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Aging Labrador, How to know when it's time?

Old 05-28-2019, 05:17 PM
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This was my Shady 3 days before we put him down. Liver cancer. He probably had it a long time but when it showed, it was quick and devastating. My sons boxer stayed with him every minute for 2 days without leaving his side. We knew it was time when he could longer go outside to pee. One of the worst days of my life but we laugh now when we talk about Shady. We had 15 years with the funniest creature to walk this earth and although I still tear up when I think of holding him as the vet injected him, I know we did the right thing. He was a rescue and the prince of the house. He had a good life and we have no regrets. Youíre not alone in this, trust me.

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Old 05-28-2019, 06:24 PM
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Originally Posted by keleast View Post
My 12 1/2 year old lab is in declining health Has pretty severe arthritis, take pain meds daily for it. Very difficult to get up most of the time. We've seen an increase in pooping in the house, sometimes right where he lays. He eats fine, still loves to be petted but he seems lethargic more and more. The vet says all blood work is normal, just getting old. So, the question is how to you know when to put him to sleep?
Keleast, I am sorry both you and your pup are going thru this. If you feel you have done as much as you can to make him comfortable and he's still not able to manage his bodily functions on a regular basis, then it may be time.

Can you post a picture so that we can all give him a virtual scratch behind the ears?

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Old 05-28-2019, 07:54 PM
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It is never an easy decision to make and I feel your pain, having gone through it several times myself. The best advice that I can offer is: Don't let their last day be their worst day.
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Old 05-28-2019, 08:13 PM
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Had to deal with this Feb 2018 with my 14 year old yellow lab. Donít try to figure it out, the dog will tell you by making it obvious to you, to help you make the decision. Dogs know when itís time. Accept it and love the dog til last breath. I wish you well. And your dog.
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Old 05-28-2019, 08:16 PM
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Thanks for all the replies....here he is with our granddaughter..



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Old 05-28-2019, 08:27 PM
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Great pics, my daughter would read to our lab. And of course they are good sports with the rabbit ears!
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Old 05-28-2019, 08:32 PM
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even scrolling through this thread as fast as possible I still can't deal with it. Lots of pollen in here.
Isn't that the truth? I'm 57 and we just got our first inside dogs about 3 years ago. I never knew how much I could love those things. Reading threads like this causes me to tear up knowing that we'll have to say goodbye to these precious dogs some time down the road.

To the OP and the others - best of luck to you and your four-legged companions.
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Old 05-28-2019, 09:15 PM
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One of the strongest things a friend shared with me about having to make this decision...

This is one of those times when itís better to be a week too early than a day too late.
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Old 05-29-2019, 02:01 AM
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getting close with our yellow lab too. hes over 13 and the arthritis is starting to get to him. just had him to vet again on sat to get vaccination for boarding as we have a trip to take. he will be staying at the vet while away. all blood work came back good but if he over does it he struggles the next day. i asked the vet how will we know and he said when he can control the bowels in the house its time
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Old 05-29-2019, 05:07 AM
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My Chesapeake was about to turn 14 and I had to put him down last week. My vet helped me make my decision and was pretty helpful during the process.

Its honestly a pretty bad feeling, but he lived a good life and his current quality of life was shit. Itís just weird making that decision for something that does not get an opinion on the matter.

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Tough call. We lost our family, yellow lab, about 5 yrs ago. She was 13. Beloved, great dog. I had noticed the same thing when she was getting close. One evening, I came home from work, and she was laboring breathing. I told my wife and kids I think she was dying. Told my wife, if she is still alive in the morning, I was going to put her out of her misery. Loved her too much to see her suffer. Next morning, she was lying in her favorite spot, in nice, thick grass by our pool, dead. Still kick myself for not taking care of it that night myself. Loved her too much to see her suffer. Regret it to this day.

Hard decision. Try to remember, sometimes the humane thing is to lot let them suffer when the time comes. Best of luck.
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Old 05-29-2019, 08:47 AM
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That's a mighty fine looking lab keleast. Our boy is a chocolate and turns 11 in August. I'm not looking forward to that decision myself and wish you the best with it.
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Since we are posting pictures of our beloved dogs......this was Hershey's last day of life. I took the pic just before I carried her to the truck to go to the vet. Wow.....still emotional about it!

