Big Ugly dog

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by PAPA G, Oct 7, 2010.

  1. PAPA G

    PAPA G G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    over the summer one of the dogs that i called Big Ugly died. my 15 year old called him Junior. he was part of a litter from her dog Zelda, that we couldn't give away.

    he was losing weight, so i assumed he had worms and was treating him accordingly. when i noticed he was in pulminary distress we called the vet, it was closing but they stayed open for us. he did a full work up on him. he has some Hook worm and regular worm, but not much. what killed him was he had a bad case Of Lymes and Erlichosis, both tick borne disesase's. his white blood cell count was off the charts, and did not have enough red blood cells to carry oxygen. his skin and bone weight was 49.6 lbs.

    well the vet gave him some medicines, and gave us more to give him. but it was too late he died an hour after getting back home.

    it cost nearly $400 for the vet, but it was all right with me, my daughter lost Zelda earlier, because when she died, of what we thought was just an upset gastric tract, and she begged the next time go to the vet.

    so what i am passing on is do not assume anything. if your pet is out of sorts go to the vet, as soon as you notice something. it reduces the heartache.
     
  2. BunnyWabbit

    BunnyWabbit G&G Evangelist

    I understand and sympathize with you losing your pet. I just lost a rat terrier I had for 13 years on Sept. 11 and my bunny last Saturday and I had him 6 years. But isn't it kind of discouraging to take your animal to the vet, pay $400 and have him die an hour later? I take mine and get their shots like I am supposed to, but when they get to the time of their life expectancy, I pretty much let nature take it's course. When I moved to the country I had a vet that comes to your house come out to give them all shots at once. Ended up costing me over $500. Then he was wanting to come over every month when my lab was a pup. He charged me $38 to drive 15 miles from his house to mine, then and office visit charge, etc, etc. When I told him I wasn't going to use him anymore he offered to go down on his prices. So unless there is something like a rabies shot that I can't get on my own, I pretty much have little regard for a vet. I can get all the yearly and puppy shots at a vet supply store for under $5 each. So if I had done all the shots myself it would have cost me $15 and that vet charged me over $500 because he called it examining them, which consisted of weighing them. I could have stuck them on the bathroom scale and had the same thing for free.
     

  3. 9mmXDm

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    We just had to put one of our dogs down and while I don't think the one thing could have been stopped the other might have been able to be prolonged a little more.

    We got 8 1/2 years ago two male Golden Retrievers from the same liter (Brothers). Over the years one got white around the face the other didn't.

    The one who was getting whiter was getting frailer as it were and had a hard time walking around and we did take him to the vets and they gave us some meds and told us to use some over the counter dog med stuff to help his bones.

    However what we didn't know was something was gunning for his eyes and just one afternoon it was like his eye went from normal to all cloudy. Mom wanted to take him to the vets but dad and I were like lets wait and see how it comes out. But a day or so later we took him to the vets and they gave us some drops and they seemed to work! He was getting better it seemed.

    Well it came back and we took him to a specialist about his eye and they told us that in the one eye he was completely blind (And I was thinking that for awhile after the last vet visit when we got the drops, because it felt like he couldn't see from that eye.) They said the other eye was getting it too but it wasn't as bad. So they gave us some other drops for that eye to treat it.

    This only happened a few months ago and to be honest I don't know what precipitated us to go back to the emergency vets but it was something with his rear legs. Now as I said before they were not in the best of shape, but I forget again what precipitated us to take him back. But we did and they took x-rays and blood work and all that jazz...

    We told them to operate on it. But when they got him under results came in that said it was bone cancer. They gave us some options, but all of them were very risky and we know he lived a good live and that it just had to be that we had to put him down then. We didn't want him in anymore pain.

    I agree though don't hesitate take your dog, cat, what have you to the vets or emergency vets right away. It's hard to loose a family pet.
     
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  4. .22guy

    .22guy G&G Enthusiast

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    I'm really sorry to hear that, it is always hard to lose a pet.
     
  5. PAPA G

    PAPA G G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    my whole point of the story is that if your pet is not acting right, go to the vet's and get it checked, don't assume anything. early intervention can stop a kids grieving.
     
  6. Sorry to hear you lost your dog :( When I was younger my dad gave me his German Shephard, a few years later my dad died and that dog was very important to me. When he was 13 years old I was 14 he couldnt get up one morning. His hips had gotten so bad over night that he couldnt get up. A few days before he was kinda limping but we could not afford to take him to the vet So I put a heat lamp in his dog house ( was getting down to freezing at night, was fall time) to try to help keep him warm and his joints not so stiff......but it didnt help and the day after he couldnt get up. Normally I can put an animal down, may not like it but I can do it......well with our GSD I just couldnt as soon as I went in the house to grab the gun I fell into tears. I just couldnt do it. We had to call a friend of the family over to put him down because I just couldnt bear the thought of killing my dads dog. After that my mom got me 2 puppies and both died of parvo in that summer. Our neighbor who had sled dogs who now some stuff about dogs told my mom to wait till winter when its cold outside because the chances of parvo are much lower. So we did, my mom got me Nick, my Blue Healer mix. This dog was one of the cooooolest dogs I have ever and may ever see. When we got him from the pound they said to take him strait to the vet because they thought that he was actually to young to be away from his mother so we did. Sure enouph the vet said he was only about 4 weeks old. So for the next 2 weeks I had to feed him a formula/wet dog food mix. Well I kid you not, by the time that pup was 6weeks old I had him fully potty trained! Was kinda cool to see a puppy that could barely stay up on his feet at a full run to the door to want to go outside to go potty! Well Me and that dog were close, very close. Sadly though After we moved to Texas I noticed a year later that he was having hip problums. When it got cold outside he would wine and moan when he got up. By this time he was 10 years old. He wasnt to do bad but was noticable that at cold temps he wasnt feeling to hot. Well we then decided to move back up to alaska.......and it just hit me. Knowing what happened to my dads dog WOULD happen to nick if I brought him back up. I knew that the cold temps up here would most likely finish him off so I had to make a very hard decision. I left him down in Texas with my Mother-n-Law to take care of him. I can honostly say that even though he is "just a dog" that it was one of the hardest things to do.... lol even now as I type this I have tears in my eye. But Some times you have to do some hard things for the ones you love.....whether not they walk on 2 legs or 4.

