what is best for your pet.

Am getting older and my sight sure isn't what it was and I don't hear all that well but I would hate to be put to sleep just for those flaws.

All I can suggest again is talk to your vet, not some impersonal guy in the paper.

And good luck and God bless.

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Old 07-23-2007, 09:23 AM   #3
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I once read in a book that it doesnt matter if they go blind,deaf cant control bladder etc as long as the dog is still getting joy out of things like their favorite toy or when you come home and so on.When they get absolutley no happiness out of anything then it may be time.Only you can dedide that.Other than that I say quit screwing around and get another dog for your dog and see what happens.
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Old 07-23-2007, 09:29 AM   #4
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I just had another thought how would your dog do with a kitten?
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Old 07-23-2007, 10:11 AM   #5
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Just don't be selfish.
Sometimes it is just time to let them go over the
Proverbial "Rainbow Bridge".

My 2 labs ARE my children, and I do not relish the
day when I have to make the decision.

Big cyber hug to you!
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Old 07-23-2007, 11:18 AM   #6
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If your dog is still happy and not in a lot of pain, then it's just a matter of how much you're willing to deal with. I think I could deal with quite a bit for my little Chloe.
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Old 07-23-2007, 11:49 AM   #7
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ITK, as you may know, I had to make this very hard decision with my precious friend Buster. When it came time for Buster, I knew in my heart it was time to let him go. The pain he was suffering was in his eyes. He was laying there, unable to get up, unable to relieve himself, just tired and frail. I knew that the right decision was to let him go, to have him put down. So that night, I just loved on him and loved on him. Then the next day, I held him in my arms as we laid him to rest.... sorry stop for a cry.... Such a hard decision to make, but trust me, you WILL know... your heart will tell you when it is time to let your friend go, and your friend will tell you... and you wont feel bad or have remorse about it. But you will miss your friend and hurt from that.

Search your heart, take time with your friend, is he telling you it is time to go? And if you are searching for a companion, perhaps an older dog... I figure a puppy would be way to much activity for a dog that is deaf and blind. Or even a kitty as someone mentioned earlier.

Please keep us posted..
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Old 07-23-2007, 12:19 PM   #8
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It all depends on whether the dog is happy and otherwise healthy. Our neighbors' dog is old, deaf, and blind, and she is happy just to be near them. She has occasional wetting accidents, but overall she is a happy dog. If not another dog to keep her company, how about a cat? Our dog and cat get along fine, as most really do. You might even be able to find an older, proven placid cat.

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Old 07-23-2007, 12:31 PM   #9
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An older cat might be good but a kitten will hang around the dog,sleeping with it and so on I would be worried an older cat would just ignore the dog.
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Old 07-23-2007, 02:05 PM   #10
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I put my last dog down when I couldn't stand to see her pain. The Vet knew her very well, so there was no question of it being a right decision. Hubby and I brought her and held her until the vet told us she was gone. She was walking into walls and falling over on her side. It was obvious that she was getting no joy from life, only misery. You will know when the time is right. When Keiki goes there won't be any more dogs for awhile. I want to travel and sleep. Cats are quite a bit more independent. But it is a personal choice. I just don't want any more puddles or land bombs, which I have been living with for a few years now. I wouldn't acquire a dog just to keep Keiki company. As it is we go nowhere for more than a few hours to make sure she is OK. Yes, us dog lovers are sympathetic. I did used to be a cat owner, and they are easier (you cannot leave a dog for a day, they need constant company; I've left cats for up to three days and they didn't even miss me for a minute). Anyway, my advice is to only get a pet you love, not to keep your dog company. If YOU want companionship, then that is one thing. Otherwise, cuddle and love your doggie until his time comes.

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