Stages of death in dogs

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I totally agree with lindapalm! I am absolutely HORRIFIED to hear that a vet would say about your 12year old dog "that she is old and may have heart problems or cancer" That is not good enough. He might have been rght. But still, without testing no-one could say what was wrong with her, and the "age-ist" views of some vets I look on as stupid and a form of laziness. In my opinion most dogs are NOT "old" at age 12...not old enough to be written off anyway.
I know I'll never know 100%% for sure what happened, but it's just the sheer suddenness of it all, and her seeming so healthy, that still has me in a state of shock.
If your dog is in one of the earlier stages of Kidney Disease, the Disease can be slowed down, and the symptoms can be managed. There are many reports of dogs surviving for several more months, to several more years. All dogs are different, and of course there are many variables involved. I have read many articles on the internet that will state that to die of Kidney Failure is a painless death. Some of these articles have gone so far as to call it a gentle death.
that day may not be here yet, but in time, any dog you offer a home to would be one of the luckiest dogs in the world ... and your boy would be so happy to have a new friend join the family. Again, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in good company here, so please keep coming back to let us know how you and your Maltese are feeling.
If you've never lost a pet before, you will find that you go though all the same stages as with a dear human loved one. So, keep support in your life while you work though this loss. Medhelp is a good start. You did all you could do! It's not your fault.
those are signs of the last stages...falling into a coma/death is next. When the kidneys shut down, there isn't going to be much peeing...except possibly for that last huge one like Joker did. Joker was still jumping onto the couch and wrapping himself around me until the end. He wanted to be held and loved...he wanted me to end his pain, make him feel better...and I couldn't. There was no magic pill. I wish I would have put him to rest much sooner.
If you all go in there, and your other dog witnesses her death, on the vet's table, it is just possible it might make HIM afraid in future of going to the vet. Dogs are no way stupid. They know going in there they smell sickness, and nervousness, which is bad enough. They can't put two-and-two together quite the way we can. They can't think "our loved one was sick, so we went to the vet for her suffering to be ended" All he will observe is her death while at the vet's.
I know his kidneys are just shutting down and that this is the end stages, but I wanted to know if anyone has gone through this before with a dog and how long it took because I am unsure of when to notice if he will be in pain. He does not seem to be in any obvious pain that I can other than maybe just slower and doesn't play, etc. He is about 15 or 16 years old, but we never really knew his actual age - just always estimated.
Hi all....This is an upbeat letter to all of you who suffer the heartache & constant worry of a sick pet, and/or the loss of your precious fur baby. I watched an adorable video tonight of a tiny puppy "falling in love" with the family cat. It was mutual love. It made me think of my Poodle Julie, when she was a puppy & how lucky I am to have had the pleasure of experiencing her adorable, fun & loving life, , from a puppy to now, at 10 yrs. old.
Posted by Sandra_G, Nov 07, 2009 Hi all....This is an upbeat letter to all of you who suffer the heartache & constant worry of a sick pet, and/or the loss of your precious fur baby. I watched an adorable video tonight of a tiny puppy "falling in love" with the family cat. It was mutual love.
Coughing in chf has nothing to do w/'coughing' (like what humans use for coughs), it has to do w/her heart's congestion. Both my dogs are old and in mid-stages of chf where coughing is minimal. If your vet doesn't know what this excessive coughing is in relation to chf dump her quick. There are few dvm's who are heart specialists but the one I took my dogs to put them on furosemide (lasix/waterpills), enalapril and Vetmedin.
All the pain, grief and sorrow will subside within it's time, but it will be necessary for you to experience the stages of the grief process in order to heal and it will be very difficult. Right now, take time to just think and heal and everything will fall into place one day at a time.
In other words no heroics. And an accurate assessment of level of consciousness may be skewed in the presence of drugs used to make the person comfortable. However, there is validity to the premise that pain will actually keep you alive longer, and it's always an ongoing challenge to find the balance of pain and/or anxiety control.
I know this might sound gross to some but it is a way to make things still have some kind of since of humor. I know this is going to just kill me but I always think of others that have had things so much more difficult through out there lives. I think of the ones who have lost their child or children..That to me has got to be the worse pain in the World.
I lost my momma, my very best friend and my everything on March 5th of this year. I am a 30 year old, single woman with no children, no siblings, and no other family (to mention anyway). My mom was diagnosed with small cell carcinoma of the lungs in May of 2007 & I moved in with her. My biggest fear was always loosing my mom & like most people, I never dreamed my nightmare would become a reality. My mom and I were so close, and now I feel so alone in this big 'ol world.
