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  • awwww That breaks my heart :( I would let her keep fighting. When it's time she will go. She is eating and everything so she is not too miserable. Please keep her alive.
  • I know it is painful, but are you really doing your dog any favors by keeping her alive? She might look okay and act okay, but she could be hurting or feeling miserable. If you know the end is near and especially if you see her start to suffer it is the kinder thing to let her go.
  • As long as she is eating and doesn't seem to be in pain nurse her through it. However if the pain becomes too bad or she starts to lose her dignity you must harden your heart and have her put to sleep. I know it's hard, I've had to do it several times, but it's the only thing to do.
  • I am so sorry you have to go through this. I think as long as she is still being herself and doesn't look to uncofortable you should keep doing all you can for her. When my dog had a brain tumor and we knew it was just a matter of time we took care of him at home. One day he was just not himself. He wasn't wagging his tail anymore and I could just see it in his eyes. That day was the first warm day in a long time so I took him outside and we sat under atree for hours. That evening he became cold and curled up on my lap and that is where he passed. I feel so much better that he didn't have to spend his final moments afraid and feeling unloved in a vets office. I hope things can go this well for you but if it does come down to it and you have to put your dog down please don't let him suffer too long.
  • thank you, i just hope she goes in her sleep thats what i have been hoping for all week and i would not take her to the vets, i will have the vet come to the house i want to let her go without any stress in her own enviroment
  • I understand how you feel. My dog, Sydney, has an anal sac tumor that has spread. She hasn't eaten on her own in about a week. I am a firm believer in homeopathic and herbal remedies. I am facing the same tough decision. It sounds like your dog is still trying.. I would give her IP6 (mixed with water) on an empty stomach... that will increase her Natural Killer Cells and improve her immunity. Definitely try Esiak Tea (or Essiac Tea).. it has helped many to fight cancer, also it cleanses the liver and blood. Try to keep having faith.. I pray that she will come back around and prove the doctors wrong. I am praying right now that I don't have to put mine to sleep.. it is the hardest decision a person should ever have to make. God Bless you and your baby..
  • Try to remember that this is a situation where there is no 'better' way - it will hurt no matter when you make the decision to put her to sleep. Her struggle - and pain - is almost over, but yours is just beginning so please be kind to yourself also and allow yourself to grieve in whatever way is neccesary. I send my best wishes.
  • I believe in allowing God to decide when it's time. your love will make her stronger as well as nutrients of course. examine the food you feed her. most mainstream dogfoods contain harming chemicals, preservatives & additives that are many times the main culprit in these situations. especially when it says meat-BY-PRODUCTS... that's when you should stop using that brand. you'll be amazed at everything that is considered to be a meat-"by-product". check out "Rendering Plants" online to see what goes into mainstream dogfood. very healthy dogfood that is free of by-products & anything Artificial = www.v-dogfood.com I went through this in April. I can think of very few humans that match the unconditional love of animal friends. how loyal & true they are.
  • Just keep comforting her and as long as she is still functioning some let her be. Too often vets, and doctors alike, want to pull the plug on peple and animals so they can profit from it. If she doesn't seem in obvious pain or suffering, let her live out her last days at home with you. I went through the same thing with a cat I had for many years and she seemed to have a brain tumor and went blind, but she still managed and we had her a little while longer til she passed. It was much better than letting the vet do it.
  • putting down a pet is one of the hardest things in life to do.my daughter who is 19 recently had her 17 yr old english shepard put down.we had the dog cremated and her ashes put in a small ceramic dog house.my daughter says she's keeping them and when she dies she will have the ashes buried w/ her.
  • I am sorry that you are having to face this. When my old friend developed a tumor the vet said to wait until my buddy stopped enjoying life before I put him to sleep. He didn't stop enjoying life. He was still eating and happy to be with the family, patroling the yard, and barking at strangers until the day he simply laid down on the porch and went to sleep on his own. If they are enjoying life, why take it away from them?
  • My dog got sick two days ago; I had taken him to the vet. He just stopped eating and for the last two days wouldn't move much and all of us pitched in to feed him with an eye dropper. This morning I went back and basically the doc put him to sleep because it was hopeless. I'm not going to lie and say I wanted to do it, but he was in bad shape, and with his age...15 years old. There wasn't much to do. I got him when I was a kid. The right thing was done, but it still hurts.
  • vets should have studied to be psychics... is there a school for this? predictions come from the belief in history... doctors will give you the worst possible scenario because they think you will not be upset if you over-exceed the forecast... if they overestimate you might not pay the bill and they only want money!
  • We're less than an hour away from putting our Newf down. Diagnosed with incurable liver cancer just this a.m.. One tumor alone is 11cm. Stopped eating several days ago. Stopped drinking. Won't get up. Hasn't gone outside in two days. It's the hardest thing to think that you're killing another living being. I have to keep reminding myself that he won't get better and that just lying there is no real life. I'll miss his sloppy licks; his unconventional diving into the pool; all the hair; and how did he fling all those goobers onto the ceiling. That will be a mystery perhaps never solved. He has been loved and we in return. Good bye old friend.
