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  1. Thanks everyone. It was very peaceful. He had 3/4 family sized block of chocolate before his sedation and was snoring loudly on in arms when the vet administered the final injection. The vet cried too. She didnt rush me, asked me if I was ready etc. It was the right time and he had no anxiety and was just happy snuggled in my arms eating chocolate.
  2. He's crossing the bridge today. The kids who live in SA both saw him yesterday to say goodbye. He had a maccas cheeseburger for dinner and I have some forbidden chocolate for him to try before he leaves. Our vet is mobile so it will thankfully happen here at home and she will take him with her when she leaves, for cremation. We'll bury his ashes under a large gum tree on our new property and put a plaque there. He didnt get to experience our 12 acres here but he's going to be chasing birds again with new painfree legs on the other side where he will wait for us.. 14 years and 4 months is a good innings
  3. Thank you. We're in process of selling our family home, and Im not sure I could cope with losing him in the middle of all of it. I just keep asking him to give me long enough to get him to our acreage because I want him to be there with me, which is selfish I know. Why oh why can't our dogs go in their sleep like old humans do. why must we have to make the decision for them to go :-(
  4. Thanks Persephone. Can I ask why you would have made the decision before now? Might help me work through my thought processes.
  5. Sorry this is so long. I dont know what to do. My darling GSP boy is now 14. Hearing not great. very wobbly on back legs (we have ugly mats all over the house so he doesnt slip on the floorboards). He has what we believe and vet believes is probably doggie dementia and he's now regularly getting sundowners and pacing during the early evening (some help using melatonin, and if really bad half a gabapentin). Hes on fluoxetine for anxiety and has been on it successfully for 3 years. He eats really well, and once asleep at night, usually sleeps well all night (sometimes up for a toilet break). Im not sure if he's he pain, his back leg and hips are very wasted and wobbly, he has 3 monthly cartophen injections, Antinol capsules and half a panadol daily. The issue is Cauda Equina. He never wees in the house, but he is now defecating daily (before it was maybe once a week) its not that he forgets to go outside, its that he can't hold it in long enough. Sometimes it comes out while he's just laying in bed, but mostly he gets up to go outside but just doesnt make it in time. For the most part, its not hard to manage, we pick up the nuggets, disinfect the floor and carry on. But there are occasions where he poos and slips in it or sits in it and it creates an unholy mess. I manage it myself as I know my husband would find it hard to cope with having to do it all the time. last night I went out and he had to deal with it and wasnt happy. To make it clear, my husband is NOT asking me to have him PTS but Im starting to mull over when it will be time. We move in 7 weeks time to acreage in the country and I would dearly love to have him with us there for him to experience all that free open land, but also so when the time comes he can be buried there. To me he seems happy enough, he eats his dinner with gusto, and sleeps beside me all day (I work from home). We dont go on walks anymore, but he can trot around the garden when he see's a bird. Its just the mess in the house (and on him occasionally. I obviously dont want to give him wings because its more "convienent" for our household, but am I holding on to him too long?
  6. My 13 year old GPS recently had what appeared to be a sudden but short lived episode of this. It resolved within 48hrs which the vet said was really unusal (but great obviously). Just wondering, I forgot to ask the vet.....is he now more prone to having this happen again?
  7. Thanks everyone. why do our dogs have to get old. I've ordered a load from Ikea (Hubby will pick up tomorrow). The jute hall runners for the front hallways will look nice anyway, and will tie in with the jute rug in the next room, but I got grey non slip runners for our kitchen and lounge, middle room and miss24s room. We have lovely jarrah floor boards...which I hate because they show every speck of dirt, smudge or mark, so while they won't look aesthetically pleasing, they will disguise all the smudges lol. At the end of the day, I dont give a rip what it looks like, as long as Hugo is safe and comfortable.
  8. Hugo has been wearing alternate booties for a while now (on one back leg at a time, then take it off and put on the other back leg) to give him traction on our timber floor boards. I've used them on and off for a few years without problems but now he's developed an open sore when I took it off last night. I'm about to order a load of carpet runners to put around our very large house, but just wondering if anyone has any other ideas. Socks dont stay on his feet, and I've seen different sticky pad things, and wax you put on their paws which is supposed to help, but Im thinking they would probably all be useless? Its going to cost a lot to get the rugs, but I figure it will be cheaper then him really hurting himself and needing multiple vet treatments, and its about his safety first anyway not money. Any ideas??
  9. Hugo has started on some anti anxiety medication and its reduced his appetite. I've been mixing a bit of fish or raw meat in with his usual dry food which has worked well, but for economy sakes I thought I'd buy ready made barf patties to mix in. He won't touch them. I tried a beef one and a chicken one. Could it be an ingredient like yeast or garlic that he's not used to that smells bad to him? I suspect I'll just need to make them myself and not add garlic and yeast because the other ingredients are just meat, veg and fruit, egg, which hes had before
  10. He had his nails done Friday and although being super groggy all day he's bounced back great. I got them to take blood as well for his screening tests before we see the specialist vet for his anxiety. Ironically, he was totally fine with them taking blood without any sedation etc, but panics if you try to cut his nails *sigh*
  11. I've booked him in. I asked about the cauterisation. They said they do it if they need it, and that they are given pain relief along with the sedation. I asked if they come home with pain relief and nurse said they dont need it. I feeling very anxious about it but I dont think I have much option.
  12. thank you. Im going to ring the vet to book him in. he's had a some run arounds on pavers with the weather being nicer and the nails are "fraying" and splitting so I just need to get it done now I think. Edit to add, the nurse mentioned cauterisation, which I am assuming means cutting them really short and cauterising the quick? Wouldnt this be painful afterwards? Should I ask for this NOT to be done or is it unavoidable if his nails are too long? I so dont want to put him under any more stress. I dont know what to do for him. I feel awful about him having an anaesthetic
  13. Our GSP is nearing 12. Due to arthritis he's not running around as much so he's nails are getting long. We used to be able to trim them ourselves when needed, but lately he just won't allow us to do it. we tried different clippers etc, and even took him to the vet for the nurse to try, but after one clip he understands whats happening and just gets upset. We got sedation from the vet (a dose of gabepentin at night and then again the next morning) but it did absolutely nothing and as soon as he saw the clippers he was off. I really hate the idea of having to give him aneasthetic at the vets for nail trimming but Im at a loss as to what else we can do? He's had a big year with illnesses and new baby and new puppy in the family (not in our house but in our family) and being somewhat of an anxious dog he had a lot to cope with so I really dont want to stress him more, but he' going to have to have them done soon. I even tried a human nail file and he wouldnt let me do that either. Any suggestions?
  14. Hi, Yep he came through the KC great. Took a good 2-3 weeks though. He's had a rough patch lately, he recently had a nasty abcess from his vaccination site. Poor old man.
  15. Hugo has a treat dispenser shaped like a kong, that wobbles, but he empties it really quickly. Can anyone please recommend some treat puzzles or dispensers that keep their dogs occupied for a good amount of time (filled kongs only work in certain situations so I need some other things) Thank you!
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