Sher, thanks very much for that info. I hadn't known stroke was a possibility. We have a date set for the vet to come to the house and give Edna a boost to the Rainbow Bridge. Today Edna is staying on our bed sleeping (had trouble jumping up there) and has not asked to go outdoors or anything. So hard, but yet she's been such a good kitty and we have enjoyed her so much, I want to make sure she has a comfortable exit. I will keep you posted.
She is getting all of the good stuff for arthritis already. I am going to ask about the cognitive aspect, because she is definitely showing some dementia. Not enough to be a problem by itself, but it's happening.
Also, some pain meds deaden the nerves to the bladder sphincter and can cause incontinence in females of various species. :E
Yes, that's a housekeeping and logistics problem, more than anything. We had a 15 year old dog that became incontinent, both ways. We closed off carpeted rooms and kept her on tile floors and became janitors much of the time. We tried doggy diapers and that was a no-go. The dog didn't feel guilty or anything because she never even knew it happened. In retrospect, we wished we had let her go earlier, but more for her sake than ours. It's hard to be objective when a loved one is running out of time. My sympathies...
Thanks Dr Doug and all. I have a call in to the nice vet that does home euths. I noticed that Edna had quit eating anything but a few little treats a couple of days ago. Checked the litter box and it is bone dry. Her gums are pink and her skin retracts, so she's not yet dehydrated. She will sometimes take a couple laps of water if I hold it in front of her. She likes our bed with the electric blanket turned on. She never did the excessive water drinking that you read about. Well, she has drank more than she used to for the past six months or so, but not alarming amounts.
The interesting thing about Edna is that she has eaten nothing but dry food for her entire life. When she was younger, we tried every kind of canned food with no luck. She has never been interested in people food. So I doubt anybody could say the diet of dry food has shortened her life.
She's also the only one of our pets that is soley "mine." She's never been a lap sitter but she talks to me like a Siamese. We understand each other. Looking at her photo album, it is alarming how much we've all aged in 19 years. That's the cruel reminder, I think. Edna was a gift from a very special person. I've written the story before, but maybe will retell it when the time comes.
Thanks for all your good wishes.
Our Edna (orange tabby) will be 19 yrs this June, but I am beginning to doubt she will make it that far. She's on thyroid meds (compounded type, ear application) for a few months, and renal diet food. She perked up a fair amount on that regimen but this weekend seems to be different. Yes, I will call the vet if Edna becomes in distress but so far, she doesn't seem to be. All the articles online describe end stage renal failure as characterized by extreme thirst. She's not doing that. She did drink when I took a dish to where she's sleeping. She is not real interested in food now, either. Her litter box is almost untouched. We don't feel we want to go as far as administering Ringers lactate. If anybody has been through this with an elderly cat, I'd like to hear about it.
Sometimes as dogs get older they get a little temperamental. She's got her reasons, whatever they are. Do most people where you walk allow their dogs to "say Hi"? As our little dogs got older, we stopped requiring them to do that. We just gave other dogs and owners a wide berth and said, "we're retraining." Keep her leash loose, not taut, as a tight leash transmits your tension to the dog (per Cesar, Dog Whisperer.) This helped a lot when we had the issue.
Not sure which category this belongs to ... so here goes
The directions on the clay paw print from crematorium says to bake in a glass baking dish .. we have none in the RV.
So do I need to go out and buy one or can I bake it on Aluminum foil in a baking dish ?
The only paw print we were given was Rosie's and it seemed to be some kind of acrylic material, no baking required. What I would do is check the name of the crematorium online and see if they have a website or at least a phone number you can call with your question. The vet would no doubt have that phone number, too. I know what you mean about missing that little coyote howl, Rosie did that, also. Such characters, our girls were!
Oh, so hard for you, but I'm glad you had your vet's realistic assessment to go by. Chubby is back romping with his brothers at The Bridge. No more pain for him, no confusion, he's at peace, bless his heart.
Good for you and good for Petunia. You are very brave and we all know how hard it is. Also, I completely agree about the decision to not have another dog. I think it is hard for younger people to comprehend, but we are being realistic and only fair to the potential new pet. Darcy will be our last dog, too. You're fortunate to have other dogs in your life. Be brave, spoil that girl rotten with her favorite treats this week. You are absolutely doing the right thing.
I just recalled this incident.. shortly after Izzy had her pacemaker sx we were going thru the drive thru at Tim Hortons...I was holding Izzy so she wouldnt bark and get herself all worked up..when we went to pay the clerk said its already paid for and handed us a note...it said... "I just lost my dog a few weeks ago..enjoy your order and someday, pay it forward " We had no idea who she was and was long gone...she had seen me holding Izzy and Izzy giving me a million kisses as we waited in line..and yes...it did make me teary eyed since Izzy had 3 full cardiac arrests and we were (are ) very lucky to have her alive.
Otes-agnes....that certainly was an act of kindness...a very thoughtful dogter !
Wow, Nabi,That lady ahead of you in line had observed the very special relationship you have with Izzy and was touched by it. What a wonderful thing she did for you. I know it still warms your heart.
It's so thoughtful of you, to want to share Petunia's belongings. We gave Poquita and Rosie's things to a local rescue. I would suggest not throwing away her toys as they come out just fine if you toss them in with a washer load of towels. The same with leashes and other cloth-type items. Put the leashes in a mesh bag so the metal parts don't beat up the dryer. The new doggies won't mind a bit if the toys don't look new. I'm told that PetCo has a bin up front of the store for used pet beds. A rescue picks them up from time to time. Many pet beds are also machine wash and dryable, just needing a bit of fluff-up afterwards.
I'd keep out one of Petunia's sweaters (unwashed) and her collar and tags and put them in a ziploc bag for keepsakes. Last year, somebody on this forum said they put their beloved dog's ID tag on their key chain, so that's another idea. It's a good idea to take more photos of her, too. When I looked back at the pictures we took shortly before our girls went to The Bridge, I was shocked at how obviously ill they looked. We hadn't seen that as it happened, so it helped to know we didn't let them go too soon. I made a little photo album of each dog's life, too. It's good that you are thinking of all this as it will be less to deal with when the time comes. Take care..
These are wonderful stories! Last year when we rather suddenly had to let Rosie go due to CHF, I waited impatiently to get her ashes back. For some reason, it took longer than expected. When I opened the package, there was a lovely little cedar box with her name on the lid. Inside it, I found a tidy little packet of white ashes, as pure as Florida beach sand. Then, I stared in confusion, because attached to the packet was a sweet little pink silk ribbon rose. Then it dawned on me, her name was ROSIE! I like to think some unknown worker at the crematorium had added that touch to let me know she understands. And yes, I still get teary thinking about it.