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Discussion in 'Woof Memorial Critter's Corner' started by panzer1, Feb 21, 2007.

  1. panzer1

    panzer1 NRA MEMBER

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    My dog has cancer and I need to put her to sleep within 48 hours. I can bring her to the Vet and they will do it, then cremate her, or I can have a Vet who comes to the house do it. Only problem with that is I then have to take her to the Vet to be cremated. I truly don't know which is better. She has become truly upset about going to the Dr. because of surgeries that she has had to undergo. If anyone can help me with this I would be truly greatful.
    Thanks So Much
     
  2. pjrocco

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    If I were in your shoes, I'd bring her into the vet. I wouldn't want to have to bring her back in after she passes. I'm sorry you have to do this. God bless... :hugs: :angel: :sadangel: :sadangel: :sadangel:
     

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    took sick real fast. Took him to the Vet. He had cancer and it was terminal. Told the Vet to put him down. It was the hardest thing to do. When I left him he licked my hand. The second hardest thing was to go and get his collar. Its been years and I still have it. I never got over it.

    Had to put down my dog myself when I was young. He was hit by a car and I had to shoot him to put him out of his misery, then buried him. That was easier than having the Vet do it.

    I think closure is important and made it easier. I never felt closure with the Vet.

    Just my 2 cents. Hope it goes easier for you and you make the decision thats best for you.
     
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    Sorry to hear such bad news. I was in the exact same situation with my dog who was 14 years old. I had the vet come to the house and do it. After all that dog gave me, it was the least I could do for her. She got to slip away in my arms at home. By far the hardest thing I have ever done, in fact that was five years ago and I am tearing up as I write this. When Lady Kelly got old and sick, she was very nervous at the vet's office so there was no way I was going to make her go there again. Remember the happy stuff......
     
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    It depends if her needs are more important than yours. If you have a vet that would come to the house I would do that. You can make her last hours as comfortable as possible. It will be upsetting for you to have to transport her to the vet to be cremated afterward but I would feel better going through that than for her last hour to be upsetting because of the trip to the vet. I have had to put down two animals at the vet in the last few years and I paid extra so I could be with my pet as the doctor gave the injection, to help comfort them. If I could have had the vet come to my house I would have jumped at the chance. The vets office is a scary place to some animals and I felt bad that they had to go there right before being put to sleep. Doing that at home would make it easier on her.
     
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    I'm very sorry about your dog.
     
  8. Buffering

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    I've been there a number of times and it doesn't get any easier.

    I can't tell you what to do only what I did and why in hopes that you'll use my answer, along with the others here, to make the best decision possible.

    In both cases the animal was already at the vet to undergo tests to find out what was wrong. The vet gave the option of taking the animals home for awhile but I decided against it because it was too traumatic for the animal to be snatched, put in the pet carrier and taken to a place they never really liked even under the best of circumstances.

    I insisted on telling the vet and the animals that I wouldn't let them die in a strange place surrounded by strangers.

    When that time arrived, I dowsed then in Holy Water, said goodbye and nodded to the vet to begin the necessary task. It was over in seconds and in each case, the last thing my pets saw was my face. I'm not saying that was the nicest view but at least their nervousness was, I hoped, calmed by being held by someone who cared for them.

    I wouldn't do it any other way.
     
  9. Jasper007

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    Panzer,

    First I am sorry to hear this news. I myself would choose to do it at home (so I can have time to gather thoughts, composure, etc).

    Secondly, I think it's very important if you have other animals for them to be there (to be able to smell body-brings closure for the other animals-IMO they kind of realize-I believe).

    I think this is a very personal choice.

    Again, I am sorry.

    Jack
     
  10. PrincessCelica

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    I would have the vet come to my animal. I know my cat is terrified of being in her carrier and taken to the vet. I wouldn't want to put her through that stress when she's already having a hard time.

    If it were an option, I would take the ashes home with me and either bury them in my yard, or put them in an urn somewhere if I were yardless.

    I'm sorry to hear about your puppy. That's beyond tough to deal with, I know.:hugs:
     
  11. panzer1

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    Well my beloved dog(adelhaid)is dieing fast and I feel so sad,like I am dieing to.She has been my BEST FRIEND for about 10years now.I will miss her a real lot.Thank you all for your help with this and PLEASE keep helping me with your kined wrords.I can't realy see the keybord I am crying so much.I wish I could help her some how,I think she knows that she is dieing.I never knew that it would be so hard to deal with.This dog(friend) is the best one I ever had.Please,please keep posting if you can it will help me kope with it.I have allways been a strong man with things in my life,but now(at47)I feel so weak like a baby I don't like my wife to see me this way.You guys know what I mean.Thank again for all the help that you all have givein me.I will never forget my beloved adelhaid(my dog).I named her after my grandmother.(adelhaid is a german name)
     
  12. Iron Nose

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    :crying: :sad:

    I feel for you panzer. And the rest of you folks that have had to put down your best friends. I read the stories (Ross' link also) and I hate thinking about the day I will have to do the same for my dog. There is no other animal in the world that can make me feel like Nala can. ALWAYS the faithful companion. Dogs are a very special gift given to us by God. My prayers and condolensces go out to you and your family.
     
