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Old 01-18-2013, 11:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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It is really breaking my heart. How do you know when it is time to let go? Her name is Bailey and she is 8 1/2 years old. We had made the decision to actually amputate her leg to save her life. Unfortuantely, they did one more test on her and decided that the cancer was much more aggressive than they originally thought. Thye said that even if we amputate, it would most likely not save her life. The only option they thought she had was a very heavy duty chemo. We decided not to go through with it. Believe me, if they would have told me that it would have cured her, I would have done it in a heartbeat. The only thing it was going to do was prolong her life a bit. She is still eating, drinking, playing, able to jump on the bed, etc..... The area is getting worse and worse though. We have to leave it covered all the time. It smells awful. In fact, it has gotten so bad that when we leave, we have to put the cone on her so she doesn't chew at it. It has been a bloody mess! We are giving her a pain pill every day - I say why not, it certainly won't hurt her! Some days she limps, some days she doesn't. She has been to the vet several times. He says we are doing the best that we can for her. In fact, he said most people would have put her down by now because they would not have been able to change the bandage twice a day as we do now. My heart aches............ Is there anyone else out there that has had to deal with this? Is there anything else that we can do to make her comfortable? It's so hard to thinkg about putting her down when she is still acting like her playful boxer self. I need to do what is best for her - not for us! Thank you for listening!
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Im so sorry you have to go through this. My Gouda crossed the bridge last year, she had a rare type of Lymphoma.

Have you read any of my posts in the holistic section of the forum? There are lots of threads on cancer related stuff.

What are you feeding her? Cancer feeds on carbs and sugars so its best to have a low carb diet.

Do you have Facebook? If you do I highly recommend joining the Pet Cancer Support group. Lots and lots of information there. People going through the same thing you are who can give advice and support. Im still a member even after Gouda passed.

I would think if you have done all you can with traditional medicine I would think about herbs etc just to give her comfort.

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Old 01-18-2013, 03:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I am so sorry to hear that! It's heartbreaking when we have to make these decisions.
I agree with GoudasMom... there is a lot of information out there.

As long as she is happy, comfortable, and not in pain just be there for her and do what you can to keep her that way. You will know when it's time to let go... as hard as it is.. seeing something we love so much suffering is harder and that's when you know.

She sounds like she is still feeling good and happy to be with you now. Enjoy it, spoil her, love her and soak up all the love you can.

I wish you all the best!

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Old 01-18-2013, 03:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My heart goes out to you and Bailey.... As long as she is still a happy pup, eating, and drinking and in no pain, I would let her live her life as she wishes. Enjoy each and every moment you have with her. You will know when the time comes....Hugs ((())) to you... We are all here for you.

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Old 01-18-2013, 04:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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So sorry you are going through this. I would say, as long as Bailey is still herself, eating, drinking, comfortable, AND you are able to keep up with the bandage changes, just take things a day at a time. When you start to see that she's not her normal self anymore, that's when you need to consider at what point you should let her go.

Our Barkley is 12 and while he's still a happy boy, his body is slowly failing him. We specialize in hospice care for senior boxers, so we keep them comfortable and tend to their needs for as long as they seem to want to stick around. Barkley stopped eating dog food months ago, so I cook for him three meals a day now. He's steadily losing weight though because of a tumor in his abdomen. He is also completely incontinent and wears diapers. His back legs are slowly giving out, and several times a day his front goes one way and this back goes another and he winds up on his butt. We don't make a big deal of it. We just scoop him up, give him a pat, and send him on his way. To an outsider, this may seem awful for him, but he is still our same old Barkley. Every time I walk in the door, he's right there with the others to greet me. When he's happy, he crinkles his ears, and his ears still crinkle so I figure he's not ready to leave us yet. Other than the cooking and diaper changes and a little extra monitoring when he's out in the yard, he's fairly easy to care for. He barks when he wants something and it's usually a trip outside, fresh water in the bowls, more food, or fresh blankets on his bed. (Yes, he barks for fresh bedding!) The minute the new sheets and towels are down, he lies down and goes to sleep. He has us trained really well!

Bailey will let you know when she's no longer comfortable and her quality of life is gone. People ask how you know, but you just know. It's part of the bond that you share with her. No one knows Bailey better than you, so trust your instincts.

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Old 01-18-2013, 05:29 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I am so sorry you are going through this. Bailey is in my prayers. Be strong.

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Old 01-18-2013, 06:54 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Life is so very fragile. I am so very sorry you are going through this.

How do you know when it is time?

I believe in quality over quantity. Gosh as I say this my eyes are pouring tears for your situation. I think the quality of Bailey's life is important. Make these days, weeks, moments the best days for you and your dog. The choice to put her down is never easy. For me I came to the point when I wanted to know (deep within) was I keeping my dog alive for me? Did she keep giving to me because she was so loyal? Looking back I realize that she was suffering to make me happy. I found myself asking... Were the wags, kisses, snuggles, smiling eyes because she knew I was not ready to say good bye to her? Because even as I write this I was never ready to say good bye. Just thinking about the love I have her I was never ready. But... that was selfish of me. My baby was suffering. Forgive me for going on about my situation. You will know when the time is right and you will know as you look at her. One thing that has helped with the passing of all my dogs has been when I would actually talk to them about all of this. I believe they understood me.

I know, crazy! I looked my dog in the eyes and asked them "what do you want? I am keeping you alive for me but is the life you are happy with? How can I help you? " I remember saying to my female. "Honey don't try to stay alive for me? I know you are suffering. I am here to help you and I will miss you but it is not fair if you are ready to go. It is hard for me to say goodbye but I will take your lead."

Looking back on every good bye. I waited to long. Each time I look back and think it took me too long and I wonder if they suffered too much because I was not truly ready. Who really is ever ready to say good bye?
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:18 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I am very sorry for what you are going through. I know that my dogs, Winston and Mo, absolutely let us know when it was time. Have you talked to your doctor about prednisone? It didn't do much for our Winston, but after Mo was diagnosed with cancer, it was a small miracle for him.
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My thoughts and prayers are with you and Bailey.
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Old 01-19-2013, 07:18 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I'll keep you and Bailey in my prayers.

Here's a link to some info that might be helpful:

Cancer in Dogs and Cats, Nutrition and Supplements

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