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Old 01-07-2015, 06:30 AM
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Default Tough decision with our dog :(

Our 11 year old labradoodle has a grapefruit size mass attached to his liver. He started acting "off" 2 weeks ago and stopped eating and started acting very slow. He's pretty active so it was unlike him. This coincided with a a new dog food (iam's salmon) so we though he didn't like it. Picked up a small bag of another brand and he chowed down.
Still waiting for blood work and need to make a decision on how to proceed. Because of the size, its impacting other organs and is likely painfull (I believe that since he's not himself). And also possibly attached to other organs like his spleen. Surgery is risky. Painful for the dog and recovery isn't easy. Not to mention expensive.
What sucks is he was at the vet 4 months ago for his annual and they said if they didn't know his true age, they'd put him at 6-7 years old.

I hate this.
Old 01-07-2015, 06:43 AM
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Do the right thing either have it removed or let him out of his pain if you think he is in pain. This choice is up to you based on a few things most of which is how quality of his life after surgery. 11 years is old for a Labradoodle.
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Sorry, OP...hate that for everyone. Had a similar situation when my dog turned 12. Surgery was not an option so my decision was made for me (not easy mind you- cried like a baby when she passed).

However, I don't think I would have opted for surgery even if it was an option.
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I wont allow my animals to suffer because of my attachment to them. When this time comes I have them put down quick to avoid suffering.
Its certainly more humane than the way Louie handled his sick animals on the dairy farm in the 1960's.
His stories still give me chills.
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Very, very sorry to hear it.

Our 11 yo yellow lab had the exact thing and we chose to put her down. It was one of the most traumatic times of our lives - we (especially unemotional me) were shocked how hard it all was. In the end though, it was the correct choice for us and we had a beautifiul few moments with her as she went to sleep.

That was 6 years ago and we're now looking for a new pup! I can't wait.

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Very sorry.
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Man that just sucks... If you think the dog is in pain and recovery from surgery is going to be hard, put the dog down. It's not easy, but it's the right thing to do. I had a vet come to my house and do it for my last dog, cost a little bit more but I thought it was better to do it at home then in a unfamiliar place. Feed hime a t-bone steak, let him eat the meat and bones, hoist a cold one and cry like a baby.

Be strong.
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Worst time in any dog owners life.
Don't know how to help you with the decision,
Wish you well with it though.
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Never an easy thing to deal with. Been through it many times myself and every time, every animal, and every situation is different. All I can say is watch him, he will let you know when it is time. That may sound odd, but when it happens you will see it..
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Very sorry to hear that! It is a reminder that my boy turned 16 on Christmas Day and he is quite old and his health can turn at any time. Have already decided when his time comes he will be cremated and his ashes mixed with mine when scattered on the Atlantic.
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I've loved all the dogs we have ever cared for, and for that reason I would never let the animal suffer. You'll know what to do when the time comes
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Easily the worst part about owning a dog. Had to make a similar decision with by GWP and rescue mutt. I came to the realization that it was simply a quality of life decision. They will either be happy and alive or miserable and alive. Miserable and alive is a self-serving decision. Best of luck in making your decision. My current #1 pointer is pushing ten and starting to show her age. The gray in her beard makes me realize that I too, will be faced with this decision soon.
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Sorry to hear it PJ.
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Sorry to hear this. We went through it 2 years ago.

My 11 year shepherd/lab mix had a large growth on her neck. We decided to have it removed. It turned out to be hemangiosarcoma, an aggressive cancer. We decided to take her to University of Florida's Small Animal Hospital and go through chemo every 3 weeks, 6 trips. Our daughter was a student there so it wasn't too bad. They gave her a 50-50 shot.

Fast forward to now, and she is doing well. It's been about 16 months since the last chemo treatment.

Look to your vet for advice on whether it is operable or not. Tough decision, tough times.
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Thanks everyone. He's been more distant from us for the last week. He was ALWAYS our shadow and at our feet all the time. Always lying at the foot of the couch by us. Now he mostly lies in his bed at the other end of the house. So incredibly sad.
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There is no easy answer.

This is my opinion: Make him as comfortable as possible. Cherish every moment you have. Make plans for his exit and try to stick to them, i.e. once the pain becomes too much for him to bear and you have to say goodbye.

Think of this in the most positive light you can. Was your life better for having him in it? Was his life better for having you in it? Of course it was. Every day is awesome for the responsible dog owner, in particular, for the dog. What would his life had been like without you? Probably not that great. He's SO HAPPY to have been there to share his 11 years, let him leave you with some dignity. Say goodbye with a smile and a pat, you both deserve it.
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Thanks for the comforting advice.
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Only pet owners and animal lovers understand the emotional attachment we have with our four-legged family members. I bawled like a baby when I had to put my lab mix and golden down a few years ago...I have a beagle and terrier mix now and it will be even harder when it comes time for them.
A hard decision...but when you know your bud is suffering and doesn't have a decent quality of life, it's not one you will shirk. Enjoy the time you have left and make the best of it.
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Originally Posted by FASTFJR View Post
I've loved all the dogs we have ever cared for, and for that reason I would never let the animal suffer. You'll know what to do when the time comes
This. Hope your pooch is OK.
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Originally Posted by Wolakrab View Post
Only pet owners and animal lovers understand the emotional attachment we have with our four-legged family members. I bawled like a baby when I had to put my lab mix and golden down a few years ago...I have a beagle and terrier mix now and it will be even harder when it comes time for them.
A hard decision...but when you know your bud is suffering and doesn't have a decent quality of life, it's not one you will shirk. Enjoy the time you have left and make the best of it.
This^^^^^^^^^^^

And, start looking for another companion sooner than later. I waited a good while after losing my hound of 15 years. I can't believe I waited so long to get my next best friend.
She is the only living thing that is always happy to see me.

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