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Old 06-27-2006, 11:36 AM   #1
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Did I do the right thing? Zeus (8 year old Yorkie 6.2 lbs) had a cancer removed one year ago. He had another Mast Cell removed a month ago. I had decided no chemotherapy, but when I returned to have his stitched out I was guilted into chemo by both the surgeon and the oncologist. The oncologist prescribed 10 mg of prednisone per day and a cancer medicine called luckeran every three days. twenty days later we euthenized him on 6/20/06 because his pancreatitis could not be cleared by my vet. I feel that for those twenty days I poisoned my beloved dog. Zeus spent the last four days of his life in the hospital (my local hospital, not where he had the surgery) my vet was questioning the 10 mg of pred per day and she contacted an uninterested oncologist to find that this oncologist IF she were to use 10 mgs per day it would be split am and pm. Heartbroken we visited a local breeder and bought a little boy, who has a pretty bad overbite. no papers on this pup and I spent 800. The breeder called me today and offered me another little girl. Should I take her? How are sibblings together? I would never breed them of course. I have never had such mixed emotions. I have never written before, but I am glad you all are out there.
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I am so sorry to hear about the death of Zeus . You are in my prayers .
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Old 06-27-2006, 11:43 AM   #3
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Welcome to YT . . .although still grieving, it is nice to know that you are moving forward and have gotten yourself another yorkie. . . and possibly another. I have 2 yorkies and I am glad with my decision to have 2. They keep each other's company when I am not around as I have a full time job.

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Old 06-27-2006, 11:47 AM   #4
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You have certainly found the right place for support. I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Zeus. I think we will always 2nd guess our decisions and "what if" ourselves also. You did everything out of love - so how could that be bad?!

I hope you find some joy in your new little buy and if you haven't had a little girl, then get her too. Double the pleasure. Let their little Yorkies kisses heal you.

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I'm so sorry for your loss - please don't feel guilty! We all want to do right by our pets and all we can do sometimes is put our faith and trust in the professionals who care for and know our dogs. Having a dog put down is the HARDEST decision.

As for the new babies - if you can take two go for it! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have another yorkie (someday! when the time is right!). Does the price/lack of papers bother you? If it's just a pet, I don't think papers are a big deal at all - some people like to have them, just for the sake of having them. A new puppy can help heal your heart after the loss of another - imagine having TWO!!!

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I am so very sorry for the loss of your little one. I have a Zeus as well and I know how important they are to us. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
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The decisions we make for the health care of our babies, more so on the advice of a professional, is always done with their best interest in mind. I know you followed that vets guidance based on his education and profession because you loved Zeus and wanted to heal/make him feel better. They all have some difference of opinions on treatments. Prednisone 10mg once a day or Prednisone 5mg two times daily is separating apples from apples.
I think its wonderful your spreading the love you have to another baby and two Yorkies are always better than one Yes, let these babies lick your tears of grief away. You sound like such a loving, caring person and what lucky babies to have you love them. Good luck, and please keep us posted here at YT!
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Did I do the right thing? Zeus (8 year old Yorkie 6.2 lbs) had a cancer removed one year ago. He had another Mast Cell removed a month ago. I had decided no chemotherapy, but when I returned to have his stitched out I was guilted into chemo by both the surgeon and the oncologist. The oncologist prescribed 10 mg of prednisone per day and a cancer medicine called luckeran every three days. twenty days later we euthenized him on 6/20/06 because his pancreatitis could not be cleared by my vet. I feel that for those twenty days I poisoned my beloved dog. Zeus spent the last four days of his life in the hospital (my local hospital, not where he had the surgery) my vet was questioning the 10 mg of pred per day and she contacted an uninterested oncologist to find that this oncologist IF she were to use 10 mgs per day it would be split am and pm. Heartbroken we visited a local breeder and bought a little boy, who has a pretty bad overbite. no papers on this pup and I spent 800. The breeder called me today and offered me another little girl. Should I take her? How are sibblings together? I would never breed them of course. I have never had such mixed emotions. I have never written before, but I am glad you all are out there.

I'm soo sorry about this, but just remember he's not suffereing anymore. No one should have to live in that pain. I'll keep him in my prayers.

I had boxers that were siblings and they were great together, but I think that it would really just depend on the dogs. The only problem was that the female was spayed, so the brother felt he had to protect his terratory from other dogs. We had to give him up, and in his new home there were no spayed females and he ended up getting along great with other dogs.
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Honey you didn't poison Zeus ! You were doing what you had been told to do by a veterinarian with many years of schooling behind them.If there was a mistake in the medicine and dosage it is their responsibility not yours!! Your baby was suffering from a deadly cancer that could only worsen over time.That does not make it any easier to come to grips with but in time you will come to know that all you ever did was try to care for him and love him.You did what the experts told you to do.
As for puppies,I think having 2 of them could be the therapy you need.The double love you would receive is worth more than gold.I have an 11 month old and a 9 week old and now I wonder how I got along without two.
Zeus will be waiting for you when the time comes and the reunion will be blessed ,he wouldn't want you to shrivel up and deny yourself the love and comfort that a couple of young pups can give.He knows he is your forever dog.
I am so terribly sorry for your loss,it is something you will forever hold in your heart but you will also know that life does go on.There will be tears of joy and tears of sorrow but your babies will be there to kiss them away.
I am praying for you and Zeus,he rests at the feet of our Lord.
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Old 06-27-2006, 07:49 PM   #11
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I had a bull that died of cancer. Nikita..I too felt so guilty like you. I felt like i put her through hell only for her to die on me two weeks later. But in time you will realize like I have that you were just doing what you could to help your baby live. And you did right to let go when the time came.
I also just last sat lost my yorkie Tasha from a horse accident. I am so sorry for your loss..I know how you feel..It's so hard to love them so much and to have to let them go. I am here for you if you need me. YT has put a smile back on my face. I still have lots of bad moments but when I do I just come on here and get to posting..I have posted all over yt today off and on..It helps. This place will give you all the support you want and need.
I will pray for you and your family..and I want to say congratulations on your new baby and possibly future baby..
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Thank you everyone for your hugs and good words. It really helps
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I'm so sorry ....You have my condolences and I said a prayer for your Zeus....
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So sorry for your loss. You did the best that you could under the circumstances. Please don't feel guilty. Also I'd bet siblings would love to stay together. Best of luck on whatever you decide. God Bless.
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i am so sorry for your loss you are in all our thoughts i am sure the decisions you took where in the best interests of your little one we hope your heart will soon mend and you can give as much love to your next babies lots of love Dexter,Dee Dee, Maggie and her pups xxxxxxxxxx
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