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Rowgtfc72 Tue 13-Mar-18 12:14:46

Have posted before on here about my mad fat old jrt. She's been dropping weight since Christmas,back ends dropped and she has a sore on her nose that won't heal.
Tucked her in the other night and she looked at me and I realised I think we've reached that time. She's four weeks off sixteen.
Off to the vets at half four and hoping it's fixable but am realistic and don't really want anything invasive doing.
Do you ever really know when it's time?

LizzieSiddal Tue 13-Mar-18 12:19:02

flowers I’m so sorry.

Of course you know, and you’re the best person to make that decision.

Xocaraic Tue 13-Mar-18 13:01:30

Big hugs to you! It is a very emotional time when you have reached the end of the road with a beloved pet. You have loved and cared for her and in return she has done the same.
It is awful to see them in pain or general discomfort.
I hope your vet can guide you in what options are available and what choices you have.
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BiteyShark Tue 13-Mar-18 13:17:37

I am so sorry that you are in that position but I am sure you will do the best for her flowers

pigsDOfly Tue 13-Mar-18 15:13:44

I think most people know when the time is right and it sounds like you feel your girl has reach that time.

However, knowing you're ready for it is another matter.

So sorry you're having to do this last kindness for your beloved pet. flowers

Rowgtfc72 Tue 13-Mar-18 17:55:23

Took a very bright eyed and bushy tailed elderly jack Russell to the vet and have come home with hersmile
Vet said weightloss is only age related and blood test will only show everything is slowing down due to age. She has anti inflammatories for her sore nose and gums and they will help her back legs. Weight check in four weeks but as it stands she's a healthy if thin very old dog.
She practically ran out of the vets. Bloody dogs!
Thanks for the hand holding. Very much appreciated I can tell you.

missbattenburg Tue 13-Mar-18 17:58:30

Rowgtfc72 - those JRTs are tough little dogs indeed (we have 2).

V pleased to hear she's still got plenty of fight left in her grin

BiteyShark Tue 13-Mar-18 18:00:11

Aww that's good news and yes I know all about dogs that perk up at the vets seemingly like nothing is wrong grin

teaiseverything Tue 13-Mar-18 18:04:55

Jack sodding russells grin

They don't half put us through the mill! So glad she's ok.

pigsDOfly Tue 13-Mar-18 19:17:17

Oh that's great. Bloody dogs do seem to delight in scaring the life out of us. So pleased for you, and your mad old jrt.

Isitwinteryet Tue 13-Mar-18 20:30:23

Glad to hear your dog is ok! Re your question, I think you do know when it's time. I did anyway. My dog was a couple if months of 16. I too femur like she was looking at me like she'd had enough now.

Absolutely heart breaking but glad I did it before she showed any signs of suffering. flowers

Isitwinteryet Tue 13-Mar-18 20:31:02

Felt like* not femur!

Rowgtfc72 Tue 13-Mar-18 23:00:23

Some days she's like a puppy and others she looks so tired. My other dog was pts at 16 with canine dementia. It was pretty clear cut. This mutt is giving me sleepless nights!

pigsDOfly Tue 13-Mar-18 23:08:37

Yes, I remember the one day up one day down scenario with my two cats when they were coming to the end of their lives and I still wonder if either of them could have had a few days longer. Having said that, I didn't want to leave them a day longer than they would feel comfortable with.

My vet agreed with me when I thought the time had come and I trusted my vet to be honest with me. You can only do your best.

I know it's a cliche, but it's true: better a week too early than a day too late.

Having pets is not easy sometimes.

Otterseatpuffinsdontthey Tue 13-Mar-18 23:23:49


Rowgtfc72 Tue 10-Apr-18 17:54:11

Back at the vets for four week check. She's livelier but 40g lighter. Vet asked to do bloods admitting at 16 anything he found would be serious. Told the vet at 16, having never bothered the vets for anything other that booster jabs, I didn't want long term treatment and he told us to come back in four weeks for another weight check.
He also said we were looking at quality of life not quantity which I why I took her last month.
Realistically I'm looking at the last six weeks with my mad old jack. sad

DowntonCrabby Tue 10-Apr-18 18:06:43

It's lovely that your girl got to sweet 16 🎂
Lots of pawsitive positive wishes that her remaining time with you is happy, pain free and full of treats.
Sounds like you and vet will both know when it's time. flowers

Rowgtfc72 Mon 07-May-18 20:02:25

Another 4 week check tomorrow. She's had a bath and smells nice but she is just skin and bone. Nothing else on her. She flew out the door to rub herself on the grass as she's not a bath fan. She still runs like a puppy, trots about, eats and plays.

I think decisions will have to be made tomorrow .

Eifla Mon 07-May-18 20:31:17

I’m so sorry. I lost my fourteen year old terrier two weeks ago today. Hardest day and following time of my life.

Thinking of you tomorrow. Xx

Rowgtfc72 Tue 08-May-18 17:58:43

Bought her another three weeks.

Vet rightly said she can't make the decision for us but apart from being so thin she's happy enough. Consistently losing weight though.

Have booked in for end of may unless we have to go back sooner.

Sorry to hear about your terrier Eifla flowers

Rowgtfc72 Tue 22-May-18 20:12:56

Ringing the vet tomorrow to change next tues weight check to her final visit.

Sun she looked very,very old. She even let dh pick her up and they have a mutual dislike of each other.
Today she's back to trotting around,scrounging food and the odd small wag. But she's another 100g lighter.

This could go on for months with her getting thinner and thinner but still having good days. I need her to go while she still has a wag. Just wish it wasnt a decision I had to make,she still acts like a puppy. Also next tues is 16 yrs and a day since I brought my seven week old puppy home from the breeder. How's it come to this

MistAmougstElephants Tue 22-May-18 22:01:04

Just a thought OP but if she has a liver or kidney or both issue that's causing the weight loss a switch to a prescription diet can really help the weight stabilise. (Buy online it's pretty much the same price as burns or jb).

It kept my 19 yr old cat going another year happily without adding in anything else like meds.

All the best flowers

Rowgtfc72 Wed 23-May-18 18:44:34

Weve tried full fat food, high protein puppy food, senior food. She eats loads just doesn't put on weight. Vet reckons diabetes or kidneys.

She's running around like a loon today. You'd think she was a puppy sad

Aprilmightbemynewname Wed 23-May-18 18:49:59

Protein shakes??
Porridge, full fat milk/baby formula?

Rowgtfc72 Wed 23-May-18 20:10:26

Cheese,chicken, porridge dog treat by the bag. Snaffled ham. Two tins of dog food a day. She's eating.
For her not to gain any weight but to lose means I know what's wrong is serious. It's my choice to not treat so I should pull up my big girl pants and sort it.
But then she comes running in with her little elf Ears flapping and I can see her spine and hip bones and ribs. But also her little puppy face.

Thanks for the suggestions though. It's appreciated.

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