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Grechens

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My 10 y o mini Doxie was healthy then started having what seemed like facial seizures. Drooling sneering. We took to vet who said needed dental (had teeth pulled last year) or at least was a place to start to see if that was the cause. Had the dental done 2 days later awoke in night barking drooling gnashing her face against sides of cage where she slept. I couldn’t comfort her she didn’t seem to hear or see me. Could not pick her up took her in cage to e r. We were thinking on way of just euthanize. We once lost 3 dogs in one year and feel like we kept them going too long. Also what might be somewhat relevant is I lost a child to cancer awhile back. I found this so traumatic my dog thrashing around drooling etc and just couldn’t bear it. At e r said we could talk to vet additional money of course to at least get peace of mind. We then noticed she appeared to be blind.
The vet really didn’t advise to euthanize was pretty non comital. Saying if it was brain tumor would have to get mri another city. Perhaps some anti seizure Med and give it day or two. She went to look at her teeth and my dog went crazy trying bite. After that I could not pick her up she would get aggressive try bite me. In all this we made decision to euthanize. Now I’m just sick. I’m thinking should have tried meds and I’m thinking she was just in so much pain from the dental and stressed and upset and I’m not sure if it was a seizure or maybe something else. I just don’t know. I know I just have to live with it now and it’s so hard.
Thank you all for being here and if you read this I appreciate being able tell someone.
Jp100

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Hi, please please don’t feel guilty.
It’s by no means my place to say what’s wrong or right but I don’t think that you’ve made the wrong decision for your dog
The facial seizures, drooling and changes in behaviour may well have been indicative of a brain tumour and in that case you wouldn’t have been able to treat it anyway. It sounds like she was in a great deal of distress and the kindest and most appropriate thing to do was euthanasia.
Going through the loss of the pet is horrible and it makes you question the decisions you made once they are gone, this is completely normal and common.
You loved your dog and and tried to help her by seeing the vet and giving her a chance, the feeling you have right now are testament to just how much you loved your pet.
On another note, (I am not a vet but) I am in vet school and have seen a lot of difficult consults like this on placement and i definitely think you have done the right thing as hard as it is. Neurological problems like what you described are notoriously difficult to manage and often take months to resolve and the the only thing you can do is wait and when the animal is in pain this is really not an option. MRIs cost 1000s and will only confirm/exclude the diagnoses I’ve never actually known an owner to opt for one, or even seen it offered when the animal is in a painful/distressed state. I think your vet was just trying to give all the options and some people may want to try every test/drug possible but still end up putting their pet to sleep.
There is often no right or wrong answer especially when you don’t know exactly what is wrong with your pet but making the decision to end your pets pain is one of the kindest things you can do and you should take comfort in knowing that you helped to ease the suffering

Hope this offers some help to you, as I said before it’s not my place to say what’s wrong or right but I’m sure lots of people in your position would have made the same decision.
Grechens

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I can not adequately express in words how your compassionate and caring reply has eased my pain tremendously. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I hope you will finish training and become a vet as I’m sure you will truly be outstanding. I am going over and over the whole horrible experience and feel so traumatized. To find your caring reply to me this evening meant more than you can possibly imagine. I will look at what you wrote over and over each time I need it which I’m sure will be quite a bit. Again through my grateful tears my heart has lifted somewhat and you have truly helped ease my burden.
Jp100

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That’s so lovely to hear. I’m glad I could have helped, losing a pet is such a horrible thing to go through and I can tell how much you loved your pet. I’m sure it will get easier with time and you will start to feel better soon.
Seeing your post and knowing that other people are going through the same feelings of guilt that I am makes me feel better in itself and is a comfort. It is horrible having to make that decision but at least there are people out there who feel the same way and can understand what it’s like.
Lexicat

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I actually had a similar situation with my 16 year old Italian Greyhound. Extremely similar to what you are describing. We did have some type of scan (not sure what it was) and it was shown that he did have a brain tumor. We had more time than it sounds like you had, a couple weeks maybe, but we were told the aggression would become severe and we could even be in danger of getting hurt because there would come a time, very quickly, where he could not control it. At the time our son was 1.5 so we had to make the decision to euthanize a seemingly happy dog who's aggressive behaviour was just starting. With a brain tumor it can become serious and more often very quickly.

These decisions we have to make for our dear pets are so incredibly hard. I understand how you felt rushed - I have felt the same way more than once when having to make end of life choices for my pets. I think the shock comes from all the information coming so fast. It doesn't mean you made the wrong decision though. I wish you comfort in this hard time.
Grechens

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Thank you your words do bring great comfort. It is hard to believe In just a few weeks things can go so bad. I just wonder if there is a possibility the dental issues and the subsequent surgery exacerbated or else could have made her have these symptoms. Seeing her like that my worry too was if this happened when we weren’t there or when our grandkids were there.
I guess I will second guess this for awhile. Thank you truly for taking the time to read and share your experience which helps me immensely.
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