I COULD REALLY USE SOMEONE'S HELP, PLEASE!! My dog Kaylee will be 12 years old, large dog, border collie and we thing either a Berenese Mountain dog or Newfie Mix, she weighs about 90 lbs.. She is at the vet right now and i was informed of some devasting news. She has a hard time getting up because of her back legs. The vet informed that her ligaments are deteriorated and surgery was required, BUT about a little over a month ago she was also diagnosed with Cushing's Disease. Because of the Cushings, surgery doesn't look like a good option to fix her legs due to the fact she's older and might not make it thru the surgery. The vet brought the subject up that there might not be another choice but to put her down. Needless to say i am an absolute mess, this little girl is the only reason i get thru everyday with all my health problems. I can't lose her, there must be something i can do! She is still very alert, eating and drinking water. I have her on 3 glucosamine a day, AllerG-3 (an Omega-3 fatty acid supplement) for her dry skin and coat and shes been on tramadol for the last 4 days. She hasn't been put on anything yet for the cushings. Does anyone have any suggestions about a medication for the cushings disease, and any other alternatives for legs besides surgery. I am completely desperate and putting her down is not an option.... If anyone could please help, i am so desperate to save my little girl!!
So very sorry that you are going through this difficult time.
However, degeneration is not reversable. The ligaments will not restore themselves. I'm really sorry to say that it may very well be time to let her go, if that is what is in her best interest. Do you really want to watch her suffer and be in pain? I doubt that you want that. Just remember, as difficult as it is that you can get another dog eventually and you can train and love that one as well. You have to think about what is best for your girl right now.
I honestly don't know of anything for the Cushing's and I again I don't know of anything other than surgery to repair the damaged legs. You just have to pray and put it in God's hands at this point.
Best of luck!
Friends will step in when the rest of the world steps out.
Have you searched the web regarding canine leg braces? There are several different kinds out there, and I think that it would be worth it to look into it! I took my little Maltese to Denver and had her fitted for a leg brace after she tore her second ACL. PM me and I'll give you the name of that company, but there are other companies that do different kinds of braces, and I think it would definately be worth looking into! Also, you might check out a couple of Yahoo groups - Orthodogs I think it is and the other one is ConservativeManagement. They have all sorts of information etc about things that affect dogs bones, joints, etc. And theyre might be other groups that would apply too. Please let me know how it goes!
Hi, So sorry about what you are going through. I don't have a lot to offer, but a friend has a part Bernese Mountain/ part Lab, and I believe he also has Cushing's. He gets a monthly shot of steroids, I believe, so that might be something to ask the vet about, if you haven't already. Sorry I can't be of much help. Best of luck to you both.
Well, I'll get blasted for this post, but heck I get blasted anyway. I want to be very gentle about this, but putting a suffering dog down is not an option....WHY? Whose life is this? Who's suffering? What is going on in your life that you need this dog so much that your concern for her well being takes second place to what you want? And don't come back on me that I don't understand, cause let me tell you I do... I have had to put down a horse, donkey and my favorite dog (and first champion) all YEARS before their time. The horse was 5 1/2 , Donkey only 12 and the Doberman was only 6. This dog is 12 which is very old for a large breed. It is TIME. Why would you not care for her suffering? BTW average life span: Horse 30 years Donkey 40-50 Doberman 10 So I can assure you, I DO understand how hard it is, and it's ahorrible decision, but very neccessary. Sorry to be so blunt. You owe it to her to end her suffering. She is counting on you to take care of her and that includes humanely ending her suffering when there is no hope.
Makes sense to me. I would rather elect to let go of a Pet than see it suffer with no hope of recovery. I have many Pets who have died sudden deaths and it's not pretty at all. Ones that lingered and suffering I stayed with them whilst they passed peacefully away.
It's so tough I know, we all know, but we are responsible for their welfare.
I unfortunately agree with oxford and schoolbus gal :(
I have been in your shoes, differemt issues but irreversable nontheless. It was the hardest thing I have ever done to decide to end my little boy's suffering. I still think of him all the time. We did everything we could to keep him pain free and functional as long as we could. But when the options are out and they are in pain, it is time to let go.
My heart goes out to you and your dog. I had a dog diagnosed with Cushings Disease years ago. She was put on Anipryl, I'm probably spelling it wrong, but it worked wonders for her. She lived another long 5 good years. She was 9 when she was diagnosed. However she did not have to deal with any other medical issues. MY current dog has just had surgery for a torn ACL and it is a major surgery, and a lot of recovery is required. Only you can make this decision, and listen to your dog. When it was time to put down my first, she told me. See a specialist for the surgery, find a surgeon that specializes in joint problems if you can. I don't know where you live, but we have a good place here in Ohio. Feel free to PM me. Best of luck to you both!
Let's not get ahead of ourselves schoolbusgal, you haven't listed any diy methods... yet...
My opinion tonight is if this person wants to put the effort towards this animal, let them be. We all deal with grief and pet ownership in different ways, it sounds like they've already got one foot through that door. She lives this, she doesn't need a reminder of what you think she should do with her pet. This is one of those times where listening, comfort and compassion (for the human*gasp*) are the communication keys we're looking for here.
I don't have any experience with an aging dog, but I hope there is a resolution for you and your pet very soon.
Hey Pope, just you wait...It is the MOST awful thing to watch a helpless animal suffer,see the "help me I'm suffering" look in their eyes and anyone that can put that aside because they have some kind of emotional attachment problem makes me wonder about the condition of THAT human heart. It was the easiest (yet the most agonizing) decision to make because of the visual of watching a pet that has given me SO much love, devotion, taken me to many championships, made me a somebody, someone respected in my field..was to much to bear I couldn't take it. the writhing, the moanings thrashings, anyone who can put their animal thru that and not be able to say end the suffering, end it now... even if this pet isn't displaying such obvious pain, it IS in fact suffering and that owner's responsibilty is to end it for the good of said pet. Anything less is cruelty.