I think I am going to have to make the call.

(14 Posts)
Scone1nSixtySeconds Wed 18-May-16 14:02:56

Poor old SconeLab. sad

She is 13.5 so she has had a good innings, she has had adventures aplenty and even had a burst of enthusiasm when I got SconeSpaniel, and I am really scared that I am being cruel sad

As I say, she is 13.5, her litter brother died 15 months ago.

She hasn't got up yet. She had a last wee of the night at 11pm because I made her (literally lifted her up) and is still asleep now. She hasn't asked for breakfast.

She is covered with lumps, including some newish ones under her armpits. The vet had a feel about 8 months ago and said that he thought they probably weren't benign but due to her age he thought it best to leave them.

She has been going off her legs, slowly but surely for the last couple of weeks.

She doesnt really wag her tail very much anymore.

Can I leave her until tomorrow? Its my birthday today. not very celebratory

Scone1nSixtySeconds Wed 18-May-16 14:04:35

Here she is.

Twitterqueen Wed 18-May-16 14:07:55

Don't do it today.
flowers cake
If she's not in pain, leave her for now
sad [tears]

Spanielcrackers Wed 18-May-16 14:12:14

Yes, leave her till tomorrow.
We had to make the call for our Golden Retriever last October. It was heartbreaking, particularly as he loved the vet and perked up when he knew where he was. We did feel relieved afterwards but it was so difficult.
Take today to treat her and spoil her with her favourite food. Make some lovely final memories.

obsessedlex Wed 18-May-16 14:14:35

Oh I'm so sorry you are going through this - its so sad. We had the same with our 13 yr old lab 6 months ago and ummed and arrred for a few days and then she seemed to perk up for a bit. I think they tell you, our girl gave us a "look". All I can do is echo what some kind soul said to me which did help me to finally make the decision which was "rather a day too early than a moment too late"
Big hugs - its the last act of love you can give her xxx

CMOTDibbler Wed 18-May-16 14:15:58

I'd do it today, I'm afraid. Each time I've had an animal pts I've wished I did it the day I thought 'tomorrow will be the day'. Today she sounds peaceful which is when you want the end to happen imo

Wolfiefan Wed 18-May-16 14:16:15

I'm so sorry. It's awful when there is a gradua deterioration and you have to decide which day.
flowers

catsrus Wed 18-May-16 14:19:55

Don't wait, we have to do it when they are ready, not us. We're never ready.

KittensandKnitting Wed 18-May-16 14:22:56

Poor little SconeLab sad it's a horrible situation to be in, is there any chance the vet could explore any other options? But if you really know your SconeLab which I'm sure you do, I think you know as an owner (in my case slave) what's best.

I was advised that my 10 year old fluff bomb was at the point nothing could help her (was a new vet as we had just moved vet was not happy we didn't follow her suggestion long story) took her for a second vet opinion as she was still eating whilst not herself didn't think it was time and 12 months later said fluff bomb has just killed her second fluffy ball of the day.

If you trust your vet implicitly then they may advise that is the best thing to do but if they haven't seen her for 8 months there maybe something else that can help her? If not and you think it's best then heartbreaking as it is, you need to decide what is kinder for her.

flowers for you

TheoriginalLEM Wed 18-May-16 14:24:58

no one can tell you what to do here OP. You know your dog better than anyone. It does sound very much like the time has come but im not sure i could bear to do this on my bday either. But lets face it, its a crock of shit for you no matter what you decide.

All i can advise is have her pts at home if possible , with her people around her and her own bed.

Is she in pain? can you manage it with medication? those are important questions.

My heart breaks for you. I am a veterinary nursing assistant and have had to assist in many a pts and its so hard but when you know its best for the animal it helps, its the owners grief that sends me off for a few minutes to collect myself.

flowers for you and your lovely good dog.

Scone1nSixtySeconds Wed 18-May-16 14:31:07

Sods law, she woke up! She's had a wee and is now eating her favourite - some lamb bones with a side order of mackerel.

She hates going to the vets (alhough she likes the actual vets) so I had always planned on them coming out to her.

Scone1nSixtySeconds Wed 18-May-16 14:32:55

No pain, luckily, as she doesn't seem to tolerate pain meds very well.

TheoriginalLEM Wed 18-May-16 14:50:30

oh bless her - shes holding on for you flowers

I don't know about your surgery but we often need 24h notice for a home visit so be sware of that. Here's hoping you have some more time together.

ladybird69 Wed 18-May-16 21:40:07

Scone1 can I ask if this has come on suddenly? Only my lab is the same he won't go out to toilet when I'm with him so he's messing everywhere and all times! Even in the middle of the day and the doors are open. He too has come out with lots of lumps, he's had them before but not on his torso. Is the end of my baby too? Tbh I've been putting off going to the vets. Sorry to jump on your thread scone1 but had come on to ask the exact same question. Sending out warm hugs to you x

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