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Thread: Labrador with tumors

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    Labrador with tumors

    Well as the title says my old lab has a few tumours on her I got her operated on in early march to have the worst ones removed with the intention of getting the rest removed this month (she's not insured)

    I knew she wouldn't see the end of this year but in the last week she has really deteriorated the vet gave her antibiotics and the lumps have spread from between her front legs all the way to her back legs, there are 4 spots on her which have blistered and opened into sores, I cleaned them and looked earlier and she has another sore which has opened and is an inch long.

    She was up all night with a temperature and having to pee every 30 mins, she is my dad's old lab and she has been a great dog finding my first roe all the way to my first sika, first pheasant etc..

    She is 12 years old and is now in a lot of pain so in an hour I've to take her to the vets to get put down, I feel bad about it but I know it's for the best as she is suffering and won't even eat her dinner.

    I just feel really bad about it, I find it almost impossible to cry so everyone is thinking that I'm heartless. I've had dogs put down before but I'm just not sure what to say as they are all upset.

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    I'm not really sure if there is a question in there? You are clearly upset.

    It does sound like putting the dog to sleep may be the kindest option if the condition is so advanced. It's important to do the right thing for the dog. I'd say you can console yourself you are making the right decision.

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    Hi Stacey
    really sorry to hear about your dog it's always tough but as you said it's for the best if she's suffering
    I never shed a tear for a week when I put my old terrier down despite being upset then one day I was out for a walk near some rabbit warrens and gave a whistle ( he always used to loiter behind marking holes ) that's when it really hit me and I burst into tears ,
    atb jim
    There are no perfect men in this world ..... Only perfect intentions

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    Thanks for your words of support, everyone thinks I'm heartless as I can't seem to cry but I get quite grumpy instead (I feel really uncomfortable if someone is crying)
    i know it's for the best and yesterday I thought it was the time so I bought a few stalking things for my dad to cheer him up a bit. She is starting to go into kidney failure so it's time for her.
    the worst part was that I had to go and dig the grave for her earlier I'm burying her were she found her first deer and 100 yards from her last deer, so hopefully that will be ok.

    stacey

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    do the right thing for your friend
    grief has its own natural stages and will run its course...

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    It's not just the right thing to do Stacey, it's now the only thing left to do......... For the dog. You and your dad have done everything else for the dog throughout her life, as it as she has done when asked for you. Heartbreaking as it is for some its the last act of kindness. As for showing emotion, we are all different. When I've out the dogs down myself I'm a blubbering wreck, then I have to dig the grave. All mine are buried within a few feet if each other next to a duck pond. We all deal with it in different ways and realistically where they are buried matters not to them, but it helps us.

    You taking her to Greenside Practice? The partners have changed a wee but there since I first went but they are all decent folk who have a real compassion for what owners go through.

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    That was a disaster, we went down to the vets in the pickup and the vets came out so she wouldn't get stressed, three times it took the vet to get the needle into a vein, by that point Ash was a nervous wreck lying shaking etc..
    I had to hold her to keep her still so the vet could finally find a vein so she passed away cuddling into me.

    stacey

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey View Post
    That was a disaster, we went down to the vets in the pickup and the vets came out so she wouldn't get stressed, three times it took the vet to get the needle into a vein, by that point Ash was a nervous wreck lying shaking etc..
    I had to hold her to keep her still so the vet could finally find a vein so she passed away cuddling into me.

    stacey
    Sorry to hear that Stacey, but if its any consultation I've had dogs that were like Bambi on ice trying to get out the surgery and they were just there for a relatively minor issue to be checked, and others that lay there lapping up the extra attention. Don't be hard on yourself for it, the dog was sick and that in itself could effect her temperament. It's done, and she's no longer suffering. That's what's important.

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    I have a 13 year old lab and I no that I will be in your shoes soon, the only thing i would say is go and get a new pup this will take your mind off your loss
    Terrier1

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    Well I'm hoping that my young lab is in pup or I would be out buying another, I'll find out in 2/3 weeks if she is in pup or not, fingers crossed she is.
    It feels strange though all the other dogs are looking for her.

    stacey

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