Momma to angel Cody
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Boulder, Colorado
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Cody's Dad, I am so very sorry to hear about Cody's diagnosis. My angel dog Cody died from seizures either related to his degenerative myelopathy or a brain tumor; we didn't have a necropsy, so the answer isn't definitive. All I can tell you regarding making a decision for surgery or not is that whatever decision you do make, it will be in your guy's best interest. When you make those heavy decisions with love in your heart, it can only be the right one. My Cody had loads of medical issues, but seizures wasn't one of them. He was over 14 years old and had seizures in the night, continuing into the next day. I took him to my vet, who gently explained that we could start seizure meds, but that he was quite sure the cause was not epilepsy. I ran through the checklist in my head of what my dog loved doing, even in his dotage, and decided to give him an old-fashioned Irish wake all that day. Most of his favorite people came to say goodbye, he ate tons of treats that he adored, and he was lovingly given his angel wings on our back porch by our wonderful vet. Your grief will overwhlem you....there's simply no way out of it. Your suffering will be a testament to a great love that went both ways, and it will eventually ease. The folks on this forum will listen to your sorrow and say comforting things, coming from experience. You might call your local vet school if you have one; they often have grief services, either in person or on the phone. Your local humane society might also provide those services, as well, or at least put you in touch with a pet grief counselor. Again, I am saddened that you and your beloved dog are in this position. Here's my Cody on his 14th birthday, holding paws with his brother Toby. Cody's on the right.
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