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I had to put my little Hailey girl a 3 lb yorkie to sleep today.  She was breathing so fast.  She had cataracts, she was deaf and she could barely walk, however she never cried or wimpered.  She was up the whole night last night sitting up in her bed and not sleeping.  She was just breathing really fast.  I took her to the vet and he told me she was approaching the end of her life and that she was not going to get better.  I believe him, it is just that I feel horrible.  I mean , I held her as the doc injected it and I felt the life slip from her.  I just feel unrelenting regret for letting her go.  I couldn't leave her alone, but now I am second guessing my decision.  

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Please don't beat your self up. We all second guess ourselves and think what if, I should have etc. But the truth is we did what was best for our babies. We never ever want them to suffer so we decide that sending them to Rainbow Bridge is the right thing to do. I to held Termy while he took his last breath, it's an image I keep playing over and over in my mind but I wouldn't have wanted not to be there until the end. I want to replace that image with a different one, maybe in time I can. I too knew Termy was getting to the end of his time with me and I never wanted to see him go but I did the final act of love and release his tired body from this earth. I only pray that I am forgiven and I will see him again someday. It is horrible and very painful. They leave a big hole in our hearts that will always be less full. Termy never whimpered or cried either he just kept trying to be near me. But I look back and realize I never saw him wag his tail for days as well as eating, so I new it was time. Please know that I wish I could take away your doubts and pain but sadly I don't have those answers. I am so very sorry for you on your lose of Hailey.
Love and doggie hugs
Termy's mom

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I (and I’m sure many others here) know that feeling of regret, but please know that you did the right thing because you made your decision out of love. My pup was also having a hard time breathing when we had to put him down.

Between cancer and heart problems, he was struggling to breathe and always panting... always.

It was the worst day of my life and it hurt because he may have been able to make it another day or two. But, we heard the saying that it’s better a week too early than an hour too late and that stuck with me. Since breathing was an issue, I couldn’t bare to see what an hour too late would look like.

You made the choice that benefitted her even though it hurt you ~ true love. Thinking of you today and hoping you can have some peace soon.

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It’s comforting to see others questioning it like I did. I think it’ll never get easier to accept the outcome. Hopefully we will understand the need to do it but losing a pet will never be ok in our hearts. I wish they stayed with us forever.
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