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    How to make dying dog more comfortable

    My 12 year old large dog is having seizures and breathing difficulty every time he tries to walk or expend any energy. I know it is his time to go. I cannot get him out to a vet as he is too big to carry and he cannot walk. It would be too traumatic for him to have people carry him. The vet cannot come and euthanize him. I have meloxicam but afraid to give him a large dose in case it makes him more uncomfortable. I am wondering about gravol. I want my poor guy to go in peace. Any suggestions?

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    Re: How to make dying dog more comfortable

    Where are you located? Surely there's SOME vet that will come do a home visit.

    And I'm very, very sorry to hear that your dog is suffering. And I'm sorry for your loss, when it comes.

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    Re: How to make dying dog more comfortable

    Quote Originally Posted by beretw View Post
    Where are you located? Surely there's SOME vet that will come do a home visit.

    And I'm very, very sorry to hear that your dog is suffering. And I'm sorry for your loss, when it comes.
    Everything beretw said.

    I am very sorry for what you and your dog are going through. The loss of a family member and friend is never easy. That being said - if this were my dog I would be calling other vets to find one who would do a home visit.

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    Re: How to make dying dog more comfortable

    Find someone to eauth him. There is no reason for him to die slowly.
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    Re: How to make dying dog more comfortable

    im so sorry to hear about your dog but i agree... get online & find someone to do a home euth. immediately.

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    Re: How to make dying dog more comfortable

    being packed to and from a vehicle will be easier on him than laying and having seizures.

    Get some people together, put him in the car, take him to a vet. Tell them you need help.
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    Try to find some strong folks to help you lift him into a car, you can lay him on blanket/pallet and have them lift that if it would be easier for him. That's how we got my mother's dog into the back of the station wagon when it was his time and he couldn't walk...my son and I took a piece of plywood, covered it with blankets and lifted the dog in on that. Vet techs came out on the other end to help us get him out.

    If you really want a vet to come to your house and the small animal vet won't make a house call, try calling a large animal vet, they always travel to their clients, as their clients are too big to come to them. A large animal vet will know know to humanely euth a dog, the large animal training is on top of the general vet training.

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    Re: How to make dying dog more comfortable

    I am in a remote area in Northern Ontario. There is not a vet available who can make a home visit. There are many stairs to get him down which makes it very difficult to move him. At the slightest noise or stress he goes into seizure, even just standing up causes him great breathing distress. What a crazy position to be in...I love him so much. There is no vet to euthanize him until tomorrow; they don't have emergency clinics here. I have opted to give him 150 mg of gravol and hope he passes in his sleep.

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    A friend of ours has a dog who is terrified of the Vet. When it was her time to go the vet provided a sedative that was administered at home so she could fall asleep peacefully in her home instead of the last moments of fear a vet visit would have caused. When she was asleep they brought her in the car to the vets office where they euth'd her. Find something similar, call vets offices and ask about a sedative, it will save him the pain of the trip (although you will still have to carry/drive him to the office for euthanasia).

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    Re: How to make dying dog more comfortable

    Do you not have a large animal vet? Surely someone around you must have horses or some other large animal and therefore the number of an on call vet..

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    Do you have any farm/ horse vets. All they do is house calls. I hope you find a solution soon. So sorry.

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    Re: How to make dying dog more comfortable

    That poor dog.

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    Re: How to make dying dog more comfortable

    Find a cowboy with a .22, sounds harsh but it is better then letting him suffer.

    When it is my horses time to go I am going to go this route, needles and vets freak her out and the stress is to much for her to handle, a guy with a stick standing beside her she can handle no problems.
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    Re: How to make dying dog more comfortable

    What's the progress?

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    Re: How to make dying dog more comfortable

    So..
    Basically.. This is a "Do It Yourself" Euthanizing thread..
    Very interesting..

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    Re: How to make dying dog more comfortable

    Quote Originally Posted by Roloni View Post
    So..
    Basically.. This is a "Do It Yourself" Euthanizing thread..
    Very interesting..
    I think it's more of a 'someone is letting their dog lay and have seizures and isn't open to logical options' thread.
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    Re: How to make dying dog more comfortable

    I had a 120 pound lab that I managed to get in the car after he suffered a stroke. I went and got a harness that I was able to manage with very well.

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    Re: How to make dying dog more comfortable

    Losing a pet is very upsetting and I don't want to be insensitive.... but how is it going to easier to get him down the stairs once he's passed? If the vet doesn't make housecalls - would any of the staff be willing to come out and help you move him? When I worked for the vets, we totally would do this for clients, for nothing, clocked out of work because we all cared about animals that much.

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    Re: How to make dying dog more comfortable

    Quote Originally Posted by Karen12345 View Post
    I have opted to give him 150 mg of gravol and hope he passes in his sleep.
    Did it work?

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