I am new to this forum. Over the weekend I had to put my almost 7 yr old golden Elle to sleep. Last Monday she began having a hard time eating,meaning she was hungry but as she ate it was like the food was rancid-I now know this to be nausea. She was also drinking a lot of water. We went to the vet Tuesday, her blood tests were all almost normal, with the liver enzyme slightly elevated and white blood cell count slightly elevated but both within normal. Vet was guessing she ate something that did not agree with her-even though she is not a garbage dog, so gave her shot of antibiotic and shot of anti nausea with pills for me to take home. Thursday she was not better, not eating-still drinking alot-but still interested in playing. I took her back to vet, they did stomach x-ray which showed nothing and referred me to vet hospital. This is why I wanted to write this: The vet hospital could not do the ultrasound until Friday morning-they wanted to keep her over night and hook her up to iv, take another x-ray--I said okay=I wish I would have said NO-I will bring her back in the am for ultra sound-something happened in Elle's head being away from home that night-she gave up-too stressful-so the ultrasound showed cancer throughtout with nothing to do but keep her comfortable-she was not the same dog when I picked her up Friday. Saturday I sent her to the bridge. Keep your dog with you unless there is absolutely a reason not to--I cannot tell you how much I regret letting her stay there. I lost my first golden birdie at 5. I am devasted. I hope this is helpful to someone
I am so very sorry Lorie. I so hate this awful disease. Please come back to this board and share your memories of her with us, it will help. Too many of us have experienced this and know exactly how you are feeling.
So sorry for your loss, we lost Ginny after leaving her at the emergency vet, and I too wish I had never done it, but we can only play the cards that we are dealt, and at the time it was the right thing to do. Sadly, this awful disease seems to get a hold on our loved ones so quickly that we do not realise that they are so ill.
I'm sure in time you will remember Elle with a smile, stick around you will find so much help and support at this tough time as sadly so many of us have been through this.
Lorie I am so sorry for your loss of Elle. At seven years old she was just beginning her life.
And I understand how you feel about wishing you had not left her there but that is hindsight. You did not know what the problem was and it was by far best for her to be at the clinic in case something happened, they would have been right there to help her. Please try not to blame yourself, you only did what was in Elle's best interest and she knows that.
Here is a link to a website that has helped me at times like this to deal with the emotions. I hope you and yours can find some comfort in it. http://www.sonic.net/dana/shelter/memories/star.html
Rest well and play hard again while you wait for your family to meet you there Sweet Elle.
I am so sorry for your very sudden loss of Elle. My heart breaks for you, as I know how much you loved her. You did what you felt was best for her, and I am so sorry it turned out the way it did...but it is not your fault. Elle knew how much you loved her...and that is what is important. Rest in peace beautiful, sweet Elle. This horrible disease has taken far to many of our beautiful babies. I am just so sorry for your pain.
Thank you everyone for your thoughts-I will look for her star tonight. It is making it worse that I have regrets about the last days of her life. It really is such a deep physical pain-my only solace is that I had forgotten how horrible it felt with Birdie-so in time I suppose the same will be true of Elle. I have a german shepard named Chip that just keeps looking for her too. She has left a giant hole in our family.
She is a beautiful girl and I am so sorry you lost her to that terrible disease. Never second guess yourself, you did what you thought was best for her and hope that they could help. She is smiling down on you and telling all the other animals at the bridge what a great family she had and all the happy memories. We have all been in your shoes with losing a beloved friend. I lost my Beau in August at 13 years. It was the hardest thing but I knew in my heart of hearts it was for the best for him even if it broke my heart and one day we would get to see each other again.
I am so sorry that you lost your sweet Elle so suddenly. I am also going through this now, and am second guessing everything, but I am sure she knew you were trying your best to help her. They know. I think they also decide not to put us through a long and painful process so they sometimes leave us quickly, and we just have to know that their suffering wasn't long.....even though it breaks our hearts.
So sorry. She was a beautiful girl who looked like she loved life, especially while having a toy in her mouth...even while little brother is sitting on her too. As hard as these days are, as you know, they do get better.