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Old 05-01-2012, 11:37 AM
 
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We had to put our 9 y/o English Mastiff down Saturday. At the beginning of March he suddenly lost all function in his back end, so we took him to a neurologist. They put him on steroids which alleviated some of the problem (thought it may be a pinched nerve from a slipped disk in his neck). Thursday night last week he came in from outside and stopped dead in his tracks like something wasn't right. The next two days he refused to eat or drink, could no longer stand or walk on his own, had labored breathing and seemed very unaware of his surroundings. We took him to our local vet who (he had lost over 20lbs since March) and they said its likely the slipped disk was not the problem and that it was probably cancer that by Thursday had spread to his brain (which would explain the inalienably to focus/stand etc). So, she suggested we put him to sleep.

It's so difficult having to make that decision, especially since animals aren't like people and cant tell us how they are feeling.

I love big dogs, but I have never had a breed that lived passed the age of 9 and I feel like my time with my pets is always too short.

Very sad trying to recover from fairly sudden turn of events and the loss.
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:50 AM
 
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Sorry to hear that as a giant dog owner myself I can't even imagine the whole in your heart. I wish these guys had longer lived lives seems like they go too soon......
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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sincere condolences.
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Santa Barbara CA
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You have my sympathy. My sister has had a couple large dogs too and they also did not make it past 9 so sad. Hope time heals the hole in your heart.
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:24 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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Findly-

I am so sorry- I too have a large breed dog (Newfoundland) he has made it to 11 years old as of March. I can't bear to think of the day I must too make a decision. Dogs hold a very personal spot in our hearts. Know that your baby loved you dearly.
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Kansas
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You have my sympathy also. Remember, it is not the quantity but the quality of life. I know it is a hard decision as I have had to make it myself. Just goes with the territory.
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:40 PM
 
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I am so very sorry! It is always a difficult decision to make, but thank heavens there are caring owners like you who do the right thing! I understand you feeling that your time is too short, but I can tell you that no matter how long you have them...it always seems too short!
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:20 PM
 
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Findly185,

My heart hurts for you. I can't say I know exactly how YOU are feeling but I know how broken I felt losing a beloved furbaby.

I think I can speak for all of us, when I say, we are here for you.
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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I love all animals and I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. I had to put my 6 year old cat down as she had kidney disease and there was nothing left they could do. I will keep you and your pooch in my thoughts and prayers.
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:34 PM
 
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So sorry for your loss.
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