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I unexpectedly had to put my 14.5 year old dog to sleep yesterday. He could no longer eat standing up, stand to go potty, or walk very well. He was peeing uncontrollably in the house because of the inability to walk. He would shake in pain and sometimes pain killers would help but my family believed he was suffering...
My vet was only able to come to our house yesterday because of his busy schedule so my family decided it was best to no longer have him suffer even though it was short notice.

The vet arrived and I stayed with my boy for the entire process. The vet tried to give him a sedative to help the process but couldn’t find the vein in his front leg. So he decided to inject the shot in his back leg muscle, which caused my dog start yelping out very loudly and was trying to get away. Then the sedative started to work and he laid his head down. The vet administered the other medication and then he then passed away.

I can’t get the image or sound of him when he was given the sedative. He’s never acted so terrified in his life. I feel so guilty that his last moments were of him in pain and very scared. I’m having a very hard time processing and I feel absolutely awful. I just wish things could have been more peaceful for him. I would love any advice or comments.

Thank you...

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I don't know what to say, except I am so sorry that your experience with releasing your baby from suffering was a bad experience. It should have been peaceful for you and your baby. Sometimes things happen we can't explain but I feel you did the right thing. Your baby isn't suffering anymore and is at peace now. He doesn't blame you and loves you for your courage. My heart dog,Termy went peacefully but those images of his last breath in my arms still haunt me to this day and that was almost 18 months ago. We try and we do what we must out of love. Your baby was in pain and his reactions might have been because of a stranger in a place where he felt safe and he was afraid. Be kind to yourself, you are your babies hero even though you don't feel this way. He isn't suffering anymore and that's what you wanted for him.He will wait for you at the Bridge and you will share a wonderful reunion and walk to the other side together.
Peace, comfort and support to you at this time
Love and doggie hugs
Termy's mom

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As painful as your story was to tell, thank you both for sharing it. I agree that the procedure still haunts me even though I know it was an act of compassion. May we all begin to heal, knowing we did the best we could.

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I had the same thing happen last week, those last images are stuck in my head too. I keep telling myself it’s kn the best interest for our babies, i still feel horrible about it.

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I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. I am sorry the experience was not calm. My heart goes out to you. xoxo

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I’m so sorry. I’m praying for you. I know the “What if’s and should have’s” feelings and they will eat us alive. I have them too. We lost our Buck yesterday. I feel so guilty. I wish I had loved on him more instead of just saying hi to him or patting his head. i’m so sad. I’m so depressed. I feel like I can’t live without him and don’t even know if I want to.

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I'm sorry for the loss of your loved one.The pain of losing them is the hardest ordeal to go through and I'm sorry you had the bad thoughts of seeing your beloved one scared but be assured he knows he was and will always be loved by you.nothing will ever change that and he is now at peace and looking down knowing how much of a great life he shared with you.take care and be proud of the loving life you gave him
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