Spent the night at animal hospital for my eight year old dauschund finding out he has CHF. My previous dog died in her sleep at 14 and was always healthy. I dread to make these decisions when emotionally involved. I don't want to watch my dog slowly suffocate to death but putting him down feels like I'm giving up on him. Any advice on how to weigh the decision from those who have been thru this?
they showed me the on the xray fluid in his lung but didn't give me a scale, his heart was quite enlarged but they did tell me his murmur was only 2/6 which seemed like good news. The one medicine L something really seemed to help with the breathing getting rid of the fluid he was up to 60 reps min last night, but this morning is much closer to normal but he wouldn't eat or drink. Just in the last 15 mins he perked up and I got him to take medicine and and drink.
My wife is an RN and is so much better suited to this but this her slam weekend of 39hrs of work so kind kind of my own for now. Shocking how fast his health changed has been so healthy. I think I've been spoiled in this regard I know people go through a lot with their pets that are sometime chronically ill. Just hate that feeling of being powerless to fix it, do I try to give him CPR if he stops breathing or do you just let them go?
His breathing has been much better last few days have a follow up appt soon, he is responding well to the meds so I think we have bought him more time and a quality of life level that's worth living.
My main question is going to be is how do I know when to end it prior to it getting really shitty. It's hard to pick a threshold, at this point I'm thinking that if his breathing starts to worsen while still on the meds that will probably have to put him down not going to wait till he is gasping for air as there is really nothing else that can be done.
Florida FWC voted to outright ban several species of pet reptile today, some of the snakes simply because they could survive there and potentially become invasive. Nevermind that the Burmese Pythons escaped from a research facility destroyed by Hurricane Andrew and the Iguana’s and Tegu’s came in on cargo ships from Cuba and Central America.
Yeah we had some family with a blind dog and he walked around and hung out just like a normal dog. He was pretty much an indoor dog other than going to the bathroom so nothing for him to fall into. The only time he had issues is when they’d rearrange furniture. He’d bump into stuff for a week before learning the new placement. Pretty wild that he knew the amount of steps he could take before hitting stuff and knew where he was within the room.Seems like being blind isn't nearly as big a deal for dogs as it is for humans. As long as their nose works, the can get by pretty well without their eyes. They do sometimes fall in holes and such, but if there aren't any unexpected falls around, they seem to get by just fine. My brother's beagle went blind and you could hardly tell except in certain situations. For the most part she acted like a normal dog.
Figure if you have something this big it better be trained well. Your 30 lb dog doesn’t listen to you oh well...your 180 lb monster doesn’t listen and jumps on someone or something RIPWent to meet someone today at their house. Dude introduced me to his dog. Its called a Leonberger (or German Mountain Dog). Bastard was 180 pounds. Not Great Dane skinny big. This thing was a german tank. Random stock pictures of the breed below to show the size and scale of this monster. Nice as could be and very well behaved. I had never heard of these dogs before.
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