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Thank you for such great advice. I will keep you and everyone posted.


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My first golden Teddy Bear lived to be 15. The last year of her life was tough- she could not do steps, get up easily or walk much. It was heartbreaking. She passed on her own one day while I was at the hospital with hubby who was having outpatient surgery, That was on 12/17/03. I miss her every day.
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My Golden is 14 -rear legs are weak

I just spoke with the Dr. and he suggested we bring her in Saturday. He said that typically Goldens do not yell out if they are in pain. He said I need to look at her quality of life and how many good days vs bad. He wants to run some blood work to see how her kidney and or liver is functioning. I know my Laney is not herself. She has lost weight since last Nov. she refused the steak last night. Only a couple of cookies today. I feel so sad. I dont want to let her go but I do not want her to live in painClick image for larger version

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I am so sorry It is unbelievably hard to see our amazing buddies like this.

We ended up lifting our girl using a sheet into a cane basket which we dragged up to the front garden that she loved like your photo. :') Fortunately we knew that she had cancer due to a visible tumour in her side that looked just like a fatty tumour so there was little doubt for us. She also started to be unable to eat.

Just a few weeks ago when she had lost a bit of her beaming shimmer and could not take herself outside we knew that I could not let her go on like this. This decision was the most cutting and painful part so I feel for you. She never gave up but I could see that it was too much for her to bear for me. :'( We let her go in the front garden. Do you have a vet that can come to the house?

How do her hips feel? With Tia you could physically feel the weakness.
It sounds as though Laney is still glowing despite her challenges. The best advice I got was if she is still happy let her be happy but don't leave it until it is too late. I also learned that if there is doubt then it is not quite the right time just yet.

Good luck with keeping her comfortable. She sounds like a wonderful girl.

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My Golden is 14 -rear legs are weak

She ate boiled ham tonight and We went for a short walk. I am grateful for today, even though, I hated to make the call to the vet. I will bring her in on Saturday to see what he thinks. Thank you so much Doug for writing me, i feel I am not alone. Laney is my 2nd Golden. I had another female, Sandy for 14 yrs. Also, thanks to everyones feedback, you have no idea how much this is helping me.


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I just spoke with the Dr. and he suggested we bring her in Saturday. He said that typically Goldens do not yell out if they are in pain. He said I need to look at her quality of life and how many good days vs bad. He wants to run some blood work to see how her kidney and or liver is functioning. I know my Laney is not herself. She has lost weight since last Nov. she refused the steak last night. Only a couple of cookies today. I feel so sad. I dont want to let her go but I do not want her to live in painAttachment 138154t after. This photo was in August after Hurricane Isaac hit. Looking at this photo, I can see how much weight she lost


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I will be praying for you and Laney Saturday, that the blood tests are good.
That is so awful that you sustained damage from Hurricane Issac, too.
With my Smooch, they did blood tests and chest and abdomin xrays.

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I am just catching up with your thread. I'm so sorry Laney has been having a tough time. My dog has had a really hard time with food the past few months, too, due to illness and various medications she has been on.

I have finally been able to keep her eating consistently by feeding her wet dog food. I mush it up so that she can basically lick it off the plate or bowl. I feed it at room temp (I nuke the portion that I have refrigerated), and that has worked. Cookies remain good, too, so, she gets far more cookies now than she ever did. I like the Fromm Gold line - they have three different "pates" which are very smooth - no chunks. Wellness Lamb and Sweet Potato wet food is also good because it is higher calories. I feed Tesia both (one one day, one the next) because she prefers the Fromm, but I want her to get more calories from the Wellness.

Is Laney getting any pain medication? Or any joint supplements? They can make a big difference, too. It can take 3-6 weeks for them to start having an effect, but the difference can be quite significant.

Good luck - we will be thinking of you tomorrow.

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Laney did not make it. This morning I found her wedged on the side of my Mom's bed and wall. She also had a bowel movement which rarely ever happened in the house. I was able to gently slude her out and she just laid down and was lethargic. My husband had already left and I called him to return. When I returned, Laneys whole body was jerking. I have never seen this before, i tried to keep calm and I talked to her. Then I got my neighbor who recently had a similar situation with their dog, I thought she had passed away, but she wagged her tail. I knew she was telling me that it will be okay. We brought her to the vet, and as soon as he saw how much weight she lost, he immediately advised there was nothing more. He said 25 lbs is a sugnificant weight loss. She is gone now and I don't know life without her. My mom is 90 and has been living with us since Katrina. She loved Laney too and took care of her every day while I was at work. Its a sad day.



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