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Re: [dachshund-427] Update on Max

From: Rocky
Sent on: Thursday, October 3, 2013 2:34 PM
 Thank you, Cheri and everyone for the support. It means a lot particularly since at times it feels like everyone around me thinks I'm overreacting and strange for getting so upset about my dogs.

You're not the only one

From: The McLain Bunch <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Thursday, October 3,[masked]:27 PM
Subject: Re: [dachshund-427] Update on Max

Thank you, Cheri and everyone for the support. It means a lot particularly since at times it feels like everyone around me thinks I'm overreacting and strange for getting so upset about my dogs.
The vet took out Max's iv and prescribed him anxiety meds for the things that now freak him out, like car rides to the vet. Max definitely has something mentally wrong. He seems scared a lot more since all this started Monday. He did get up and walk now that he's on a milder pain med and isn't in a stupor. But he's still whimpering a lot and can't seem to stand to potty. The vet said he may not have had a stroke, there's no way to tell without hugely expensive tests, but that his liver problem can cause what's happening too.
I spoke to the vet about quality of life and such. It's so hard. I'm reaching the point where I can step back and see what I've been denying. Part of what I'm thinking is pain is probably fear and confusion. The vet said he wouldn't say Max is "suffering" per se but that I need to seriously think about his quality of life. That's something hubby yelled at me about just this morning. He wants him crossing the bridge right now. The vet said to give him the weekend and then decide because even if meds can't bring him back to five years ago, they very well could take him back to two weeks ago and hold him there a while. Two weeks ago wasn't bad. He was stumbly and wet in his sleep sometimes, but was otherwise pretty happy and aware.
Time will tell now.
Btw, has anyone used an animal communicator or pet psychic? I can't admit to hubby I'm thinking of asking one to ask Max if he's scared or where it hurts. I had one talk to Shadow years ago after he died but the answers were vague enough that I don't know if it was just a bunch of hooey.
Thank you all so much!
Anna, Max and Cocoa
In a message dated 10/2/2013 8:03:44 P.M. Central Daylight Time, [address removed] writes:
To go along with what you're saying Kari, I have noticed that often when dogs are failing, they seem to have a really good day, then take a turn for the worse.  My Cricky did that.  She was spunky and energetic, and just an absolute joy.  She appeared to have no pain, and seemed a few years younger...and then she passed in the night, in my arms.  I think it's a way for us to remember them the way they should be remembered.  As our babies, happy and strong, loving and healthy.
Whatever happens Anna, we're here hoping and praying and supporting whatever you do.

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