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My Dog Bear

Question Posted Tuesday January 9 2007, 2:30 am

My dog Bear is a mix bread of a German-Shepered and Black Lab, and ever sence Christmas she's been slipping, sliding, falling on our hard wood floor and she can't get up by herself.She's 12 years old which is old for a dog but she's mine!She has to protect us!She can't leave.....I've seen this happen before to a friends dog and she ended up putting him down but I don't want to put Bear through pain.She's always been here...I was like 2 when we got her and she's apart of the family.I'm crying just asking this but if she doesn't get better I-- I always wanted her to be here to slink around rooms and check on us, Im afraid im ganna come home and she'll be gone(past away).How do I help her?Both of her back legs give out and slide right out from under her....

It's kinda not a question but
Ill miss her<\3

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Nallie answered Monday January 15 2007, 9:25 pm:
I agree with the other posts. Take the dog to the vet. Sometimes it's the hips and often it is the back that is the problem. There may be some help for the dog if she is still walking normally on other surfaces. It will also help to give her a soft bed to sleep on, maybe with a dog warming pad and put carpet runners on the hardwood floor so she doesn't slip. In addition make sure the vet trims the dogs toenails which when long, tends to make them slip more.

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MAK answered Thursday January 11 2007, 11:47 pm:
take her to a vet ASAP. get her checked out. their may be something wrong with her that is treatable, but if it is not they will recomend putting her down. if it comes to putting her down, i recemond doing it. i know it sounds harsh, but you will have a chance to properly say goodbye. and remember she loves you and your family too, and if she is dying in an empty house she will be thinking of you and how she wants your guys to be there. if shes being put down, dogs always sence what they are at the clinic for, and she will also be able to say goodbye to you and your family.

but i really do hope that she will be okay.

for now, take lots of pictures of her, and with her. vidieo tape her, take her paw print. just things that you can look at later and remember her by. that way you will feel she is still with you.

and remember, death is natural. i know sounds kinda cheesy but still, everyone dies. its part of nature as much as living is.

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Daimeera answered Tuesday January 9 2007, 1:44 pm:
I know what you're going through. My cat is currently sick and he's not going to last much longer. It's hard, every day, to judge whether or not he's in too much pain anymore.

You need to talk to your vet. There is a chance you can improve her life, at least for a little while, and if so, don't you want to know how? And, worst case scenario, it's time to let her go so she's not in pain for the rest of her life.

I'm so sorry. And if anyone tries to tell you that it's silly to care that much about a pet, they're simply wrong.

Take care, and do what you know in your heart is right.

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Sabine answered Tuesday January 9 2007, 10:23 am:
Definitely take her to the vet. She may just have hip dysplasia, which is common in labs. In that case, anti-inflamatories, or arthritis drugs may help. She may have other issues, such as diabetes or a brain tumor. There is no way for you or anyone on this board to tell you what's wrong with her or how long she has to live. You have to take her to get a proper diagnosis.

I've lost pets. It's always hard. There will never be another Bear like her. And she's going to die sometime, but make sure you have done all you can to give her a great life and a painless death.


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Razhie answered Tuesday January 9 2007, 8:42 am:
If your dog is in such pain that she is falling down and can’t get herself back up, it is time to take her to a veterinarian and accept that they are going to recommend putting her down.

Bear is in pain. She isn’t going to get better. The more you demand of her the more pain she will have to suffer through. Don’t be selfish. Don’t let her suffer just because you want her all to yourself.

Of course you'll miss her and you'll cry for her, but those aren't good enough reasons to let her live in constant pain.

So take her to the vet, or encourage your parents to take her, and accept she probably doesn't have a lot of time let, so make it specail for her.

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