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Old 03-08-2010, 09:29 PM
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We ,me and my parents, have an older dog named Chevy. Chevy has a bad skin condition that we have tried everything on, joint problems, and is partially blind and deaf. She now is urinating and drinking gallons of water, we all know is signs of kidney disease. She has begun to loose weight at an alarming rate. She has gone threw two bags of dog food in two days, along with what the other two dogs are eating. We can't afford the surgeries, xrays, blood panels, etc. We also don't want to put her under a lot of stress. We have decided that we will probably have her put down by the end of next week. She is very happy right now, she still runs, plays with her toys and the other dogs, and still has a spark in her eyes.

Old 03-08-2010, 10:17 PM
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Might be diabetes, not kidney problems.
Old 03-08-2010, 10:27 PM
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Would weight lose be caused by diabetes?
Old 03-08-2010, 10:38 PM
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:39 PM
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Diabetes could be.
Old 03-08-2010, 11:08 PM
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Yes it may very well be diabetes.
As long as she is eating, drinking, havng bodily functions, not in pain and still active, I would hold off on the PTS.
If it were me, (and I also have limited cash) I would at least have a vet check her for diabetes and hope medication and diet would let her live longer. I don't believe in letting a dog suffer. But I would hate to think I had let a good dog go too soon.
Old 03-08-2010, 11:22 PM
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It does sound like it is diabetes! Its not expensive to diagnose and it also is not expensive to treat. Please make a vet appt to find out before you decide to have her PTS. Maybe its because she looks so much like my boy Bandit but I really hope you will take heart & give the girl every chance for a few more quality years. My Bandit was 15 1/2 when his age finally caught up with him and we had to put him down. I can tell you that I wouldn't have traded one of those extra minutes we had with him for all the money in the world. Let us know what your family decides to do.
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Old 03-09-2010, 12:30 AM
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Only need to to a blood/glucose test to determine if it's diabetes.

I'll be having my dog tested this week. Though she doesn't have all the symptoms your dog is displaying, just an increase of water intake, she has suddenly gone blind in the last few weeks. I have to rule out the diabetes or start managing it if she starts getting worse.
Old 03-09-2010, 07:44 AM
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Chevy also has severe skin and joint problems. That pic is two years old. How much are injections? My family is for quality of life, not quantity.
Old 03-09-2010, 07:56 AM
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Chevy also has severe skin and joint problems. That pic is two years old. How much are injections? My family is for quality of life, not quantity.

Ask yourself these questions before putting down your dog...
  • Does your pet soil him/her self during the day? This can really be a stressor, and it can also pose health risks.
  • Does your pet still enjoy "basic activities" such as eating? Is the appetite normal?
  • Does your pet enjoy human interaction? Is she/he still aware of who you are?
  • Can your pet move around on its own without difficulty or severe pain?
If your decision on your dog is about money, there are ways to deal with it. Perhaps your vet will arrange payments or something like that. Also, consider vet insurance or a credit card. We got a credit card through our vets office to cover the cost of our dog going into liver failure. It at least allowed us to make reasonable payments. DM me if you want the name of the credit card.

BTW, sounds from your description like diabetes. I'm not sure how much injections cost, or if they have pills (like humans) that will maintain sugar levels.
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