Registered: 1546888379 Posts: 2
It was only Thursday that I had Casey my Dalmatian who was 14 1/2 put to sleep. I had her from a puppy and loved her beyond words. Casey was v old and unstable on her feet, her back legs were very stiff and she struggled to lye down and stand up. There were times when she couldn’t get up and I had to wait for my husband to get home to pick her up from the floor. She was also pooing in the house, sometimes twice a day, she would go in the garden then come in and poo on the floor, it was very difficult aswel I have a young daughter aswel and I knew Casey didn’t want to be doing it. She would also go for a poo in the garden and fall back in it and have it all up her. She also developed a large lump on her side and lost a lot of weight, she still ate though as if she was starving but she was very thin. She Stopped wanting to go for walks a good while ago, I would set off and she would turn round to go home. She would still walk round in the house but it was like she wouldn’t settle, she still really loved me I know this. We often spoke about taking her to the vets but always put it off as it was too painful. Then on weds she did 2 pops in the house and then that night she had the runs in her bed, it was all over her it was heartbreaking. I think we knew then we needed to take her to the vets to see what was best. It was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life, the vet said that it was was definitely time for us to let her go. I stayed with her and screamed crying while I lay with her. It’s destroying me thinking about it and I feel like I made a huge mistake. I’ve spoken to the vet since who said that it was the kindest thing we could of done and no doubt in her mind that it was the right thing. How do I deal with this, I’m finding it so hard and I have a 6yr old daughter to think about. Any help would be so appreciated
Thanks so much
Registered: 1490711741 Posts: 154
Sometimes, the greatest love and mercy we can show to them is a dignified end.
You did it out of love and compassion. No other reason. There was no malicious intent. You loved your baby and ypu didn't want her to suffer. Do not feel guilty. It happened on your terms. You let your baby go; she wasn't taken by whatever it was that was slowly killing her and robbing her of her quality of life. Stay strong. Know that you did the right thing.
Registered: 1544902779 Posts: 34
It is so hard and I know the guilt- I hate the guilt!! my little Peanut kitty ,20.6 yr old had arthritis in her hind legs.got so bad there were time I was cleaning up after her,the floor and her, in all,sorts of places. At times her bed.shed do ok one day then the next,ugh.struggled to walk....was hard to watch.i helped her out ,made steps for her to get up down places she liked to go but even then would Fall sometimes .then last month she had a stroke. Horrible.Even after a stoke on top of everything else I felt guilty thinking ....she may have recovered. What if?I felt so guilty! .maybe I thought she would Get better.broke my heart letting her go. Still have trouble going in the room she hung out in for the past 20 years.
You did the right thing. You loved Casey so much you didn’t want her to suffer any longer. Prayers and (((hugs )))out to you. Peanuts mom.