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  • Miss Piddles...what do I do?

    I haven't posted too much about my beagle, Miss Piddles, recently, but some of you may remember she has be diagnosed with so many things in the past year. She just turned 8 in August and is epileptic (since 1 year old), and now has high blood pressure, a spleen tumor, cushings (adrenal tumor) and is blind and her eye pressures are through the roof. My vet says not to do any operations because it wouldn't give her that much more time but the "specialist" wants me to spend about 3g's on a surgery that may or may not work and possibly give her 2 year or she could die after the operation. We basically went with what my vet said and he's been taking care of her since she was a puppy. That was all about 6 months ago. Well now her eye pressure won't go down but she doesn't seem in pain with it because she never rubs them or anything like that but they just run all the time. We live in a town house and she is panting like crazy by the time she gets halfway up the stairs. And her poor belly is bloated is much from the tumor and cushings. She has a hard time doing some things like the stairs so I usually carry her but overall she seems happy, still eats and drinks and is coherent. But I just don't know what to do with her. It's so hard to explain...just because she seems happy is that reason enough to make her struggle through on some days? She isn't going to get better and I go back and forth between "it's her time" and "she still seems so happy". My vet will go either way with it, it seems. She is on every med possible. I feel it should be quality of quanity but I just can't firmly say this is it for her. Any stories or advice? I'm struggling. The holidays aren't helping either.

  • #2
    I say

    If she isn't really in pain, let her live her little life out. If you put her down, you might second guess and be sorry later. Poor dear thing. just love her and enjoy her while you still can. Wait until you are absolutely sure it is time. If you have to isn't time yet. IMO Dogs just seem to accept their situation in stride. They don't think like we do. Being able to be with you, sleep and eat and be warm. They don't ask for much like we do.


    • #3
      sounds like she has more wrong than right with her. it is the hardest thing in the world to tell someone else when is the right time. but make sure it is for her that you are hanging on and not you. i put my beloved Bruin down last nov. hardest thing i've ever done, he was having a "good" day after several months of treating his pain, i still miss and see him. he went with the vet, odd, no one but me had ever touched his leash and not been bitten, until that day..the point is ask yourself if it is fair to her, and you will have your answer. sorry
      ~~Everyone is entitled to my opinion!~~


      • #4
        Knowing when it is the "right time" is the hardest decision we pet owners have to make. I have faced that decision too many times. Most I think I chose the right time; but I question a couple of decisions as to whether it was too soon or too late. A couple of things that jump out to me: Remember that pets sometimes mask their pain as long as possible, they can show pain in many defferent forms. None of her conditions are going to "get better" at least not without a great deal of money and even that can only help a couple of these things.

        Our Boston had an eye issue, glaucoma (high pressure in the eye globe). The only pain she Afterward the expression on her face was so different. She looked much more relaxed from the time she woke up from the anesthesia.

        I worked at a university vet clinic in the Intensive Care Unit. I saw many dogs and cats that were gravely ill and very old. To prolong their life, the owners spent many thousands of dollars on surgeries and treatments. Many times these pets would die in the clinic when treatment failed. I often thought how sad that that pet died in our hospital alone, scared, surrounded by strangers, and often in pain from a recent surgery. I thought how better it would have been if the owner had made a decision to help them across the bridge; held them and whispered to them how much thay are loved as they passed away peacefully and painlessly.

        You need to kow how "bad" you are willing to let your girl feel before letting her go. And no one can guarantee you will feel that you did it at the right time, but you can know that she was let go with love and hopefully gain some comfort from that. Sorry you are having to deal with this. Sometimes this is the price we have to pay for falling in love with animals whose lifespans would never be long enough for our liking.
        Lisa VanVleet, RVT


        • #5
          My old vet would always say think of the dog's 3 most favorite things to do, and as long as the dog is able to do those three things with minimal pain, and maximum fun and joy, the dog is not ready. When the dog starts having difficulty doing its favorite thingsor is having more bad days than good, you need to consider putting the dog down.

          He was also a big reminder on being smart about your wallet. When it starts to be a financial hardship and you really should be putting the money a different direction, it's time to let the dog go.

          I do suggest you wait until after the stress of the holidays are over and things are back to normal before you make any decisions. I personally may err on the side of "too soon" rather than prolonging, but that has every thing to do with the fact that I really just don't want them to suffer for my sake.