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Old 09-11-2006, 06:01 PM   #1
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Unhappy Update on my Sammy (HGE)

Tonight my husband and I made the hardest decision of our lives. At the advice of all Sammy's doctors, we had our baby boy Sammy put down. It was determined that he had many other concerns other than just the hemorrhagic gastroenteritis. He didn't respond to the IV fluids, antibiotics or antinausea medications. He continued vomitting blood and having bloody diarrhea, since Friday. He hasn't eaten since Thursday. His skin lesions which we originally thought were hot spots had seemed to spread and blister. I don't want to go into graphic detail here, but they took over so much of his body. He began leaking fluids and there was fluid in his legs. His blood sugar would not stay stable even with the IV. His kidney levels were so high that in addition to all this they suspected kidney failure. His body wasn't even stable enough for him to undergo anasthesia for some of the further testing.

My Sammy was a fighter at 9.5 pounds, but this was too much for him. My husband and I spent 1 1/2 hours with him tonight before making our decision for him final. We felt that any further testing we may choose to have him undergo would be for our comfort, not for his. He was in pain. He was so uncomfortable, trembling with each breath and he looked up at us with those big brown eyes as if to say "I've had enough now". My Sammy gave me a few kisses before he left us and I believe that he was relieved that he would be sent to a better place and that there would be no more pain.

Please understand we did all we could and chose to do what we did in the best interest of our best friend. The void we feel in our lives right now is devastating and indescribable. I know many before have been there and time will help us to heal.

Thank you all for your support. I wish my story had a happy ending. Enjoy your little ones and give them a big hug and kisses from me and Sammy.
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Oh my goodness! I am so sorry, Prayers to you and your hubby for comfort. Your lil Sammy is feeling much better
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Old 09-11-2006, 06:15 PM   #3
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I'm so sorry that you had to make such a painful decision. It is so hard when they look into your eyes asking you to make it go away.

My heart goes out to you.

May the Lord give you strength and comfort to help you through this.
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My heart is breaking for you...I sit here in tears becuase I know what you are going through...

Please know that if you need to talk I am hear to listen

I am so very sorry!

Love to you at this very difficult time
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Oh, I am so very very sorry! I know you both must be so devastated! How lucky you both were though to have your Sammy while you did, and how lucky was Sammy to have you two in his life. Take care,
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Tonight my husband and I made the hardest decision of our lives. At the advice of all Sammy's doctors, we had our baby boy Sammy put down. It was determined that he had many other concerns other than just the hemorrhagic gastroenteritis. He didn't respond to the IV fluids, antibiotics or antinausea medications. He continued vomitting blood and having bloody diarrhea, since Friday. He hasn't eaten since Thursday. His skin lesions which we originally thought were hot spots had seemed to spread and blister. I don't want to go into graphic detail here, but they took over so much of his body. He began leaking fluids and there was fluid in his legs. His blood sugar would not stay stable even with the IV. His kidney levels were so high that in addition to all this they suspected kidney failure. His body wasn't even stable enough for him to undergo anasthesia for some of the further testing.

My Sammy was a fighter at 9.5 pounds, but this was too much for him. My husband and I spent 1 1/2 hours with him tonight before making our decision for him final. We felt that any further testing we may choose to have him undergo would be for our comfort, not for his. He was in pain. He was so uncomfortable, trembling with each breath and he looked up at us with those big brown eyes as if to say "I've had enough now". My Sammy gave me a few kisses before he left us and I believe that he was relieved that he would be sent to a better place and that there would be no more pain.

Please understand we did all we could and chose to do what we did in the best interest of our best friend. The void we feel in our lives right now is devastating and indescribable. I know many before have been there and time will help us to heal.

Thank you all for your support. I wish my story had a happy ending. Enjoy your little ones and give them a big hug and kisses from me and Sammy.
I'm so sorry, hon. You don't need to ask anyone here to understand why. Many of us have been in similar situations and had to make that decision, as difficult as it is. I believe when we adopt these little darlings that we accept the responsibility to give them a quality life as long as that is possible. Watching them lost or in pain is not a quality life. My heart aches for you right now. I know how hurtful it is.
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My heart goes out to you and your husband. It is the hardest decision in the world to make but we do it knowing we are doing what's best for our beloved pet, not for us.
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Oh, I am so sorry. You are so very brave to let him go and put an end to the suffering. You must have loved him very much.
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I'm so sorry for your loss. You did what was best for Sammy and that's what is important. It is so hard to watch our little ones suffering and in pain. You and your husband are in my thoughts and prayers and Sammy can now fly with the angels. Be free, little one. Grow your wings and take flight. God Bless.
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aah i am soo sorry, so heartbreaking, but i think if i would be faced with something like that (pray to God NOT) i would have done the same ! He is painfree playing under the rainbow bridge ! May time heal your wounds !
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We are so sorry for your loss. We have walked in your shoes and it was the most difficult thing we have ever been through. May God be with you, and know that your Sammy is now painfree.
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((((Erika)))) I am so sorry for you loss. I understand completely - just 9 weeks ago today, we had to make the same decision for our Dexter.

We know that you did all you could do and you, like so many others. you made the very hard decision to let Sammy cross over the Rainbow Bridge.

We all love them so much that we want them here with us, but we also love them enough to let them go, not suffer and they know that our love with them will endure forever.


Sammy is running, playing and perfectly wonderful with all the furbabies that have gone before.

RIP little Sammy until you are with your loving family once again.

((((hugs)))) to you and your family during this very difficult time,
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This is a heartbreaking time and you feel you will never get past it. I know, I lost two of my precious "kids" this past year. There is a wonderful site at www.rainbowbridge.com. The folks here are all awesome also , but if it had not been for the Bridge site I think I just would have never recovered sometime. God bless you in this time of such sorrow.
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I am so sorry, and I know the decision you had to make was probably one of the hardest you've ever made. You're in my thoughts and prayers.
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Im so sorry and I know it was so hard, I to had to do that with my first Yorkie, My prayers are with you.
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