My dog, Jackson, is suffering from a tumor and many, many other complications. This once energetic unknown mixed breed has been my boy for 13 years. My wife wants to put him down. I am selfish and don't want to do that. The quality of life is 95% gone for my boy. I would like to ask other pet owners who have been in this dreaded dilema what you did or said to your pet minutes before the inevitable. I will be leaving my office shortly to take Jackson to the vet. I hope I get to read some of your responses before I take him to the vet. It sure would help. This is my first time and I feel sick. Thank you.
if your dog is suffering, you are doing the right thing. we put one of our family dogs down last year. it was terrible and hard, but right. he was in pain and we released him from it. i am so sorry for you. i know this is the hardest thing. inside, you know what's best for your boy. :) my thoughts are with you.
we had to put our 13 year old peke down. she had cancer. she got to the point of screaming out in pain. we couldnt let her suffer. it was the hardest thing i had to do for me, but the kindest i could do for her. if your baby is suffering, then let go. toy has been gone for three years now and i still think about her. the pain will gradually fade and you will always have fond memories. so sorry to know that you are having to go through it. we all have and its never easy. ((((((( hugs )))))))
i am so sorry .... you are about to do one of the hardest htings you will ever have to do. i have always had my animals, when i was given a choice, put down in my home. i always gave them a sedative first so they would be calm and relaxed. i always held them in my arms or buried my face in theirs telling them how much i loved them, how i will miss them and hope to see them again someday. i also gave them their favorite foods as their last meals, usually steak and ice cream and mashed potatoes =)
i would ask the vet to go over everything with you before hand, and to explain some things that can happen after they are given the injection. some people are not prepared for some of the things that can go on, which are totally normal, but unsettling to those that arent prepared for them.
I know you are on the way to the vet's. But you reminded me of when I had to put my beloved collie Leo, 15, to sleep. He couldn't walk and was not able to do anything like eat or go potty. I still wanted him with me! I was his back legs for 2 years, so what is some more work. BUt my vet said no, it's time to let him go. And it was. It will be so hard. I remember the first day it rained after he passed.Leo used to hang outside during the day. I raced home to get him in before he got wet. And he wasn't there. Your old habits will die hard. It will take time to heal. Give yourself time to grieve. You are losing a family member. You had him for 13 years, don't expect to "get over it" in like 13 days. And some people may not understand your giref. Feel sorry for them, don't get angry. Please know you are so much in our prayers this day.
If it should be that I grow frail and weak And pain should keep me from my sleep, Then will you do what must be done, For this--the last battle--can't be won. You will be sad I understand, But don't let grief then stay your hand, For on this day, more than the rest, Your love and friendship must stand the test.
We have had so many happy years, You wouldn't want me to suffer so. When the time comes, please, let me go.
Take me to where my needs they'll tend, Only, stay with me till the end And hold me firm and speak to me Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you will agree It is a kindness you do to me. Although my tail its last has waved, From pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don't grieve that it must be you Who has to decide this thing to do; We've been so close--we two--these years, Don't let your heart hold any tears.
***Edited By: thelifeofriley on 12/13/2006 11:49:11 AM*** Reason: add
sorry to hear about jackson you are doing the right thing we went through the same thing last yr with one of my great preanese he was one month shy from 13 yrs i was wondering if i did the right thing i was able to be with him when they did it and now his niece is very sick also she hardly can walk now but she still gets around some how i will be there for her like i was there for chaco good luck with jackson most vets let you stay there until the end we stayed with chaco almost a halve hour after he died