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|01-23-2015, 11:51 AM||#1|
Senior Yorkie Talker
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: bradenton fl usa
Did I do the right thing?
Last night I had to say goodbye to my best friend. He has been with me through the loss of my mother and then my husband. He loved both of thme dearly. He has been my [COLOR=green !important][COLOR=green !important]comforter[/COLOR][/COLOR], my cheerleader, my defender and my soft place to land. One who always loved me and was always on my side.
My little 14 year old has a history of various [COLOR=green !important][COLOR=green !important]medical [COLOR=green !important]problems[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR] including pancreatitis.
He was recently diagnoised with enlarged heart and has been on medication for about one month.
Last night he started breathing really hard after being groomed. The groomer is wonderful and he loves her. I took him to the ER and they put him in oxygen tank. He threw up foamy blood three or four times. He really hates being in small places and was panicked over being in the oxygen tank.
The [COLOR=green !important][COLOR=green !important]vet[/COLOR][/COLOR] told me she suspected his lungs were filling with fluid. She said there was possibly a tare near the heart valve which would cause him to throw up the blood (not sure exactly what she said)
She gave me several options; Go to specialist ER (she said she did not think he could make the trip) Run some tests to determine how much fluid etc and treat him or put him to sleep.
Based on his lack of response to the oxygen she did not think he would respond to any other treatment.
It happens that My vet is the husband of the ER vet. I asked her to call him and get his opinion. He was very surprised that my little guy got this sick this quickly.
I did not want him to die with strangers. I wanted to be with him. She told me if he started to go during th night she could call me. Of course no gurantees on wheter she would be able to call me in time.
She said she had doubts that he would make it through the night.
I decided to have him put to sleep. I was so afraid that he would be alone and I did not want that to happen.
Now I am second guessing my decision. Did I do the right thing? Or should I have let them run the tests and try the treatments?
I love him so and I miss him terribly. But, I did not want him to suffer. I did not want him to come home and end of dying alone when I was at work.
I have heard that heart disease is a really terrible death for them.
Did I do the right thing for my boy? I just don't know?
Has anyone had similar experience? Anyone know about heart failure?
My heart is broken.
|01-23-2015, 12:04 PM||#2|
Donating YT Member
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Houston Texas
I am confused about the double post....I think this is the same post that several of us have responded to.....?
|01-25-2015, 07:22 AM||#3|
YT 1000 Club Member
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Hibbing Minnesota
Of course you are going to have questions. When I lost my little Keally I would go see my vet everyday and cry. I would ask him what if I could of done this or why didn't I do this. Thankfully our vet is a great friend and his wife was so comforting she does the cremations.Anyways you did the right thing and what helps is think of the great memories with your baby. I have big portraits on my living room walls of my Keally which helped me. I also met a wonderful breeder on YT and cried my heart out to her.Six months later we got a loving little sweetheart from her. Now she is going to be five years in April but we just love her to death. Anyways take a day at a time and remember you gave your baby a gift not to suffer. Susan
|01-25-2015, 07:34 PM||#4|
Donating YT 500 Club Member
Join Date: Jul 2013
Don't torture yourself with second guessing ....is what you are doing reposting.
It's ok ...you did the right thing....he would of only suffered his remaining days..know that....he lived a long wonderful life with you and went out, with you. What a loving thing to do for your best friend. Be happy for that.
I too had to put down my precious Lacy 17 years ago and it took me 15 years to decide I DID want to love again. Now I have 2 more....and I'm 61...
|01-31-2015, 03:57 PM||#6|
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: San diego
It is so very hard. I think we are kinder to our dogs than we are to people sometimes. You made the a most difficult decision out of love and caring. There cannot be any better basis. Be kind to yourself.
|02-02-2015, 10:45 AM||#7|
Donating YT 3000 Club Member
Join Date: Jul 2005
In so many ways our Yorkies are counting on us to make that difficult decision when they cannot.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
|02-21-2015, 08:36 PM||#8|
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: palm coast fl
I understand.. we chose to put down our little one in September ( due to a quickly advanced illness) and it was the hardest thing to do. I second guessed myself but now know he is better off. I was able to be with him during his final moments which I know was the right thing to do.
Nothing can take away the sorrow you feel, but time will heal and the happy memories of your special friend will always make you smile…
|02-22-2015, 05:09 AM||#9|
Donating YT 3000 Club Member
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: E.Stroudsburg, Pa.
Like others have posted, you did what needed to be done out of love for your precious baby. You were with him, comforting him at his final moments, he left you with the feel of your love wrapped in your loving arms. Do not question your actions, there was no choice. I pray a time will come that you can open your heart to another baby to fill that emptiness in your heart that you must feel. (((HUGS)))
Joan, mom to Cody RIP Matese Schnae Kajon Kia forever in my A House Is Not A Home Without A Dog
|03-02-2015, 10:43 AM||#10|
Donating YT 1000 Club Member
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: New Hampshire
Your love for your baby is very apparent in your post. The love is what helped you make the best decision for him. You spared him pain and suffering. To love and to lose is better than to have never had loved at all. My heart goes out to you. I know the pain all too well. Time will heal. (((HUGS))) RIP sweet baby!
“Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer.” ― Dean Koontz
|03-02-2015, 12:20 PM||#12|
YT 1000 Club Member
Join Date: Nov 2009
If I were in your shoes, I would have done the same thing. I'm so sorry for your loss, hugs.
Life is merrier with a Yorkshire Terrier!
Jezebel & Chuy ... RIP: Barkley Loosie & Sassy