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Last week my husband called me down at 4am as one of our hounds was very distressed. He's been limping for a couple of weeks and we don't know what happened, but he has panting so hard his breath was rasping, he had drooled everywhere and he just wouldn't move. I picked him up and laid him down but he couldn't get comfortable.

The vet x-rayed him but found nothing. They suggested it was neurological and a cat scan and mri may tell us what was wrong. The vet told me he was immensely stressed and in a lot of pain.

We've had him on strong painkillers this week and though he's now out his foot down, he struggles to take more than a few steps, he struggles to lay down and get comfortable. He hates being manhandled but I have to keep picking him up, while he's getting more and more stressed. Last night I went to pick him up to get him off the sofa - he freaked out, jumped and fell hard on his back. He can't be left alone. My husband and I then made the decision to put him to sleep.

I'm so torn. He looks happy enough right now, but he can't go for walks, he can't get around easily, and his pain is only just manageable. All he can do is lay on the sofa. I waited far too long with my first dog, I guess I just need some reassurance that I'm not doing the wrong thing

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I don't think it's too early for euthanasia.  It sounds like your dog is in a lot of discomfort and, as a pack animal, he's probably hiding some of his pain, too.

I had my dog euthanized a few months ago.  She was still able to eat and walk and sleep and didn't seem to be in great pain but I didn't want a crisis to occur (such as not being able to breathe; she had a big tumor in her mouth).  I feel bad about her death but not because of the timing of the euthanasia; I'm mad at the cancer. 

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Thank you for your response. He's at peace now, however much he's left a giant hole in my heart. I miss him so much :(
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