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#343684 - 03/15/17 04:27 PM Kaiser is Failing
kaisersmom Offline
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I know I'm not around here much anymore, but I still stop in from time to time. Last October I posted a picture of Kaiser on his 11th birthday. Unfortunately, I believe we will be sending him on his journey to the Rainbow Bridge very soon. He has severe hip dysplasia and we've done the supplements, Rimadyl, acupuncture, laser, physical therapy, gabapentin, amantadine, etc. They worked well for a few years, but his age is taking its toll. He just doesn't seem to be enjoying life anymore. He was always so bright and happy. Now his back end is failing and I know he's not happy not being able to do the things he wants to do.

My husband and I keep thinking that we'll give it another day and see how it goes - he does have his good moments, but they don't last very long and I can tell by the look on his face that he's had just about enough. This is a gut-wrenching decision and I know many of you have been through it. I just hope I'm making the right decision for all of us.

Marshall Dillon - 18 months old
Kaiser - 11 1/2 yrs old - At the Bridge
Ray (Radar) - 8 yrs old - At the Bridge

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#343685 - 03/15/17 05:40 PM Re: Kaiser is Failing [Re: kaisersmom]
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Pat I am sorry for your pain.
Val da Tiger

Fuzzybutt the cat.
Neilla the Big White puppy.

RIP Cheyenne - AKA: Digger, CheyChey Girl, Cheyenne Large and In charge. 2/16/02 - 2/27/16
RIP Raya - AKA: Raz-a, Ray a Sunshine, RayBestos, the little one, Silly Girl. 9/21/05 - 6/27/14
RIP Lakota - AKA: Bubba, Big Boy, BooBoo (the other part of the Binky and BooBoo team). 1/19/03-9/19/2011
RIP DeeDee - AKA: DD Poo, Little Bit, Binky (part of the Binky and Booboo team) 6/23/02-6/20/11

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#343686 - 03/15/17 05:50 PM Re: Kaiser is Failing [Re: Wisc.Tiger_Val]
Codmaster Offline

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What a tragedy! My deepest sympathy to you and Kaiser.

VERY VERY difficult to make that decision! I suggest that you think of it as mercy for your dog!

Sounds like his life is tough on him - and he can't talk! I am sure that this is the best decision for him (NOT FOR YOU! for sure!)

Good luck!

Our prayers are with you, family and Kaiser!

At least you can be with him, holding him when he is finally relieved from his increasing pain!

Believe me, he will know that and be comforted by it.

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#343687 - 03/15/17 06:08 PM Re: Kaiser is Failing [Re: kaisersmom]
PositiveDog Offline
Carpal Tunnel

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Pat, I'm so sorry. These are the most difficult days.

I always enjoy Kaiser updates and pictures and it saddens me to hear he has problems.

You know him best and will help at the right time. My heart is with you at this time.

With approval of my friends:

SamCat, 03/2011

Seiko, Solo, Sophie, Skye and Buddy - bridge dogs who taught me so much

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#343689 - 03/15/17 06:55 PM Re: Kaiser is Failing [Re: PositiveDog]
zyp Offline
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So hard!

Nothing is as simple as it seems or as complicated as we make it~

Attitude is everything -- Pick a good one!
Sofie AKA Ussina vom Haus Brezel
Jack von Jagenstadt
Tatty - Burmese bad cat

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#343692 - 03/15/17 09:34 PM Re: Kaiser is Failing [Re: zyp]
SeanRescueMom Offline
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I'm so terribly sorry that you are going through this with Kaiser. It's the hardest thing we as humans ever have to do. Sending special thoughts Kaiser's way and hugs to DH and you. hugging
Sean - 1998/2014
If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart I'll stay there forever.
Carleton DOB unknown
Neely - 2003/2015
Gizmo -2008/2011
Neeko -1991/2005

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#343694 - 03/15/17 09:52 PM Re: Kaiser is Failing [Re: SeanRescueMom]
Kris Offline

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Pat, I'm so sorry to hear this... It is gut wrenching and heartbreaking. Have you tried Adequan injections? My friend's 12 year old retired working dog was at this same point. With Adequan injections and acupuncture, he lived to 14-1/2. Those two treatments were miraculous for him. I've used Adequan on two dogs. In the first, he made a huge turnaround in 24 hours. In the second, I didn't see much of a response, although I do believe acupuncture is what kept him going for the next 18 months. My thoughts are with you all - it's a tough journey...
Samson, GSD, 10/13/07
Annabel, Keeshond, 4/21/11
Petie, Toy Poodle, 5/5/07
Kitties: Meezer, Bob, Mia and Dewey

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#343701 - 03/16/17 12:03 PM Re: Kaiser is Failing [Re: Kris]
kaisersmom Offline
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Thanks everyone. We're on a roller coaster. Today he woke me up at 7 for his breakfast and to go out like normal. He ate, went outside, barked at whatever he barks at almost every morning, etc. I've found that taking him out on a leash makes him go slower down the two steps to the patio and he is better able to navigate the steps and then I take the leash off once he's on the grass. I tried a Ginger Lead lift aid to support his back end, but he is so fiercely independent that he tries to get away from me when I'm putting it under him and it actually makes things worse.

So for now, I think we're on a peak of the roller coaster. He's nothing like he was the past few days. I know things could change in an instant and that dreaded day is coming sooner than later, but at least for today, I don't think he's ready and I know that DH and I are for sure not ready. We'll take it day to day and see how it goes.

Kris - We did try Adequan injections early on and they didn't seem to have much of an effect for him, but thank you for the suggestion!

Edited by kaisersmom (03/16/17 12:04 PM)

Marshall Dillon - 18 months old
Kaiser - 11 1/2 yrs old - At the Bridge
Ray (Radar) - 8 yrs old - At the Bridge

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#343702 - 03/16/17 02:14 PM Re: Kaiser is Failing [Re: kaisersmom]
Sylv Offline

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I'm so sorry you're dealing with this. Gentle hugs going out to you all.
Suki May 31/08
Diva Dec 4/09

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#343703 - 03/16/17 02:23 PM Re: Kaiser is Failing [Re: Sylv]
Mary Jane Online   content
Carpal Tunnel

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Knowing the days together are few-they are so precious. I truly hope that Kaiser and your husband and you have peace today and peace at the end.

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