[email protected] 003a.jpg[email protected]n.jpg[email protected]n.jpg[email protected]n.jpgPepper is going to be 15 in August. She has arthritis but has been doing fine. I usually walk her 2x a day for a half mile plus. Yesterday, we went almost a mile. Tonight we did the regular loop. She has been losing some weight but I think it is just loneliness. I'm gone a large part of the day and she was always the 2nd dog but my other lab died about a year and a half ago. The only real problem I've been having is getting her to eat "consistently". Every couple of days she'll skip a meal. I don't think it's an illness though because if I give her people food or biscuits, it's gone. I finally gave in so I'm bribing by putting a very, very few scraps in with her dry food (Eukenuba and Blue mix).
Anyway, earlier tonight we walked, she ate and I was eating. All of a sudden I hear her crying and she is having a hard time getting up. The next 15 minutes consisted of me trying to help her and her thrashing around crying the entire time. I was close to taking a trip to the ER. Eventually, I calmed her but she can not put her foot down which basically means she can not walk. I'm in the living room with her tonight. Hopefully, it will be better in the morning but I plan to take her to the vet. I'm concerned!
Last edited by kcnpeppa; 04-28-2010 at 10:15 PM. Reason: Additional pics
Poor girl ! 15 is a grand old age !
Get well soon Pepper
I hope you get some answers at the vet - at the very least that you can make her comfortable. FWIW - I think that you should feed a 15 year old dog whatever the heck she wants.
Last edited by BigBrownDog; 04-27-2010 at 02:09 PM.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
No change since last night. She knows she's hurt and basically just "resting". I helped her up at 4am .... and she hopped on 3 legs and then flopped down. At her age, both back legs were weak to begin with so the other leg is having a hard time. I agree and basically let her do whatever she wants at this point. She's a great family member! Fingers crossed ...... appointment @ 10
The vet was called and I made an appointment for 10. Xrays revealed a fracture (broken femur). The bones were visibly separated. There was also what looked like a lesion on the bone. The vet was not sure and sent them to a radiologist. They were also sent to an orthopedic specialist in Miami. I was thinking that the bones could be surgically repaired with a pin. Ortho said no. It’s been a crazy day but basically he thought the bones were too brittle and could break again. Radiologist could not 100% confirm osteosarcoma but basically implied it was some type of cancer that was the cause of the fracture. So, the vet is telling me that of the 3 options starting out, surgical repair has been ruled out and I’m left with choosing amputation (and there are risks) or euthanasia. It’s been an emotional day. I went back to the vet about 5pm thinking I would be forced to decide. She was sitting up in the crate. I was told she ate food and drank water and wagged her tail … a good patient. So, I took her home with pain medicine postponing any decision. If you look at the pictures attached, you can see why I would find it almost impossible to choose the latter. Unfortunately, she can’t move around. When I take her out, I’ll need to use a sling to hold her up. This has been a hard day …………….
I'm sorry you have to deal with this.
♣ Laura ♣
So sorry to hear that!! I know how hard it has to be. Just remember she has lived a long happy life no matter the outcome! As long as she is not in any pain. She will let you know when the time comes. I know my moms dog did when he was put to rest after a strong fight with cancer! She said in a weird way he said his goodbyes to her and my step dad. Trust me I know how hard it is I am already tearing up thinking about it and that was almost 4 yrs ago. He was 16 and was a Siberian Husky/Timber wolf cross and an AMAZING dog! Hope you and your dog the best and u are in my thoughts
To Pepper's Family, this is a difficult time for you. I imagine your pain is endless. Please take comfort in knowing there are people on this board that you can share that pain with and help you through this difficult time. Your girl sounds very special. Pat
I'm so sorry both of you are having to deal with this. Pepper is a beautiful girl. (((hugs))) 15 years; God bless her!
I am so sorry. I lost a dog to Oesteosarcoma and still part of the yahoo group. bonecancerdogs : Bone Cancer Dogs They are very good for support and advice.
I can see why your decision is so hard. She is a beautiful treasure. There is no right or wrong decision. We make decisions with love and the best information we have.
Good thoughts coming.