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I am utterly heartbroken. She was only 3 years old. A week and a half ago her hind legs and paws were burned in a scalding accident. I had taken her to the vet, got meds for pain, burns, antibiotics. I brought her in to the vet every three days for follow up. Yesterday, they said the burns are worse than they thought and now more than they can handle and referred me to the specialty vet to get a consultation. Got her in today to see the specialty vet. He said infection has set in. Parts of her legs and paws had 3rd degree burns. He said the skin would turn black and fall off. He said if the skin on her paws falls off there is not much they can do for that - because of the structure, flexible part - graft would not take and her prognosis is not good. He said it would be a very long process to put her through- weeks to months. It would be stressful and painful and with her paws also being burned, they still may not be able to save her. So I asked him to be truthful with me and I asked him if it would be better to have her euthanized, and he said that would not be a wrong decision to make. So I decided that this was the most humane thing to do - she was suffering. I knew this could be a possible outcome and tried to get myself prepared when things were not looking good early on. My stomach had been in knots. Still I was hoping it was not as bad as it was. I’ve had pets all my life, and they all lived to old age. Losing one so young, I am racked with guilt and second guessing myself now. I did the pro/con list and the cons certainly outweighed the pros. I still feel like I let her down.

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I am so sorry for your loss. It is difficult to lose a pet to an accident as I and many others have. Make no mistake, you did the right thing to alleviate Sophia's suffering. She is now at the Rainbow Bridge with my cat Green Bean.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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I can only say I'm sorry..its not enough, I know. I lost my dear Akita about a month ago...he had a heart attack during an emergency surgery..he was just 7 years old. It's another level of shock and hurt when the idea of them leaving this world seems so far away. I cry daily.
Don't feel guilty. It's obvious you did everything you could. We are the ones that want to cling to every last breath of life, even when it seems so painful. Our pets don't fear death, they move on and continue their long journey into the next journey. You helped your pet transition, you should be proud of that. They are miracles sent to us so we can learn how to live better lives.
One day we will see our furry loved ones again. Until then, I hope the pain eases soon. Take care. - Katsu's dad
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