Please read my other post before answering this one. Well, last night Ginger had a mild seizure and she is listless and at times seem's to be staring into space. Are these signs that it's time to go? She is not crying or showing pain but she may be in pain and we just cant tell. She is lagging behind during walks usualy she leads the way, she seems more chipper in the mornings but then so am I. We are not experienced in this phase of a dogs life, has anyone been through the before? What are the tell tail signs that we should not wait any longer?
Last edited by TinPan76; 06-26-2011 at 08:03 AM. Reason: add comment
This is amazing hard for one person to tell another, especially when the other does not know the dog.
Are you asking because you think you know the answer, but don't want to let her go? This is the hardest decision to make, but we make it to prevent the dog from suffering.
Do her ears perk when she sees you, or does her tail wag when she sees you, even if she doesn't get up?
Were walks something she got excited about before, do you see any sign of that excitement when you get ready to do it now (Ears and tail for indicators)?
Does she spend most of her time going off by herself, staring into the unknown?
Only you know your dog, maybe your vet can give you a reading on her state.
Hershey Kisses, In charge of getting Ed out to the dog park so that he gets some exercise.
You need to listen to her, be ready to listen and not be selfish.
"Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Also, this article, written by a vet, might help with your decision.
MAKING THE DIFFICULT DECISION
♣ Laura ♣
I don't believe that our dogs see things the same way as we humans do. I feel it's in their best interest to do what is right for them at the time. I'd much rather err on the early side of putting them to sleep if I felt the quality of life had disintegrated too far to be reversed. You need to follow your heart, and be at peace with that though. I've never regretted helping my dogs to the bridge when they needed it.
WindyCanyon Girls, August 2014
I do think they let us know. Ginger knows she is loved. It is the hardest decision to make but we do it because we love them. When we took Molly to the vet last month, we were with her till the end & I felt better knowing the last words she heard were "I love you, Molly."
We never have them long enough. I did not want her to suffer. I knew her quality of life would n ot be good. I did not want that for her.
I hope you find peace also. You will know when it's time. Ginger will let you know. Good thoughts to your family & other lab & hugs to Ginger.
Thank you everyone for your support, advice and prayers. We lost Ginger yesterday aprox 1:35 pm NY time, at the vet hospital. We are picking up her ash's today. We are happy she is no longer in pain and will miss her dearly, we have never known a happier dog, as sick as she was she still was wagging tail even as we got to the vet, until she seen my wife and I balling then she knew something was wrong. I stayed with her while the vet sedated her but couldnt' stand to watch her die while my wife was alone and crying in the waiting area. Bev couldnt' bear being in the room. I would like to post a pic for you all but dont know how, or a profile pic.
I am so sorry for your loss. Run free sweet Ginger.