I have had dogs with epilepsy before, and I would never put one of them to sleep. They all enjoyed a happy life. All animals experience pain at one time or another and many times it is severe. What if your dog is diagnosed with epilepsy and later you find out it wasn't epilepsy at ALL? That happened to me before! My dog was only having a reaction to the heartworm preventative she was on! But the vet only ruled out thyroid problems and said it HAD to be epilepsy. HE was the one who had put her on the heartworm med. I wouldn't put a dog to sleep who had cancer either. My uncle had a bulldog who had it and my mother had a cat who had it. Both animals did not show many signs of pain and up until they died naturally they lived a fairly normal life. Sure they were taking meds daily, but I could tell they still enjoyed life. The cat still chased birds and the dog still played with his ball. I don't put much stock in all that "quality of life" bull. You can't measure the quality of life by what you can see. After all, a dog or cat who YOU think looks bad, maybe it only has 3 legs, or it is blind, deaf, has cancer, epilepsy, hip dysplasia, luxating patella, disc disease. Or maybe it gets around by use of a doggie wheelchair, or needs help walking by use of one of the dog slings on the market-I won't hesitate to buy either for my dogs if or when they may need it. After all, the dog still enjoys it's life because you, their beloved owner are right there by their side through it all. Yes, I have has a lhasa ahpso that had some real problems. Ready for this? He was 16 when he was blind and going deaf, and he got hit by a car, and broke a couple ribs. He could not get up at all to releive himself. My family would take turns picking him up to help him, despite people saying he would be paralyzed. It got really hot one day after he had just started to be able to drag himself around. The vet said his ribs were starting to heal and the whole time he was like this his taill would wag every time he saw one of us. He got wet one day really bad and he caught pneumonia. 5 days later he died while laying in my lap. I know this dog would have done anything to be right with me that day. I have held many pets in my arms as the pass away naturally-I have experienced one pts death by way of a freind's cat. I will never be around one of those again. I will not take an animal's death in my hands. I feel it is wrong to do it. I will spare no expense to give my pets the care they deserve.
Doxielover, I'm not talking about the dogs who are in no pain but have a disease/problem. I'm talking about the animals who have a terrible, painful disease. In example, my sister had to put her cat to sleep two years ago. He had cancer and became paralyzed on the lower half of his body, and threw up everything he ate and was say,,, 'crapping' blood instead of poop. Now my sister decided to have him pts, because there was no cure and he was already 14 years old. Now why should that poor cat have to be kept alive? And even if she didnt have him pts, he would have stayed at the vets office in the kennel and lived for maybe a couple more days. If my sister had kept the cat alive, it would have been based on her own selfish reasons to spare her own feelings. Thanks. Heart CP
Well I pts Noey because she was peeing blood all over the place , the tumor had taken up 75% of her bladder and she was loosing the rest of her bodily functions. Do you think it's fair to a dog to keep it alive because of your own selfish feelings when the dog is loosing it's qaulity of life.I would not have done that to Noey or any of my other dogs ,it's plain selfish.There was nothing any vet could do for her .So I was not about to put her through the pain of surgery to prolong her life for maybe a couple of weeks or months. Again it's selfish.I wanted Noey to keep her dignity, she deserved that much and more.I would do the same for any of my other dogs.There's a fine line between love and being selfish for your own personal feelings with no regard for the animal. Truly loving your animal is willing to let it go.
our peke, ming toy, was 13 years old when we made the decision to put her to sleep. she was totally blind, but that wasnt why we had her put down. i would lay in bed and listen her literally scream out in pain off and on during the night. it tore at my heart like nothing else i have ever felt. i loved her with my life. that is why i put a stop to her suffering. THATS what someone does when they truly love. they feel the pain also. i know she didnt come right out and say it, but when i looked in her eyes , they were begging for me to let her go. i loved her enough to end the pain the best way i knew how. when the vet gave her the shot, she just went to sleep peacefully in my sons arms. it was hard to do, i wanted to keep her longer, but there comes a time when we have to put our own feelings aside and do whats right for our beloved babies.
I pretty much agree with everyone else on this one. If an animal is in constant pain and suffering and there is no cure or meds. to make it better. Then why allow the animal to suffer constant pain on the chance that he/she may pull out of it one day, one week, one month or even years down the road?
***Edited By: Rebel on 11/20/2005 11:10:55 PM*** Reason: add
I'm happy that all of you agree with me. I would put a dog down if I really had to, but if he's not suffering... why do it? Some people just think that their pet is sick and suffering and have it put down, but those are only the people who really don't care at all for their pet and if they put it down for no reason, they have a real problem. Isn't it horrible what Halosfire experienced at the humaine society? I don't get it. Anyways, thanks for your ideas everyone!
thanks red. i do still miss her. and at times it brings tears to my eyes just thinking about her. she had cancer. no chance of survival. i couldnt let her go through any more pain because i wanted to "keep her a little longer". its weird with my female frenchie annie. i see so much of toy in her. i have that same bond with her as i did toy. she has been a great comfort to me.
Speaking about "tears in my eyes"... all of you are making me cry with these messages you're writing. Keep writing and making me cry. It makes me feel better about certain choices I've made in life, and you're messages just bring me back, you know? All right, I'm gonna burst if I keep righting while I'm crying. Oh no... I'm gonna burst, I'm not kidding! All right, time to sleep her in france, (if you read "I miss my dog", you will know what I mean, it's on page two I think... it's from me)
Dusty, you don't have to be sorry! I'm crying because I'm happy! Not because I'm sad, well just a little bit, 50-50 alright? But you don't have to be sorry at all. Thanks though, it was very nice of you to think of me.
okay. i feel better . lol . iwas crying when i was typing about toy. i know we can never replace them, but we can find comfort in another. annie is my sweet little girl. she is a frenchie and not a peke, but the same in personality. she reminds me so much of toy thats is almost like she is one and the same.....
I chose to put two of my dogs to sleep before they experienced the horrible pain that was to come. Chloe had alot of problems, in two months she had two surgeries on her throat, she had developed pnuemonia twice and kennel cough. She was a very happy puppy but she could not drink normally, she had a congenital defect in her throat. When she would drink, she would end up having the water come back up her nose and she would cough and sneeze over and over again, it was horrible. Eventually, she ended up with a horrible fever and the only place she would be comfortable was laying in the bathtub where it was cool. There was no cure for her, they didn't know what was wrong. We spent over $5000 on Chloe in 2 months. She was a shelter pup that we got. I was told that there was nothing I could do and that it would only get worse. I didn't want to remember her that way and she didn't deserve that. That was so very hard but she never had to suffer through anymore then she already had. We also just recently had Kaia put to sleep because of severe luxating patellas and a rare genetic disorder. We were told that we could do her knee surgery and have her live for maybe a year(if that) but if we didn't do the knee surgery, she wouldn't be walking by winter. The surgery was over $3000 and it would consist of 2 different surgeries both with a 6-8 week recovery time a piece. So she would have had 12-14 week of recovery......saying she even made it through surgery. (They were not sure since her body was so unusual what kind of reaction she would have to surgery), to only live a few more months and that is not including the rehabilitation time as well. I wasn't going to put her through that for such a short amount of time. I wanted her to be happy her last days. And she was and that is how she is remembered, for her antics, not her pain. She, and all the other animals that I have lost, are and always will be greatly missed but I know very deep down that we did the right thing.