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Old 08-03-2005, 08:10 PM   #1
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Unhappy I'm fixing to lose my little old lady

There's something wrong with Sheba, my 14 year old whippet mix. We came home yesterday and found her so dizzy that she is falling on her face and against the walls. I had to help her outside last night and she is staggering around like a drunk and her head is wobbling like she is fighting to hold it up. Her eyes are going back and forth real fast as though the room is spinning and she's trying to keep up.
I don't want her to suffer and I think I'm going to have to have her put down .
We have had her since my boys were 4 and 6. They are like that age right now, seeing her like this, and they are 18 and 20{aug. 28th anyway} We're so sad!
Has anyone else seen this in their dog? My husband is wondering if she has had a stroke.

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Old 08-03-2005, 08:20 PM   #2
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How sad.
I can tell you love her a lot.
I'll be thinking about you.
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Old 08-03-2005, 08:24 PM   #3
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Thanks Pd.
We do love her. She is the one we have had the longest and she's been a very good dog!! Very smart, she would never leave our yard, even with the fence open and she always greeted whoever was coming to visit.
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Old 08-03-2005, 08:25 PM   #4
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I'm sure she loves you too.
Pets make great friends. I'm glad that
you had her for such a long time. Lots of love
shared by all of you.
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Old 08-03-2005, 08:29 PM   #5
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I think your hubby is right. I haven't seen that happen in a dog, but I have seen the symptoms in other animals. Check her feet, the vet told me that when they have a stroke often their extremities are cold.

Texasgirl, I am so sorry to hear about this. I know the decision you face is a truly hard one. Talk to your vet to see if she is suffering at all, a good vet will tell you the truth. My prayers are with you.
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Old 08-03-2005, 08:33 PM   #6
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I'm so sorry about you baby, I know how you feel..I lost my little buddie about 4 years ago and even though I have Maggie,whom I love dearly, Max was my best friend...I'll be keeping you in my prayers. I hope things will be alright.
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Old 08-03-2005, 08:41 PM   #7
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oh texas i'm so sorry. i hate to say but i do think your husband's right. i've seen symptoms like that with my aunt's dog and it was a stroke. it's never easy to put down a beloved pet even if you know it's the right thing to do. 6 yrs. later i still cry over losing my boxer max. my heart truly goes out to you, your family, and sheba.
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That breaks my heart it does......I had a hard time when my dad put my baby down....I cried and cried..this was just 2 years ago.....theres never an easy way to go about it but I dont think its fair if shes suffering
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Old 08-03-2005, 08:59 PM   #9
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that's sad tex, and i'm so sorry you are losing your pet. pets are precious and it's hard to let go.
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Old 08-03-2005, 09:04 PM   #10
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Thanks you guys!! I really appreciate it. I love that I can talk to you all. I don't have anyone in my family that really has animals like I do. Other than my boys, there isn't any sympathy other than saying, well, she lived a long life, and that's it.
My husband loves her, don't get me wrong, but, he was raised with animals and is used to them dying and he doesn't understand my tearing up or being so sad over it. I know that she is old and she has had a good life with us, but, it's like saying goodbye to a family member to me.
I guess I will have to call the vet tomorrow morning. This is going to be painful as H#ll
Thanks for all of your kind words.
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