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No, we haven't had to put Chipper down yet...but I am a wreck just knowing that it's not that far away. He is so thin, eats little from me, we haven't found a combination he likes anymore. I almost wish we wouldn't have taken him to the vet for this probelm in the first place. I would really like to visit with some one who has been here and had to put down a beloved friend. Please PM me...if you don't want to share on this forum, or this is against the rules. I would like to know what happens, and how you know it's the time. I can barely think of anything else.

Thank you so much.

Cathy, cobismom
 

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I'm so sorry that you're facing this heartbreaking decision. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/cool.gif We've had to put down beloved pets over the years, and it's a tough thing to do. In our case, it was usually something that happened suddenly and we didn't have to go through the added agony of watching our friends go downhill. That's not to say it was easy, but we were spared the additional pain.

I don't have a recent experience to share, but will say that as a rule the pet will let you know when it's time. My Shadow was the last one we had to let go. He was given a shot to relax him, and we held him and talked to him then the vet gave the shot that put him to sleep. It was quick and peaceful. Some vets will come to your home if you prefer.

You'll be in my thoughts.
 

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Cathy, I am so sorry that you are going through this. I haven't had to go through it yet, so I don't have any helpful words, but I did want to reassure you that probably everyone here has thought about it, knowing that it is in our future, too, so you are certainly not alone.

You are in my thoughts.

If you don't get the responses you are hoping for, I can put you in touch with a very sweet lady who has had many Labs and has been through your heartbreak many times over. She is one of the most kind-hearted people I have ever met. I am certain she would help you any way she can. Just PM me if would like to talk with her.
 

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I am so sorry. This is one of the hardest things to do. People always say you will know when it is time and you will. There is just a change in them and you will know it is enough. My vet is very good about telling me what he thinks. It is never an easy decision. I will keep you in my thoughts.
 

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I'm sorry, I know from experience the pain - the actual physical pain of your heartbreaking when you have to put a beloved friend to sleep.

It is much harder on you and then it will for Chipper, in my experience it's almost like they "know" the pain will soon be over and an overwhelming calmness comes over them. Remember how lucky you both were to be in eachothers lives.

You'll be in my prayers, I'm so sorry you're going through this.
 

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Cathy, I'm very sorry to hear that you are going through this. I know how it feels. I went through a similar situation three years ago when I lost my Amber. She went into kidney failure and despite all the treatments and medications, she just kept going down hill. After three weeks Mike and I couldn't see her suffer anymore. I could tell by the look on her face it was time. That was on a Wednesday night. I had a three day weekend from work and had decided when I left work that Thursday it would be time. I just knew. She had a seizure that Thursday morning and she died at home in my arms so I didn't have to take her in. God, I loved that dog.

Like luv-my-miley said, it's physically painful...like your heart is literally breaking. But they don't feel anything. It's peaceful and painless for our fur babies. As hard as it was to say goodbye to my sweet girl, it was even harder to watch her suffer. I know that hearing "you'll know when it's time" is frustrating sometimes. But you will. You know Chipper better than anyone else. He'll let you know when it's time to say goodbye. You'll be in my thoughts.
 

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I am so very sorry that you are going through this. I just put my 10 year old dachshund down in January. It is physically and emotionally painful, but like it has been said above, it is much more painful for us than for them. In fact, it isn't painful for them at all. It's peaceful. If you have any specific questions feel free to ask me her or PM me.
 

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I am so sorry you are having to deal with this, I have never had to do it and am dreading the day when I do because I know I would be a wreck as well. Just try to do what is best for your pup, he will let you know when it is time.
 

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I understand. I've sent you a PM. Jen-n-Jersey has experienced it with her Amber like I did with Olivia.

You are probably very tired right now and in a haze. And it's true...Chipper will tell you when he's ready.

~Denise
 

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Well, the verdict is in. Chipper has cancer in his stomach and there is nothing that can be done. We have been given some cortisone which according to the vet will allow us to gather our wits, say our goodbyes, contact our oldest son, and give Chip some relief from his symptoms. I got all the information from the vet and tech about what happens and what to do or what can be done at the end. It was comforting to know that they care as much as they do, but I am not dealing with this well, nor telling my son about Chipper. This is the part that no one tells you about when you give your heart away. Please pray for us, we all know it's not going to be an easy thing....for any of us here or at my house. Chip has been a good dog, he has always been there for us, we will be there for him.

Irony, a friend wrote and said her female beagle just had 10 puppies...irony and pain.

Thanks for your faith and courage.

Cathy J

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I am so sorry Cathy.

Chipper will always be in your heart and never leave your side. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
 

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Cathy, I sit here with tears in my eyes, my heart is breaking for you. I have been where you are - several times in the past 10 years, and it is never easy. My thoughts are with you in this difficult time. The only way I've been able to get through it is to really BELIEVE in "The Rainbow Bridge" - and believe that someday I will be with all my beloved furkids who have gone before.

Big hugs to you my dear!
 

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Oh, I am so sorry for what you are going through. I have never been through it myself (the big yet comes next...) but I was with my friend in November when she had to put her dog Cooper down - it was so peaceful for him, he just lay down and went to sleep with her holding him. We're all thinking about you and Chipper.
 

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Im very sorry to hear that you have reached this point in your
dogs life! But it has to come eventually. I recently celebrated
a new record with my Goober...but when his time comes it will
devistate me as well! (But as Pop would say, "dogs are only on
loan to us from God & eventually he wants them back"!) Make the
most of your time with them & take a lot of pictures! It helps
to get a puppy when your dog enters their seniour years like Pop
& I did for Goober & Rufus. Rufus was a great compfort for Pop
when his elder Duke died! And Homer will have his work "cut out
for him" trying to cheer me up when we lose Goober as he is just
as attached to Goobs as Rufus was to Duke! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/cool.gif
 
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