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    How do I care for my dying dog?

    We were told last week that our 14 yr old cocker spaniel might make it to Christmas, would definitely be here for Thanksgiving. She had surgery two months ago to remove an extremely fast growing "growth" that was 1 1/2 inches long and bleeding on her rear leg. Within a month of her surgery the growth reappeared and I found a hard lump in her abdomin. Now the growth on her leg has rapidly spread and is larger than the original and the hard lump in her abdomin is larger than a lime. The vet was nonchalant and said she suspected the lump was cancerous at the time of surgery and the huge lump in her abdomin is her lymph node. The vet said to call when we need pain medication, so we can keep her comfortable.

    For the last month, ever since I felt that lump in her belly, I've been trying to brace myself and my family for what is to come, but I am still so sad. She's our baby girl and such a sweet thing. We've been enjoying our moments with her more, making sure she gets her beloved walks, getting her any treats that she wants and getting the boys home from college to see her while she's still the same old Lisa.

    As I sit here and watch her sleep she's begun shaking more often, like she's continually cold. Is this a sign that she's in pain? She has begun slightly limping, otherwise she is eating, drinking and sleeping the same. We don't have any medication for her yet, and I was told by a family member that you can give a dog baby aspirin...is that true? If so, how often? Does anyone else have any suggestions as to what to expect so I can brace myself and warn my family? Any suggestions would be welcomed.

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    Re: How do I care for my dying dog?

    I think that your doing the exact right things in trying to make your dogs time the best possible. The extra time with her and treats mean a lot.

    As for pain, this is something that you have to talk to your vet about and maybe see about getting that pain medication to just have on hand if needed. I wouldn't give her anything (the aspirin) without talking to your vet.

    I really am sorry that this is happening. It sounds like she is a very valuable member of your family and will be greatly missed. Just keep making the extra time for her and keep doing things with her that you know she enjoys. Make this time special because it will really help you in the end.

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    Re: How do I care for my dying dog?

    Normally baby aspirin is fine for a dog but talk to your vet to make sure and to ask about the correct dosage. I would also put a comfortable dog coat on her in case fighting the cancer is using up her energy and she's possibly chilled.

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    Re: How do I care for my dying dog?

    I agree that the most important thing is quality time spent with Lisa. When she's gone you won't regret this time you spent with her! Spending time with her people will comfort her and also help with her pain.

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    Re: How do I care for my dying dog?

    Thanks to all of you for your kind words and advice. It's really appreciated. I hadn't thought about putting a coat on her but that's great advice. Thanks again.

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    Re: How do I care for my dying dog?

    When your favorite four-legged friend nears the end of its life, it can be an emotional time for the whole family. Oftentimes, the family pet has been around for the better part of a decade, if not more. However, there are things you can do to make your dog more comfortable in its last days.(1)Bring your dog inside and have it lay on something soft.(2)Encourage your dog to eat. Many dogs like protein-rich foods like eggs and liver, and these can be mixed with regular dog food.(3)Even if you give your pet the best care possible, you can not extend its life for a great deal of time. If medical treatments are causing more pain than good, discontinue them. etc

    When your favorite four-legged friend nears the end of its life, it can be an emotional time for the whole family. Oftentimes, the family pet has been around for the better part of a decade, if not more. However, there are things you can do to make your dog more comfortable in its last days.
    --*Bring your dog inside and have it lay on something soft.
    --*Ease your dog's pain by administering a painkiller made for pets, if appropriate.
    --*Encourage your dog to eat. Many dogs like protein-rich foods like eggs and liver, and these can be mixed with regular dog food.
    Last edited by samaria; 11-12-2008 at 06:20 AM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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