Thread: I Had To Put My Heidi Girl Down.

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    • 12 years 6 months ago
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    It's a long story.

    On Friday afternoon my mini schnauzzer Heidi had lost control of both her bladder and her bowels and started soiling in the house. So my mom , my grandfather, and I all agreed that she should be put down. I bawled like a baby all afternoon because this was my dog for the past 12 years of her life.

    It wasn't that I didn't want to keep her going. It's that her suffering would have been drawn out and prolonged the more that we put it off so we did what we thought was best which was to have the vet come to our house and put her down.

    I must admit that a selfish side of me wanted to keep her going but I wasn't about to keep her going if she wasn't happy and healthy and she wasn't happy or healthy. So the vet came with a vet tech and put her down.

    So that's that.

    I told my mother that I don't just want to rush into getting another dog because after my grandfather we'd have to move and my mother doesn't want the extra burden of having to move a dog.
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    My condolences.
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    My family has had to put down three pets in the past.

    My mom's cat Charlie was put down in 1989, and he was extremely old. He had been accidents in the house.

    Our dog Dory was put down in 1999. It had something to do with a narrow windpipe. We had owned her for 11 years, ever since she was a puppy

    Finally, our cat Elliot developed hypothyroidism sometime in 2004, which caused him to lose all his weight. He was put down just one week after my cat Megan died.
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    just had to put my cat i had for 22 years down 1 month ago. sorry for your loss.
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    Im sorry I know how you feel, a part of you wants to let her live but you know she would be suffering. Thats how I felt when my childhood dog had to be put down. As horrible as it sounds, getting another dog later on down the road did make me feel better.
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    Sorry to hear about your dog. We had to put my pug Corky down a couple of years ago. My family had him for over 15 years (we got him when I was only 7). So, it was really hard to see my dog which I owned for almost my whole life get put down. The same thing basically happened to him that happened to your dog...he just started loosing control of his bladder. He also was having pain in his legs and could hardly walk sometimes. What really sucked, is that just two weeks after we put him down, my cat which we had for 10 years suddenly died out of nowhere...than just two months later, another one of our cats up and died for no apparent reason, and it was only 3 years old!
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    Sorry to hear about your dog, but you did the right thing. I known people who kept pets alive when they shouldn't. There is no reas on to make them suffer just for your benefit.
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    I'm deeply moved by your loss and you have my condolences.
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    I'm very sorry about your doggie.
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    Yea, sorry to hear about your pooch. I also had to put my dog down late last year. She was starting to get really weak and developing all sorts of stuff. She was about 14.
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    Sorry to hear that. I've lost 3 dogs myself over the years.
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    having lost a dog myself (the two year anniversary is in two months ), you have my condolences man.
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    I am very sorry for your loss... I know she was old (I had a Heidi as a kid, too), but I sincerely hope there was more to the decision than just incontinence. I know you said it was a long story, and I'm trying not to be insensitive, but it's always a concern. Again, you have my condolences.
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    I'm sorry your dog died, Celeste. I hope things get better for you soon.
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    Quote by SchwinnGirl
    I am very sorry for your loss... I know she was old (I had a Heidi as a kid, too), but I sincerely hope there was more to the decision than just incontinence. I know you said it was a long story, and I'm trying not to be insensitive, but it's always a concern. Again, you have my condolences.



    I'm glad someone said it(and didn't have to be me..)
    I feel the same way..If a pet is truly in pain and terminally ill...okay...but if just an inconvenience to the owner? SAD. Not being able to make it to the bathroom(or wait for your owners to walk you) doesn't equal "put to sleep" to me...I hope there was more to it than that...
    Whatever the situation, it is still very sad..
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    Quote by SchwinnGirl
    I am very sorry for your loss... I know she was old (I had a Heidi as a kid, too), but I sincerely hope there was more to the decision than just incontinence. I know you said it was a long story, and I'm trying not to be insensitive, but it's always a concern. Again, you have my condolences.


    What the hell is wrong with you? No it wasn't just that it was inconvenient to keep her alive due to incontinence. I felt it unfair to keep her going when I knew she wasn't feeling well.

    She was getting to the point where she could barely stand up, my mother suspected that she had a brain tumor that caused her to start siezuring, she was blind, and my mother didn't want to go through the expense of having the vet give her vitamin B shots.

    I never would have consented to have her put down if I had thought that she had any hope of getting better.
    Other people may have selfish reasons for keeping their pets going when there's no hope but I don't. I didn't want to see her be kept alive when she wasn't healthy, and my mother didn't want to pay for the vitamin B shots since she went through the expense of having those shots given to O'Del, our standard poodle, after he had a stroke. So just piss on out of my thread please.
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    Im sorry about your loss man, it just seems like after all those years when you have pets they just become a part of your family and a beloved freind. But in the end i would have did the same thing if it was my pet.
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    Whatever, I was being sincere. I wasn't accusing you, I was just curious. But, you feel better now, and that's all that matters.

    I am really sorry for your loss.

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    Awww. sorry to hear that. It's always so sad when something like that happens. I've lost a few pets over the years. It's sad.
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    I'm sorry too. My cousin's dog, a Chow-Chow/Lab mix named Puffer isn't doing too well and he probably only has another year to live because he has horrible hip dysplasia and arthritis. My aunt and uncle don't want him to suffer too much longer. He's also a very angry dog, but its only because he is soooo sick.
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