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Old 09-17-2019, 09:05 AM
 
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I’m heart broken. My Baby Girl was diagnosed with CHF 2 weeks ago. She’s a 11 year old Chihuahua
We live her so much.
She’s miserable. She’s on lasix and Vetmedin They took her off enalapril after 2 days. Her meds have been increased twice already. She’s stressing badly. Urinating several times at night. Up and down and sometimes she can’t hold it. Not eating well. Breathing rapidly when she’s awake. I know she’s miserable. When is it time to let her go ? Her respiratory is 42 when she’s sleeping. Some times it decreases and some times it increases. I don’t want to lose her , but I want to do what’s right for her. She’s very picky and I know she’s not happy.
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Old 09-17-2019, 10:09 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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Was she like that before the meds? If not, why not take her off, let her enjoy her last days as much as possible and let nature take its course. I realize this may not be her case.

I just wish more people realized much of these diagnoses and medicating of older pets is recent and greed driven.
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Old 09-18-2019, 10:10 AM
 
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I’m heart broken. My Baby Girl was diagnosed with CHF 2 weeks ago. She’s a 11 year old Chihuahua
We live her so much.
She’s miserable. She’s on lasix and Vetmedin They took her off enalapril after 2 days. Her meds have been increased twice already. She’s stressing badly. Urinating several times at night. Up and down and sometimes she can’t hold it. Not eating well. Breathing rapidly when she’s awake. I know she’s miserable. When is it time to let her go ? Her respiratory is 42 when she’s sleeping. Some times it decreases and some times it increases. I don’t want to lose her , but I want to do what’s right for her. She’s very picky and I know she’s not happy.
If you think the meds are making her worse just stop and let nature take its course. As hard as it is the most selfish thing is to keep her around miserable for your sake. Give her a party, if you don't feed her people food buy her that and cat food dogs love that. But if she's not eating because she's sick like a person who loses their appetite because they are sick there is not much you can do. I would give her vanilla ice cream and milk.
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Old 11-01-2019, 07:30 PM
 
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I understand what you are going through. i have a 15 1/2 kitty who is diabetic, hypertensive and stage 2 kidney disease. She now periodically needs medication compounded at a local pharmacy to bld count issues. I adore her and have had her for the whole 15+ years. It's never easy to make this decision at all.

I go back and forth, thrilled when she eats more than a couple of bites of food and then up all night watching her to see how she is. God, it is exhausting but we do these things out of devotion to them.

I say make your sweetheart comfortable. But I understand how heart breaking the final decision will be.

I take my girl to the Vet tomorrow morning for bld work but i need to talk more about making the final decision.
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