    I am sorry to hear about your dog PAPA G :(
     
  7. grizcty

    grizcty God, Guns, Glory Forum Contributor

    Well said folks.

    As you may know, I am a dog lover.
    To me they are another family member.
    And when I loose one, it hurts badly.

    My wife and I were sitting this morning, at the kitchen table drinking coffee.
    Talking about this same subject.

    As one of my old St. Bernard's, is starting to get altimers.
    And is drastically slowing down.
    Saints have a shorter life span, compared to other breeds.
    But it still hurts the same.

    We have now decided that when these three pass on.
    We will go back to, strictly having Golden Retrievers again. (smaller & easier for the wife to handle)
    We cant imagine having a house, w/o at least one dog.

    And my kids have always joked, that I spend MORE on my dogs health.
    Then I do on my self.
    But to me, they play a important part of my family.
     
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  8. CrazyIvan

    CrazyIvan G&G Enthusiast

    I am sorry for your loss.

    One of the hardest things in life is to lose a loyal friend, something Dog's are best at being. They don't care what you look like, what you believe or what you say. They are there with their tail wagging everytime you come home. Every morning, they are there with a wet nose and a warm lick letting you know they will be there for you. They watch you as you leave and spend their alone time awaiting your return. Breaks my heart that a creature so kind and gentle to humans tend to have such a short life.

    Now I've managed to work up some wet eyes.
     
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  9. BunnyWabbit

    BunnyWabbit G&G Evangelist

    I will take my animals to a vet when needed. Sometimes there isn't anything they can do. I still think about my little girl every day and it hasn't gotten any easier.

    WHEN TOMORROW STARTS WITHOUT ME
    Author Unknown

    When tomorrow starts without me,
    And I'm not there to see;
    The sun will rise and find your eyes
    All filled with tears for me.
    I wish so much you wouldn't cry
    The way you did today,
    Remembering how I'd lay my head
    In your lap that special way.
    I know how much you love me,
    As much as I love you,
    And each time that you think of me,
    I know you'll miss me too.

    But when tomorrow starts without me.
    Please try to understand,
    That an angel came and called my name
    And petted me with her hand.
    She said my place was ready,
    In Heaven far above,
    And that I'd have to leave behind
    All those I dearly love.
    But, as I turned to heel away,
    A tear fell from my eye,
    For all my life I never thought
    That I would have to die.
    I had so much to live for,
    So many sits and downs to do,
    It seemed almost impossible,
    That I was leaving you.
    I thought about our lives together,
    I know you must be sad,
    I thought of all the love we shared,
    And all the fun we had.
    Remember how I'd nudge your hand,
    And poke you with my nose?
    The frisbee I would gladly chase,
    The bad guy, I'd "bark and hold".
    If I could relive yesterday,
    Just even for awhile,
    I'd wag my tail and kiss you,
    Just so I could see you smile.
    But, then I fully realized,
    That this could never be;
    For emptiness and memories
    Will take the place of me.
    And when I thought of treats and toys,
    I might miss come tomorrow,
    I thought of you and when I did,
    My dog-heart filled with sorrow.
    But then I walked through Heaven's gate,
    And felt so much at home;
    As God looked down and smiled at me,
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    He said, "This is eternity,
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    Now you have been so faithful,
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    Though there were times you did things,
    You knew you shouldn't do. But good dogs are forgiven,
    And now at last you're free;
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    And wait right here with me?"
    So when tomorrow starts without me,
    Don't think we're far apart.
    For every time you think of me,
    I'm right there, in your heart.
     
  10. waterdog

    waterdog G&G Enthusiast

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    **** ,got something in my eye.
     
  11. Huey Rider

    Huey Rider G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

  12. SwedeSteve

    SwedeSteve Freedom Zealot Forum Contributor

    In my life I have said goodbye to quite a few pets. It has never been easy, and I am not looking forward to doing it one more time !! Our dog Gunner has been a wonderful addition to our family. He was my hunting buddy for so many years, protector of my youngest daughter and now her son. He has been there time and again when someone needed him. He is long in the tooth and grey in the beard now (kinda like me). He is going on eleven and doesn't get around too well. I will not let him suffer, so when he starts showing signs of pain, i'll have him put down. He will be my last dog so I will have a permanent hole in my heart.