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We adopted our fur baby when he was 7 months old from shelter. Zeke he was a pit mix. Previous owners left him there and they assume he may have been abused.His eyes immediately sucked us in and he just screamed needing love. We have 3 boys and he seemed to get along great with them. He was very scared and timid when we got him home, but warmed up more everyday. He still didn’t love lots of people and stayed anxious and would pee out of fear but we thought it would continue to get better. We got another dog and they got along great. He would sometimes be a bit aggressive(Never hurt her) but I thought more or a dominance thing. Then we got a little puppy that he adored. Well when the puppy got bigger Zeke would attack him. It would come and go and depend on triggers. Zekes still was his timid self around people and loved the kids. Him and my 11 yo bonded. Spent every second together. Slept together were just best friends. The last two months Zeke started to act a little more Cagey and showed more aggression to our youngest pup. My littlest got into the middle of a fight with them and got a superficial bite two weeks ago. Last week Zeke attacked our girl dog over nothing and almost bit here eye out. Fast forward to this weekend. My two youngest and Zeke were in bed. They had just went in there and my 6yo was getting up to pee Zeke growled and bit his face very badly. Ended up as a hospital visit. Monday I took Zeke to the vet looking for something anything that would fix him. The vet said with his severe fear and anxiety he’d only become more unpredictable as the acts of aggression would only progress. The best decision it seemed was to put him down. Any closer to an artery or my sons eye and things could have been much worse. However, I’m so sick over this. I feel like I failed Zeke, like I failed my 11yo. I know it’s only been a day but I can’t shake this feeling that I’m the worst person ever. My boy misses his dog something serious and I can’t help but blame myself. I don’t know what to do. My heart hurts for Zeke when he was good he was great. He was only 2 years old and I couldn’t save him. Sorry this is so long but I don’t know who else to turn to.

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There is truly nothing I can say to make you feel better. I myself have struggled over euthanizing my dog due to an incident with my neighbors dog. Its been over a year and a half and i struggle with it daily. I think because I am a vet tech i have constant reminders and triggers which makes it that much worse. I guess im replying to let you know you aren't alone. Your decision was made out of love and not anger and thats the difference. And that alone should help you through this truly difficult time.

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I’m sorry you’re still struggling, but thank you for replying. I think the best thing is to know you’re not alone

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I just posted something earlier today. Almost exact situation. Our 2 year old dog bit my sons hands. Drew blood and bruised really bad. It was unprovoked and so scary. My son was screaming and the dog made an awful sound. We thought it was over food. About 2 weeks later, he started growling at my son and then snarling when he got close. It was random and unpredictable. We made the decision to have him put down. We couldn’t risk him biting our son again. And it could be even worse. If he bit once he could bite again. His body language also changed around my son. He suddenly seemed uncomfortable around him. He was also getting aggressive towards strangers. He had to be sedated at the vet. They couldn’t touch him. I’m so upset that it came to this and that it happened so suddenly. We loved him so much. I miss him and sometimes I have panic attacks and anxiety. I don’t know what to do. I feel like I’m a bad person. But my sons safety has to come first. I have to keep reminding myself of this. I hope someone sees this and can offer advice/help. It’s so hard. I can’t eat or sleep. I get heart palpitations and I’m so sad. I’ve never had to do this kind of thing before. It’s so hard.
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