|Barked: Wed Jun 20, '12 11:39pm PST |
|I'm not going to be as coherent as I'd like given the circumstances, so bear with me.
My sweet, wonderful eleven year old retriever mix died her sleep yesterday. She had a host of old age related breathing and mobility issues, not to mention she had gone off her kibble not long ago and was eating canned food.
However, stupid me decided a couple weeks ago after doing research and reading these forums that she was a good candidate for an occasional raw treat. I picked up pig feet, chicken quarters, and quail.
She seemed to like them, and would usually eat most of what I gave her. She crunched the bones, and did not gulp. The day before she passed she had a small quail and ate some pig foot. The day she actually passed she had a chicken quarter (plus a couple treats and some human pastry, she still had the perseverance to do the woe is me look).
I am absolutely wracked with guilt. Because she was of advanced age there was no necropsy, but I can't help feel I did this to her. I feel like a bone might have pierced her, or at her age it was too much...you can imagine how I feel.
I did the research and thought this would be okay for her, but now I blame myself. I know raw is generally safe though....I wasn't there when she passed, so I hope she just went to sleep and it was her heart or something and not me.
I'm just a complete mess.
Edited by author Wed Jun 20, '12 11:41pm PST
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