Nov 18, 2009 2:06 AM GMT
Over the past 3 days, my rottie Blitz has gone from spryly smiling and playing ball like a puppy to being unable to sit up, much less walk. Hip dysplasia, I thought, since he's 13 & I know 'final straw' on that can happen quickly. since I'm a nurse specializing in Hospice/Palliative care as well as HIV, it wasn't a far stretch to see the forecast. I spent last night sleeping with him in His bed, helping him reposition, fed him a midnight snack of asprin in peanut butter followed by milk bone and icecube chasers (his favorite). spent the day at his side. Took him to vet this afternoon. Probable Dx: bone cancer that had innervated his spine. Compassionate Tx: flatline ____. So I just returned in what seemed like a very empty jeep to a very empty house. So, those who have gone through this; do you find it easier to get another pup right away, or have you found it more useful to take time, cathart grieve, & regroup first?