It was a pain for him and a pain for me to get him there (in my jammmies) so we both kind of just chilled in the great room. Hubby fed my dogs and horses all wiinter, a good friend cleaned my kennel runs once this winter, which helped,I did his more than a few times and helped too many friends out that didn;t help, but that is over. You sound like you can & will get thru this!!!!
A lot of the posts I've read described the quick downward spiral of dogs that have been diagnosed with kidney failure. Are we just lucky that it was caught in the early stages of the disease? I know that the outcome will be the same whether it takes days, months or more, but is this typical for an early diagnosis? I don't know what stage of failure she's in, but when the time comes, I'm hoping I have the courage to allow her to leave us with dignity.
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A strong woman isn't afraid of anything… But a woman of strength shows courage in the midst of fear. A strong woman won't let anyone get the better of her… But a woman of strength gives the best of herself to everyone. A strong woman makes mistakes and avoids the same in the future… A woman of strength realizes life's mistakes can also be unexpected blessings and capitalizes on them. A strong woman wears a look of confidence on her face… But a woman of strength wears grace.
They would go away from us and find places of comfort while dealing with death. I'm still in mourning for the lost of our last dog. However, we have let him go and he is in a better place now. If you feel that any of this helps...well I hope it does. As a caring animal lover...it's hard to make any decision when your beloved animal gets sick....I will pray for your decision and hope things will work out for the best. As for our family...
Benadryl is also something of an anti-emetic, and can be given at 1 mg per pound of the dog's weight, but I doubt it will be very effective in the face of this kind of vomiting. Worth a try though. Another thing that helps is calcium - lots of it. I was giving Chica 2 Tums a day during her last couple of months. The calcium binds to phosphorus which is deadly to those in renal failure.
You can find a short version of my story on this board in another thread. You may be in for the battle of your life... your son is crying out for help but has lost his belief that he can win. Right now he needs his family even though he may do things to alienate them. I do agree with the friends here who are advising you to go to alanon or naranon.... do it... but remember.... they may eventually tell you to give him to God.. to let him into the street to hit bottom. Remember..
30, back to bed, and after a lot of thrashing about, holy of holies I sleep for 3 hrs, wake up and dressing gown is drenched in sweat, back to bed get another 1hrs sleep, then up at 07:30. It's now Monday. Monday 0945.Am feeling a bit better now, go see boss at work to explain ( goes ok ). then have a drive round, I find I am noticing things I took for granted before, things are in much sharper focus. Although I had real bad stomach cramps, the Flu like symtoms have all but gone.
So every member in your household should adhere to these rules, and they should be treated with medication as well, because if you don't, something called ping-pong infection happens and the family members keep infecting each other.
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I am feeling that way right now in fact. I was in the shower earlier, and all of these ideas and questions for posting to this group were coming to me. I had so many great questions that I wanted to ask this group that I felt wow, I have to write this down. Then I wondered hmmm, I must be hypomanic in order for this to be happening.
It works by increasing gastric motility and it was only somewhat effective for my dog in the early stages of kidney failure. When she was in the deep late stages of failure, it caused terrible side effects. Reglan is metabolized by the kidneys, and since hers weren't working it built up to toxic levels in her bloodstream. Symptoms are extreme restless and shaking. That reaction can be treated as an allergic reaction with benadryl.
The point of this post is to really try and encourage all you guys in various stages of recovery ~ if you want sobriety bad enough; then you really can make it. My life seems so full right now and I enjoy everything about it. From the very simple things like walking my dogs to the big things, like being pregnant. Some days, I even thank God just that I am alive and in this fortunate position of recovery.
Contrary to the urban legend, performing a gastropexy in a young dog should not affect the growth of the stomach. Only a tiny portion of the stomach is tacked, so fear not. Your Mastiff won’t end up with the stomach of a Chihuahua! Some surgeons who have the equipment & experience may be able to do the gastropexy via laparoscopy (kind of a scope), through a few tiny incisions.
It must be so frustrating for you not being able to remember everyday things, it’s the things we take for granted that we don’t make a note of, such as recipes & what to buy if we nip out for I or 2 items. I am glad you have your dogs, they are such a comfort & not judgmental. Dogs are the most important things in my life & I make no secret of it. I only have one of my own but foster for a charity that helps elderly & sick people.
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