|Barked: Wed Sep 26, '12 6:02pm PST |
|I'm sorry to hear about your pup.
I lost a dog to cancer many years ago. What started as a fatty tumor grew and grew until it was too late and was diagnosed as malignant and spreading throughout her body.
Our dog was 12. For awhile, the tumor didn't bother her. Then, it started growing rapidly, losing hair and became red and oozing. From the time of her diagnosis to the time we had to put her down was about 4 or 5 months. We gave her medications which helped the pain -- but we knew it was time when she stopped eating, seemed to "give up" and tried to run away.
I'll never forgive myself because it was the day I had started my first job and I couldn't miss it, and this dog had been there for me for my whole life - since I was 5 - I said my goodbyes and my father and brother took her into the vet and when I came home I asked if they stayed with her and if she went peacefully, and my father told me that the vet assistants just took our dog into the back room and then they left. They just dumped our dog off to be put to sleep - alone, by herself, without ANY of her family beside her.
I know it's a choice and I know it can be hard -- but please, please... please be there for your dog when the time comes. I think about this nightmare every day of my life and I've never forgiven myself or my family for it.
Edited by author Wed Sep 26, '12 6:09pm PST
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