Guest bernadette Posted June 7, 2016 Share Posted June 7, 2016 We have had Vinnie for almost ten years, adopted when he was three and he would be turning 13 this August. For years Vinnie has dealt with LS, tripping here or there, his back leg giving out now and again but always happy. More recently, we have dealt with bouts of diarrhea, lots of rice, boiled meats and fecal tests. My boy is on numerous meds: gabapentin, tramadol, duralectin, meloxicam, glucosamine, melatonin, amantadine (forgive any misspellings), I'm not sure I got them all. His eyes aren't what they used to be, his loss of depth perception meant happily building a ramp so that he could get from one ro to another, many throw rugs and accepting he could no longer do his favorite things, go upstairs to lay down or jump onto the couch for a nice snooze. Vinnie has had trouble laying down for some time. That damn restrict leg he has not been able to fold under him for some time. He circles, pants, circles, tries to lay down. His legs move apart and he tries over and over to lay down. By the time he makes it down, he's a hot panting mess. Today my husband took Vinnie in today to see the vet and check on his leg. They took blood and scheduled an X-ray for tomorrow morning. By the time they left, my handsome boy wasn't able to put weight on that back leg. My husband carried him to the car. By the time they got home, Binnie was able to walk but his rear end is worse than ever- so shaky and weak and I continue to watch him struggle to lay down. He's been a panting machine the last few days and I am afraid his pain iant something that we are able to continue to control while maintaining a good quality of life. Sure, we could drug him more, but he doesn't deserve to be a drugged up zombie. Help? My husband has made up his mind.. tomorrow will be his final trip to the vet. People say "they will let you know" but I don't know what I'm looking for. He struggles, he is weak. He still eats, tonight he got whatever he wanted and then some. He eats, he drinks, he watches me. What else can I do for him at 13? I am so sad. I have always believed that a day early is better than a minute late, but I don't want to do this TOO early. I need him to tell me that he's ready and that its time. He is my heart dog. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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