Diva is an 9yr old golden retreiver mix. I adopted Diva and her sister Daisy from a shelter nine years ago. A litter of pups had been abused and abandoned behind a grocery store, and Diva and Daisy were the only two that had survived. I could'nt bare to seem them seperated so I adopted them both. Diva- diagnosed with epilipesy at age 1.5. She has been to neurologists and specialists thoughout the years. She has been on countless medications all with numerous side effects. For the most part her seizures have been under control, with the occasional bad days. However, for the past year her seizures have become more frequent and more violent, and even though my husband and I protect her and clean up after every seizure, we wonder each time are we doing the right thing by keeping her going??? Her sister Daisy though has anxiety issues has no other medical disorders, she is happy healthy girl. Sometimes we feel we neglect Daisy because so much of our lives revolves around Diva. Looking for advice..... A nurse who loves both dogs
i have a dog with seasures too. im guessing our dogs have diffrent seasures because we dont end up with a mess other then drool on my pants, but they are tireing on his body.
im not going to lie i can be very shelfish and because of this im thankfull i have a very honest husband and family who are around my dog a lot. i know if and when i have to make the choice i will not be willing to make the choice and will want to hold on as long as i can, not because i want to see him in pain but because i will never be ready to let him go. he could be by my side for 50 years and i would still never be ready, hes my best friend.
if i would be able to make the choice by myself ii think it would go like this. if the bad days out number the good, if they look sad not wanting to fight the everyday battle that is life, if you can tell pain is a every day thing (or a more then not thing), then i would be time to let them go.
they cant talk to us with words but ther eyes can say a lot. you know your girl better then anyone and if you think its time then you are most likley right.
as hard as it may be if possable id recomend holding her while they do it. she will be less scared and it will give you both a chance to say your last good bye.
I'm gonna trade this life for fortune and fame I'd even cut my hair and change my name
I don't think anyone is ever truely ready to put there best friend to sleep. I have always asked for a sign from my dog, to let me know they are ready. I have been lucky, and my dogs have died from old age, not health problems.
You will know in your heart when the time is right. You will know when the suffering is just to much, and it is time to let her go. I do agree with monkeybutt, go with her and hold her. Let her know it is ok, and she is allowed to go.
It is never easy,I have had to put two dogs to sleep and have been heart broken both times. But I would trade that pain anyday for the years I had them. The price of love.....
I don't know where I can accross this but it has helped me deal with the passing of two of my greatest friend in life, my dogs.
A DOGíS PLEA
Treat me kindly, my beloved friend. For no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of mine.
Please donít break my spirit. Your Patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me learn.
Speak to me often, for your voice is the sweetest music to me. As you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when the sound of your footsteps reaches my waiting ear.
Please take me inside when it is cold and wet, for I walk with man now and am not accustomed to the elements. I ask of no greater reward than to lay at your feet beside the fire.
Keep my pan filled with fresh water. For I cannot tell you when I suffer from thirst.
Feed me clean food that I may stay well and strong. For this I need to romp and play or to stand by your side. I will be the first and foremost to defend. I will be willing to protect with my life, should yours be in danger.
And finally, my best friend, I ask of you one more thing. When I am very old and no longer in good heath. When my bones are weak and sight is dark. Do not make heroic efforts to keep me going. I am no longer having any fun. Please see to it that my life is taken gently. I can then leave this earth knowing, your voice the last I hear, that my fate was always safest in your hands. And I will know that you loved me. And know that I loved you. And most of all know that when I see you again I will be well and waiting to play once again.