My Dog Is In Pain – What Would You Do?
This is our Lassie! She just got groomed.
It started last night. Lassie was breathing really weird with her mouth open and it was shallow. Well, she ended up being awake and sitting up literally all night. Then today when I got up, after being up most of the night, she was the same. I started trying to get her to lay down cause she kept almost falling over from being so tired. I sat with her all day and she would lean on me, start to fall asleep and then pop up. I thought she was having trouble breathing when she laid down.
Some background on her: She’s a little over 11 years old. For the past several months she’s been on pain meds for her hip and knee. Most of the time, she walks around holding that leg clear up. She also has a big growth underneath her abdomen. The vet said it’s not cancerous, so we didn’t need to have it removed. The vet also said she might have a neurological problem, by how her one eye looks. It’s kind of covered with the other part of her eye. (I don’t know how to explain that very well). So she does have some problems. She also said if these meds don’t help her, she would need x-rays, maybe even surgery. I know we won’t be able to afford that so the vet said we’d have to discuss her quality of life, then. And we all know what that means!
It’s just not fair, I have to have her put down because we can’t afford to have her operated on? I mean, I don’t want her to live in pain, but I don’t want to put her down because she needs surgery. What would you do?
That was three days ago, we took her to the vet and she took x-rays of her chest because of her breathing. Then she had to drain her lungs of fluid. So no wonder she couldn’t breathe! When she got home she seemed completely well. I couldn’t believe it! She was walking better than she had in months! And just the way she acted you could tell she felt a lot better! It was wonderful!
But even after the x-rays and the five medicines she’s on, she doesn’t have long to be with us. The vet said her lungs would fill up again, and it could take three days to three months. So we’re just making her as comfortable as possible and giving her pretty much whatever food she wants. She’s lost weight as it is, and she doesn’t want her dog food anymore. So we’re finding other food to give her that’s ok for her. I found out tonight she likes graham crackers!
This is all we can do for our pets, just take as good of care of them as we possibly can and make sure they don’t live in pain.
UPDATE – A week later her lungs were full again and they couldn’t get them drained. We lost her! She had a good life with us, we loved her very much! We miss her!