Hershey's last day of life.


What made it even more emotional is that the cat in the pic really didn't want to have anything to do with the dog, they never showed any aggression towards each other, they just basically ignored one another. This last day of Hershey's life it was like the cat knew what was going on and wanted to say goodbye, how else do you explain this unexpected interaction between them?
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Thank you Kelast and Russ...cuties both. Sending caring thoughts to you both and your pets.
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Thanks for the CBD tip folks. Amazon had a pack of hemp treats with glucosamine and turmeric at the door today. Now my dog is chilled and has the munchies. But seriously, I hope it helps the old guy. He's also a 12 yo lab, with fading eyesight, laryngial paralysis and slowing down quite rapidly. Maybe it'll put some pep in his step?
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Old 05-29-2019, 06:18 PM
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Originally Posted by HookMeUpII View Post
Been through it a couple times. When it's time, you'll know. I can't tell you how you'll know, but I've known every time. My last dog, 12 year old GSP mix, ended up with a tumor on his spleen. We knew the end to the story before we got to the last page. One day I came home and I just knew. I picked him up in my arms because he couldn't get around. He normally squirmed and flailed in his healthy years. He just let me pick him up and gave me a look "It's time to go dad." Gets me a little choked up typing it to be honest.

Like I said, you'll know. Give him lots of pets and hugs.
This ^^^^^^^^. Had to put our 14 yr old black lab down on 4/22/15. Yes, the date hasn't left my mind yet. He will let you know and you will understand. My thoughts are with you during this time.
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Old 05-29-2019, 06:30 PM
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It's time based on what you say.
My Buckwheat black lab will turn 16 in October. He won't make it until Oct. He will be my fourth duck hunting lab of which I have had the honor to hunt with and be a special loving friend of. It is very hard to let them die in your arms. The two questions are: Do you love your dog? and Do you want your dog to not suffer?
IF you love you dog and companion then the only out you have is to put them down before they suffer.
It's not easy and the only thing you can say to yourself is that I loved my Dog enough to let him not suffer.
Good luck with you hard decision, mine is weeks away.
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Old 05-30-2019, 07:11 AM
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My girl made it to 14, I probably let her go on too long. When she couldn't get up to go anymore I took her in.That was a shit day and it broke my heart as she had been part of the family since my daughter was 1. I swore I would never get another dog. Too hard to let them go when they need to.


If you follow me on IG, you know that my girlfriend took me (unwillingly) to see a black lab puppy that one of her nurses couldn't keep. I now have a 6 month old terror that loves the water as well as anything on the counters, plants and just about anything she can get her mouth on. I love it.
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Man these threads are tough but I feel your pain My lab is 12 Friday and seems to be doing fine, not nearly as active but no issues really Good Friend of mine has his brother and same, his vet said his lab has heartworms but not much you can do at that age


We have a 18yr old Boston Terrier , was my Dad's dog and Dad passed way in 2010. She is blind in one eye and other is going and deaf. However Wife took her to vet last week to get shots to board her while we went on short trip. Vet laughed and said despite her age and being basically blind/deaf she is pretty healthy .


We did put down our shi tzu couple years back, he was 19 and his hips started giving out on him. I probably put it off 6mon-1 yr more than I should but once vet looked at him she said IT IS TIME which made it easier on us. Know I am going to face that with our 2 we have now. Boston Terrier sleeps 95% of the time to be honest . Lab just lays on back porch enjoying ceiling fan and box fan I have out there for him
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Originally Posted by keleast View Post
My 12 1/2 year old lab is in declining health Has pretty severe arthritis, take pain meds daily for it. Very difficult to get up most of the time. We've seen an increase in pooping in the house, sometimes right where he lays. He eats fine, still loves to be petted but he seems lethargic more and more. The vet says all blood work is normal, just getting old. So, the question is how to you know when to put him to sleep?
Thank you for posting. My black lab "Bea" is 13 1/2, and is almost the exact same circumstances; blood work normal, pain meds, daily, etc. She has had Cushing's disease for approximately two years, but I've noticed her panting more lately. There have also been some incontinence issues as of late, but she hasn't been lying in it. She still barks and runs to door if a leaf moves, but it's slower.

I know we're closer to the end than the beginning... Hard to read this thread with clear eyes...
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