  13. BlackhawkFan

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    I had to put one of my dogs to sleep just a few months ago. My wife and I thought it best to do it at home.

    Spike was old and in a lot of pain, so I laid him on his blankie and gave him some pain killers. He went to sleep and died peacefully. I kept him on his blankie overnight to be sure he'd really passed away. I'm glad I did.

    If I had it to do over again (and I probably will with two surviving dogs in the house) I'd do it the same way. I'm not going to abandon my good friend just before death by taking him or her to a stranger (vet).

    I miss him.

    Mark
     
  14. panzer1

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    Dear mark,
    Thanks for the info I feel the same way as you.But how did you do it?Did the vet give you the drugs?I was thinking of the same thing.I do have some painkillers that the vet gave me,but when my wife asked the women at the vet about this she said that they can't tell you to do that.I would much rader do it in this way myself.I am how going to call the vet and see if I can do this.Dear god I wish I could help her some how.She allways helped me feel better when I was sick,some how she allways known when I was sick,she would come up to me and lick my hand or the like.It allways did make me feel better.I guess thats what they mean when they say MANS BEST FRIEND she sure is my BEST FRIEND!Thanks pal.
     
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    My wife offered some of her opiate-based pain killers IIRC. I disolved them in water and gave it to Spike with a syringe. The syringe has a big plastic "needle," like one used to clear an infant's nose or throat. Don't try to force a pill down a dog's throat. They'll fight to spit it up.

    Anyway, it took a lot of drugs to put him down. Broke my heart, he was fighting so hard to stay alive. He lay for hours unconcious on his blankie and fought for each breath. I administered the drugs to him several times over those hours. Each time I thought I was giving him enough to kill him, but he'd fight through it. He finally slipped away and I was both grateful and filled with sadness at the same time.

    It was time for him to go. He hadn't eaten for over a week. He had severe eye infections that make him sightless. He could hardly move due to severe arthritis. He hurt so much he wouldn't take a treat.

    I still miss him. He was a good friend.

    Mark
     
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    I am so very sorry for you. My wife and myself have been feeding some stray cats in a wooded area near where we both worked. One time we had to put to sleep a kitten that was very sick. I never cried so hard or felt so bad in my life. Sometimes I still think of her and get very emotional. Its very hard to lose a true friend as you did.
     
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    We took my dog in...

    Hardest damn thing I ever did was watch him. I couldn't hold him but my mom did. I stayed in the room and well, was a basketcase. Gosh, I miss my Alf :crying:

    :angel:
     
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    My 1st cat died at home. He had been very sick, and the vets couldn't figure out what was wrong with him. They gave us some meds that worked at first, but eventually he got worse. I had just made the decision in my heart that it was time to put him down. Our vet was closed though, because it was a Sunday. So I had geared myself up to the fact I was going to take him in on Monday.

    My biggest regret is that I woke my dad up from a nap because I couldn't figure out what was wrong with my cat (He was literally in the process of dying.) My dad held me back, and in those last few moments of my cat's life, I did not get to hold him. No matter where you have this done, MAKE SURE YOU HOLD YOUR DOG. Trust me, you will regret it if you don't!

    As a middle schooler it was pretty traumatizing to watch my cat fighting to be able to breathe, and pacing up and down frantically because he couldn't, before finally collapsing and taking his final breath. I often wonder if he would have been more comfortable if I could have held him. I think my dad didn't want me to get peed on, but clothes can be washed, showers can be taken.... last moments cannot be redone.
     
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    My old dog Plato: we killed many birds together. Yesterday, we euthanized him at the Vets.

    He's not been really well for about a year, but not in pain, and he was twelve years old last week; he was eating and sleeping.

    Last week, I noticed his abdomen was distended, and I felt his stomach and noticed his liver was two inches below the rib cage. His affect was dull and his movements unsteady. Not good. Cancer I thought

    The vet agreed with me. We gave him treats, they put in the catheter and Plato was gone.

    I took this picture right before he died.

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    This is never easy. I'm a pastor and I have a funeral tomorrow for a 102 year old woman. Death comes to all: even to the best bird dog I've ever had.

    I'm having Plato cremated.
     
  20. John97

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    I'm sorry for your loss. Even today, I can't think about my Airedale who died 4 years ago without a tear coming to my eye.