To the dog owners out there - putting them to sleep

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    Nov 09, 2013 8:11 PM GMT
    Hey guys, just wanted to share my current sad experience.

    We had two small poodles in my family, (14yo and 11yo), lovely mom and daughter.

    I just came back from taking the oldest one to be sacrificed. She had seizures about a year ago and hasn't been very responsive every since. But for the past days, she had been unable to walk and then started screaming in pain nonstop (in same frequency as hiccups). We decided put an end to her suffering this afternoon.

    What really sucks is that the younger one, also started having seizures 2 weeks ago and is now on phenobarbital. She has been in a comma-like state 24 / 7 for the past week and is not responding us at all. The vet says theres a chance she will come back but as for her state we highly doubt so. I think we will end up in need to do the same to her within the next week.

    We are obviously very sad but actually alleviated for the fact that the oldest one is not suffering anymore. But the youngest one, we are far more attached to her, and she was all active and playing just fine 2 weeks ago. The thought of letting both of them go at the same really sucks!

    Anyway, just wanted to get that off my chest and check if anyone has had similar experiences.
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    Nov 09, 2013 8:26 PM GMT
    You have my sympathy. Having to euthanize pets is very hard.
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    Nov 09, 2013 8:28 PM GMT
    Sorry to hear that. I had a dog once that I had to put down to sleep, it sucked big time and I was very sad after that, but its better than to let them suffer.

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    Nov 09, 2013 9:00 PM GMT
    sorry to hear about that - you definitely did the right thing. i can't bear to think of having to do that when zuri gets older.

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    Nov 09, 2013 9:40 PM GMT
    Sorry to hear that.

    In his first unexpected and terrifying seizure one of my poodles almost collapsed sideways into a lit fireplace - poof! But when I ran out prepared to carry him out to the car and he heard me open the car door he not only snapped out of it but went from paralyzed to running up a flight of stairs, down the front stoop and jumping into the backseat in five seconds flat. The vet couldn't confirm epilepsy until he had a second seizure.

    That happened a few months later in the high heat of summer when the three of us were alone in a 33 acre dog park and they chased a rabbit into the nearly impenetrable woods, with only the girl returning, which hadn't happened before or since because she leads him back to me by his leash when he takes off. Those woods are in the very background of this picture:

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    Like an episode of "Lassie" I asked "where is he, girl?" and she led me through saplings and underbrush where I found him rolling on the ground panic-stricken, seizing, tangled in a mass of poison ivy vines from which he couldn't free himself. I ripped the vines loose from him with my bare hands and, because carrying him out was impossible because the vegetation was so dense I could barely stand up, yanked him to his feet by his leash and he again snapped out of it and I was able to walk him out. The vet immediately diagnosed him with epilepsy and put him on phenobarb. Luckily he never experienced a personality change or relapse since and it's been years.

    Fingers crossed for mine and yours; maybe she too will snap out of it. It's okay to be realistic but don't give up hope yet!
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    Nov 09, 2013 9:54 PM GMT
    How sad. We feel for you. Remember the good times, and be glad you were able to care for them as long and as well as you did.
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    Nov 09, 2013 10:02 PM GMT
    I'm sure you provided them both with a superb life. You have also acted responsibly in doing what you did.
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    Nov 09, 2013 11:04 PM GMT
    I'm sorry for this loss. I think I know how you feel, and I've been in your position a number of times - since I've had a number of beloved pets in my 50-some years. I hope time eases your pain, and you can remember all the terrific times.

    Here's what helps me whenever I have had to say 'goodbye' to a beloved pet. I believe my beloved pets would want me to share my love and my home with other pets who need a warm, loving place to call 'home'. So, I fill the empty void with another deserving pet who is in need of a 'home'. This helps the new pet, and it sure helps me as well. This is truly honoring the former pet, and is so helpful in easing my loss. The love and gratitude I receive from the new pet is immeasurable.
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    Nov 10, 2013 12:03 AM GMT
    sorry for your loss man, that's always a tough choice to make.