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Old 01-28-2011, 01:48 AM
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My local shelter did that, too. Someone adopted a puppy from our rescue before I had started, and took him to the shelter 2.5 years later to have him put down because "he sheds and has separation anxiety." the shelter told them he was euthanized, and immediately called us (me) to get the dog.

He honestly had the BEST temperament of ANY dog I've ever fostered. Big, laid back, goofy, friendly to everyone and everything. Very well behaved. I'm so grateful that the shelter did what they did!
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Old 02-15-2011, 06:41 PM
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Im kinda torn on the whole thing...

Im VERY glad the dog was saved, BUT I do kinda feel sorry for the prior owner in a way...
I don't. Not one bit.
They could have chosen euth. at their vet had they truly wanted to be with Sophie in her last moments, but they chickened out and dropped her to a shelter to be euth'ed.
And over a FIXABLE problem! Antibiotics is all it would have taken and she'd have been fine!
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Old 02-16-2011, 04:32 AM
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I have to say I am not sure how to respond to this. Our first Rottweiler whom we ever had was really ill last year late May. He wasn't eating for 2 days and on the 3rd day we made some really good food for him and he ate happily so we assumed he was getting better and he stayed on until he started loosing weight drastically although he was still eating fair amounts of food. He didn't want to move and eventually we took him to the vet and after a few tests and a large bill at the end of the day we were told Simba has severe kidney failure which regarding his age and condition it may be impossible to save him, the vet did say he could keep Simba over night and see if he improves on a drip etc. we said alright so he stayed, and when we went there the next day Simba was going worse than the previous day and moaning in pain every few minutes so we decided (after many tears and painful reality checks) it would be humane to put him out of his suffering (he was 14+ years old). My dad (whose dog it was) couldn't bear to go into the room with Simba while they put him down however he did say goodbye with a flurry of tears. I stayed with Simba longer but not until the very last moment because I myself was cowardly and I couldn't see it happen. I didn't see the vet inject him, I left just before it. If I found out that the vet had not put him down I would have been happy (if Simba miraculously recovered) however, at that point in time, would we have had the right to take Simba back because we requested him to be euthanised after all? I know this didn't happen because we got Simba's ashes after they cremated him and we spread them under a tree. I still regret that I didn't stay with Simba while he slipped away into bliss, I was a coward. However I don't think that we made the wrong decision Simba was suffering beyond belief, it was painful to see him that way, and it's unfortunate but those last few gruesome days is how I remember Simba and I would hope nobody see's their dog go through that, ever
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Old 02-16-2011, 12:08 PM
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Specsy, that's a totally different situation though. Renal failure doesn't resolve itself with a round of antibiotics or Proin, especially not in a 14 year old Rottie.

At 9 years old, the cocker is still quite young and I'm surprised the vet didn't see an elevated white count in the blood work that would have indicated an infection.

I'm in the "legally ambiguous, morally right" camp.
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Old 02-17-2011, 12:50 AM
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Specsy, that's a totally different situation though. Renal failure doesn't resolve itself with a round of antibiotics or Proin, especially not in a 14 year old Rottie.

At 9 years old, the cocker is still quite young and I'm surprised the vet didn't see an elevated white count in the blood work that would have indicated an infection.

I'm in the "legally ambiguous, morally right" camp.

It's a bit hard for me to say, I chose to put my dog down because I believed, and the vet believed he really was beyond the point of no return. What happens (I don't think this case fits into this but I am going to mention it anyway) if someone takes their dog to be put to sleep because they really believe that he dog is beyond help, the vet encourages it and you really cannot afford going for more opinions/tests (and I am sure that majority of people will take their first vets opinion if they are in a financial mess instead of losing more money on a dog that "can't" be saved, in my case we spent the money anyway because we didn't want our dog put down but in the end it was all that could be done), you don't have enough money to euthanise at the vet so you go to a shelter, you pay their fee, they find out (and don't inform you of it) that your dog can recover and rehome the dog to someone who can sort things out. Now in this case I believe the shelter should inform such person the dog is healthy enough to get better again (does this even make sense?) and will not be euth'ed then said person should make a decision as to whether they are going to have the dog rehomed or take out a bank loan to help their dog.

HOWEVER I do believe that the person in question on this thread was selfish, she came to her own conclusions that her dog was too old and is ready to die now. I am doubtful whether she even allowed her vet to do extensive tests to find the real problem. So I am glad the dog got rehomed.
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Old 02-17-2011, 04:29 AM
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Specsy, just wanted to say that I'm really sorry you had to go through all that horror in addition to losing your poor boy. (hugs)

As far as being in the room with him at the time, I think that's a very personal decision and don't think it's wrong to leave the room when it happens. Most people have a hard time witnessing the death of a loved one, even when they have time to prepare for it, and dogs are so sensitive to our moods it honestly for some of them might be kinder if their human isn't sitting there sobbing their eyes out for reasons the dog doesn't understand.
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I have to say good for the rescue and I might be heartless, but I have NO sympothy for the owner. I know when it comes to my dogs if there was something wrong with them I would be trying my hardest to find out whats wrong with them. If that means going to another vet or doing my own research ect.. then so be it

And really this Cocker just had an infection is euthenasia really justified.

I know last winter my IL's put down their 10 year old Sheltie I have to say myself and Tyler were furiouse. She stopped eating and had the runs and she went through this before and got better. Kind of like she just had the flu, But when she became sick again they did nothing to see if it was an issue that could be treated they just decided that they needed to Put her down.
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Old 02-17-2011, 11:28 AM
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Specsy, just wanted to say that I'm really sorry you had to go through all that horror in addition to losing your poor boy. (hugs)

As far as being in the room with him at the time, I think that's a very personal decision and don't think it's wrong to leave the room when it happens. Most people have a hard time witnessing the death of a loved one, even when they have time to prepare for it, and dogs are so sensitive to our moods it honestly for some of them might be kinder if their human isn't sitting there sobbing their eyes out for reasons the dog doesn't understand.
Thank you so much. Well after the vet saw our hysterics he did say it might be better for us to leave. He was a great vet but unfortunately retired now I am stuck with a cold hearted money greedy hog of a vet. I pray that I NEVER have to be in a life/death situation with my two until I find a better vet because I will NEVER go to her, ever again.
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At 9 years old, the cocker is still quite young and I'm surprised the vet didn't see an elevated white count in the blood work that would have indicated an infection.

I'm in the "legally ambiguous, morally right" camp.
^This.

I also don't get how you could drop off your dog at a shelter to be PTS. It sounds like the dog was an inconvenience for the previous owner.
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