  • when I was a kid, my dog got a cancerous tumor in his mouth, I hand fed him yogart for the last two days, but my dad told me something that I have never forgot, dogs only feel 3 things, happiness, fear, and pain. He left it up to me to decide when my dog was no longer happy, and when the fear and/or pain was in control. I have always lived with the knowlege that I wa able to make him as comfortable as possible, for as long as possible, and feel that I made the correct choice when I had to. I hope you can say the same thing someday.
  • It is one of the hardest things to do ...print this out a put it with the favorite photo of her. Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
  • This is so hard to say, our beloved 10 year old black lab / retriever mix has cancer and now fluid build up around the lungs. She is having problems breathing so now she is on a diuretic to help remove the fluid. She hasn't any pain and still goes out to patrol the yard. No real food for over a week, but plenty of water. We are praying for a miracle but know she will soon be taking her last trip to the lake she loved so much. We will place her ashes on a spot where Joy can always see what is going on!
  • my dog scamp died of liver cancer today. my heart is broken . he was only 8 he lost weight very quickly he went from 22kgs to 14kgs in three weeks .the scan today revealed mass tummors all over his liver he had stopped eating and drinking i could not stand to see my beautiful baby starve to death any longer and he was put to sleep today at 2.15 pm .please anyone reading this let your dog as soon as you find out it cancer ,its the kindest way ,my love goes out to you all in this terrible situation .love from jen . r.i.p my little angel you will never be forgotten xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • My wonderful dog was diagnosed with spleen and liver cancer yesterday. He also has a large ulcer that the vet says will burst within two days, its leaking into his abdoman. Vet stated that Woody is not in pain and refused to put him to sleep at the moment, gave him painkillers. I know your heartache, follow your own heart, and do what is best for you and your dog. Woody is lying near me on soft blankets, spoon fed and his tail still wags when I talk to him. If he shows signs of pain I will make the decision to put him to sleep, but I hope that he will go peacefully, quietly and naturally.
  • I just had to add a comment. Our tibetan terrier Angel was diagnosed with a brain tumour and when the pressure in her skull became unbearable we had to make the kindest decision to let her go. We arranged for the vet to come to the house but unfortunately our little angel did not get the peaceful end she so richly deserved. It is too distressing to describe what happened (apparently it only happens very rarely according to the vet ) but I urge anyone contemplating putting your beloved pet to sleep to make sure he or she is heavily sedated first so that they are absolutely unaware of what is about to happen. I know we made the right decision but her last moments will haunt me.
  • Oh I knowwhat you are going through my dog has also just been diagnosed with liver cancer, they told me to take him home and give him a few days of love and then bring him back to put him to sleep he is a bag of bones, I to am breaking my heart..
  • I most recently had this horrifying experience... My Doberman was not even 6 years old... I took her to the doctor April26th, thinking that she had the flu or was constipated......... when the doctor said something was going on......it was serious and he needed to kept her and run alot of tests and would call me in the afternoon.......... he called later that day and said that it was not looking good, he had to keep her another night, but it looked like cancer by Wens. I learned it was liver cancer..... to say my heart felt cut out of my chest, is an understatement.... he told us she had 1-2 weeks, on Thursday to take her home.... She was my EVERYTHING,she knew me better than ANYONE in my life.......... but when I looked into her eyes that night I knew she was trying to hang on for me, by the next day 20 hours later, she had not ate, even her favorite (moms baked chicken) and only drank a little water, and could not go to the bathroom, we carried her out and the urine was chocolate in color....... Looking into her eyes I knew, I loved her too much to allow her to suffer I always wondered when the day came if I could be in the room, but when I looked into her eyes, I knew I HAD TO BE.... I told her I would never leave her again not for a moment for the rest of her life, mommy was here..... On May 1,2009, at 4:00pm we gave her the "Ultimate gift of Love" as she had given that to us..... We took her to the doctor and stayed at her side rubbing her, loving her, kissing and huging her, telling her how beautiful and wonderful she was and that she was the very best girl in the world...... we love you Alexi..... we love you and ALWAYS WILL..... we stayed until Jesus took her home....... I'm have had a very hard time dealing with her loss, I know it was what we had to do.... but that does not make it any easier... We try to talk about the sweet memories in her 6 short years of life, as there were so many beautiful ones......... I'm handicapped, and she knew me inside and out, I feel very lost, but I do know that God gave her to us and he is going to take good care of her for us, until we see her again.... In the past few weeks.....we have built her a memorial, I redid her web-site in her honor, and have just about finished a 1 hour movie on her life in her honor....... We allowed her to have one litter of pups in 2006, each one of those famalies will get a copy, and my grandchildren........ I call my video's to them (Video's from Grammy C.) I think about her day and night, I cry about her day and night, but these things are in her honor, and I believe will help in the healing......... if you want to see the site, it is www.lasvegasdobermans.com If you would like a copy of her story, email me and I will send it to you......... lhpvegas@msn.com
