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Geriatric doggie
Sun 19-Jul-15
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bobbyW
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 Our little rescued Terrier cross "Buster" has had a bit of a bad do just lately,firstly  he suffered a stroke leaving him with a bit of a tilt to the head, he pulled through only to be attacked again by a hound off lead.
Surviving that we noticed he had a lump on his cheek and was pawing at his nose. Another trip to his favourite vet and the lump was drained, but he needed to have some teeth removed and an infection treated.
He lost 7 teeth in all but he is now pain free, however his sight that was getting poor has finally failed with one eye showing a grey pupil the other red.
His hearing I believe is "selective" as he detects the treat bag opening at 100 yards.

Aged around 14-17 according to the vet, he still enjoys his food, his garden, the field (as long as we stay on his marked trail) his sleeping has increased, and we do keep looking to see if he is breathing. (why do they hold their breath?) 
In short he appears to enjoy a good quality of life and seems happy in himself given the circumstances.

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Anyone on here with experience of a geriatric doggie,  tips would be appreciated.

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Sun 19-Jul-15
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wave He looks like a darling dog, Bobby. He is obviously very well loved. I think you just have to keep him happy and safe and ensure his last years are comfortable and pain free as much as you can.  What more could the wee soul ask for.  I've gone through that "are they breathing" scenario and it is scary isn't it?   Although not nearly as old as Buster, my Ben has been through the mill this year, so I know how you feel.  big_hug

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Mon 27-Jul-15
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Sadly Buster had two more episodes this week and on vets advise was peacefully laid to rest this morning.

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Sorry about that, Bobby.  It's always hard to make the decision, even when we know it's the right one.

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You never get over the loss of a Pet, Bobby, I miss all mine, but Bobby had a loving Home, and People who cared for him, no one Human or Animal, can ask for more. He will wait for you at Rainbow Bridge. big_hug

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wave So sorry to hear that news Bobby. big_hug  You will know it was the right decision to make and you did what was right for Buster.   It does not make it any easier though.   I lost Midge my 7 year old lab, three years ago yesterday and I think of her often. 

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Mon 27-Jul-15
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I echo all the thoughts written above, Bobby.

Mon 27-Jul-15
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Sorry to hear this news Bob, another reason that I won't have pets.

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Wed 29-Jul-15
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Thanks everyone for your kind comments, 

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