  • This is an old post, but unfortunately it is a reoccurring heart break. I tend to try and keep as focused on the QUALITY OF LIFE as I can. If my companion is no longer enjoying each day far more than the moments of pain, fear, discomfort, then I need to help them go on to the next level....If joy in living is still far bigger than pain or fear...then they get another day...I get to see and touch and love them one more day. But, once they are looking at me as if to say, "what the hell is this, I am not happy with this crap and you PROMISED to always protect me from such things." Then I have to make a phone call and make arrangements to do the right thing for my beloved friend. I screwed up once, with Bossco, my grand therapy dog, and the love of my life. I waited a few days, hoping he would rally again. He had cancer. He was starting to become pretty annoyed with my waiting and had no problem shooting me LOOKS...that clearly said...IT'S TIME...YOU PROMISED ME...WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU WAITING FOR? I CAN'T GET OUTSIDE TO GO POTTY ON MY OWN, I CAN'T EVEN MANAGE TO STAND RIGHT TO GO POTTY AND UNLESS I'M EATING...I AM NOT HAVING ANY FUN AT ALL!!! HELP ME, WOULD YOU? DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS MESS! When I made the call he pulled himself over to me, wagged his stump of a tail (the rest was removed because of the cancer...his once beautiful, plummy tail gone). When I hung up the phone, he reached up and licked my hand, a look of shining joy once more in his eyes... This impacted me hugely....how could I be so damned selfish as to make him stay, just because I couldn't stand to say good-bye for a while...? This was the only time, I made such a gross, self-centered mistake...and I won't ever do it again...I got my beautiful Shasta Cat in within 12 hours of when he stopped purring...this was a cat that purred if you even LOOKED at him...when the Vet gave him a shot of morphine, before the final shot...Shasta once more....looked me in the eye...and his beautiful loud and brassy purr erupted, he rubbed his head against my hands...purring all the while...and then ran ahead for now.... It is never easy to say Good-bye to those we love, but with animals at least, we have a choice to set them free...and since I believe that God loves them as much as he does us...I know in my heart...we will meet those pure spirits again....as long as WE get to follow them...
  • My dog bear is very sick the vet said something is wrong with his liver. He had an X ray that did not show anything then they didva blood test and said something is wrong with his liver. It could be a cancerouse tumer. I need help he is not eating what should I try to feed him please help
  • I am so sorry for your situation, I am in a similar one myself. My dog, who I have had for four and a half years although she is older, was diagnosed with liver cancer at the end of June. Specialists told me that because of the type and progression of the disease, there was nothing they could do, i.e., no chemo or radiation or surgery options, basically I should just try to keep her comfortable and happy. They estimated that she had 2-3 months left. She is still with me though, almost four months later. It's been hard for both of us -- she gets very picky about what she is willing to eat and I have to change her diet about once a week, and she is having problems with weight loss and excessive urination, but for now at least she is still eating and drinking, and she goes to the bathroom on her own. I asked my regular vet if there was any chance that the specialists were wrong, since my dog seems to be doing relatively well, and she said no, different dogs just go through these things at their own pace. Hopefully your dog will take a longer pace as well. I was also very concerned about how I would know when the right time was, and how I would be able to make the decision (this is the first pet I have had on my own as an adult where I will have to make that decision) and reading all of these stories has certainly helped me feel like I will know when the time is right. I am sorry for all of you who have lost your dear friends, but I applaud you for making the difficult, and I think correct, decision to make your best friend suffer when the time has come.
  • iam so sorry,but you must think of her suffering and it will be best if she is put to sleep,terrible i know but say your goodbuys and hold and love her as she slips peacefully away,all the best to you
  • Hi, I have a dog named Cookie. I love her very much too. She was blowing up with fluid. The Doctor said it was liver damage. I started giving her liver treats and the doctor said to get Milk thistle for dogs and SAM-e. My dog was on Amoxicillun for around 2 months and now she is doing alot better. I can only pray everything the Doctor told me to do will work. How old is your dog? Mine just turned 7 years old. I pray everything will get better for you.
  • If you are not emotionally clinging to false hope, you will know when to put her down. Check your empathy w/ her, you know her best. When she yelps in a certain tone or changes subtly but significantly, that is a sign. Prepare, it takes 10 minutes, is she going to be cremated, if so you can keep the ashes. Dogs are stoic creatures by nature, they won't let on that things are wrong until they are at deaths' door.
  • If she's in pain, you should put her to sleep. Just get it over with. Your dog will still be with you, and she won't stop loving you because you put her out of her misery.
  • she is no more there in front of me.. and i miss her... last time i mer her was 2nd nov'09, in hospitatl where she was recuperating from her hysterectomy... doctor had seent he liver tumor then, and was to carry out the treatment after hysterectomy stitches heal. no blood tests had any indications of tumor... and on 5th nov'09, at arnd 5 pm, she left me and i didnt even come to knw. i was in my hostel, and my family didnt tell me...all these days, i was searching for treatments for liver cancer online... and was positive that she will remain alive... just an hr back, when i was back home, i was informed that she died...i have tears in my eyes and dont know why god would take away such an innocent and sweet animal. Doctor said she had bleeding in feces, and her tongue was purple and between the teeth, she just collapsed , though he was positive that he'll recover... i feel shredded in my heart.... i love u finny...and may god give peace to ur soul... love u dear... XXXXXX

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